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    1. U.S. Health Officials Brace for Zika Battle

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With mosquito season arriving in the Gulf Coast states, U.S. public health officials have begun deploying a three-pronged battle plan to combat Zika virus, which has caused thousands of birth defects in Latin America in th

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    2. Are Mom’s Diet Drinks Boosting Baby’s Weight?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened drinks every day may be more likely to give birth to heavier babies who are then more likely to become overweight children, researchers report. "Infants born to women who reg

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    3. New 'Second Skin' Temporarily Smoothes Wrinkles

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- MIT researchers may have discovered a fountain of youth for skin -- at least a very temporary one. The researchers have developed a "second skin" that could be used to smooth wrinkles, protect skin from damage, or ad

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    4. BRCA Mutations May Play Role in Prostate Cancer

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A man's risk of aggressive and lethal prostate cancer may be heavily influenced by gene mutations previously linked to breast and ovarian cancer in women, a trio of new studies suggests. And, at least one expert says these

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    5. Common Meds and Dementia: How Strong Is the Link?

      May 9, 2016 -- Could your chances of getting dementia depend on what’s in your medicine cabinet? A new study found that medicines taken by millions for depression, asthma, allergies, and other conditions may raise that risk. The drugs involved in the study are known as anticholinergics. They work by

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    6. Pesticides Linked to Raised Risk of ALS

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to pesticides and other chemicals may increase the risk for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a fatal neurological disease, researchers say. Three toxins in particular were associated with greater risk for the

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    7. Bipolar Disorder: Depression May Not Follow Mania

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While many may associate bipolar disorder with episodes of mania followed by periods of depression, a new study suggests that's often not the case. Researchers say states of anxiety are equally as likely as to follow manic e

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    8. Could Nasal Spray Reduce Nighttime Bathroom Trips?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, May 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Countless people -- often men with enlarged prostates -- need to visit the bathroom during the night. But help could soon be at hand in the form of a nasal spray, new research suggests. A spritz of a synthetic hormone, already

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    9. App May Help Patients Track Irregular Heartbeat

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app might offer an alternative for certain patients with an irregular heartbeat who must take risky blood-thinning medication every day to lower their risk for stroke. New research suggests some people with atrial

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    10. Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems -- such as obesity -- even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem t

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