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    1. Epilepsy Drug & Certain Birth Defects Not Linked?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite initial concern from early studies, taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine (Lamictal) during pregnancy may not raise the risk for certain birth defects, a large new study finds. "An initial study of this drug show

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    2. U.S. Moving Ebola Money to Help Fight Zika

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is shifting $589 million in funding to prepare for likely outbreaks of Zika virus in the United States during the upcoming mosquito season, senior officials announced Wednesday. The money incl

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    3. Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to These Cancers

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who consume a lot of processed carbohydrates -- think snack foods and sweets -- and sugary drinks may face heightened risks of breast and prostate cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers said the study, reported Tu

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    4. Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People well into their 90s are often willing to talk about death, but they're rarely asked about it, a new British study finds. "Despite the dramatic rise in the number of people living into very old age, there is

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    5. Pot Use in Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who use marijuana may be putting their baby at risk for health problems, a new study suggests. A review of 24 studies found that pot use during pregnancy is potentially linked to delivering a baby with a

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    6. Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia is linked with abnormalities in the brain's white matter -- the tissues that form connections and carry information between different parts of the brain, a small Chinese study suggests. The researchers sa

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    7. 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Tied to Heart Failure Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes drugs containing saxagliptin and alogliptin may raise the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients with heart or kidney disease, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday. Drugs containing these ingredients a

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    8. AFib May Hamper Seniors' Walking Ability

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm irregularity, may be more prone to walking problems -- including reduced speed, strength and balance, a new study suggests. The physical decline associ

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    9. Weight-Loss Surgery Gets People Moving: Study

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery seems to help ease joint pain and improve mobility in the long run, new research suggests. "Previous studies have reported improvement in pain and function [after weight-loss surgery]," said study au

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    10. Berries: Big Health Benefits in Small Packages

      April 4, 2016 -- You already know berries are good for you. But researchers are finding more and more reasons to eat these nutritious powerhouses. Here’s one of the latest juicy details: Berries may lower the risk of erectile dysfunction. Other recent studies show they may play a potential role in t

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