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Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 01:11 PM EST

US Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States

US Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States

This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it's too...

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 09:42 AM EST

Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found. It was the largest...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 03:05 PM EST

Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets

Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets

Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well. "The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 01:49 PM EST

Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that's not the whole story. A new study suggests that low-income Medicaid...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 11:52 AM EST

Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment

Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment

Medicare's fall open enrollment period ends Thursday. During the annual seven-week period, which began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, beneficiaries can make changes related to Medicare Part C (known as an Advantage...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 08:14 AM EST

Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast...

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 07:37 AM EST

Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use

A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins. The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its...

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 07:30 PM EST

Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease

Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease

Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood disease....

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:48 AM EST

Viagra Goes Generic: Pfizer to Launch Own Little White Pill

Viagra Goes Generic: Pfizer to Launch Own Little White Pill

The little blue pill that's helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill...

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 10:34 AM EST

Pollution Can Counteract Exercise Benefits, Study Suggests

Pollution Can Counteract Exercise Benefits, Study Suggests

Air pollution can hinder the effects of exercise in the body, a new British study suggests. As NBC News reported, researchers from Imperial College London studied 120 people, aged 60 or older, who walked in...

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