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That Ocean Swim May Come With Infection Risks

Frolicking in the sea may torpedo your health, new research suggests. It found a twofold increased risk for general ear problems, a 77 percent increased risk for earaches and a 29 percent increased risk for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses among people who swam in the sea. The findings came from an analysis of 19 studies, involving more...

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Alka-Seltzer Plus Products: Recall - Ingredients on Front Sticker May Not Match Product in Carton

ISSUE: Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus packages that: Were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. Can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Vaccines Are Important for Adults, Too

-- Children aren't the only ones who need protection against a host of dangerous germs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Vaccines that you receive as a child may wear off over time, the agency says. The list of vaccinations that you'll need as an adult will vary, based on your age, lifestyle, travel, health conditions and job. Nonetheless,...

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Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

The quality of abortion services in the United States can hinge on where a woman lives, a new report shows. The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that limit a woman's access to a safe and effective abortion. According...

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Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide

Finally, there's a bit of positive news in this brutal flu season. A new study suggests that Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the only commercially available prescription medicine approved to treat the flu, does not boost suicide risk among children and teens. Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required a warning on Tamiflu packaging that...

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Recycled Toilet Water Aces Its Taste Test

Think you could taste the difference between recycled toilet water, bottled water or tap water? It's unlikely, results of a blind taste test suggest. Years of drought in California have given momentum to household use of recycled wastewater. Six water agencies in the state already use wastewater that's produced through a technology called indirect...

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Binge Drinking Rampant Among Americans

Americans are on a binge drinking binge. More than 17 billion binge drinks were consumed by American adults in 2015, a new federal government study shows. That works out to an average of 470 drinks per binge drinker. The study also found that 1 in 6 (37 million) American adults binge drink about once a week and down an average of seven drinks per...

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Health Highlights: March 16, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Kratom-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Expands: CDC A salmonella outbreak linked to kratom products has expanded, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Since March 2, three more strains of salmonella involved in the outbreak...

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Can You Be Obese But Heart-Healthy? Study Says No

A new British study of nearly 300,000 people dismantles the "obesity paradox," a theory that claims being obese does not necessarily raise heart risks. Instead, the researchers found, obesity increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, and the risk increases the more fat one carries around the waist. "The higher total body...

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'March Madness' a Peak Time for Vasectomies

Thinking about a vasectomy? Now -- as March Madness begins -- might be just the time for the procedure. The NCAA basketball tournament and other major "sporting events are a popular time for men to schedule a vasectomy because we advise them to take it easy for two to three days after the procedure," Dr. Jim Dupree, an assistant professor of urology...

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We are proud to announce that has been awarded a Silver Award for “Best Consumer General Health Site” in the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. Jane Weber Brubaker, chair of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, notes that “Winners range from small and large healthcare provider organizations, to business-to-business and medical device companies, but they share these […]

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The team at is humbled and heartened to have been recognized as the ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year‘ in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. The annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study measures and compares a brand’s health over time and against key competitors. Other categories measured include travel, financial, automotive and entertainment. […]

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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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