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    1. Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin actually aren't, an allergist says. "Hypersensitivity reactions are the major problem in the use of penicillin," said Dr. Thomas Leath, an allergist with the Texas A&M

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    2. Obesity May Not Take Years Off Your Life

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity may not cut your life short after all, a new study suggests. Danish researchers report that the risk that an obese man or woman will die prematurely has dropped dramatically over the last 40 years. How dramatically? A

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    3. FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy'

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Which of these foods, if any, should be labeled "healthy"? Raisin bran? Avocados? Granola bars? Going by current -- and perhaps outdated -- U.S. food-labeling regulations, it's impossible to know, food makers and

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    4. How Popular Heartburn Drug Might Harm Arteries

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A popular over-the-counter heartburn medication accelerated aging of blood vessel cells in lab tests, raising red flags about its long-term effect on heart health, researchers say. Faster aging of blood vessel cells expo

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    5. Urine More Accurate Than Blood for Zika Testing

      May 10, 2016 -- Blood tests appear to miss about half of all recent Zika infections, according to a new study. As a result, the CDC is changing its testing recommendations. They’re advising doctors to check the urine and blood of patients who’ve had symptoms of the virus for less than 14 days. Previ

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    6. Fatal Pot-Linked Crashes Up After WA Legalization

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of fatal car crashes involving marijuana more than doubled after Washington state legalized the sale of the drug, a new study finds. Marijuana became legal in Washington in December 2012, researchers sai

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    7. Can This Anesthetic Ease Suicidal Thoughts?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low doses of the anesthetic ketamine may quickly reduce suicidal thoughts in people with long-standing depression, a small study suggests. By the end of three weeks of therapy, most of the 14 study volunteers had a decre

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    8. What DEA Pot Rule Change May Mean for Research

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. D

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    9. Meditation May Sharpen Memory

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A regular meditation practice might benefit older adults beginning to notice memory problems, a small pilot study finds. The study focused on 25 older adults deemed to have mild cognitive impairment -- problems with memory an

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    10. Common Meds and Dementia: How Strong Is the Link?

      May 9, 2016 -- Could your chances of getting dementia depend on what’s in your medicine cabinet? A new study found that medicines taken by millions for depression, asthma, allergies, and other conditions may raise that risk. The drugs involved in the study are known as anticholinergics. They work by

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