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Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who take the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin) along with certain types of cholesterol-lowering statins are at risk for drug interaction side effects that can lead to hospitalization or even death, a new study suggests.
“Physicians need to be made aware of this newly described dangerous interaction and consider […]

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Immune System May Play Role in Obesity

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Certain immune system cells may play an important role in weight control, an early study suggests.
Scientists had known that the immune cells may help ward off obesity in mice. The new findings are the first to suggest the same is true in humans, researchers report […]

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Bone Drugs May Protect Against Endometrial Cancer

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Bisphosphonates, which are drugs that treat bone loss, may lower the risk of endometrial cancer, new research suggests.
The study found that women taking the drugs had about half the risk of endometrial cancer compared to women who don’t take the drugs. Endometrial cancer — one of the […]

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Mother’s Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana — and to do so at an earlier age — if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says.
These same teens are also more likely to engage in […]

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Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise

SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report.
The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according […]

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Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers.
“The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy […]

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Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users’ Suicide Risk

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds.
“We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide,” Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of […]

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Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds.
The researchers said these biofilms were especially prevalent on the right side of the colon.
The presence of these biofilms may represent an increased likelihood of colon cancer and could […]

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FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug.
Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The drug is for women who […]

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Caramel Apples Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak, CDC Says

U.S. and state health officials are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has killed at least four people and sickened 28 others in 10 states.

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Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say.
The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children’s Vision Health.
The panel said that children in this age group […]

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Crohn’s, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report.
The findings, published recently in the journal Genome Medicine, could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn’s or colitis, the study […]

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E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potentially illness-causing E. coli bacteria were found on nearly one-quarter of herbs bought at farmers markets, according to a new study.
Researchers checked cilantro, basil and parsley from almost 50 vendors from 13 farmers markets in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California, and in the Seattle area. Out […]

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Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients’ well-being, a new study finds.
Researchers examined data from 1,000 people in the United States who had been diagnosed with colorectal or lung cancer. Of those patients, almost 900 had finished their treatments and were cancer-free, and […]

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Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research warns parents that buying an older car for their teens may put their young lives at risk.
Nearly half of teen drivers killed in the United States between 2008 and 2012 were driving cars that were at least 11 years old and often lacked important safety features […]

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E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Former tobacco smokers find e-cigarettes less addictive than traditional cigarettes, new research finds.
Even though they “smoke” e-cigarettes as often as they did regular cigarettes, thousands of ex-smokers said they have fewer cravings and are less likely to feel impulsive and irritable over their need to […]

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Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says.
The findings suggest that total tooth loss could provide an early warning of increased risk of physical and […]

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