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  1. Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Strep Infection

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. The process -- known as zoonosis -- is not uncommon and keeps researchers on their toes as t

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  2. Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

    Dec. 16, 2014 -- People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with more of some types of cancer -- and are more likely to die from cancer -- than people without diabetes, a new Australian study shows. The researchers say that close follow-up, given right after a diabetes diagnosis, might part

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  3. New AK Governor Sets Sights On Medicaid Expansion

    By Annie Feidt, Alaska Public Radio Network Independent Bill Walker, who won election last month in a governor’s race so tight the results weren’t known a week after the voting was over, campaigned on the promise that he’d expand Medicaid as one of his first orders of business. To make good on that,

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  4. 'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film. Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a

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  5. Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. "Work is the No. 1 sleep killer," said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in p

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  6. WebMD’s Top Stories of 2014

    Dec. 16, 2014 -- 2014 brought us the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, legal marijuana in two states, and the first view of people actually getting covered by the Affordable Care Act. But in the age of social media, there are a lot of ways to define the “most popular” stories of the year -- most searched, m

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  7. Vivek Murthy Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General

    Dec. 16, 2014 -- Vivek Murthy was confirmed Monday evening as the next U.S. Surgeon General, after a confirmation process that lasted more than a year and a half due to concerns about his experience and opposition from the gun lobby. The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 43 to confirm Murthy, a 37-year-old Ha

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  8. FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get "keepsake" images and videos is no

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  9. Male Ebola Survivors: Use Condoms for 3 Months

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who survive Ebola should wear condoms during sex for at least three months after recovering from the deadly disease, a new study shows. The finding supports the current recommendations to that effect, according to the

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  10. Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. In fact, the benefits were similar to those of conventional exerci

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