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Unlicensed Vaccine to Be Used to Combat New Ebola Outbreak in DRC

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Unlicensed Vaccine to Be Used to Combat New Ebola Outbreak in DRC

Three cases of Ebola virus disease have been confirmed by lab tests in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. An experimental vaccination will be tested.

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Higher Weight Women More Likely to Avoid Doctors, Study Finds

Weight stigma and body shame among women result in the avoidance of doctor visits and other healthcare encounters, according to a new study.

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Night Owls May Die Earlier Than Early Risers, Study Finds

A recent study revealed people who self-classify as "night owls" are 10% more likely to die when compared with those who are early risers.

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Exercise Reduces Heart Disease for Those With Genetic Risk

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows a correlation between fitness and a lessened risk of heart disease.

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Study Links Pharma Payments to Increased Opioid Prescription Rate

CareDash investigated the connection between payments from pharmaceutical companies and the prescribing habits of physicians.

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Coffee Must Include Cancer Warning Label, CA Judge Rules

A judge in California has ruled that coffee retailers must include a cancer warning on their packaging because of the presence of acrylamide, a carcinogen. 

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Meditation Improves Brain Health of Older Adults, Study Finds

Meditation improves the attention span and cognitive task functioning among older adults, according to a March 28 study in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement

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Male Birth Control Pill Shows Promise in Clinical Trial

UW and UCLA researchers have developed a new birth control pill for men that appears to prevent pregnancy with minimal side effects.

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WHO Plans Ahead to Combat Potential Epidemic of “Disease X”

The World Health Organization (WHO) included Disease X on its 2018 R&D Blueprint list of diseases needing further research and development to prevent epidemic.

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Uber, Lyft Launch Competing Health Transportation Services

During the first week of March, ride sharing platforms Uber and Lyft both announced transportation services to help patients attend their medical appointments.

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Study Finds Chronic Depression May Require New Treatment Approach

People with chronic depression experience significant brain changes and high rates of brain inflammation, according to a new study in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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Mental Health Problems Linked to Debt, Study Finds

A recent study revealed that 23,000 people in England admitted to hospitals for mental health issues concurrently struggled with problem debt.

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New Federal Budget Deal Bolsters Several Key Health Programs

Many of the Democrats’ key health priorities are included in the bill, such as renewed funding for community health centers and an extension of CHIP.

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CDC Rolls Back Disease Prevention Programs Due to Budget Shortage

Experts worry that the rollback could endanger the U.S. and lead to the next Ebola or HIV outbreak.

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Amazon, JP Morgan, & Berkshire Hathaway Aim To Disrupt Healthcare

The group plans to shake up the healthcare industry and slash healthcare costs for their over one million employees.

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U.S. Failing in Key Tobacco Control Categories, Says New Report

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in America and kills more than 480,000 people a year, according to the CDC.

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New Blood Test Promises Early Detection of Eight Common Cancers

A groundbreaking new blood test can detect eight common cancer types in their early stages, allowing for better treatment and chances of recovery.

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New HHS Division to Protect Health Workers with Moral Objections

Some stakeholders say the new division is actually a tool to restrict healthcare for women and minority groups, such as transgender people.

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US Child Mortality Rates Worst Among 20 Developed Nations

The United States suffers from the highest child mortality rates among a group of 19 similarly developed nations, according to a Health Affairs study.

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CDC Predicts This Flu Season Will Be One of the Worst on Record

Twenty children have died so far this season as a result of the flu, and experts believe it could be getting worse.

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New Fibromyalgia Study Could Pave Way to Personalized Treatment

The phenomenon of "explosive synchronization" could be the key to why fibromyalgia sufferers experience chronic, widespread pain.

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State Medicaid Services Can Now Implement Work Requirement

States now allowed to implement Medicaid work requirements for healthy adults to gain eligibility.

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Optimal Age for HIV Testing Is 25 Years, Study Finds

Testing adolescents and young adults (AYA) with no indicated risk factors for HIV at age 25 could improve clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

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Regular Use of Ibuprofen Linked to Male Infertility, Study Finds

New research has discovered a link between high doses of painkillers such as ibuprofen and male infertility.

