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Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan, while respecting the views of companies that objected to the provision on [...]

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Read Food Labels to Combat Childhood Obesity

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — One way to fight childhood obesity is to pay close attention to food labels when you go to the grocery store, a nutrition expert says.
The Nutrition Facts label reveals the number of calories and percentage of a day’s worth of nutrients in one serving of a food product.
When [...]

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One Part of the Brain Doesn’t Age, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — At least one part of an older person’s brain can still process information as well as younger people, according to new research.
Researchers compared the spatial attention skills of 60 older adults and younger people. Spatial attention is important for many areas of life, from walking and driving [...]

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Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner, EPA Says

The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday.

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Getting Healthier a Big Money-Saver for People With Diabetes

Not only is eating better and exercising healthy for people with diabetes, it can save them hundreds of health-care dollars a year, a new study finds.

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With Kids in School, Parents Can Work Out

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Back-to-school time provides an opportunity for parents to develop an exercise plan that fits into the family schedules, an expert suggests.
“Forget New Year’s resolutions; the start of a child’s school year can also be the start of a new fitness and exercise program for parents,” Karin Richards, a [...]

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Neutering Project Curbed Feral Cat Population

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An intensive effort to sterilize feral cats reduced the number of felines taken to an animal shelter in Florida and euthanized, a new study reveals.
“We investigated whether we ever could neuter enough cats to slow their intake into animal control,” Dr. Julie Levy, a professor of shelter medicine [...]

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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery May Ease Migraines, Small Study Says

Cosmetic eyelid surgery involving specific nerves may do more than improve your looks — the procedure may also provide migraine relief for some, according to new research.

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Many Americans Harbor Unfounded Fears About Ebola Outbreak: Survey

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans know little about how Ebola is transmitted and harbor unfounded fears about the possibility of an outbreak in the United States, a new survey shows.
About four in 10 adults said they are worried that there will be a major Ebola outbreak in the United States, and [...]

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College Prep 101

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — College can be a challenging time for young people, but there are a number of things they can do to make the most of their new life, an expert says.
This is “a time to adjust, explore, meet new people and learn to manage the temptations of new freedom,” [...]

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Food Allergies More Common Among Inner City Kids, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Inner city children have a higher-than-normal risk of developing food allergies, a new study finds.
Researchers followed 516 inner city children in four U.S. cities — Baltimore, Boston, New York and St. Louis — from birth until age 5 and found that at least 10 percent of them developed [...]

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Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many children get anxious or afraid when they have to get a vaccination, but there are a number of ways that parents can make these shots easier for their kids, an expert suggests.
The first step is to explain to children in an age-appropriate way that the vaccinations help [...]

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Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of Americans on work disability chronically use powerful prescription painkillers, according to a new study.
Researchers found that between 2007 and 2011, about 44 percent of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers each year. And the percentage using [...]

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Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don’t smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study.
This means they don’t inhale more toxic chemicals than other smokers, the researchers say.
The month-long study included 72 adult smokers, aged 18 to 65, who smoked regular [...]

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Counseling Does Little to Deter Youth Drinking, Review Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Counseling may do little to help young people with drinking problems, a large-scale review finds.
Researchers analyzed 66 studies that included nearly 18,000 people 25 and younger, many of whom were at high risk for drinking problems. Participants in 49 studies attended a single one-on-one counseling session, while participants [...]

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U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States.
The new restrictions would cover prescription narcotic drugs such as Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents, putting them [...]

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Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.
Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years experienced full recovery when treated with cognitive therapy plus antidepressant medication, researchers [...]

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