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    1. Are Olympians Right to Worry About Zika in Rio?

      June 22, 2016 -- Golfer Rory Mcllroy is the latest athlete to pull out of the Olympics in Brazil because of concerns about the Zika virus. In a statement, the 27-year-old said, "My health and my family's health comes before everything else. "Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is c

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    2. This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A short-lived optical sensation can lead some smartphone users to mistakenly believe they've lost sight in one eye, British doctors report. The temporary vision loss can affect people who read their smartphone in the

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    3. Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans with a common heart rhythm disorder are at higher risk than whites for serious heart complications and death, a new study finds. The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, affects about 1 percent of Ameri

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    4. Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's evidence that the position a woman is placed in during her pre-surgical breast MRI could influence -- for better or worse -- the scan's accuracy. The small study, from radiologists at Brigham and Women's Hospita

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    5. Another Potential Use for Statins?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists believe they've discovered another property of cholesterol-lowering statins. The drugs may significantly reduce the risk of infection in stroke patients, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical r

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    6. Fertility Treatment Not Tied to Twin Birth Defects

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Twins born after fertility treatments may be susceptible to different -- and fewer -- birth defects than other twins, new research suggests. The study confirms that twins have a higher risk of birth defects than singleton

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    7. Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Years of working long hours may help you climb the career ladder, but those hours may take a steep toll on your health -- and that's especially true for women, new research says. "People who habitually put in a lot of l

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    8. First Human Trial of Zika Vaccine Set to Begin

      June 20, 2016 -- Scientists are preparing to conduct the first human trial of a Zika vaccine. The phase I trial will assess the safety and effectiveness of the Zika DNA vaccine GLS-5700 in 40 healthy volunteers. The vaccine triggered strong immune system responses in animals, suggesting it can preve

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    9. Nearly 10 Million in U.S. Are Severely Nearsighted

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 9.6 million Americans are severely nearsighted, a new study finds. Rates of nearsightedness -- also known as myopia -- in the United States rose from 25 percent in the early 1970s to 40 percent around 2000, the stud

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    10. 'Love Hormone' Gene May Be Key to Social Life

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lower activity of a specific gene may affect a person's social behavior, including the ability to form healthy relationships, researchers say. The OXT gene is involved in the production of oxytocin, a hormone linked with

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