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Could More Coffee Lower Your Odds for Diabetes?

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking more coffee might lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new large U.S. study suggests.

People who boosted their daily java intake by more than one cup over four years reduced their diabetes risk, while adults who drank less coffee in that time ...

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Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

Apr 24, 2014

By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.

A top Cover Oregon official,

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More Muscle May Help Kidney Dialysis Patients

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For kidney dialysis patients, having more muscle improves their ability to walk and benefits their physical and mental health, according to a new study.

It included 105 hemodialysis patients who were assessed for ...

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Your Digestive Tract's Surface Is the Size of a Studio Apartment

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The inner surface of your gastrointestinal tract is as large as a small studio apartment, or between about 100 and 130 square feet, according to a new study.

While that may seem impressive, it's much smaller than ...

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Measles on Upswing Despite Vaccines' Effectiveness: CDC

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinations have prevented an estimated 732,000 deaths, 21 million hospitalizations and 322 million illnesses among U.S. children born in the last 20 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

Despite this success, measles -- a highly ...

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Guidelines Aim to Detect More Congenital Heart Defects in Womb

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite advances in technology that make it much easier for doctors to detect heart defects in fetuses, more than half of babies with heart abnormalities go undiagnosed before they're born, experts say.

A new ...

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FDA Approves HPV Test as Initial Screen for Cervical Cancer

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a human papillomavirus (HPV) test as a first step in cervical cancer screening for women aged 25 and older.

"Today's approval offers women and physicians a new option for cervical cancer ...

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Cell-Targeted Therapy Shows Early Promise Against MS

Apr 24, 2014

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment targeting specific white blood cells in the immune system known as B cells may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests.

The study involved 231 people with a form of MS that's ...

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FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.

The new rules, made public Thursday, would give the FDA the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products,

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Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who mapped the genome of the tsetse fly say this genetic information could lead to new ways to fight African sleeping sickness.

The tsetse fly is the only insect that transmits the disease, which threatens ...

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Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries: CDC

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Workplace tumbles off of ladders are a major cause of injury and death among American employees, a new study says.

"Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury [deaths] nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal ...

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Bullying Rates Drop Among American Teens: Study

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago, new research suggests.

Surveys completed by middle school and high school students between 1998 and 2010 suggest that instances of both verbal and physical bullying ...

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Internet May Help Seniors Avoid Depression

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A basic communication tool like email can help isolated older people combat loneliness and depression, a new study suggests.

Surveys conducted between 2002 and 2008 found that far fewer retirees who said they used the Internet for communication and other ...

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Health Highlights: April 24, 2014

Apr 24, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Older Americans Feel Younger Than Their Age: Survey

Many older Americans feel much younger than their actual age, even those who are 100 or older, a new survey finds.

The poll of 302 Baby Boomers ...

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Vitamin D May Not Lower Seniors' Fall Risk

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin D supplements does little to reduce seniors' risk of falls, a new review finds.

Researchers analyzed 20 studies that included nearly 30,000 people and tested how vitamin D supplements affected fall risk.

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FDA Reconsiders Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- They're likened to a dog's "shock collar" by some and called a "life-saving treatment" by others. But the days of electro-shock devices as a tool for managing hard-to-control behavior in people with disabilities may be numbered, U.S. health officials ...

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Kids' Genetic Risk for Obesity Rises With Age, Study Finds

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As children get older, genes appear to play an increasing role in whether some kids become heavier than their peers, a new study indicates.

Researchers looked at 2,556 pairs of twins in England and Wales when they were ...

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1 in 13 U.S. Schoolkids Takes Psych Meds: Report

Apr 24, 2014

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows.

Apparently, the medications are working: More than half of the parents said the drugs are helping ...

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Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplants for Diarrhea: Study

Apr 24, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using frozen material for fecal transplants is as effective as fresh material in curing people with chronic diarrhea caused by recurrent infection with Clostridium difficile bacteria, according to a small new study.

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Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Apr 24, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Daily cleaning of your kitchen can help minimize germs and reduce the risk of contracting a foodborne illness.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions for a daily kitchen clean-up:

  • Using hot, soapy water, frequently ...

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