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  1. Study Links Antidepressants and Birth Defects

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects. But the study didn't prove that the medications cause birth defects, and e

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  2. Genetic Test May Help Spot Male Fertility Problems

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic test for sperm could help determine whether a couple should resort to in vitro fertilization to conceive a child, researchers say. Men whose sperm lack critical RNA elements tend to have lower chances of

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  3. 'Watchful Waiting' Common for Prostate Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. physicians are sparing their low-risk prostate cancer patients from surgery, radiation and hormone therapy in favor of monitoring their patients over time -- a strategy called watchful waiting, a new study shows.

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  4. Who's At Risk Of Narcotic Painkiller Addiction?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study looks at which patients prescribed a short course of narcotic painkillers may be most prone to long-term abuse. The study finds -- perhaps not surprisingly -- that people with prior histories of drug abuse, or cur

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  5. Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While having one major health problem -- such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke -- can increase your risk for an early death, new research warns that the risk of dying prematurely goes up significantly if you have more tha

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  6. Brain Lesions Linked to Risk of Stroke Death

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny damaged areas in the brain may signal an increased risk of stroke or stroke-related death in people with no history of a prior brain attack, a new study indicates. "These findings suggest that even very small lesion

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  7. Stroke Tied to Long-Term Mental Decline

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke victims often experience an immediate deterioration in their ability to think and reason. But a new study shows that a stroke also can have a more insidious, long-term effect on your mental processes. People who s

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  8. How Long Are Blood Thinners Needed for Lung Clots?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who suffer a blood clot in the lungs with no obvious cause can ward off a new clot with extended use of blood-thinning medications, a new study shows. However, the length of time those blood thinners should be given

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  9. Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A scan of calcium deposits inside your arteries can help doctors deduce how long you're likely to live, a new study has found. The test, called a coronary calcium scan, uses a regular CT scan to look for calcium deposits

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  10. Anti-Vaccine Parents Shunning Infant Vitamin Shot

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny. Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborn

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