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  1. Urine Test for Kids With Asthma Shows Promise

    Dec. 5, 2014 -- Children with asthma might one day benefit from a simple urine test that could ensure they receive the right dose of medication to help them better manage their condition. An Anglo-Polish research team found that a urine test can accurately measure levels of inflammation and find one

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  2. Brain Scans Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans taken shortly after a mild stroke can help identify patients at risk of suffering another stroke within three months, a new study suggests. The study included more than 2,000 people who had CT scans of the bra

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  3. Low-Dose Aspirin and Women Under 65

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although low-dose aspirin may curb the risks of heart disease and colon cancer, the downsides appear to outweigh the benefits for many women, a new large study suggests. For women younger than 65, researchers found taking lo

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  4. Smoking Might Cost Men Their 'Y' Chromosome: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who smoke may see more of their Y chromosomes disappear as they age, a new study suggests. Scientists have long known that as men grow older, the Y chromosome can start to disappear from some of their body cells. And tha

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  5. FDA Approves Injectable Device for Back, Leg Pain

    Dec. 4, 2014 -- The FDA has approved an injectable microchip nerve-stimulation device for the relief of ongoing back and leg pain. The Stimwave Freedom Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) system is expected to be available in the United States next January, the company, Stimwave Technologies Inc., said in

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  6. This Year’s Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Hoped

    Dec. 4, 2014 -- Flu season is well underway, and the CDC says the flu shot may not be offering as much protection as experts had hoped. “So far this season, influenza A -- H3N2 viruses -- have been detected most frequently, and in almost all states,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, in a t

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  7. Who Is Getting ACA Insurance – And Who Isn’t

    By Julie Rovner A story on NPR earlier this week described the “family glitch” in the Affordable Care Act. That’s  when  people can’t afford their insurance at work but make too much to qualify for subsidies  in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these mostly middle-income Americans will remain un

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  8. Obesity Ills May Shave Up to 8 Years Off Your Life

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The heart disease and diabetes that often accompany obesity may rob people of almost a decade of life and close to two decades of a healthy life, Canadian researchers report. "Not only is excess body weight associated w

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  9. New U.S. Kidney Transplant Rules Take Effect

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New rules intended to create a more level playing field for those awaiting kidney transplants in the United States go into effect Thursday. The changes are designed to lengthen the time younger patients will have workin

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  10. Health Care Worker Arrives in U.S.; May Have Ebola

    Dec. 4, 2014 -- An American health care worker who may be infected with Ebola arrived Thursday morning at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after a flight from West Africa. The hospital has a special isolation unit that was used for four of the 10 Ebola patients previously treated in the United S

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