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  1. HPV-Linked Throat Cancer May Have Telltale Signs

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first symptoms of throat and mouth cancer -- also known as oropharyngeal cancer -- may differ depending on whether the condition is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a small study suggests. Oropharyngeal cancer

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  2. Dietary Fats Q&A

    March 20, 2014 -- Saturated fats have long been called ''bad fats'' for their effect on the heart. But a new analysis calls into question whether they're really that bad after all. The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, have sparked renewed debate about fats and heart health. Th

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  3. Your Sense of Smell May Be Keener Than Thought

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human nose may be far more discerning than thought, with new research suggesting it can sniff out more than 1 trillion separate scents. "It has often been said that humans can distinguish [only] 10,000 different smells

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  4. Tuberculosis in U.S. Hits Record Low: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of tuberculosis in the United States are falling, with cases at a historic low, health officials reported Thursday. Improved screening of immigrants has helped reduce incidence of the highly contagious lung dise

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  5. Doctors' Groups Warn Against Underwater Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a birthing pool during the early stages of labor can provide some benefits to women. However, giving birth underwater may put newborns at risk for serious health problems, according to a statement issued by two maj

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  6. The End of the Pap Test? FDA to Decide

    March 21, 2014 -- Is the Pap test going the way of car phones and Walkmans? Pap tests are used to find early signs of cervical cancer. But over the past several years, studies from a number of countries have found that HPV tests are better than the Pap test at finding cervical cancer. While HPV test

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  7. Childhood Abuse May Lead to Health Ills as Adult

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood abuse or neglect could take a lasting toll on physical health, a new study suggests. It found that child maltreatment may trigger long-term hormone problems that increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and othe

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  8. Colonoscopy Is Good, Not Perfect

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer is missed in about 6 percent of colonoscopies, according to a new study. "Not only did we find that colonoscopy isn't perfect, we discovered a number of factors associated with these 'missed' cancers,"

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  9. Stress-Linked Protein May Play Role in Alzheimer's

    March 21, 2014 -- A problem in the brain's stress response system may be an important factor in the memory and thinking problems experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, new research says. Harvard scientists found that when the system is working normally, it can protect th

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  10. Most Women Don't Know Warning Signs of Stroke

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most women say they'd call 911 if they were experiencing a stroke, but many don't recognize the major warning signs of stroke, new research shows. The study authors surveyed more than 1,200 women in the United Sta

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