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  1. Officials: Ebola Threat Diminishing in W. Africa

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- West Africa's Ebola epidemic has slowed significantly, but health officials are hesitant to say the lethal virus is no longer a threat. Ebola infections have killed more than 8,600 people and sickened 21,000, mos

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  2. Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds. "Basically we found that people who smoke had a higher risk of their

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  3. Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found. It's generally believed that overall alcohol consumption is the major contributor to cirrhosis. But these new findings suggest that

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  4. 'Long Life' Gene Might Make Some Smarter, Too: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A gene variant believed to "wire" people to live longer might also ensure that they keep their wits about them as they age, a new study reports. People who carry this gene variant have larger volumes in a front part of

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  5. Heart Surgery Transfusions May Up Pneumonia Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery may raise a patient's risk of pneumonia, researchers report. "The ability to store and transfuse blood is one of medicine's greatest accomplishments, but we are co

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  6. Upper Blood Pressure Number and Younger Adults

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged adults with high systolic blood pressure -- the top number in the blood pressure reading -- may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. "High blood pressure becomes increasi

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  7. Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports the notion that thyroid disorders can cause significant reproductive problems for women. The report's authors believe that testing for thyroid disease should be considered for women who have fertility

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  8. Use of These Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia. The drugs -- called anticholinergics -- include nonprescri

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  9. Menu Calorie Counts May Mean Healthier Kids' Meals

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents might order fewer calories for their children if menus included calorie counts or information on how much walking would be required to burn off the calories in foods, a new study suggests. The new research also fou

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  10. U.K. Nurse Recovers From Ebola

    Jan. 26, 2015 -- Pauline Cafferkey, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United Kingdom, has been discharged from a hospital in London after making a full recovery. The Scottish nurse, who caught the disease while working at a treatment center in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone, said she was

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