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  1. Driving Soon After Stroke May Be Risky, Studies Suggest

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- After a stroke, driving skills may be impaired, two new studies suggest. The small studies found that drivers who survived a recent stroke were more likely than other drivers to make serious driving errors. Stroke sur

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  2. Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with mental health conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia tend to die at younger ages than their peers without psychiatric disorders, a new research review says. In fact, the researchers es

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  3. Allergy Risk From Milk in Some Dark Chocolate: FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some boxes of scrumptious dark chocolate given to sweethearts on Valentine's Day might contain milk -- a hidden danger for those allergic to dairy products. A new study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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  4. Texas Insurance Brokers Play Bigger Obamacare Role

    By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media As the health law’s second open enrollment season barrels to a close on Sunday, nearly a million Texans have purchased or applied for health insurance. This time around, insurance brokers are aggressively marketing themselves to shoppers – it’s a big change for

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  5. U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure ma

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  6. Big Increase in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a 15-fold increase in the number of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal in the Canadian province of Ontario between 1992 and 2011, researchers report. Opioids, such as OxyContin, are powerful narcotic pain

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  7. BP Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications -- even if they don't actually have high blood pressure. "Strok

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  8. New Myths About the Measles Vaccine

    Feb. 10, 2015 -- As measles creeps across the U.S., public health officials have urged everyone to get vaccinated against the highly contagious disease. Some have questioned that advice, though, finding new reasons to fear the MMR shot, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. In the late

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  9. Nicorette Lozenge Shortage Worries Many Ex-Smokers

    Feb. 10, 2015 -- A shortage of Nicorette lozenges in the United States has some ex-smokers hunting for and hoarding the product. Early last year, GlaxoSmithKline stopped making Nicorette lozenges due to quality control problems. The company also voluntarily recalled the lozenges from warehouses and

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  10. Naps May Undo Hormonal Effects of Lost Sleep

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brief daytime naps might protect you against the harmful health effects of a poor night's sleep, a new study suggests. Specifically, naps appeared to restore hormones and proteins involved in stress and immune function to

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