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Still Too Many Highway Deaths Tied to Speeding

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Speeding is a factor in nearly one-third of U.S. traffic deaths, but doesn't get enough attention as a traffic safety is...

Opioid Use in Pregnancy Tied to Severe Birth Defects

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More American infants are being born with their intestines outside of their bodies, and the disturbing trend might be l...

Opioid Prescriptions Almost Twice as Likely for Rural vs. Urban Americans

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States battles an epidemic of opioid abuse, people living in rural areas have nearly two times the odds of...

Experimental Drug Could Be New Option for Type 2 Diabetes

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help people with type 2 diabetes curb their blood sugar without causing it to drop to dangerous...

Antibiotics Still Misused in Babies With Viral Lung Infections

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. emergency rooms routinely prescribe antibiotics to babies with the common viral lung infection bronchiolitis, count...

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Macular Degeneration

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors, and existing treatments are few.

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1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Isn't Needed: Study

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are given for conditions they aren't meant to treat, a ...

AHA: Are Some Breads Getting a Bad Rap?

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- There may be no dietary staple more in need of a public relations makeover than bread. Concerns over carbs, ...

Looming Global Crisis Means People's Diets Must Change: Experts

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The average person's daily diet will need to change drastically during the next three decades to make sure everyone is ...

More Americans Mixing Opioids With Sedatives

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dan...

Money Woes May Take Toll on Black Americans' Hearts

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Money worries may contribute to heart disease in black Americans, a new study suggests.

"Stress is known to cont...

When Your Medications Are the News

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Would you stop taking a medication if you heard a negative news story about it?

Sticking with a prescription dru...

When to Treat Varicose Veins

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THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- About half of the population will one day have a vein problem.

For some, it will involve the thinner, blotchy sp...

Gene-Linked Iron Disorder More Common Than Thought

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The most common genetic disorder among northern Europeans -- called hemochromatosis -- occurs more often than previousl...

First Generic Version of Epilepsy Drug Sabril Approved

THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of Sabril (vigabatrin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent c...

Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Doctor at Ohio Hospital Ga...

Health Tip: Starting a Healthy Weight Loss Plan

(HealthDay News) -- More than 70 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says.

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Health Tip: Eat Less, Enjoy More

(HealthDay News) -- A key to successful dieting is to enjoy your food more, while eating less, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Your meals should in...