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Sauna May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart On average, the study found, sauna users saw a drop in blood pressure and artery "stiffness" immediately after their heat bath. They also showed an increase in heart rate that was similar to the effect from moderate exercise.

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Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not Spontaneous rupture of the back of the throat is rare and usually caused by trauma, explained the authors of the report, published Jan. 15.

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CDC: Flu Hammering Country, With More to Come The number of people stricken by the flu continues to increase across the U.S., closing schools and filling hospitals, according to the CDC.

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Fungus, Bacteria Could Lurk In Your Dishwasher Microbes -- from bacteria to viruses to fungi -- are everywhere, including within and on the human body. So it's no surprise, the researchers said, that a kitchen appliance would be hosting them.

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BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Survival BRCA mutations are inherited and increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Between 45 percent and 90 percent of women with a BRCA mutation develop breast cancer, compared with about 12.5 percent of women in the general population.

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Pregnant Women Getting UTI Meds Linked to Defects The antibiotics -- trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) -- have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant women when given in the first trimester.

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Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag That figure includes medical expenses and costs associated with work and school absences and deaths.

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Raw Meat Not the Best Choice for Your Dog ...... Raw meat diets for pets have become increasingly popular, but there is no evidence that they are healthier than typical pet foods, the researchers said.

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Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because the baby's heart rate was dropping rapidly during contractions.

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FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by... These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said.

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Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility Iodine -- a mineral that helps regulate metabolism -- is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables.

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Tamper-Resistant Opioids May Not Stop Addiction Tamper-resistant opioid pills -- one attempt to curb prescription painkiller abuse -- aren't stopping overuse and overdosing, at least in Australia, new research shows.

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Graphic: What Really Helps Your Brain? WebMD graphic shows what works for brain health.

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'Bone Cement': A Non-Surgical Option for Joints? Injecting a calcium-based cement into the bones of some people with knee or hip pain could help them avoid joint replacement surgery, Ohio State University doctors say.

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Those With 'Obesity Genes' May Gain Most From... A new study suggests that even those who carry an inherited predisposition to pack on excess pounds are not destined to become obese.

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Study Gets to the Core of Back Pain in Runners The onset of back pain among runners may stem from a general weakness in their deep core muscles, new research indicates.

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Astronauts May Get Space Fever The researchers used forehead sensors to monitor the core body temperature of astronauts on the International Space Station. Measurements were taken before, during and after their venture.

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Boy, 6, Undergoes Experimental Rabies Treatment It is nearly always fatal once symptoms develop. But his doctors haven’t given up.

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Choose Surgery or Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Only about one in every 10 adults surveyed in the new study said they'd use antibiotics to ease an inflamed appendix, according to a team led by surgeon Dr. Marc Basson, of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

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Dolphins Beat Humans, Chimps at ... Using mirror images, researchers found that bottlenose dolphins show signs of self-awareness earlier in life than humans and chimpanzees.

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CDC: E.coli Outbreak Threat Likely Over Soon There has been one death and nine people have been hospitalized, including two with kidney failure, CNN reported.

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Hormone Therapy May Aid Menopausal Depression Surprisingly, for women with a past history of major depression -- which is a known risk factor for future depression -- hormone therapy didn't appear to lessen the risk of depressive symptoms.

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Breast Dissatisfaction Leads To Fewer Self-Checks These women are also more likely to put off seeing a doctor if they do find a suspicious lump in their breast, the study found.

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Some Lung Cancer Patients Don't Get Best... This less-than-optimal care is reducing survival rates, according to researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Severe Flu Season Tightens Its Grip on U.S. In the West, emergency rooms in California and Arizona are packed with people struck by the flu, and drugs that ease the illness are in short supply as doctors  struggle with a sharp spike in cases.

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CDC: Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Coming Soon: A Once-Weekly Pill to Fight HIV? Researchers say a once-a-week, slow-release pill may keep HIV infections under control and help prevent new HIV infections altogether.

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Blood Banks Need January Donors Blood bank supplies tend to be low in January because the holidays and the season's typically inclement weather often keep people from going to a donation site.

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Stressed? Try Sniffing Your Partner's T- Shirt It seems that the scent of a romantic partner can help ease stress, particularly when couples are temporarily separated or away from home, according to new research.

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Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Muscle Cells The breakthrough could lead to better genetic or cell-based therapies, as well as furthering investigations into the causes and treatment of muscular disorders, the Duke University team said.

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Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone? Middle school is when many kids start using smartphones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Apple Investors Press for Parental Controls on... Apple also needs to explore potential mental health effects of smartphone overuse, says a letter sent to the technology giant this weekend by Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (Calstrs).

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Paltrow-promoted Coffee Enema May Be Dangerous The $135 Implant-O-Rama is a detoxing device that people can use to give themselves a coffee enema at home, the Washington Post reported.

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Kids' Eye Injuries From BB, Paintball Guns Spike The rise in these air gun-related injuries occurred even though the overall eye injury rate among kids dropped slightly, his team noted.

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Night Shifts May Raise Women's Odds for Cancer Women who pull the night shift regularly might be at greater risk for a number of cancers, new research suggests.

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Older and Out of Shape? You Can Save Your Heart People in their 50s and early 60s can regain the heart health of someone decades younger through a regular and reasonable aerobic exercise program, no matter how long they've been inactive, the study authors said.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Good for Obese Teens' Hearts For the study, researchers tracked 242 adolescents for three years after they had weight-loss surgery.

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Flu Shots Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital New research shows that for older adults, faithfully getting the vaccine each year greatly reduces the odds of catching a flu so severe that it lands you in the hospital.

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For Poorer Americans, Stress Brings Worse Health In the United States, illnesses and injuries associated with stress are estimated to cost more than $300 billion annually. This includes losses from absenteeism, employee turnover and lost productivity as well as direct legal, medical and insurance fees, the report authors explained.

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Hair Loss, Fibroids May Have Links in Black Women About 80 to 90 percent of black women (and 70 percent of white women) develop fibroids by the time they're 50.

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Medicinal Cream May Help Stop Skin Cancer's... The study tracked outcomes for just over 930 U.S. veterans who averaged 70 years of age.

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Dunkin' Donuts Stops Use of Artificial Dyes A number of other food companies have also removed artificial dyes from their products.

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Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too Turns out that physical activity gives the young brain needed boosts, according to a study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.

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Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., Report Finds A new report, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reflected initial findings from a national initiative to reduce complications and deaths during childbirth.

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Good News, Parents: Teens Are Delaying Having Sex The proportion of high school students who've ever had sex decreased to 41 percent in 2015, continuing a downward trend from 47 percent in 2005 and 53 percent in 1995, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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More U.S. Women Obese Before Pregnancy Pregnancy experts fear this trend may threaten the health of mothers and their babies.

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Walloped by Winter Weather? How to Stay Safe Winter weather can create many potential health hazards. Here's how to stay healthy when you're facing frigid temps and snow storms.

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Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters “Influenza-like illness," also called “flu-like illness,” is a more wide-ranging category.

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No More, Needles? Patch Could Monitor Blood Sugar The new patch -- which actually uses an array of tiny needles that researchers promise are pain-free -- senses when blood sugar levels are rising and then releases medication to bring those elevated levels back down.

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Most U.S. Babies Start Solid Foods Too Soon Introducing solid foods or new drinks too early could deprive them nutritionally, the researchers warned. Waiting too long can also have negative effects, they said.

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