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  1. More Employers Moving to These Health Plans

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds. The shift to high-deductible

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  2. Avastin Approved for Late-Stage Cervical Cancer

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) has been newly approved to treat aggressive and late-stage cervical cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a news release. Cervical cancer is most often caused by t

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  3. Synthetic Drug Spurs State of Emergency in N.H.

    Aug. 18, 2014 -- New Hampshire has declared a state of emergency after 44 overdoses linked to a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri. Nearly all of the overdoses that occurred in people who smoked or ingested a product called "Smacked" occurred in the Manchester a

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  4. Rethinking Charity For Those Declining Coverage

    By Julie Appleby As more Americans gain insurance under the federal health law, hospitals are rethinking their charity programs, with some scaling back help for those who could have signed up for coverage but didn’t. The move is prompted by concerns that offering free or discounted care to low-incom

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  5. Choose Wrinkle Treatments Wisely, FDA Advises

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injectable dermal fillers are widely used by people seeking to smooth out wrinkles, but it's important to know the risks of these products before using them, a U.S. government expert says. Dermal fillers use a variety of

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  6. Treatment Delays for Many Who Need This Surgery?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients with gallbladder pain don't have emergency surgery when they first need it, a new study finds. Most patients who require emergency gallbladder surgery are easily identified, but some present mo

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  7. Nearly 1 in 5 People Has at Least 1 Soda a Day

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. For example, while about 12 percent of people in New York state or Hawa

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  8. Faster Drug Approvals Linked to Safety Issues

    Aug. 14, 2014 -- In the years since the FDA sped up its drug-approval process, the rate of black box warnings on prescription drugs, as well drug withdrawals, has increased, according to an article in the August issue of Health Affairs. The agency imposes black box warnings to highlight side effects

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  9. Employees Benefit From Natural Light, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. "There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day -- particularly in the

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  10. Women's Vitamin D Levels Play Role in IVF Success?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D deficiency may lower a woman's chances of getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a small study suggests. Researchers in Italy compared the success of IVF in 154 women with vitamin D deficiency a

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