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  1. Night Shift May Boost Black Women's Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) Night shift work significantly increases the risk of diabetes in black women, according to a new study. "In view of the high prevalence of shift work among workers in the U.S.A. -- 35 percent among non-Hispanic blacks and 28

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  2. Test May Take Guesswork Out of Quitting Smoking

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is notoriously tough, and some smokers may try different approaches for years before they succeed, if ever. But new research suggests that someday, a simple test might point smokers toward the quitting strate

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  3. Study: Many Teens Think 'Light Smoking' Is Safe

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that "light" -- or occasional -- smoking isn't harmful. "All smoking counts," said study lead author S

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  4. Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many older people with diabetes may be exposed to potential harm because doctors are trying to keep overly tight control of their blood sugar levels, a new study argues. Researchers found that nearly two-thirds of older

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  5. Skipping This May Work for Some With Rectal Cancer

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For many rectal cancer patients, the prospect of surgery is a worrisome reality, given that the operation can significantly impair both bowel and sexual function. However, a new study reveals that some cancer patients may far

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  6. Naps May Boost Your Baby's Memory

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies process and preserve memories during those many naps they take during the day, a new study suggests. "We discovered that sleeping shortly after learning helps infants to retain memories over extended periods of time

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  7. The Mind May Be a Muscle Booster

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mind can play a key role in maintaining muscle strength in limbs that are placed in a cast for a prolonged period of time, a new study suggests. The researchers said mental imagery might help reduce the muscle

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  8. Cancer Survivors May Face Mental, Physical Issues

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. cancer survivors have unresolved physical and mental health issues long after being cured, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised. "Many oncologists intuit that their patients may have unmet needs, but be

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  9. Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

    By Phil Galewitz PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find a specialist willing to see him.  After days of calling, she was finally able to get Nathaniel an a

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  10. U.S. Ebola Survivor Returning to West Africa

    Jan. 12, 2015 -- An American doctor who survived Ebola after being infected while working in Liberia is returning to the West African country. Dr. Rick Sacra, an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts, is scheduled to fly to Liberia on Thursday

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