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  1. Medicaid Drives Historic Coverage Gains In CO

    By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Health News Colorado Colorado’s uninsured rate has plummeted from a recent high of 15.8 percent four years ago to 6.7 percent this year, and the success of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado is almost entirely the result of Medicaid expansion, according to a much anticipa

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  2. Pure Powdered Caffeine a Serious Health Risk: FDA

    Sept. 1, 2015 -- Pure powdered caffeine poses a serious health risk and is known to have caused the death of two teens in 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine contains the same amount of caffeine as in about 28 cups of coffee. Use of this product c

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  3. Pot Overtakes Cigarettes Among College Students

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- On college campuses nationwide, daily cigarette smoking appears to be in steep decline while the rate of smoking pot each day climbs, well, higher. In fact, a new study shows that, for the first time, more U.S. college st

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  4. Excess Midlife Weight Tied to Earlier Alzheimer's

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Avoiding middle-age spread could be one way to delay the onset of dementia, a new study hints. Researchers found that among 142 elderly adults with Alzheimer's disease, those who were overweight at age 50 tended to develop t

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  5. Your Heart Is Likely 'Older' Than You Are

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three out of four American adults have a heart that's "older" than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday. Your "heart age" is based on a risk profile that incl

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  6. U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with just over 15 percent of adults reporting they're current smokers, a new government survey reveals. That's down from nearly 17 percent in 2014 and almost 18 percent in 201

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  7. Is Obesity Risk ‘Hardwired’ in the Brain?

    Sept. 1, 2015 -- Some people become obese because their cravings for food are built-in, according to new research. Australian and Spanish research teams came to their conclusions using MRI brain scans to investigate people's responses to pictures of food. They found that a food craving activates dif

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  8. Health Highlights: Sept. 1, 2015

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Death Toll Reaches 7 in Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans' Home Three more deaths from Legionnaires' disease at a veterans' home in Illinois have increased the death toll to seve

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  9. Could All Work and No Play Hurt Your Health?

    Sept. 1, 2015 -- Type A. Workaholic. Burning the candle at both ends. Married to the job. If any of those describe your approach to your career, and you’re letting those vacation days pile up, you may be setting yourself up for some serious health problems. A recent study from University College in

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  10. Knee, Hip Replacements Linked to Heart Risks

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who have total hip or knee replacement surgery face a greater risk for a heart attack during the first month following the procedure, a new study finds. The chances of a heart attack were more than eight times gre

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