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WHO Aims to Classify Gaming Disorder As a Mental Health Condition

The WHO plans to include “Gaming Disorder” as a mental health condition in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases.

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FDA Approved a Record 46 New Drugs in 2017

The FDA approved 46 new drugs in 2017, which is a 21-year high. The FDA also approved 1,000 new generic drugs, another record.

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Mediterranean and DASH Diets Top Best-of List for 2018

Find out about the diets that topped the list of the best eating plans for the year.

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Prenatal Care Increased in States Where Medicaid Expanded

A new study shows that women are receiving better prenatal care in states with increased Medicaid coverage.

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New Technique to Target ALS Genetic Defect Holds Promise for Cure

Scientists discover a genetic targeting method that holds a promise for battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an often fatal neurodegenerative disorder.

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20% of Older Chronic Disease Patients Face Bias in Health Care

A new study found 20% of patients with chronic diseases aged 54+ reported discrimination during their interactions with healthcare providers.

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US Life Expectancy Down as Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses Rises

Life expectancy dipped in 2016 for the second year in a row due to the increasing number of fatal drug overdoses among younger Americans.

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FDA Proposes Regulations on Potentially Harmful Homeopathic Drugs

This week, the FDA released new enforcement guidelines that would ban potentially harmful, unproven homeopathic treatments.

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Dismantling of Net Neutrality May Affect Online Health Services

The FCC decision to end net neutrality could impact online health services, such as telemedicine appointments and access to electronic health records.

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High Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Raises Baby's Risk of Heart Defect

High blood-sugar levels during first-trimester increase risk of newborn's heart defects, according to new research.

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Congressional Inaction Threatening Health Coverage for Children

Congress has failed to authorize funding for CHIP, the government healthcare program that covers almost 9 million children in the US.

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No Link Between Screen Time and Kids' Wellbeing, Study Finds

A recent study in Child Development determined that current AAP guidelines on children's screen time, which suggest a daily one-hour limit, may be out-of-date.

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Flu Season Has Arrived Early, CDC Reports

With the CDC reporting an early start to the 2017-2018 flu season, find out what you need to know about the flu shot and other ways to prevent getting the flu.

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Air Pollution Might Negate the Benefits of Exercise, Study Shows

A new study shows that high levels of air pollution may make exercising outside significantly less effective.

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Open Enrollment for ACA Health Insurance Cut Short

The deadline to sign up for ACA health insurance, AKA Obamacare, this year is Dec 15. Here are answers to five big questions about choosing a healthcare plan.

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New Migraine Prevention Drugs Could Help Treat Painful Headaches

The first ever drugs to treat migraine headaches could be available as early as next year.

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Smartphone Addiction Is Altering Your Brain, Study Suggests

New research shows that depression, anxiety, and drowsiness are possible long-term consequences of being addicted to smartphones.

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CVS, Aetna Deal Could Lead to Cheaper, Easier Healthcare

A planned merger between CVS and Aetna could make it easier and more affordable to get your healthcare needs treated.

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Bullied Students Twice as Likely to Bring Weapons to School

Researchers found that 20% of high school students surveyed experienced bullying within the past year, making them more likely to carry a gun to school.

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Light Therapy Could Help Treat Patients with Bipolar Depression

Light therapy could change the way that people who have bipolar disorder are treated for depression, according to a new study.

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Half of U.S. Adults Have High Blood Pressure Under New Guidelines

30 million more Americans were added this week due to the new definition of high blood pressure that lowers the entry point for being diagnosed.

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Energy Drinks Pose Dangerous Health Risks, Study Shows

New research shows that energy drinks pose numerous physical and mental health risks to consumers, such as high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety, and stress.

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Oncology Journal Names Alcohol as Leading Cancer Risk

New research from the American Society of Clinical Oncology has discovered a significant link between alcohol consumption and cancer.

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Gene Therapy Saves Life of Boy with Rare Disease

Earlier this month scientists were able to cure a boy of a rare skin disease by repairing his skin through gene therapy.

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World Diabetes Day: 5 Tips for Living with Diabetes

World Diabetes Day is a time to raise awareness of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Recognizing symptoms, improving your diet, and exercising are ways to fight back.

