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    1. New Meat Labeling Offers More Protection

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you head to the grocery store to select your steaks, you might notice a new safety label on the package. This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a new rule stating that mechanically tenderized beef must n

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    2. Exploring Zika's Path Through the Placenta

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to shed light on how the Zika virus infects, but doesn't kill, placenta cells. The mosquito-borne virus can cause severe birth defects in babies whose mothers are exposed to Zika during pregnancy, but sci

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    3. Experts Question Study Linking Cellphones, Cancer

      By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts at the U.S. National Institutes of Health are questioning the validity of a widely reported study in rats that linked cellphone radiation to tumors. The study, released Friday by the federal government's National Toxic

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    4. Healthy Living May Offset Breast Cancer Gene Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests. In fact, lifestyle might be especially powerful for women at

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    5. FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-acting implant that can help treat people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Opioid abuse and addiction have taken a devastating t

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    6. Some Experts Question Extent of U.S. Zika Threat

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are health officials in the United States overreacting to the threat posed by the Zika virus this summer? Some leading insect and infectious-diseases experts think so, arguing that the mosquito-borne virus is unlikely t

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    7. 1.2 Million College Students Drink on Average Day

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When they're not hitting the books, many U.S. college students are hitting the bars or getting high, a new government report shows. About 1.2 million full-time college students, aged 18 to 22, drink alcohol, and nearly 70

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    8. Common Abnormal Heart Rhythm Linked to Cancer Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a common heart rhythm abnormality may be at an increased risk of developing cancer, particularly of the colon, a new study suggests. "We found a significant relationship between atrial fibrillation and cance

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    9. Medicare’s Drug-Pricing Experiment Stirs Opposition

      By Julie Appleby A broad proposal by Medicare to change the way it pays for some drugs has drawn intense reaction and lobbying, with much of the debate centering on whether the plan gives too much power over drug prices to government regulators. One of most controversial sections would set up a nati

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    10. Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink: Study

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers add

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