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  1. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Blows Up Social Media

    Aug. 22, 2014 -- It seems like every celebrity is getting in on it, from pop stars to athletes to politicians, as well as millions of ordinary people across the social media universe. They're all pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenging others to do the same, all in the name of

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  2. Low-Nicotine Cigs May Not Lead to More Smoking

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter 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.

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  3. New Test Helps Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test that may help doctors diagnose type 1 diabetes, the most common form diagnosed in children and adolescents. The Kronus ZnT8Ab Elisa Assay may help some people

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

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. Significant progress has been made in reducing levels of harmful substances in urban air in recent decad

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  5. DEA to Tighten Access to Some Narcotic Painkillers

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter 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 rest

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  6. Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed their babies, and here's one possible reason why: Hospitals in neighborhoods with many black residents do less to promote nursing than those in areas

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  7. Some Insurers Still Refuse To Cover Contraceptives

    By Michelle Andrews How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they’ll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut? Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy

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  8. 2 U.S. Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

    Aug. 21, 2014 -- Two Americans infected with Ebola as they cared for patients in West Africa have fully recovered and have been discharged from the Atlanta hospital where they were treated, officials said. “After a rigorous course of treatment and thorough testing we have determined, in conjunction

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  9. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay 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 expe

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  10. Consumer Reports Tells Pregnant Women: Avoid Tuna

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure. "We're particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrim

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