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  1. EPA Unveils New Bug Repellent Labeling

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new graphic for insect repellent labels will show consumers how many hours the product will protect them from mosquitoes and/or ticks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. "We are working to create a system tha

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  2. Superbug Increasing in Southeast Hospitals

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Community hospitals in the southeastern United States have seen a fivefold increase in the number of cases of a dangerous drug-resistant superbug during the past five years, according to a new study. The highly contagious

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  3. Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

    By Susan Jaffe In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescripti

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  4. Biggest Insurer Drops Caution, Embraces Obamacare

    By Jay Hancock UnitedHealthcare, the insurance giant that largely sat out the health law’s online marketplaces’ first year, said Thursday it may sell policies through the exchanges in nearly half the states next year. “We plan to grow next year as we expand our offering to as many as two dozen state

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  5. Those With HIV Living Longer: International Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall death rates for HIV-positive adults living in Australia, Europe and the United States have been cut 28 percent since 1999, according to new international research. Deaths from AIDS-related causes dropped more t

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  6. Chikungunya: Questions and Answers

    Editor's note: This was updated July 17, 2014. June 17, 2014 -- A crippling mosquito-borne virus with a tongue-twisting name -- Chikungunya -- has spread to the Caribbean, and U.S. travelers have brought it home to more than half the states in the U.S. Here's what you should know about this virus an

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  7. Energy Drink Cocktails Boost Desire to Drink More?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals. The finding from a small study of young adults suggests that the energy drink-booze combination could fuel

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  8. Do You Need to Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?

    July 17, 2014 -- Do you really need to check your cholesterol levels on an empty stomach? New research suggests checking your cholesterol even if you’ve eaten gives you similar information.  Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey III (NHANES III), Bethany Doran, MD, of the NYU Scho

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  9. AIDS Epidemic May Be Subsiding: Report

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new United Nations report suggests that the AIDS epidemic might be waning: The number of new HIV infections worldwide is at a record low, AIDS-related deaths are down 35 percent, and more people with HIV are getting t

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  10. Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new review says. People with Alzheimer's have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated le

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