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  1. Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says. The findings suggest that total tooth loss could pro

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  2. Many Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows. Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine

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  3. Common Pain Meds May Help Prevent Some Skin Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous c

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  4. Pet Rat Scratch Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The tragic death from "rat-bite fever" of a 10-year-old San Diego boy highlights the risk carried by the pet rodents, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Rat-bite fever is a rare

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  5. Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How much higher? According to a team of French researchers, women with blood type

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  6. You May Have Lower Stroke Risk if You Can Do This

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you can't balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred,

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  7. No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Eating Habits

    Dec. 18, 2014 -- There's no proof that the popular paleo (Paleolithic) diet actually matches what early humans ate, a new study says. The diet -- heavy in meat, fish and vegetables and light in grain products and processed food -- is supposed to be similar to how humans' ancestors ate between 10,000

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  8. Seniors and Potentially Dangerous Sedatives

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends. The drugs in question are a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This cl

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  9. Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise in Children

    Dec. 17, 2014 -- More children in the U.S. are getting type 1 diabetes, according to new research. A recent study by Jean Lawrence, ScD, MPH, found a large rise in the disease among non-Hispanic white children. From 2002 to 2009, the number of kids with type 1 diabetes rose from 24 per 100,000 to 27

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  10. Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds. According to background information in the study, between 11 and 40 people pe

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