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  1. Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says. Narcotic, or opioid, painkill

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  2. Heart, Mini-Stroke Risks From Asthma Drug: FDA

    Sept. 29, 2014 -- A safety study done by the maker of the asthma drug omalizumab ( Xolair ) suggests it poses slightly increased but serious risks for heart attacks and mini-strokes known as TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), the FDA says. Because of certain "weaknesses" in the 5-year study, the FDA

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  3. Do Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, people receive medical implants -- artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like -- that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administ

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  4. Drug Boosts Survival Against Type of Breast Cancer

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Perjeta to a standard medication, Herceptin, may give women with a form of advanced breast cancer a significant boost in survival, a new study finds. The finding is limited to patients with tumors called HE

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  5. After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity

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  6. IUDs, Implants Endorsed for Teen Birth Control

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state. Although most U.S. teens opt for condoms or birth control pi

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  7. Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 May Raise Obesity Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests. Broad-spectrum antibiotics target a larger number of organ

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  8. Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Sept. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a sign of early development of pancreatic cancer, a leading cause of cancer death. And, they add, their discovery might lead one day to a new test to detect the disease in its initial an

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  9. Breastfeeding May Cut Cancer Risk in Black Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers who don't breast-feed may be at higher risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 3,700 black breast cancer patients. About one-third of them ha

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  10. Texas, Florida Expand Medicaid – For Kids

    By Phil Galewitz Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children. Those states were among 21 – including some big Democratic-led states, such as California -- that

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