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  1. Smoking and Efforts to Quit Problem Drinking

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking might hamper treatment for alcohol abuse, a new study indicates. "The data suggest that smoking is associated with difficulties in alcohol treatment. Tobacco smokers had shorter treatment durations and were less li

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  2. Drug Can Cause Dangerous Skin Reaction: FDA

    Dec. 12, 2014 -- The antipsychotic medicine Geodon (ziprasidone) and generic versions of the drug can cause a rare, dangerous skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency has ordered that ziprasidone's label carry a new war

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  3. Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who are regularly distracted by mobile devices

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  4. Ebola Vaccine Trial in Switzerland Suspended

    Dec. 11, 2014 -- Tests on an Ebola vaccine have been temporarily halted after some participants reported concerning side effects, Swiss scientists say. The clinical trial involving 59 people began in November, but was suspended after four cases of mild joint pain in the hands and feet of volunteers

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  5. Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so sma

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  6. Gout Attacks More Common at Night: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day, a new study finds. "It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortiso

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  7. 1.5 Million So Far: Obamacare Enrollment Brisk

    By Phil Galewitz With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s projection of about 9 million enrollees in 2015. Several weeks into the second year of the Affordable Care A

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  8. Pill Remains Most Common Birth Control Method

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011

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  9. Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that almost half of U.S. kids experience traumas that can disrupt their development. "This study tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common among U.S. children and, as demonstrated in ad

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  10. Brain Training Goes to School

    Dec. 11, 2014 -- Kristy Lea was searching for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve medication as a last resort. At the recommendation of her son’s occupational therapist, she decided to try a cognitive training program from Cogmed. “It was another avenue to tr

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