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  1. CT Scans Might Help Diagnose Gout in Some Cases

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- CT scans can help detect gout that's been missed by the current standard testing method, a new study suggests. Gout is a common and painful form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. The standard t

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  2. White House Extends Deadline for 'Obamacare'

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who've started applying for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act but can't complete the process by the March 31 enrollment deadline will be given an extension. The Obama administration announced t

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  3. Smartphone App May Help People Overcome Alcoholism

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone application, or "app," designed to tackle addiction has helped recovering alcoholics stay sober or reduce their risky drinking, a new clinical trial reports. Participants using the A-CHESS app were 65 pe

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  4. New Clues to Link Between MS Drug Tysabri and Rare Brain Disease

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that they think they have figured out why some patients who take the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri face a high risk of developing a rare, and sometimes fatal, brain infection. A common virus that ca

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  5. Warning About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative "treatments" they find online are courting danger, new research contends. The finding is based on an analysis of past cases in which

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  6. Medical Marijuana State Action in 2014

    April 2, 2014 -- Medical marijuana moved up the legislative agenda in many states this year -- even in the most conservative parts of the country. Utah became the 21st state to approve medical marijuana in late March when Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation into law. In Maryland, lawmakers are

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  7. Air Pollution Claimed 7 Million Lives in 2012: WHO

    March 27, 2014 -- Air pollution killed about seven million people worldwide in 2012, and more than half of those deaths were caused by indoor smoke from cook stoves, a World Health Organization report says. The U.N. health agency said that heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive p

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  8. Low Back Pain Leading Cause of Disability: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low back pain causes more disability than nearly 300 other conditions worldwide, according to new research, and nearly one in 10 people across the globe suffers from an aching lower back. A second study, which looked at

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  9. Toddlers Who Sleep Less May Eat More

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. The study included children in over 1,300 British families who had their sleep measured when they were 16 m

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  10. Legalize Medical Marijuana, Doctors Say in Survey

    April 2, 2014 -- A majority of doctors say that medical marijuana should be legalized nationally and that it can deliver real benefits to patients, a new survey by WebMD/Medscape finds. WebMD’s web site for health professionals surveyed 1,544 doctors as more than 10 states consider bills to legalize

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