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  1. Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner, EPA Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. Significant progress has been made in reducing levels of harmful substances in urban air in recent decad

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  2. DEA to Tighten Access to Some Narcotic Painkillers

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States. The new rest

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  3. Talk Therapy Plus Meds Best for Severe Depression?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years expe

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  4. FDA OKs New Once-Daily Asthma Treatment

    Aug. 21, 2014 -- The FDA has approved Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder), an inhaled steroid taken once a day to prevent asthma symptoms in people 12 and older, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says. Arnuity Ellipta has been tested in more than 3,600 people with asthma, the company say

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  5. Failing Vision Tied to Shorter Lifespans for Seniors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among seniors, dimming vision may be tied to poorer survival, new research suggests. The study involved more than 2,500 people, aged 65 to 84, who were assessed when they enrolled in the study and again two, six and eigh

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  6. New Test Helps Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test that may help doctors diagnose type 1 diabetes, the most common form diagnosed in children and adolescents. The Kronus ZnT8Ab Elisa Assay may help some people

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  7. Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed their babies, and here's one possible reason why: Hospitals in neighborhoods with many black residents do less to promote nursing than those in areas

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  8. Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows. Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fi

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  9. High-Risk Melanomas Often on Head or Neck

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The speed at which cancer cells grow may help doctors diagnose and treat the most aggressive melanomas, researchers say. Using this measure, investigators have found that the deadliest skin cancers occur most often on

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  10. Blood Transfusions May Cut Stroke Risk From Sickle Cell

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of "silent" strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates. The study, reported in the Aug. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine

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