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    1. Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba: What to Know

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The headlines are terrifying, and the story details are even worse as you read about a child who goes for a swim in a lake or river and then falls prey to a "brain-eating amoeba." The brain infection brought on by Naeg

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    2. Early Preschooler Bedtime, Healthier Weight Later?

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sending preschoolers off to bed early may bring them an unexpected benefit: less chance of obesity when they are teens. So suggests research that compared preschoolers who went to bed at 8 p.m. with same-age kids

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    3. 1 in 5 Americans Uses a Tobacco Product

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite decades of declines in smoking rates in the United States, one in five Americans still smokes or uses hookahs, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Cigarettes

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    4. CDC Warns About 'Medical Tourism' Dangers

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are warning about the dangers of "medical tourism" after at least 18 women from the East Coast became infected with a disfiguring bacteria following plastic surgery procedures they had in the Domini

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    5. What’s Lurking in Your Beach's Water?

      July 14, 2016 -- Brian Parrott can’t watch news reports about what happened to him. He can still barely believe it. Parrott, a 50-year-old security guard, went to a Galveston, TX, beach with his son and grandchildren on a recent Sunday afternoon. He went to work as usual on Monday, but by Tuesday, h

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    6. Zika Outbreak May 'Burn Out' Within 3 Years

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A team of British experts in disease outbreaks believes that the Zika epidemic afflicting Latin America will end within three years. They based their estimate on modeling using available data on the outbreak, whi

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    7. Synthetic Pot Overdoses on the Rise in U.S.

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic marijuana is sending increasing numbers of U.S. users to hospitals, researchers report. Sold under the names K2, Spice and others, synthetic marijuana is a combination of chemicals designed to mimic the high

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    8. Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Up Fourfold in U.S.

      By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning tha

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    9. Normal Weight May Not Protect Against Diabetes

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes has long been considered a disease of the overweight and obese, but a new study challenges that notion. It finds nearly one in five normal-weight people has prediabetes -- a condition that can lead to typ

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    10. Are Cancer Drugs Working? 'Liquid Biopsy' May Tell

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed a blood test that might allow doctors to know quickly whether a cancer drug is working. The technique is in the early stages of testing, and not ready for "prime time," scientists said. But they

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