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  • Eat your breakfast to prevent future weight gain, decrease chances of becoming obese

    Skipping breakfast is a predictor of future weight gain and increases your chances of becoming obese, according to a new study.

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  • Number of pre-teen moms in the US at a record low, CDC says

    Teen birth rates in the U.S. are at an all-time low and continue to decline -- with a significant drop of about two-thirds over eight years -- but the comparatively large number of teens having babies remains a concern. The number of new mothers aged 10 to 14 years in the U.S. hit a low, according...

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  • Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans make new court challenge

    Lawyers battled in a London court Wednesday over the fate of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis and sparked an international debate about the competing rights of the child his doctors and his parents. The 23-month-old boy suffers...

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  • Juul maker to invest $30M to combat underage vaping

    The maker of a much-debated e-cigarette that has grown popular with teenagers says it will spend $30 million in an effort to keep its products out of the hands of underage users. The announcement from Juul (JOO-'uhl) Labs comes one day after the Food and Drug Administration questioned the...

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  • Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online

    Medicare will require hospitals to post their standard prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients, officials said Tuesday. The program is also starting a comprehensive review of how it will pay for costly new forms of immunotherapy to battle cancer....

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  • COLUMN: Knowing the health indicators of a brain aneurysm can save your life

    A brain aneurysm is a silent, dangerous ticking time bomb.

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  • The Latest: Dem cites allegations of VA nominee being drunk

    The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A top Senate Democrat says allegations against President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs involve him being "repeatedly drunk" when he was a White...

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  • Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick

    A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs — found that he and a rival physician exhibited "unprofessional behaviors" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit. The report,...

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  • After a death, how much can 'broken heart' hurt survivors?

    You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner's health clearly...

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  • First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque (jihn-AR'-kew), from Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The...

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  • UK judge holds new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans

    A British judge heard a new appeal Tuesday from the parents of a terminally ill British toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment — something British courts have ruled isn't in the child's interest. The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the parents of 23-month-old Alfie...

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  • Authorities: Woman faked cancer claims for insurance money

    Authorities in North Carolina have accused a woman of filing nearly 300 insurance claims for cancer even though she didn't have the disease. The North Carolina Department of Insurance said in a statement Tuesday that 60-year-old Susan Leigh Huebotter is charged with insurance fraud and...

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  • US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

    Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a...

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  • Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

    Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients. That's according to small, preliminary study in 27 kids with progeria. The benefit was small: Treated children were more...

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  • WATCH: Can being cold help you lose weight?

    No one likes to be cold enough to shiver, but what if being cold could actually increase your metabolism, improve blood sugar and help you lose weight?

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  • Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

    One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications...

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  • Seniors more likely to fall when taking opioids after hospital treatment: Study

    Seniors recovering from trauma after being admitted to hospitals may be more likely to have falls when taking prescribed opioids, according to a new study. While opioids are commonly used to manage acute pain, they can have harmful side effects, particularly for seniors. In this study, published...

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  • CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

    The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., 66, has long career as a top HIV researcher, but he had no experience working in...

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