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  1. Certain Antipsychotics & Kidney Problems in Elderly

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds. Quetiapine (Seroquel),

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  2. Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help. The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also includ

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  3. More Docs Wonder If Statins Are Worth the Risks

    Aug. 18, 2014 -- Kailash Chand, a doctor in the U.K., says he once brushed aside patients who complained of muscle pains, weakness, fatigue, and memory problems after he put them on cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. Then a routine blood test showed he had high levels of some blood fat

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  4. HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years. HPV is thought to cause the majority of cervical cancers. Certai

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  5. Doctors ID New Ways to Get More Kids Vaccinated

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children. The whooping cough epidemic of 2011-12 made no significant difference in Washington sta

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  6. Drop in Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients. The declines noted from 1999 to 2011 are the

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  7. Childhood Mental Disability Rates Up, Study Finds

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of developmental and mental disabilities -- ranging from speech problems to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- have jumped 21 percent among U.S. children, according to a new report. Overall, parent-reporte

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  8. Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who aren't expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer -- even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening

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  9. Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly t

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  10. WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organization recommended Monday. The United Natio

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