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  1. Overactive Thyroid Tied to Higher Fracture Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even people who only have a mildly overactive thyroid gland face an elevated risk for fractures in the hips or spinal area, a new review suggests. "Subclinical hyperthyroidism" is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gl

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  2. Newer Birth Control Pills May Up Blood Clot Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Newer forms of the birth control pill -- brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen -- are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds. However, the study authors also stressed that the odds of a cl

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  3. Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vib

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  4. Lassa Fever Death: Traveler Returning From Liberia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A man who returned to the United States after traveling to Liberia in West Africa has died of Lassa fever, federal health officials reported. Lassa fever is a viral disease that's common in West Africa but rarely seen in t

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  5. 'Moderate' Drinking Harms Older People's Hearts?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- "Moderate" drinking might harm your heart if you're a senior citizen, a new study suggests. And women appear to be at greater risk for alcohol-related heart damage than men, the researchers found. "In an elderly populati

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  6. Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eye training or other vision therapies will not treat dyslexia in children, say researchers who found normal vision among most children with the learning disability. The findings confirm what eye doctors have known for a long

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  7. Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who live at very high elevations may have an increased risk of SIDS, a new study suggests. The findings are based on nearly 400,000 Colorado infants born between 2007 and 2012. Babies of families living at an elevation

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  8. Medicaid Expansion Cuts Rate Of Older Uninsured

    By Michelle Andrews The health law’s expansion of Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes over the poverty line was key to reducing the uninsured rate among 50- to 64-year-olds from nearly 12 to 8 percent in 2014, according to a new analysis. “Clearly most of the gains in coverage were in Medicaid

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  9. Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation -- called

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  10. Animals May Ease Anxiety in Children With Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with

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