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Endo Pharmaceuticals Set to Profit as Opioid Crisis Worsens

The drugmaker is set to profit off a drug they once claimed was too risky to be widely available on the market.

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Gun-Related Deaths Rise for Second Straight Year, Says C.D.C.

The study was released in the wake of two mass shootings occurring in Texas and Las Vegas within the last month.

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FDA Moves to Revoke Claim That Soy Is Good for Your Heart

This would be a first for the federal health organization.

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Scientists Use Gene Editing to Create Low-Fat Pigs

Researchers from China used a gene editing tool named CRISPR Cas-9 to create “low fat” pigs.

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FDA Warns That Black Licorice Is More Trick Than Treat

Try to minimize your consumption of black licorice this Halloween.

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New York Adds E-Cigarettes to Public Smoking Ban

E-cigarettes will now be prohibited in the same public places as regular cigarettes.

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Could Recreational Marijuana Help Reverse the Opioid Crisis?

A new study shows promising results in Colorado.

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Survey Shows Most Americans Don't Know Leading Cancer Causes

Three of the four most common types of cancer are linked to obesity.

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Research Indicates Air Pollution Speeds up Aging in Newborns

The new study is the first to link prenatal exposure to air pollution and the health of cells at birth.

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Trump to End Obamacare Subsidies. What Does This Mean for You?

Without the subsidies, insurance markets could unravel and insurance premiums could increase significantly.

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Research Shows Link Between Climate Change and Infectious Disease

Climate change can spur disease transmission following a natural disaster, especially in socially vulnerable communities.

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FDA Could Approve Gene Therapy Cure for Hereditary Blindness

Patients with blindness caused by the disease would potentially need only one dose of the drug to regain eyesight.

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Gun Injuries Cost the U.S. $46 Billion a Year, Study Finds

Researchers call for universal background checks to reduce the financial burden from hospital bills and lost work due to gun injuries.

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CHIP Faces Uncertainty after Congress Fails to Renew Funds

8.9 million children across the U.S. could lose coverage if the Children's Health Insurance Program isn't renewed or replaced.

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Scientists Discover the Mutation That Made Zika so Deadly

New research shows a link between new strains of Zika and microcephaly, a deadly birth defect.

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New HIV Antibody Found to Attack 99% of Virus Strains

The antibody is the closest researchers have ever come to finding a cure for the deadly HIV virus.

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Flint Water Linked to Fetal Deaths and Low Fertility Rates

Health issues continue to arise from Flint's lead-laced water crisis.

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New MIT Technology Combines Multiple Vaccines in One Shot

It could revolutionize immunizations worldwide and provide much-needed vaccinations to children in developing countries.

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Senate Republicans Will Not Vote on Graham-Cassidy Bill

The health-care bill lacks the 60 votes required to pass the Senate after three Republican senators voiced their opposition.

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Suicide Attempts Increase in Both the Young and Uneducated

This Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, learn how you can help prevent them and stop the trend.

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FDA Warns That Pfizer Failed to Investigate Faulty EpiPens

The malfunctioning Pfizer EpiPens could be linked to patient deaths and severe injuries.

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Australia’s Bad Flu Season Spreads Caution to the U.S.

The effects of flu season in Australia this year might help predict what the U.S. can expect.

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Zika Virus Could Treat Cancer, New Research Shows

Though the Zika virus is dangerous, a new study is showing a way it might be used beneficially.

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New Class of Drugs Could Prevent Aging Conditions Like Dementia

The new drug type has already proven effective in extending the lifespan of mice and will potentially head to human trials soon.

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Study Finds Surprising Benefit of Strong Teenage Friendships

The study shows that it's close friendships in high-school, not popularity, that lead to long-term mental health.

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Aetna Sued for Breaching Privacy of 12,000 HIV Patients

Patients’ personal and HIV-related information was made visible through a large, clear window on the front of the unopened envelope.

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US Increases Aid to Ethiopia, Kenya to Combat Humanitarian Crisis

A severe drought in the two countries is leaving millions without food, shelter, and safe drinking water.

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Shady Stem-Cell Clinics Under FDA Investigation

The crackdown comes as more and more stem-cell clinics pop up around the U.S. using unapproved treatments and vaccines.

