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  1. FDA Reviewing Safety of Codeine in Kids Under 18

    July 2, 2015 -- The FDA is investigating the safety of using medicines containing codeine to treat coughs and colds in children younger than 18, because of the potential for serious problems like slowed or difficult breathing. Children, especially those who already have breathing problems, may be mo

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  2. Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism

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  3. Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become

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  4. Young People and Antipsychotics for ADHD

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed powerful antipsychotics, even though the medications aren't approved to treat two disorders -- ADHD and depression -- they are commonly used for, a

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  5. Those with Low-Grade Brain Tumors Living Longer

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, JuLY 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Survival has improved for adults with low-grade brain tumors, known as gliomas, a new study finds. Low-grade gliomas grow slowly but are deadly. Because they're uncommon, they are not well-studied, said the resea

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  6. Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve

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  7. Yuck! What’s Really in Your Swimming Pool?

    July 1, 2015 -- That sparkling blue water looks cool and inviting on a scorching summer day. But do you really know what you’re getting when you dive in the pool? Let’s try pee and poop for starters. And if you think chlorine totally protects you from that and other yucky stuff, think again. “People

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  8. Umbilical Cord Blood May One Day Treat Eczema, RA

    July 1, 2015 -- Scientists say they've accidentally found a possible treatment for eczema and rheumatoid arthritis. Their original research was focused on how to treat a condition called skin graft versus host disease (GvHD). It affects some people who get a stem cell transplant, through which you b

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  9. Menopausal Women: Lower Heart Risk Than These Men?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart

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  10. Most U.S. Hepatitis C Infections May Be Missed

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New cases of hepatitis C are drastically underreported to federal officials, researchers contend in a new study. And they suggested that may be hampering public health efforts to cope with the chronic infection that can

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