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Oncotype DX Not Cost-Effective for Low-Risk Breast Cancer

The multigene expression test Oncotype DX (ODX) is not cost-effective for women with breast cancer who are at low risk for recurrence, according to research published online Jan. 22 in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Shi-Yi Wang, M.D., Ph.D., from the Yale University School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues...

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Codeine: An Opioid Threat to Kids

Codeine is one of the drugs at the center of the opioid epidemic affecting adults and teens across the United States. There are also concerns about its effects on very young children -- not addiction, but life-threatening events and deaths due to codeine's side effects. Codeine has often been prescribed to kids to ease pain after a surgery like tonsillectomy....

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Health Tip: Raise Your Chances of Having a Baby

-- Infertility affects about 1 in 10 couples that are trying to have a baby, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Advancing age is a prime cause of infertility, but there are other factors that are more under a person's control, the agency says, including: Alcohol consumption. Smoking. Environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead. Certain...

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Don't Open Medical Pot Dispensaries Near Schools: Poll

While the vast majority of American parents support legal medical marijuana, they want pot dispensaries banned near schools or day care centers, according to a new national survey. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital poll was conducted by the University of Michigan. Not only did three-quarters of parents support legalizing marijuana for medicinal use,...

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Possible Parkinson's 'Pandemic' Looms: Report

The number of people living with Parkinson's disease worldwide could double in the next two decades, experts project. In a report warning of a possible Parkinson's "pandemic," researchers say the stage is set for cases to surge to 12 million or more by 2040. What's to blame? In large part, trends that are generally positive: Older age is a major risk...

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Primary Care Doctors Help Boost Life Spans, But More Are Needed

More primary care doctors mean longer life for patients, but a shortage of these physicians is looming, a new study finds. Why? Fewer medical students are choosing primary care as a career, mostly because of money, the researchers noted. However, every 10 additional primary care doctors per 100,000 Americans was associated with a nearly 52-day increase...

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Exercises to Build Your Upper Body Strength

Upper body strength is important at every age, but you don't need to be a bodybuilder to benefit from working your pectoral, or chest, muscles. For a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, scientists from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse evaluated nine popular pec exercises to determine which ones best engaged these muscles. Popular...

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Health Tip: Why You Need Electrolytes

-- Electrolytes are minerals in the body that have an electric charge. They are in your blood, urine, tissues and body fluids. Sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, phosphate and magnesium are types of electrolytes that are absorbed from foods you eat and fluids you drink. The U.S. Library of Medicine mentions these roles of electrolytes: Balance...

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Should You Get Tested for the 'Breast Cancer Genes'?

Women who have specific mutations in genes known as BRCA are at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Now, an influential expert panel reaffirms that certain women should be screened for the genes. The draft recommendation comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, whose advisories often guide physician practice and insurance coverage....

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AHA News: Could 'Cardio-Obstetrics' Curb Rise in Pregnancy-Related Deaths?

More collaboration between cardiologists and obstetricians could help curb the nation's soaring death rate among pregnant women, according to a new report urging more team-based care for these vulnerable mothers. Pregnant women in the United States have a higher risk of dying than women in any other industrialized country. The reasons behind these...

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How Would You Cope Not Being Able To See?

Most of us take our vision for granted. But just take a second and imagine what your world would be like if you couldn’t see. No more reading nor watching movies, and even worse, no more focusing on the faces of the people you love. Low vision is a term used when a person’s visual […]

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Have a Little Respect For Your Heart

What would you say to somebody who asked you to do 70 push-ups a minute, every hour, for the rest of your life? We could probably guess that your answer would most likely be unprintable here, or one of disbelief. But that’s what we expect our hearts to do from the day we are born […]

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Conquering the Big C

Us humans are creatures of habit and like routine. Which means changing certain aspects of our diet or lifestyle that we have enjoyed for years can be daunting. But if you knew that just a small change could help prevent cancer, would you do it? Experts estimate up to four out of ten cancers could […]

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