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    1. Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia -- and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints. Specifically, researchers found, patie

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    2. Your Healthy Skin Germs Stay Put, Despite Cleaning

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some things never change, and your personal collection of skin bacteria may be one of them -- despite the use of sanitizers and antibacterial wipes. Human skin encounters countless germs every day, and researchers expected

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    3. Stay Lean, Live Longer

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping trim throughout your life could help you live longer, while being obese might do the opposite, two new studies show. In the first study, U.S. scientists found that slim people had the lowest risk of dying over a

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    4. Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium -- with its key ingredient, lop

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    5. Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many heart bypass patients are skipping medications meant to maintain smooth blood flow in their repaired veins, a new study finds. "It is important for patients to understand that bypass surgery is a second chance, not a

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    6. Hep C Now Leading U.S. Infectious Disease Killer

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of hepatitis C-linked deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2014, and the virus now kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, health officials report. There were 19,659 hepatitis C-

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    7. No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests. In that setting, Crestor

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    8. Could Bacteria Help Slow Zika's Spread?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experiments in mosquitoes suggest that bacteria may help curb the spread of the Zika virus. The researchers got the idea after a pilot program to reduce the transmission of dengue fever showed promise. In the dengue progr

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    9. Home Radon May Be Linked to Women's Blood Cancers

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests a strong link between exposure to high levels of radon in the home and women's risk of blood cancers. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. It's

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    10. Infant Colds, Infections and Type 1 Diabetes Risk

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Colds and other infections in the first six months of life may boost the odds of a child developing type 1 diabetes by nearly 20 percent, new research suggests. The suspicion that infections play a role in the development o

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