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  1. Drugs Not Always Best for Mild High Blood Pressure?

    Sept. 24, 2014 -- Treating mild high blood pressure with drugs has unclear benefit and adds steep sums to national health care expenses, experts write in an article published online Sept. 14 in BMJ. If you learn you have mild high blood pressure (also called mild hypertension), ask your doctor what

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  2. Larger Skirt Size May Hike Your Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to minimize your chances of developing breast cancer, staying the same skirt size over the years might help, a new study suggests. "Our study has shown that an increase of one size every 10 years between

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  3. Educated Are More Open to Dubious Web Health Info

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Younger college graduates are more likely to trust health information from questionable sources on the Internet than older high school grads would, new research reports. Researchers say many people have learned

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  4. Soda Giants Pledge to Make Calorie Cuts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The top U.S. soda makers have agreed to help reduce Americans' consumption of calories from sugary beverages by one-fifth during the next decade -- by shrinking drink sizes and marketing healthier options. The Coca-C

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  5. Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in U.S.

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall adult diabetes rates appear to have leveled off during the past four years in the United States, in stark contrast to the two decades prior, which saw a doubling of the chronic disease, according to a new feder

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  6. Ketamine: The Future of Depression Treatment?

    Sept. 23, 2014 -- Every year, 13 million to 14 million Americans have major depression. Of those who seek treatment, 30% to 40% will not get better or fully recover with standard antidepressants.   That puts them at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse, hospitalization, and suicide attempts. Now,

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  7. Breast Milk May Spread Common Virus to Preemies

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For babies born at very low birth weights, breast milk is more likely than a blood transfusion to lead to a potentially dangerous infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV), a new study finds. The researchers evaluated m

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  8. Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in Months, CDC Predicts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infections from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone could soar to 1.4 million cases by mid-January unless the global community mounts a rapid response to the West African crisis, according to estimates relea

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  9. Drinking Alcohol More Common on Exercise Days

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People tend to drink more alcohol on days when they're more physically active, a new study finds. "Monday through Wednesday people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption. But once that 'social w

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  10. Cholesterol Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke -- which causes bleeding in the brain -- were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren't taking the drugs, a

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