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Ice Fishing Can Invite Serious Injuries

Ice fishing may seem like a relaxing pastime, but it can result in broken bones, concussions and other injuries, according to surgeons from the Mayo Clinic. "Ice fishing has become more popular in the last few years, and, with this, we have seen an increase in ice fishing-related injuries," study author Dr. Cornelius Thiels, a surgical resident, said...

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Health Tip: Soothing a Minor Burn

-- While severe burns require a doctor's care, most minor burns can be carefully treated at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Hold the burned area under cold running water for about five minutes to ease pain and swelling. Never ice or rub a burn, and never pop a blister that forms from a burn. Cover the area with...

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How the Neanderthal in Your Genes Affects Your Health

Neanderthals were wiped out about 40,000 years ago, but some of their genes live on in modern humans. And scientists are learning more about what that might mean for our health. Researchers have known for some time that many people carry bits of Neanderthal DNA. In fact, if you're of European or Asian ancestry, your genes are likely between 1 and...

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Dentists at the Front Line in Diabetes Epidemic

You'd probably be surprised if your dentist said you might have type 2 diabetes. But new research finds that severe gum disease may be a sign the illness is present and undiagnosed. The study found that nearly one in five people with severe gum disease (periodontitis) had type 2 diabetes and didn't know it. The researchers said these findings suggest...

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Is a Drowsy Teen Headed for a Life of Crime?

A new study suggests that teenage boys who are chronically sleepy in the daytime may be at higher risk of becoming violent criminals as adults. A team of U.S. and British researchers identified a link between frequent daytime drowsiness in the high school years to a 4.5-times greater likelihood that a boy would grow up to commit a violent offense by...

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Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side

Opioid addicts who undergo "medication-assisted treatment" are often using other narcotics before long, a new study cautions. Doctors frequently give addicts buprenorphine, a low-dose opioid, to minimize withdrawal symptoms while they try to get off opiates like oxycodone (Oxycontin) or heroin. The drug produces a weaker effect than those deadlier...

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10 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies a Recipe for Longevity

If you want to add years to your life, 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables may be the best recipe you can follow, a new analysis suggests. The benefits appear to come through lower rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. And if everyone found a way to get 10 daily servings of produce, 7.8 million premature deaths would be avoided...

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Smart Kids Prone to Dumb Choices on Pot, Booze

Smart students usually know better than to light up a cigarette. But when it comes to drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana, these same whiz kids are likely to let knowledge take a backseat to "party" time. New research from the United Kingdom revealed that students who excel in English, math and science appear to be less likely to smoke cigarettes...

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Common Virus May Be Linked to Heart Disease, Diabetes in Some Women

A common virus may make some women more susceptible to both heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco found normal-weight women under age 50 who were infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) were more likely to have metabolic syndrome than their peers. Metabolic syndrome is a collection...

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Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment -- low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) -- to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with...

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REMS@FDA: An Upgraded Patient Safety Program

REMS Overview Fact: Prescription drugs are complicated, and they are getting more complicated every day. Issues with complex drugs and side effects is not just a concern for the healthcare provider, it directly impacts the patient and caregiver, too. We’ve all heard the long list of adverse effects and warnings that unfold during a primetime […]

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Drugs.com the First Major Consumer Health Publisher to Implement Full HTTPS Encryption

Drugs.com is pleased to announce the introduction of full HTTPS encryption for all web site visitors. With this significant and important change, nearly 70 million monthly visitors will have access to critical health and medicine information in a safe, secure and private environment. Why HTTPS Encryption? Almost everything you do on the Internet leaves a digital […]

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Off-Label or Off-Limits? Should You Use A Drug For An Unapproved Use?

Off-Label Drug Use: What Is It? You may be surprised to learn that you have probably been prescribed a medication “off-label” at one point or another by your doctor. Maybe you’ve heard of “off-label” drug use in the news, but what does this really mean? “Off-label” use of a drug refers to prescribing a medication […]

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