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  • Parents: Talk about alcohol when kids are 9

    Parents: Talk about alcohol when kids are 9

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    Parents should start talking to their children about alcohol at age 9, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics aimed at preventing binge drinking in young people.As many as 50 percent of high school students currently drink alcohol, and within that…

  • Most adults' 'heart age' exceeds their actual age, says CDC

    Most adults' 'heart age' exceeds their actual age, says CDC

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    Three out of four U.S. adults have a predicted "heart age" that is older than they are, putting them at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, government researchers said on Tuesday."Your heart may be older than you are. For most adults in the…

  • For marijuana and the brain, questions remain

    For marijuana and the brain, questions remain

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    Two new studies out today in JAMA Psychiatry highlight the persistent questions about how cannabis might affect brain development.In one study, twins had similar brain volume even when one used recreational marijuana and the other didn't. But in the second study, high-risk male teens…

  • Dental device promises pain-free tooth repair

    Dental device promises pain-free tooth repair

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    A filling is one of the most common procedures carried out by dentists. But just the thought of anesthetic injections followed by the sound of the drill is enough to send shivers down the spine of many people. But a new technology developed by British…

  • The rise of superbugs: How antibiotic resistance develops and how you can help stop it

    The rise of superbugs: How antibiotic resistance develops and how you can help stop it

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    Even the man who discovered penicillin in the 1940s knew that one day antibiotics could become useless if used improperly. Sir Alexander Fleming warned about the misuse of antibiotics leading to resistance, and now experts say that’s exactly what’s happening. The Centers for Disease Control…

  • Steroid injections for lower back pain have limited benefits, study says

    Steroid injections for lower back pain have limited benefits, study says

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    Epidural corticosteroid injections are a common treatment for lower back pain, but a review of 38 placebo-controlled studies supports previous evidence that suggests the therapy may only be beneficial in the short term. The injections are used to relieve pain from radiculopathy and spinal stenosis.…

  • Apples

    Apples

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    It’s no secret that fruit is a smart part of a healthy diet. When a snack attack hits, pay a visit to your fruit bowl... Whatever’s in there is likely to be better for you than the contents of your pantry! But is all fruit…

  • Second cancers are on the rise; 1 in 5 US cases is a repeat

    Second cancers are on the rise; 1 in 5 US cases is a repeat

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    Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before.When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread…

  • Study reviews effects of antidepressants on fertility

    Study reviews effects of antidepressants on fertility

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    In a new review focused on the effects of mental illness on fertility, researchers at The Ohio State University found there was not sufficient evidence to prove the use of antidepressants had detrimental effects on pregnancy.The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,…

  • More Legionnaires' bacteria found at Philadelphia-area university

    More Legionnaires' bacteria found at Philadelphia-area university

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    Legionnaires' disease bacteria have been discovered in hot water systems at a suburban Philadelphia university, but officials say the levels detected are not cause for immediate concern.West Chester University officials say hot water systems were drained and treated with chlorine in nine buildings where…

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