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The Surprising Beauty Tool That Can Lengthen Lashes, Cover Grays, and More

Stay away from the extensions: You can add instant oomph to your hair, brows, and lashes with fibers.

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Study Links Child Abuse, Neglect to Earlier Onset of Bipolar Disorder

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with bipolar disorder who have a history of being abused or neglected as children may have more severe symptoms and a higher risk of suicide, new research suggests.
“Our findings have important implications for clinical practice, as they suggest that a history of childhood maltreatment could be used […]

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Gains in Kid’s Health Coverage Continue, But Many Still Uninsured

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite a significant increase in the number of American children with health insurance, many still lack coverage, a new study reveals.
From 2013 to 2014, the number of uninsured children fell from 5.9 million to 4.9 million. In 2013, 7.5 percent of youngsters were uninsured, compared to 6.3 percent […]

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Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests.
“With bullying, I think people often assume ‘That’s just kids teasing kids,’ and that’s not true,” said study author Brian Mustanski, director of Northwestern University’s Institute […]

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CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Traces of the Zika virus have been identified in the tissue of two babies who died in Brazil from a birth defect marked by underdeveloped heads and brains, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
The discovery doesn’t prove the Zika virus is the cause of thousands of […]

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Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Deadly H7N9 bird flu can, in certain situations, be transmitted person-to-person in hospitals, according to a new report from China.
Since bird flu first appeared in eastern China in 2013, nearly 700 people have been infected, the study authors said. Almost 300 people have died as […]

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U.S. Dementia Rates Seem to Be Falling, Study Finds

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — U.S. seniors may be developing dementia less often and at later stages of life, a decades-long study suggests.
More than 5,000 people followed for almost 40 years starting in the mid-1970s experienced an average 20 percent reduction in their risk of developing dementia, the researchers said.
At […]

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Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows.
The study authors examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 […]

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Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen — best known under the brand name Tylenol — may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests.
Although the study wasn’t designed to prove cause-and-effect, researchers found that prenatal exposure to the over-the-counter medicine was associated with […]

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People’s Lives: Study

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery — good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests.
However, the news is not the same for those […]

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People’s Lives: Study

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery — good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests.
However, the news is not the same for those […]

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This Is Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations

Car crashes, shootings, and drug overdoses may explain why Americans’ life expectancy is lower than in similar countries.

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TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Tuberculosis cases among foreign-born people in the United States fell by one-fifth in recent years, and the reasons for the decline depend on people’s country of origin, a new study suggests.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs. Overall, TB cases in the […]

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Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The rise in marijuana use among American adults is not as large as previously suggested, a new study says.
About 12.5 percent of adults said they used marijuana at least once in 2013, researchers found, but adults’ use of the drug did not double from 2002 to 2013, as […]

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This Is the New “It” Haircut You’ll Want to Ask Your Stylist For

Stylist to the stars Chris McMillan shares his favorite new look. (Hurray! It’s a tiny bit undone.)

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Birth Defect Tied to Zika Virus Can Leave Children With Lifetime of Health Woes

The thousands of babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains—believed to be caused by infection in the womb with the Zika virus—typically face a lifetime of health challenges.

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Smog Is Bad, and It Can Hurt Your Health for Decades

Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later.

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