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FDA Approves Breakthrough Drug for Rare Form of Leukemia

A new treatment could help combat the effects of the rare and vicious form of blood cancer leukemia.

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How One City Is Changing the Way We Talk About Mental Health

This revolutionary new mental health campaign, "Deconstructing Stigma," could soon show up in your city.

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E-Cigarettes Shown to Help Smokers Quit

Switching to e-cigarettes could be the best way to kick a smoking habit, according to a new study.

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Red Cross Calls for Donations Due to Critical Blood Shortage

Patients could suffer from delays in care if the need isn't met soon.

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Study Finds Mysterious Link Between Obesity and Depression

Obesity and depression are connected, but the reasons for it remain unclear.

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Can Science Help End World Hunger?

Finnish scientists just made a major breakthrough.

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Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Teens on the Rise

Overdoses in older teens, both male and female, are at epidemic levels.

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Asian Factory Farming Poses Global Health Risks, Report Cautions

Factory farming is expanding in Asia due to growing populations, raising the dangers of food contamination.

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Suicide Rate for Teen Girls Highest in 40 Years

Researchers say there are several factors that could be contributing to the rise.

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NH Sues Oxycontin Producer Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing

The suit claims that Purdue Pharma spent millions deceiving customers, making the growing opioid epidemic even worse.

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Fewer College Students Are Binge Drinking, Study Shows

The percentage of students who reported binge drinking dropped from 45 percent in 2005 to 37 percent in 2014. Researchers have a few ideas why.

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Artificial Sweeteners an Unhealthy Alternative, Study Says

Learn about the effect that research has shown artificial sweeteners to have on the body.

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New Research Suggests Spanking Can Lead to Mental Illness

Decades of research have shown the detrimental effects of parents spanking their children.

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Senate Votes on Healthcare Legislation

Today's Senate healthcare vote could impact millions of Americans. Learn about the different plans under consideration and the effect each would have.

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Promising New Gene Therapy Used to Treat Leukemia in the U.S.

After decades of setbacks, this gene therapy to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia is getting closer to being approved.

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What You Need to Know About John McCain's Brain Cancer

The highly malignant and aggressive brain cancer will be John McCain's toughest battle yet.

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Why Are So Many Children Still Dying From Diarrhea?

Diarrhea kills more children every day than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, according to the CDC. What's being done to stop it?

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DOJ Charges Hundreds of Providers in $1.3B Medicare Fraud Case

The DOJ has charged hundreds of licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in fraudulently billing government healthcare programs.

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US Aid Saves Lives of African Children, Study Finds

Since 2005, a U.S. aid program has lowered the risk of death by malaria for African children under five-years-old by 16%, saving more than 2 million lives.

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New Heroin Vaccine Could Revolutionize Opioid Treatment

The heroin-trapping vaccine could be the answer to the opioid epidemic.

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Late Night Cell Phone Use Linked to Decline in Mental Health

A new study shows a direct connection between cell phone screen time and poor mental health in teenagers.

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New Bill Could Lead to Accessible Low-Cost Hearing Aids

Hearing aids currently cost upwards of $2400 per ear and require visiting a doctor. A new bill aims to change that.

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How the Senate Healthcare Bill Would Affect Medicaid

Senate Republicans recently unveiled a new healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Changes to Medicaid are expected, but what will be the effect?

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Older Dads Have Geekier Sons, Study Finds

Your son's high IQ and low social skills could be linked to when you started your family.

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New Study Urges People to Avoid Coconut Oil

There’s been an ongoing myth that coconut oil is a super healthy alternative for cooking. New research shows that couldn't be farther from the truth.

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Nearly One-Third of World's Population Is Overweight, Study Finds

More than 2 billion people worldwide suffer from health problems associated with being overweight or obese. The U.S. is faring the worst on several fronts.

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Love Sleeping In? It Could Be Jeopardizing Your Health

A new study shows that those weekend late nights and late mornings could be putting your health at risk.

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New Research Shows Health Impact of 2016 Presidential Election

Post-election side-effects are a real and could be increasing your risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

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Should You Still Be Worried About the Zika Virus?

The Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico is over, but is it still a threat to other areas of the U.S.?