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  1. Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease Compared

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes. Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition -- Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis -- and found that Eylea came out o

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  2. Even Insured Get Unexpectedly Big Medical Bills

    By Julie Appleby After Pam Durocher was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched her insurer’s website for a participating surgeon to do the reconstructive surgery. Having done her homework, she was stunned to get a $10,000 bill from the surgeon. “I panicked when I got that bill,” said the 60-year

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  3. Many LGBT Medical Students Don't Reveal It

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of discrimination is a major reason why about one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) medical students stay "in the closet," new research finds. The study included almost 1,000 LGBT respondents w

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  4. Shingles Tied to Dangerous Disease in Elderly

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly. The study doesn't prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the

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  5. Chantix: Higher Quit Rates in Some Smokers

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests. "The main contribution of this study is that it demon

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  6. Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the U.S.

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern Ca

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  7. Breaking the Silence on Suicide

    Feb. 19, 2015 -- Leslie Zeitler was 15 when her mother, a 43-year-old Chinese-American, took her own life. “I was so angry and deeply pained about it,” Zeitler says. “It wasn’t just my heart that ached for her, but also my arms and my cheeks, my face. It felt like even my skin missed her.”   More on

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  8. Blood Thinner Beats Heparin for Some Heart Attacks

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A blood thinner already used to treat dangerous blood clots in the limbs and lungs appears to be safer in treating certain heart attacks than the more powerful blood thinner that's traditionally used, a new Swedish stud

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  9. Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A daytime nap may not be the best idea for preschoolers, concluded a recent review of dozens of previous studies on napping. Children over 2 years old who napped during the day tended to go to bed later and get less sleep t

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  10. Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Bird Flu

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals. This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of people infected with i

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