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  • Rare disease causes 11-year-old to be allergic to the sun

    Rare disease causes 11-year-old to be allergic to the sun

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    An 11-year-old girl in Los Angeles whom doctors misdiagnosed with eczema for years has resorted to a life in darkness after learning she has a rare disease that makes her allergic to the sun, ABC 7 reported. Savannah Fulkerson first started getting mysterious blisters and…

  • FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

    FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

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    Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death.The Food and Drug Administration cleared the twice-a-day pill from Vertex Pharmaceuticals for a…

  • FDA cracks down on unapproved ear drops

    FDA cracks down on unapproved ear drops

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    The Food and Drug Administration says it plans to crack down on unapproved prescription ear drops often given to young children suffering from ear infections.The agency published a memo Tuesday warning manufacturers of the drops to cease production or they could face criminal proceedings.…

  • Scientists link blue eyes with alcoholism

    Scientists link blue eyes with alcoholism

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    Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one.Reporting in the…

  • Half of US women are overweight during pregnancy, study finds

    Half of US women are overweight during pregnancy, study finds

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    Roughly half of first-time mothers in the U.S. gain too much weight during pregnancy, about the same proportion who are overweight at the start, a study finds. Researchers compared data on more than 2 million American women to a group of about 1,650 of their…

  • Cuba becomes first country to eliminate mom-to-child HIV transmission

    Cuba becomes first country to eliminate mom-to-child HIV transmission

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    Cuba has become the first country in the world to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a news release Tuesday. “This new validation process will play a critical role in tracking and understanding progress in the fight to end…

  • Kids need to cut sodium, salt from their diets, experts warn

    Kids need to cut sodium, salt from their diets, experts warn

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    Chicken nuggets, crackers and macaroni and cheese may be the only foods you can get your kids to eat, but experts agree, the sodium from these and other foods— not to mention the calories and fat— is setting the stage for a lifetime of health…

  • Doctors extract 5-foot-long hairball from girl’s stomach

    Doctors extract 5-foot-long hairball from girl’s stomach

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    A teenage girl in India is recovering from a surgery during which doctors removed a 5-foot-long hairball from her stomach, Metro.co.uk reported. Kavita Kumari, 15, was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Rapunzel syndrome, which is marked by an addiction to eating hair. According to…

  • Easy to swallow: The simple remedy that has replaced my blood pressure pills

    Easy to swallow: The simple remedy that has replaced my blood pressure pills

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    It hasn't been easy, but I have stepped up my exercise and gone back to meditation and yoga: techniques I had done regularly in the past. I am a believer in the importance of sleep, yoga and meditation, but I can't remember how or when…

  • Study focuses on slowing progression of Alzheimer’s

    Study focuses on slowing progression of Alzheimer’s

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    A study underway at 50 U.S. hospitals is taking an alternative approach in investigating how to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease— a condition that affects an estimated one in nine people age 65 and older, and one for which there is no cure. In…

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