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  1. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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  2. Ovary Removal and Breast Cancer Death With BRCA1

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Actress and activist Angelina Jolie made news last month when she announced she had her ovaries removed -- after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 -- because she is a carrier of BRCA, a genetic mutatio

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  3. Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S.

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148

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  4. Why Ringing in the Ears May Be Hard to Treat

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tinnitus is associated with surprisingly wide-ranging brain activity, researchers report, and this may be why the hearing disorder is hard to treat. About one in five people have tinnitus, which is the sensation of a st

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  5. Changing Genders: How It’s Done

    April 22, 2015 -- As many as hundreds of thousands of Americans don’t feel they fit the gender they were born with, and some take steps to change that. People who wish to live their lives as the opposite sex are known as transgender. A report from The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimat

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  6. Ban Flavoring, Ads for E-Cigs: Doctors' Group

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should ban flavorings and television ads for e-cigarettes, a prominent physicians' organization says. There is scant evidence that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, as claim

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  7. Could Weak Bones, Sudden Hearing Loss Be Linked?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although the reason for the connection isn't clear, osteoporosis and sudden, temporary hearing loss often occur together, a new study from Taiwan finds. A team led by Dr. Kai-Jen Tien, of the Chi Mei Medical Center in

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  8. KAMRA Implant for Near Vision Gets OK’d

    April 22, 2015 -- The FDA has approved the first short-distance vision implant for some people with normal worsening of vision with age, or presbyopia. The agency says in a news release that the KAMRA implant is meant for people ages 45 to 60 who haven’t had cataract surgery, can’t focus clearly on

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  9. Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows. Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins

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  10. Bird Flu Poses Little Threat to People: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The bird flu outbreak that has resulted in the slaughter of millions of chickens and turkeys in the United States has little chance of sickening humans, federal health officials said Wednesday. The reason: the geneti

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