'Grey's Anatomy' Not Much Like a Real ER

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As much as you might love watching the popular TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” don’t mistake it for real medicine, researchers suggest. If you do, your expectations may exceed reality if you ever find yourself in an emergency room. The researchers, led by Dr. Jordan Weinberg, from the department…

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Facial Cancer Decimating Tasmanian Devil Population

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A contagious cancer has put Tasmanian devils at risk for extinction in the wild, researchers say. The contagious cancer, known as facial tumor disease, is found only in Tasmanian devils — notoriously cantankerous animals now found in the wild only on the island of Tasmania. The cancer is…

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Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella Illnesses, CDC Says

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The popular botanical drug kratom is already under fire from U.S. health officials as an addictive opioid, and now new reports are linking its use with salmonella poisoning. In a news release issued Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, along with several states…

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Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is …

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to shedding pounds, the debate has raged about whether low-carb diets are better than low-fat ones. But new research finds little difference between the two. That conclusion comes from the tracking of roughly 600 adults who had been between 15 and 100 pounds overweight when…

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Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn’t use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what’s really cancer and what’s likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also…

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Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction. It was launched in 2016 and is the only…

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Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season — a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers reviewed records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014, and found…

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Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly…

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How to Maintain That Weight Loss

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place. In fact, many people feel that dieting is easier and that not regaining the weight is the real challenge. Here’s help…

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Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Age is the strongest risk factor…

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Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a younger age, according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in…

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Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don’t receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger found that one in six of…

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