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  1. IUDs, Birth Control Implants: How Long They Work

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether

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  2. New Psoriatic Arthritis Research Offers Hope

    Feb. 5, 2015 -- Future tests to determine whether people with the skin condition psoriasis are at risk of going on to get psoriatic arthritis have come a step closer. Scientists say they've identified a gene behind the latter disease. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) causes painful inflammation and swellin

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  3. Sexual Pain Common After Childbirth, Study Finds

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sexual pain is common after childbirth, a new study indicates. Nearly nine in 10 women experience pain the first time they have sexual intercourse after childbirth. What's more, almost one-quarter still report painful s

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  4. FDA Commissioner to Retire in March

    Feb. 5, 2015 -- U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will retire from the position in March, the agency has announced. Over the past six years, Hamburg has worked to speed approval of breakthrough drugs and oversaw new initiatives on food safety and tobacco regulation, the Washington Pos

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  5. Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers. The low-cost device can spot markers of the infectious diseases from a finger prick of blood in 15 minutes. I

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  6. Americans Confused About Cancer Risks

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans are aware that some major lifestyle factors can affect their cancer risk, a new survey suggests. Instead, many people worry about cancer-causing claims that aren't back by scientific evidence --

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  7. FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer's Ibrance (palbociclib) inhibits molecules that play a role in the growth of cancer

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  8. Contraceptive Knowledge and Safe Use of Acne Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally

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  9. U.K. Moves Closer to 3-Parent Babies

    Feb. 4, 2015 -- The United Kingdom is on course to become the first country to approve the creation of babies using DNA from 3 people. The new in vitro fertilization technique, developed at Newcastle University, uses genetic material from a “second mother” to repair faulty DNA. Supporters have haile

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  10. Money Tops Americans' List of Stressors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans, a new survey finds. Overall, stress in the United States is at a seven-year low, and average stress levels are declining, the American Psychological Asso

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