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Better Way to Diagnose Kidney Stones

September 18, 2014 | Comments

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the less expensive and radiation-free ultrasounds can detect kidney stones as well as the more expensive CT scans. Also, the FDA is investigating the increase in testosterone therapy by older men.

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What's in Your Toothpaste? Some Contain Plastic Microbeads

September 17, 2014 9:11 am | Comments

A major manufacturer is removing the tiny plastic particles from its toothpaste.                             

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Study: Generic Statins Get Better Results

September 16, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

Researchers in Boston say that generic statins are more effective than name-brand cholesterol pills.                         

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Millions of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Kids May Be Unnecessary, Study Finds

September 15, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

Pediatric researchers found that 11 million prescriptions for antibiotics in kids may be unnecessary.                         

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Controlling Blood Sugar May Not Prevent Diabetes, Study Finds

September 12, 2014 8:29 am | Comments

Research from the American Heart Association found that controlling blood sugar levels may not be enough to avoid heart disease and diabetes. Plus, doctors are calling on wealthier countries to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak.    

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Rare Respiratory Virus Spreading Rapidly

September 11, 2014 9:08 am | Comments

The CDC is tracking the disease that is currently affecting twelve states.                               

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Contraception Suits Continue Against White House

September 10, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

A new batch of lawsuits challenge the White House’s mandate that requires employers to provide contraception for employees.                      

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Prescription Drug Abuse is "Public Health Crisis," says Attorney General

September 9, 2014 8:57 am | Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing a new nationwide 'take-back' program to help combat prescription drug abuse, a problem he calls an "urgent and growing threat."              

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Potentially Deadly Mystery Virus

September 8, 2014 8:41 am | Comments

Hundreds of children are sickened by a respiratory illness with symptoms that mimic a common cold.                          

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Researchers May Have Found a Way to Switch Off Auto-Immune Diseases

September 5, 2014 8:36 am | Comments

British researchers were able to target the aggressive immune system cells that attack healthy tissue and convert them into cells that could protect against diseases. Also, new study reports postmenopausal woman can prevent stroke by eating potassium-rich foods.

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CDC: 'Window is Closing' to Stop Ebola

September 3, 2014 9:03 am | Comments

The CDC issued a dire warning about Ebola, and CNN's Sanjay Gupta explains the challenge of containing the outbreak.                       

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New Drug to Treat Congestive Heart Failure Shows Promise

September 2, 2014 9:26 am | Comments

Doctors say that new treatment could be a big breakthrough to help those affected by the condition.                          

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Scientists Grow First Working Organ From Scratch

August 28, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

For the first time, scientists from the University of Edinburgh were able to grow a whole functional organ, a thymus, from scratch inside a living mouse.                

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Scientists Develop New Classifications for Breast Cancer

August 28, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

Breast cancer researchers in Britain have come up with a new classification system for the disease which could help improve treatment. Also, a drug to fight multiple sclerosis is doing well in clinical trials.       

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water Supply

August 28, 2014 11:02 am | Comments

The potentially deadly amoeba threatens thousands of people in Saint John the Baptist Parish.                          

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Study Links Common Antibiotic to Heart Deaths

August 27, 2014 3:51 pm | Comments

New research has uncovered a correlation between the antibiotic Clarithromycin and an increase in heart deaths. Despite the connection, researchers say the risk is small, and that doctors shouldn't alter the way they administer the drug.  

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