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    1. Zika Brain Damage May Occur Without Microcephaly

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the ongoing crisis around Zika-linked birth defects, attention has been largely focused on infants born with too-small heads, or microcephaly. However, a new report suggests that newborns with normal-sized heads ma

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    2. New Drug Shows Promise for Rare Blood Cancers

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug called midostaurin may reverse organ damage in people with certain rare, fatal blood cancers, an early clinical trial finds. Researchers found that the drug at least partly reversed organ damage in 60

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    3. Biden Issues Challenge to Speed Cancer Discoveries

      June 29, 2016 -- Vice President Joe Biden challenged American researchers Wednesday to cram 10 years of work against cancer into 5 years by boosting clinical trials, enlisting big data, and making life-saving drugs cheaper. Biden, who lost his 46-year-old son Beau to the disease last year, is the po

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    4. Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- America's war on heart disease and stroke may have suffered a setback. A new study warns that the rate of decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke has stalled. "It is likely that the dual epidemics of obesity a

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    5. FDA Asks How Safe Is That Hand Sanitizer?

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans use hand sanitizers every day, believing they safely kill bacteria. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to find out if that's really true. The agency Wednesday requested maker

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    6. Reassessing the Annual Pelvic Exam

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women, the U.S. medical establishment isn't doing away with annual pelvic exams -- at least just yet. But a panel of U.S. medical experts has concluded there's no proof the dreaded checkup benefits healthy wome

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    7. Old Drug Boosts Brain's Memory Centers

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests. Methylene blue has been used in medicine for more than a century, said Timothy

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    8. Pat Summitt's Death And Early Alzheimer's

      By Margaret Steele HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Legendary coach Pat Summitt stared down myriad challenges as she thrust women's college basketball onto the world stage. But her greatest foe wasn't on the court -- it was Alzheimer's disease. Summitt died Tuesday at ag

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    9. Success in Mice Shows Zika Vaccine 'Feasible'

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Studies involving mice support the effectiveness of two vaccine candidates against the Zika virus, scientists say. This "critical first step" is leading to trials in monkeys and humans, "and gives us early confidence th

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    10. Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests. Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphin

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