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  1. Only 4 in 10 Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Daily: CDC

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don't consume these foods on a daily basis. The study, released Dec. 17 by the U.S. Centers for Di

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  2. Nearly 2.5 Million Select ACA Health Plans

    By Mary Agnes Carey More than 1 million people selected a health plan during the fourth week of the health law’s open enrollment and nearly 2.5 million have done so since it began Nov. 15, federal officials said Tuesday. “And this was before an extremely busy weekend,” said Andy Slavitt, principal d

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  3. Low-GI Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diets low in "glycemic index" are touted as a way to help prevent diabetes and heart disease. But a new study suggests that as long as people are eating healthily, they don't need to obsess over glycemic index. In fact, re

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  4. Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes

    Dec. 16, 2014 -- The use of electronic cigarettes by American teens has surpassed their use of traditional cigarettes, according to a federal government study. Among Grade 8 students, nearly nine percent said they'd used an e-cigarette in the last month, while four percent smoked traditional cigaret

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  5. Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests. Cytisine, an acid-like chemical found in the seeds of the golden r

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  6. Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses. "There are hormonal changes going on with men as

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  7. Flu Activity Up, Some Schools Closing

    Dec. 17, 2014 -- Flu season is ramping up, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread flu activity in 14 states, including much of the U.S. mid-Atlantic region and several Southern states. In many states, flu is having a big impact on schoolchildren. In at least two counties in the South, e

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  8. Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statem

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  9. FDA Approves System to Make Donated Blood Safer

    Dec. 17, 2014 -- The first system that destroys viruses and bacteria in donated blood plasma has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Intercept Blood System provides an extra measure of protection against viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C and could make transfusions safer, T

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  10. Screening Test: Drugs Show Promise Against Ebola

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A screening test has identified more than 50 drugs that could be helpful in treating people with Ebola, researchers report. The drugs, which are already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, all showed pr

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