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  1. Fewer U.S. Teens in Tanning Salons, Study Finds

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. teens are using indoor tanning beds and booths, although this risky behavior remains popular with more than 1.5 million high school students, a new survey reveals. In 2013, about 20 percent of high school girls an

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  2. Experts: Give Statins to All People With Diabetes

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for giving the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to all people with diabetes to help prevent heart disease. These new standards bring the associ

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  3. Millions Have Already Enrolled In 2015 Health Policies, Deadline Still 7 Weeks Off

    By Julie Rovner What a difference a year makes. With its technical troubles largely behind it, healthcare.gov enrolled 1.9 million new customers for health insurance between Nov. 15 and Dec. 18. At the same time, another 4.5 million existing policyholders either re-enrolled or were automatically ren

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  4. Surgery for OCD: Who Will Benefit?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Though most patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successfully treated with medication and therapy, between 10 percent to 20 percent have a form of the illness that doesn't respond to standard care, expert

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  5. Early Study Offers Hope for an Ebola Vaccine

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news about the experimental Ebola vaccine that U.S. officials are preparing to test in West Africa -- new research shows a precursor of that vaccine produced a safe and potent immune response in Africans. T

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  6. FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will be allowed to donate blood in the United States, under a new federal policy that would reverse a 31-year ban on donations from men who have sex with men

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  7. Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added. No two peop

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  8. Weight Training Key to Battling Belly Fat

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to battle belly fat as you age, new research suggests you need to add weight training to your exercise regimen. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that combining aerobic activiti

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  9. FDA Approves Combo Hepatitis C Treatment

    Dec. 22, 2014 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new combination treatment for people with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, which can lead to advanced liver disease without treatment. The drug, Viekira Pak, includes a pill containing three antiviral drugs (ombitasvir,

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  10. Tablets and E-Readers May Disrupt Your Sleep

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who receive a tablet or e-book reader for the holidays might wind up spending some sleepless nights because of their new gadget. That's because the light emitted by a tablet like an iPad can disrupt sleep if the d

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