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FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug Nexium

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Ivax Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., received approval to market esomeprazole in 20- and 40-milligram capsules to treat gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) in adults and children […]

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Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Their Cancer

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study.
The lack of knowledge was even more pronounced among minority women, the study authors found.
This finding is worrisome because knowing about a […]

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Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with chronic insomnia may be at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study from China suggests.
The researchers found that people with chronic insomnia who took longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep had a 300 percent higher risk of high blood pressure. The longer they […]

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Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia.
The drugs — called anticholinergics — include nonprescription diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (Sinequan). This class […]

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Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many folks in their 30s and 40s chow down on burgers, fried chicken and other fatty foods without fear, figuring they have years before they need to worry about their cholesterol levels.
But new research reveals that long-term exposure to even slightly higher cholesterol levels can […]

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ER Patients With Chest Pain May Not Always Need Heart Tests: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For patients seen in emergency rooms solely for chest pain, noninvasive screening tests may not always predict future heart trouble, a new study suggests.
Such tests include:

electrocardiograms, which measure the heart’s electrical activity,
echocardiograms, which measure how well blood is flowing in the heart using ultrasound,
and CT […]

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Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women’s Fertility, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study supports the notion that thyroid disorders can cause significant reproductive problems for women.
The report’s authors believe that testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women who have fertility problems and repeated early pregnancy loss.
The research, published Jan. 23 in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, […]

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Use of Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia.
The drugs — called anticholinergics — include nonprescription diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and tricyclic antidepressants like doxepin (Sinequan). This class […]

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The Weird Way Exercise Can Make Your Brain Sharper

Young women who regularly exercise may have more oxygen circulating in their brains — and possibly sharper minds, a small study suggests.

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How to Stay Safe When Riding Out a Blizzard

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As a potentially record-breaking blizzard pummels the U.S. Northeast, there are steps residents should take to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, doctors say.
The National Weather Service is predicting anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow along a 300-mile corridor that stretches from New Jersey to […]

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Could Premature Birth Affect Adult Relationships, Self-Esteem?

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young adults who were born prematurely are less likely than their peers to have intimate relationships, and may see themselves as somewhat less attractive, a new study suggests.
Finnish researchers found that young adults who’d been born just a few weeks early gave themselves slightly lower […]

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Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Siblings who share a diagnosis of autism often don’t share the same autism-linked genes, according to a new study.
Researchers previously have identified more than 100 genetic mutations that can make a person more susceptible to an autism spectrum disorder, said senior author Dr. Stephen Scherer, […]

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Childhood Neglect May Affect Brain Development, Study Says

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Childhood neglect is associated with changes in the brain’s white matter, a small study shows.
“Our findings have important implications for public health related to early prevention and intervention for children reared in conditions of severe neglect or adverse contexts more generally,” the researchers wrote.
The study looked at 26 […]

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Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study.
“The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not […]

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Reducing Work-Family Conflict May Improve Sleep

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Employees enrolled in a program to reduce work-family conflicts reported improved sleep, a new study says.
“We showed that an intervention focused on changing the workplace culture could increase the measured amount of sleep employees obtain, as well as their perception that their sleep was more sufficient,” said lead […]

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Troubled Boys, Girls Have Sex Earlier, Study Finds

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with certain behavior problems are more likely to have sex at an early age, a new study reveals.
Boys and girls who are unruly and aggressive from a young age were found to be more likely to start having sex before age 16, researchers reported […]

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Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Less Fattening Meals for Kids

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents might order fewer calories for their children if menus included calorie counts or information on how much walking would be required to burn off the calories in foods, a new study suggests.
The new research also found that mothers and fathers were more likely to […]

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