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70% of Californians signed up for the Affordable Care Act

Around 70% of Californians have signed up for the Affordable Care Act in America. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, seventy percent of adults who didn't have insurance in California have now signed up with...


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What effects coffee has on our brain?

Coffee has always attracted the attention of researchers and health experts, with some claiming that caffeine found in coffee is bad for health and it can temporarily increase your heart rate and blood pressure...


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Under fire Planned Parenthood calls for study of fetal tissue research

Planned Parenthood is facing severe criticism for its involvement in providing fetal tissue for research but the criticism has not stopped it from asking the government's top health scientists to convene a panel of...


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Blood pressure swing bad news for heart

Wide blood pressure fluctuations might signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, according to researchers. Lead researcher Paul Muntner, an epidemiologist working in Birmingham, Ala...


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South Korean PM declares end to MERS outbreak

South Korea Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn today declared that his country is now effectively out of danger from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after recording its first care more than two months ago.


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Two inexpensive generic cancer drugs can reduce breast cancer deaths

Two separate studies have found that two types of inexpensive generic drugs available in the market could help in reducing the number of breast cancer deaths. The researchers claimed that postmenopausal women with...


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Gene-editing technique with low-dose irradiation used to repair human stem cells

In a first, a gene-editing technique involving low-dose irradiation has been used by the researchers to repair patient cells. The details about this method have been published...


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Setback for AstraZeneca as drug fails in eye cancer

In a major blow for AstraZeneca, the company's much-awaited experimental drug selumetinib did not meet its goal in a late-stage trial for a rare cancer of the eye.


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Too much TV ups Alzheimer's risk

A new study has found that too much TV viewing might damage brain and also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The researchers at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education in San...


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Americans not eating enough vegetables and fruits: CDC data

About 80% of the U.S. citizens do not include fresh fruits and vegetables in sufficient quantities in their diet to stay healthy, according to a latest study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and...


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Breast cancer survivors at high risk for weight gain

A new study has found that breast cancer survivors or those who have a family history for the disease are more at risk of gaining weight than women who do not have cancer.


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Studies support guidelines for wider statins use

Two new studies published on Tuesday backed the controversial new cholesterol guidelines that have the potential to increase the population of Americans advised by their doctors to take statins - cholesterol-lowering drugs.


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Climate change linked to health

A new study has found that health is linked to climate change and even a minor change in weather has a direct effect on humans. The researchers said that it is possible that a typhoon could wipe out our clean...


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Elderly women more at risk of breast cancer after 50% cannot name another

Elderly women are more at risk of suffering from breast cancer because only half could name a symptom aside from a lump. Around 35% of those diagnosed with the disease - around 13,400 - are aged over 70 and this cancer...


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Telemedicine gains momentum, traditional practitioners unhappy

Video consultations have now started becoming popular as a revolutionary development for the medical industry. On the surface, the idea of telemedicine and in some cases offering a preliminary diagnosis from a remote...


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FDA approves new drug Entresto to treat heart failure

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) tablets for the treatment of heart failure. In clinical testing it has been found that this drug can reduce the rate of...


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Not many countries taxing tobacco products enough: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said in its new report that taxing cigarettes up to 75 percent of their retail price is among the most effective ways to curb the use of tobacco, but very few countries are imposing...


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Bariatric surgery helpful for obese diabetics

A new study has found that weight-loss surgery is set to benefit diabetics suffering from obesity. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said that diabetics suffering from obesity...


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Philippines confirms it's first MERS case

Philippines today confirmed its first case of MERS with the health officials saying a 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the country from the Middle East has been placed in quarantine after he tested positive for...


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Sniff test to help detect autism

A new study has suggested that the way used by children to sniff different aromas can help in developing an effective test for autism. The researchers said that the delightful aroma of a bouquet of roses is inhaled longer...


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Diabetes drug helps in weight loss

A new study has found that an injectable diabetes drug named Liraglutide, which was approved by the FDA last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 18 pounds (eight kilograms).


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Oregon residents count down to legalization of marijuana before lighting up

Hundreds of people counted down the minutes to midnight before lighting up marijuana as it became legal in Oregon on Wednesday. Oregon has become the latest city to legalize the marijuana and it is likely that many other...


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Drinking too much water not good for health

A new study has found that drinking too much water could be harmful for health. A new statement released by this year's International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia (EAH) Consensus Development Conference shows how...


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Alzheimer's could begin two decades before diagnosis

A new study has found that even if symptoms of Alzheimer's disease start showing in old age, the biological processes that lead to this mental condition may begin a couple of decades ago in the 'middle age'.


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Eating carbs after vegetables, proteins could help diabetics

A new study has found that type 2 diabetics may benefit if they eat carbohydrates after vegetables and proteins. The study done by nutritionists from Weill Cornell Medical College said that the order of the food...


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Thousands of malaria cases in Guinea go untreated amid Ebola fears

A new authoritative research has found that tens of thousands of malaria cases in Guinea were left untreated last year amid Ebola fears. The research done by infectious diseases experts said 74,000 fewer people were...


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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan diagnosed with 'advanced' form of cancer

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Monday disclosed that he has been diagnosed with late stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which he called "a very advanced and very aggressive" form of cancer.


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1 in 5 teens bullied on social media

A new study has found that one in five teens may be bullied on social media. The study also showed that bullied kids are more likely to be depressed and to be female, and cyberbullying often starts from relationships.


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South Korea reports two more MERS deaths, three new cases

Two more MERS fatalities and three new cases were reported in South Korea on Sunday. With the latest deaths, the total death toll in the country from this viral disease has jumped to 27.


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Hawaii becomes first state in US to raise smoking age to 21

A bill was signed by Hawaii's governor on Friday raising the legal smoking age statewide to 21. Hawaii was the first US state to do so. The law takes effect on January. 1, 2016, and will also ban the sale, purchase or use of...


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