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  1. Every Minute Matters With Clot-Busting Stroke Drug: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every 15-minute delay in receiving a clot-busting drug means stroke survivors will have about one month less of a disability-free life, while every minute sooner that they receive the drug translates into more than one

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  2. 'Five-Second' Food Rule May Be Real, Study Finds

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The five-second rule -- pick up that dropped food on the floor fast if you want to safely eat it -- may have some basis in reality, researchers report. "Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection ris

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  3. White House Signals Break for Insurers

    By Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby The Obama administration keeps changing the rules on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies keep complaining. But they’re unlikely to grouse about the latest adjustment. On Tuesday the Department of Health and Human Services signaled its intention

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  4. Environmental Exposures and Autism

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large U.S. study suggests environmental pollution might be contributing to autism risk, although the specific culprit toxins remain unknown. Researchers analyzed medical records and found a correlation between U.S. count

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  5. Pain Can Plague Women After Knee Replacement

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with certain kinds of arthritis are among groups of patients who are most vulnerable to serious pain after undergoing knee replacement surgery, a new study finds. General anesthesia and longer time in a tourniquet

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  6. 'Love Hormone' May Help Those With Anorexia

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A small, preliminary study hints that a hormone connected to positive feelings could help ease obsessions with food and obesity in people with anorexia. "Patients with anorexia have a range of social difficulties, which

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  7. Scientists Spot New Obesity Gene

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who identified a gene that appears to be strongly linked with obesity say their discovery could help efforts to find drug treatments for obesity and diabetes. "Our data strongly suggest that [the gene] IRX3

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  8. Even Slightly Higher BP May Raise Stroke Risk

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure has long been pegged as a risk factor for stroke, but a new analysis suggests that even slightly elevated blood pressure levels raise the odds of suffering a stroke. The sweeping review analyzed d

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  9. Nicotine Patches Don't Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nicotine patches don't seem to help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study has found. The study included 402 pregnant women in France who smoked at least five cigarettes a day. The women, who were 12 to 20 weeks' pre

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  10. Pregnancy-Related Diabetes, Future Heart Risk?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes might be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, a long-term study suggests. Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy and typically goes away after

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