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Drinking too much? You're not alone, says new study

The rising rate of alcohol abuse is an overlooked public health crisis, say the authors of a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. About one in eight Americans are now considered alcoholic, based...
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Make a wish…for less bacteria on your birthday cake

Bad news, birthday cake fans: if you blow out the candles when you make a wish, you’re spreading more than birthday cheer. A team of party-hating, birthday-Grinching, parade-raining researchers at...
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Risks for teen drivers, deadly tattoos and dog flu

Summer break marks the start of the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers, reports NBC News. Accident rates rise while teenagers are out of school, says the AAA, and a study says new drivers ages 16...
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Puppy love: Can pets help lower these health risks for babies?

In what may be the cutest health study ever, Canadian researchers have found that having pets in the home might help babies develop healthy bacteria in their guts – bacteria linked to lower rates of...
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Wait, a vending machine can help make you skinnier??

Twenty-five, twenty-four, twenty-three…A researcher at Rush University Medical Center has designed a vending machine that makes customers wait 25 seconds to receive chips and candy – but lets them...
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Is stress making you fat?

As if chronic stress isn’t bad enough, it may also widen your waistline, says a new study in the journal Obesity. People with long term stress may be more likely to be obese, new study finds....
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Study raises new questions about mammogram test accuracy

Women who receive a false-positive reading on a mammogram are more likely to delay or skip them in the future. Researchers say that these women could be at risk for late diagnosis if they get breast...
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New poll: Most Americans recognize that vaccines save lives

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe vaccines are safe, and 82 percent say healthy kids should be required to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella in order to attend school,...
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Woman survives six days without lungs while awaiting transplant

Doctors in Canada saved a dying woman’s life by putting her into a medically induced coma and removing her diseased lungs. She survived on life support for six days, until a pair of lungs became...
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Good news for allergy sufferers, bad news for sushi lovers

This was a good week for those with life-threatening allergies: CVS announced it will start selling a generic version of the EpiPen at a fraction of the price. EpiPen’s manufacturer, Mylan, had faced...
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Here baby, try the peanut butter goo

Parents should feed babies food containing peanuts before they’re six months old to prevent life-threatening peanut allergies, according to new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and...
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Fewer Americans die from these chronic killers, but overdoses...

Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease, stroke, and cancer. That’s the good news, says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bad news? More Americans are dying from...
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The health risks of soda; what's ahead for Obamacare; kids...

Drinking just one can of sugar-filled soda a day dramatically boosts a person’s chance of getting prediabetes, scientists report. The good news? Diet soda doesn’t have the same effect. MT @...
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Safe sleep for baby, how lying affects the brain, new worries...

Babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics said this week in updating its guidelines on promoting safe sleep for infants. By acknowledging that new...
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Feeling election anxiety? So is America

Maybe it’s not surprising, given how bizarre this year’s presidential election has become, that the American Psychological Association has said the election may actually be bad for your health....
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Roller coasters for better health (really), flu shots, and a new...

It’s Florida, so even health news is just plain weird. This study found that riding roller coasters could actually help pass a small kidney stone. Michigan State researchers tested their theory on...

Billions in new research funding; teen smoking rate falls;...

The world will get $3 billion of new funds to fight disease, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Priscilla Chan. The couple’s ambitious goal is to prevent or...
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Millions not exercising; the latest news on Zika and other nasty...

Some 31 million older Americans aren’t getting any exercise, according to a new report released this week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By getting more exercise, older...
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Millions risk hearing loss, NFL talks concussions, fight over...

What’s the most common injury Americans face at work? Hearing loss, says Kaiser Health News. Some 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous levels of workplace noise. The NFL kicked off its...
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Hurricane Hermine brushes Tampa Bay; more on Zika, FDA scrubs...

Although Hurricane Hermine has now passed us by, street flooding remains an issue. It’s a good idea to check the city of Tampa’s street flooding map or @alertTampa before you venture out....
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Scary mosquitoes, compassion for shooting victims and expensive...

The widening reach of the Zika virus has dominated Florida’s health headlines this week, as health investigators look at whether the new case in Pinellas is an isolated instance or a sign of local...
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