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  1. 1 Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better

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  2. Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance

    Sept. 18, 2014 -- The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of measures aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic resistance, which can happen when these medicines are used too often and lose their power to treat bacterial infections. Resistance is “a serious domestic and international

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  3. For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

    By Michelle Andrews It’s getting easier for parents of young children with autism to get insurers to cover a pricey treatment called applied behavioral analysis. Once kids turn 21, however, it’s a different ballgame entirely. Many states have mandates that require insurers to cover this therapy, but

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  4. Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "It's really unfortunate that half of Ame

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  5. FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There is little evidence that testosterone replacement therapy effectively treats normally sagging levels of the hormone in aging American males, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Wednesday. The

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  6. The Diet Soda Debate

    Editor's note: This story was updated on Sept. 18, 2014. July 31, 2014 -- When you’re trying to lose weight or keep off extra pounds, can diet soda help? While it has fewer calories than regular soda, some studies show it fuels your sweet tooth.  Also, are artificially sweetened sodas good for your

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  7. Vitamin E, Selenium May Not Prevent Cataracts

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily supplements of selenium or vitamin E don't seem to protect against the development of age-related cataracts among men, a new study indicates. Previous animal research has suggested that one or both could h

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  8. Scientists Studying Sickle Cell Trait

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are trying to learn more about a condition called sickle cell trait, which can cause sudden death in young athletes. In people with sickle cell trait, intense physical activity, heat and dehydration can caus

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  9. Enterovirus D68: What Parents Need to Know

    Editor's note: This story was updated on Sept. 19, 2014. Sept. 9, 2014 -- A fast-spreading virus related to hand-foot-and-mouth disease is hospitalizing kids across the Midwest and parts of the South and Northeast. The virus, enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, was first discovered in 1962 in California. Bu

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  10. DNA Test May Identify Status of Prostate Cancer

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test that measures DNA from a prostate cancer tumor could provide doctors with a better assessment of the state of a man's disease, a new study suggests. If used routinely, this blood test could reveal

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