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  1. Faster Drug Approvals Linked to Safety Issues

    Aug. 14, 2014 -- In the years since the FDA sped up its drug-approval process, the rate of black box warnings on prescription drugs, as well drug withdrawals, has increased, according to an article in the August issue of Health Affairs. The agency imposes black box warnings to highlight side effects

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  2. Studies Question Need to Watch Your Salt

    Aug. 14, 2014 -- Worried about your salt intake? You may not need to be. A trio of studies has given us a clearer picture of the relationship between salt and heart health. Although we’ve been told for years to watch our salt, experts say new research questions that. “You don’t need to be freaking o

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  3. Employees Benefit From Natural Light, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day -- particularly in the

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  4. Choose Wrinkle Treatments Wisely, FDA Advises

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injectable dermal fillers are widely used by people seeking to smooth out wrinkles, but it's important to know the risks of these products before using them, a U.S. government expert says. Dermal fillers use a variety of

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  5. Nearly 1 in 5 People Has at Least 1 Soda a Day

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. For example, while about 12 percent of people in New York state or Hawa

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  6. These May Cut Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests. The researchers followe

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  7. CDC Commits More Than 400 Staffers to Fight Ebola

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 55 staffers already in Ebola-hit areas of West Africa helping to fight the current outbreak, the agency said Wednesday. Another 350 U.S.-based CDC personnel are worki

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  8. New At-Home Colon Cancer Test: FAQ

    Aug. 13, 2014 -- A new at-home colon cancer test that looks for DNA mutations in stool is more accurate than the stool test currently used, but it won’t replace colonoscopies, experts say. The test, called Cologuard, is "another weapon in our arsenal for colon cancer screening," says James Lin, MD.

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  9. Sperm's 'Shield' Might Play Role in Fertility

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary new research points to the possibility that some infertile men could benefit from boosting a protein shield that protects sperm cells from germs. While it's too early to know if the research will lead to any

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  10. Malnutrition Threatens Many Seniors Seen at ERs

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals. Among ER patients aged 65 and older, 16 percent were malnourished and 60 percent

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