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  1. Cigars Pose Dangers Similar to Cigarettes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cigars carries the same risk of death as smoking cigarettes, a new review finds. "The results reinforce the fact that cigar smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. Cigar smoking is link

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  2. Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With narcotic painkiller abuse now linked to 142 cases of HIV in rural Indiana, U.S. health officials are alerting other states to watch for clusters of HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users. The Scott County e

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  3. Majority of Older U.S. Adults Take Daily Aspirin

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Slightly more than half of middle-aged adults and seniors in the United States take aspirin daily to prevent heart attack, stroke or other serious illnesses, a new survey has found. Leading medical associations recommen

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  4. Prices of MS Drugs Soaring, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prices of multiple sclerosis drugs have skyrocketed in the past two decades, in some cases rising more than 700 percent, a new study shows. The huge price increases have occurred even though newer drugs have been intr

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  5. Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S.

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148

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  6. Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of heroin use in the United States have stabilized but are still high, federal officials reported Thursday. In 2013, about 681,000 Americans aged 12 and older said they had used heroin in the past year. That numb

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  7. Genes May Determine Whether You're Mosquito Bait

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your genes may affect whether mosquitoes prefer to snack on you or someone else, a new study shows. In experiments with identical and fraternal twins, a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine discovere

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  8. Ebola Outbreak May Have Led to More Malaria Deaths

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 11,000 extra deaths due to malaria may have occurred in 2014 because of disruptions in health care services caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a new study suggests. Another 3,900 extra malaria deaths ma

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  9. Ovary Removal and Breast Cancer Death With BRCA1

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Actress and activist Angelina Jolie made news last month when she announced she had her ovaries removed -- after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 -- because she is a carrier of BRCA, a genetic mutatio

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  10. Breast Cancer Patients: Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer surgeries have advanced so that surgeons can often remove the tumor while safely conserving the breast, in what's known as lumpectomy. But a new study shows that even though this breast-conserving surgery

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