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  1. Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The new study also hints -- but doesn't prove --

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  2. Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The waistlines of America's children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates. The proportion of kids aged 2 to 18 who were classified as obese, based on their waist size, held steady at nearly 18 perc

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  3. Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, July 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study. Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and

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  4. Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young adults don't realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals. Hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Howe

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  5. HIV Diagnoses Down, Except for Young Gay Males: CDC

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report offers good and bad news about the AIDS epidemic in the United States: The annual diagnosis rate of HIV, the virus that causes the disease, has dropped by one-third in the general population but has climbed

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  6. 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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  7. Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law

    By Carrie Feibel, KUHF In just over the past year, the number of abortion clinics in Texas fell from 41 to 20, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September. Many of those closed because of the requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a ce

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  8. HPV Test vs. Pap for Gauging Cervical Cancer Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study involving data on more than 1 million women finds the HPV test outperforming the standard Pap test in assessing cervical cancer risk. Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) conclude that a nega

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  9. 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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  10. 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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