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  1. MERS FAQ: What You Need to Know

    Editor’s note: This story was updated on June 19, 2015, with updated numbers and a case of MERS in Thailand. May 5, 2014 -- The deadly respiratory virus known as MERS, first identified in 2012 in the Middle East, has resurfaced in Asia. In this latest outbreak, more than 160 cases and nearly 25 deat

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  2. Four Words In Health Law Divide The Supreme Court

    By Stuart Taylor Jr. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue a decision this month in a case that could again threaten a key aspect of President Barack Obama’s health law. But this time around, unlike three years ago when the court rejected a constitutional challenge to the law’s individual mandat

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  3. D & C Procedures May Raise Risk of Preterm Birth

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used gynecological procedure may increase the risk of preterm delivery in future pregnancies, a new study suggests. Dilation and curettage (D&C) is one of the most common minor surgeries in obstetrics and gynec

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  4. Could These Common Pain-Relievers Lower Fertility?

    June 17, 2015 -- Young women who regularly use pain-relief medicines called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) might be seriously undermining their fertility, a new study suggests. The popular drugs, some of them available without a prescription, may hinder ovulation and lower levels of t

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  5. Pesticide Used Decades Ago and Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although the pesticide DDT was banned in the United States in 1972, women exposed to the chemical while they were still in the womb may be more likely to develop breast cancer than women who had less exposure to the pes

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  6. New Drug Shows Promise Against Psoriasis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with the skin disease psoriasis showed significant improvement when taking an experimental drug called ixekizumab, according to a late-stage, phase 3 clinical trial. "The visible effects of psoriasis can hav

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  7. Some Face Key Gap in Obamacare Women’s Coverage

    By Michelle Andrews Having a baby is a common women’s health event, yet insurance coverage isn’t always assured. Although the federal government recently clarified that many insurance plans must cover prenatal care as a preventive service without charging women anything out of pocket, it didn’t addr

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  8. FDA: Farewell to Trans Fats

    June 16, 2015 -- A number of popular foods are about to lighten up. The FDA is all but banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artery-clogging artificial trans fats, in processed food. Food makers will have 3 years to remove partially hydrogenated oils from products, the a

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  9. Legalizing Medical Pot May Not Raise Teen Use

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When states legalize medical marijuana, this does not lead to greater use of the drug by teens, a new study suggests. The findings are published June 15 in The Lancet Psychiatry. "Our findings provide the strongest eviden

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  10. Appendicitis Can Often Be Treated With Antibiotics

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy.

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