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  1. Drug May Help Pancreas Cells in Type 1 Diabetes

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking two 12-week courses of alefacept -- a drug already approved to treat the skin condition psoriasis -- may help people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes preserve some function in the beta cells in the pancreas, a

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  2. 7.5M Paid Penalty For Not Having Health Insurance

    By Phil Galewitz About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday. By contrast, 76 percent of taxpayers checked a

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  3. Immediate Bystander CPR Saves Lives: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many lives could be saved if more people performed CPR immediately after seeing someone go into cardiac arrest, a new study contends. To come to that conclusion, the researchers looked at the results of a four-year prog

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  4. 'Pap' Test Rule Changes Tied to STD Testing Drop

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A major change in Pap test guidelines introduced in 2009 may have had an unintended consequence: Some young women are missing out on screening for chlamydia -- a common sexually transmitted disease that can cause infertility

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  5. Unusual Capsule Could Help Spot Esophagus Cancer

    July 21, 2015 -- Swallowing a capsule sponge on a string could help doctors detect a condition called Barrett's esophagus -- and the cancer that can result from it -- much more accurately than current methods, according to a new study in Nature Genetics. People with chronic (long term) acid reflux s

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  6. Antibiotic May Lower Effect of Some Blood Thinners

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic dicloxacillin may lessen the effects of some blood-thinning medications, new research shows. "The surprise in the study was just how much of an impact dicloxacillin had," said study author Anton Pottegard,

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  7. High Soda Intake May Boost Diabetes Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals. Until now, health experts have thought that sugary drinks

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  8. Common Diabetes Meds & Lower Risk for Parkinson's

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A class of diabetes meds that include widely used drugs such as Actos and Avandia may help protect users against Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 44,600 British diabetes patients who to

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  9. Antibiotics Myths Still Common Among Parents

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents still have misconceptions about when their children should receive antibiotics and what the medications do, a new study finds. Looking at data results spanning more than a decade, researchers saw that p

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  10. Testosterone Therapy and Blood Clots: No Link?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone therapy doesn't appear to increase the risk of blood clots in veins, a new study contends. The most common forms of this problem -- called venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- are deep vein thrombosis (a clot in th

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