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  1. A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people -- more than 20 percent of the world's adult population -- smoke, a

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  2. Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica -- back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more effective than a placebo pill

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  3. Most Americans Still Not Using Sunscreen

    By Carrie Myers HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans still don't regularly use sunscreen to help prevent exposure to the sun's cancer-causing rays, a new study reveals. When used as recommended, sunscreen has been shown to reduce risk for all types of skin canc

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  4. FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A certain class of type 2 diabetes drugs can lead to a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These prescription drugs are called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2)

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  5. It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People may soon be able to "homebrew" narcotics using genetically modified baker's yeast and a vat of simple sugar, warn researchers, who are calling for strict regulation of this upcoming scientific breakthrough. Scienti

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  6. Sleep Apnea May Boost Depression Risk in Men

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea appear to have a higher risk of depression, new research suggests. Men with undiagnosed, severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had more than double the risk

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  7. Should I Still Take Contrave?

    May 18, 2015 -- The new weight loss drug Contrave was in the headlines last week when researchers ended a study that looked at its safety. Contrave’s approval last September came with a warning from the FDA that the medication might raise blood pressure and heart rate and shouldn’t be used by people

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  8. Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new

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  9. Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opi

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  10. Women's HRT and Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms may raise the risk a bit for serious lower intestinal bleeding, a new study suggests. In the 1990s, millions of American women turned to hormone replacement thera

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