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  1. Public Access to Genetic Tests Made Easier by FDA

    Feb. 20, 2015 -- Americans will soon have easier access to DNA screening tests for serious genetic disorders that can be inherited by their children. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said no preliminary review will be required before companies can sell what are known as carrier scr

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  2. U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an

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  3. Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

    By Phil Galewitz The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year. The special enrollment period applies to people

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  4. Diabetes and Dementia May Be Linked

    Feb. 20, 2015 -- People with mild cognitive impairment may be more likely to one day get dementia if they also have diabetes, depression, or low levels of the B vitamin folate, researchers say. They also found that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have lower risks. Mild cognitive impairment

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  5. MS Tied to Lower Levels of Key Nutrients in Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients than those without the disease, new research finds. "Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough

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  6. Many Uninsured Don’t Realize They May Face A Tax Penalty

    By Michelle Andrews A “teachable moment” is one way to describe the  consternation that many uninsured people may feel when they file their taxes this spring and realize they could owe a penalty for not having health insurance. According to a new survey, the number of people who may need to be schoo

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  7. What You Should Know About ‘Superbug’ CRE

    Feb. 20, 2015 -- The ''superbug'' infection at the heart of an outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is sometimes called “the nightmare bacteria” because it’s so resistant to antibiotics. Two deaths at the California medical center are linked to the bacteria, known as CRE, or

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  8. 'Overdiagnosis' Risk May Affect Mammogram Rates

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Educating women about the possibility of "overdiagnosis" from mammography screening may make some of them less likely to get the test, a new study says. One expert said the findings are important. "The take-home message

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  9. Too Many Prostate Cancer Patients Being Treated?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a wait-and-watch approach for prostate cancer isn't being used often enough, and that more men are being treated than may be necessary. Additionally, the researchers expressed concern about the

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  10. Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk. Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere

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