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Obsessed Athletes More Likely to Approve of Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Study

The more obsessed that college athletes are with their sport, the more likely they are to approve of using performance-enhancing drugs, a new Canadian study finds. Two types of passion are associated with sports, the University of Waterloo researchers explained. "Harmonious passion" involves feelings of enjoyment, and the sport blends with the athlete's...

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Sleep Loss May Be Tied to Raised Diabetes Risk in Teen Boys

Teen boys who get too little of a particular type of sleep may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The research focused on "slow-wave sleep" -- an important stage of sleep that helps people store memories and recover after sleep deprivation. This type of sleep is also associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol...

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CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

U.S. health officials are shipping test kits for the Zika virus to health departments around the country. They are to be used by pregnant women returning from Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus may be to blame for severe birth defects. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending that pregnant women avoid those...

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Health Tip: Plan Family Meals and Exercise

-- To help keep your family healthier physically and emotionally, plan to do things together. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians: Set a good example by making healthier food choices and exercising regularly. Make a commitment as a family to getting and staying healthy. Cook more often at home. The food probably...

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Health Tip: Eat Wisely During Cancer Treatment

-- People being treated for cancer often have a weakened immune system, making them more vulnerable to infection. This makes food safety particularly critical. The website suggests: When you prepare food, frequently wash your hands and keep kitchen surfaces clean. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from ready-to-eat foods. Make...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 11, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: All-Male Committee Upholds Utah Sales Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products A all-male committee of lawmakers decided to maintain Utah's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. On Wednesday evening, the committee voted 8-3 against...

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Health Tip: If You're a Diabetes Caregiver

-- Being a diabetes caregiver is a tough but rewarding job. Just like many responsibilities, it takes training and practice to do it well. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Learn as much as you can about the disease. Depend on your loved one's care team for advice and guidance. Don't make too many big changes at once. Make small changes...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Barry Manilow Suffers Complications After Emergency Oral Surgery Barry Manilow canceled performances this week after developing complications from emergency oral surgery. The 72-year-old musician returned home to Los Angeles after a performance...

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Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table

-- While it may be easier to change a baby's diaper while up high on a changing table, there are risks with having baby at that height. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Choose a changing table that is sturdy and has a guard rail at least 2 inches high all the way around. Look for a table that is concave in the middle to help prevent...

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New Mental Challenges Can Sharpen Aging Brain: Study

New mental challenges might help your mind stay sharp as you age, according to a small study. The research, from the University of Texas at Dallas, included 39 older adults who were randomly assigned to high- or low-mental challenge groups or to a control group. Those participants in the high-challenge group spent at least 15 hours a week for 14 weeks...

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Can the U.S. Win the War On Opioids?

Remember the “War on Drugs”? This may conjure images of Mexican drug lords, packages of smuggled cocaine, or clandestine DEA agents. But now we all know that the real bandit is found right in our own home — in our bathroom medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people in the […]

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FDA Flashback: The Top Five New Drug Approvals From 2015

This past year close to 100 new drugs were FDA-approved, so it’s encouraging to look back and see the progress that’s been made as 2015 ends. In fact, more than 40 novel drugs, including a new drug class for patients with high cholesterol, a first-time biosimilar, a life-saving heart failure drug, and a controversial agent to […]

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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