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  1. Doctors ID New Ways to Get More Kids Vaccinated

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children. The whooping cough epidemic of 2011-12 made no significant difference in Washington sta

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  2. More Docs Wonder If Statins Are Worth the Risks

    Aug. 18, 2014 -- Kailash Chand, a doctor in the U.K., says he once brushed aside patients who complained of muscle pains, weakness, fatigue, and memory problems after he put them on cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. Then a routine blood test showed he had high levels of some blood fat

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  3. HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years. HPV is thought to cause the majority of cervical cancers. Certai

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  4. Drug Restores Hair in People With Alopecia: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat a rare type of bone marrow cancer restores hair in patients with an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, a new study found. Columbia University Medical Center researchers found that the drug ruxol

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  5. Some Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chr

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  6. 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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  7. Beware Fake Ebola Treatments on the Internet: FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the death toll in the West Africa Ebola outbreak passes 1,000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning against products sold online that claim to treat the deadly disease or prevent infection. Since the start o

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  8. 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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  9. Scope of Ebola Outbreak May Be Greater Than Statistics Show: WHO

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be far greater than the current statistics indicate, officials from the World Health Organization said Friday. Patients are flooding treatment centers that have just

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  10. HMO, PPO, EPO: What Health Plan Is Best?

    By Michelle Andrews What’s in a name? When it comes to health plans sold on the individual market, these days it’s often less than people think. The lines that distinguish HMOs, PPOs, EPOs and POS plans from one another have blurred, making it hard to know what you’re buying by name alone--assuming

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