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  1. Anxiety, Sleep Meds and Teen Drug Abuse Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns. The findings show the need to conduct substance abuse assessments on teenagers before presc

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  2. Could Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't conf

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  3. Kids' Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The lunches children bring from home may be less healthy than the school cafeteria offerings, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for kids in one Texas school district, bag lunches typically had more salt and fewer f

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  4. Some Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage

    By Julie Rovner You hear it so often it’s almost a cliché: The nation is facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the coming years. But is that really the case? Many medical groups, led by the Association of American Medical Colleges, say there’s littl

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  5. Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules

    By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Network Dr. Oliver Korshin, a 71-year-old ophthalmologist in Anchorage, is not happy about the federal government’s plan to have all physicians use electronic medical records or face a Medicare penalty. A few months ago when he applied for an exemption to the late

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  6. Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of children are being diagnosed with the allergic skin condition eczema -- but it can usually be eased with topical treatments, according to a new report. Eczema is a chronic condition that usually starts in

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  7. Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most older Americans qualify for treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins under new guidelines intended to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, a new study shows. Guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol

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  8. Researchers Find Stem Cells That Regenerate Nails

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered the stem cells that allow your nails to grow back after you lose them. Using mouse nail cells, University of Southern California scientists identified stem cells that can perform two roles. In n

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  9. 'Boxed Warning' Added to Fibroid Removal Devices

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced that new "boxed warning" labels will be added to devices called laparoscopic power morcellators, which are used to grind up uterine fibroid growths. The warning l

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  10. Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese Americans are absent from work more often than their normal-weight colleagues, and these absences cost the U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, a new study shows. Researchers found that obese workers miss an ave

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