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FDA issues warning to controversial Houston cancer doctor

FDA issues warning to controversial Houston cancer doctor
According to the National Cancer Institute, however, Burzynski has never produced definitive proof that his drugs save lives by publishing a randomized, controlled trial in a peer-reviewed journal. In letters to Burzynski and his research institute …
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Breast cancer conference: Some treatments can be skipped
Several studies presented Wednesday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, an international conference on the disease, identify groups of patients who might be able to safely forgo certain treatments. One found that many older women can skip …
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Studies: Some breast cancer treatments can be skipped
In this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. New research reported Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium may help …
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5 Health Habits That Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

5 Health Habits That Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
Researchers at Cardiff University in the U.K. studied 2,235 men and found that those who adopted all five, or even four, of these healthy behaviors experienced a 60 percent reduction in dementia and overall cognitive decline (with exercise being the …
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Man falls to his death at mental health facility
The man was killed after he went out the eighth-floor window of the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Facility, said David Procopio, a State Police spokesman. The victim landed on the roof of a three-story structure attached to the building, near …

Health care signups pick up pace in November
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Watch the hearing live on PBS NewsHour's Ustream channel. Playing catch-up with a long way to go, …
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Health leaders concerned by resistance to anti-malaria drugs
Four countries — Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam — make up an "epicenter to malarial drug resistance," said Robert Newman, the director of the World Health Organization's Global Malaria Program. Researchers have found that people in the …
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Tourists Are Giving Endangered Iguanas Diarrhea and High Cholesterol

Tourists Are Giving Endangered Iguanas Diarrhea and High Cholesterol
Health conditions arising from the grapes and other foods that iguanas do not normally eat in the wild include diarrhea, high blood sugar and cholesterol as well as lowered levels of potassium and a high level of parasitic infections. All of these …
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A cholesterol discovery will lead to better drugs
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), known as the good cholesterol, has long been known to have a protective effect against heart disease. "It slows down atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and it's also known that it prevents …
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High cholesterol may 'fuel' the growth and spread of breast cancer
High cholesterol may actually “fuel” breast cancer growth, BBC News reported. According to a study published in the journal Science, researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that a common byproduct of cholesterol may foster the growth and …
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The most infectious of all infectious diseases

The most infectious of all infectious diseases
(CNN) — My first investigation as a new Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control was of a large outbreak of measles, mostly among Hispanic children, many under a year old, and many who became infected when they …
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New Drug Approach Could Lead to Cures for Wide Range of Diseases
9, 2013 — A team led by a longtime Oregon Health & Science University researcher has demonstrated in mice what could be a revolutionary new technique to cure a wide range of human diseases — from cystic fibrosis to cataracts to Alzheimer's disease …
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How passengers with contagious diseases are kept off flights
Local health officials alert the CDC about people with highly contagious diseases, and the center notifies the Transportation Security Administration, which adds those names to a "do-not-board" list. It is similar to the "no-fly" list used to keep …
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Private Health Plan Enrollment Rises With New Exchanges

Private Health Plan Enrollment Rises With New Exchanges
WASHINGTON—Enrollment in private health plans sold on new insurance exchanges rose sharply in November, as more uninsured Americans picked plans before a December deadline and some of the website's glitches were fixed.
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Analysts predict surge in health care enrollment
WASHINGTON — The surge in health insurance enrollment in November lifted the spirits of federal officials Wednesday, but industry experts say the potential for higher enrollments comes from a huge pool of customers who are eligible for subsidies to …
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Health Care Sign-Ups Pick up but May Not Close Gap
The Health and Human Services Department reported that 364,682 people had signed up for private coverage under the law as of Nov. 30. That is more than three times the October figure but still less than one-third of the 1.2 million that officials had …
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Exercise as Potent Medicine

Exercise as Potent Medicine
Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death, according to a new report. The study raises important questions about whether our health care system focuses too much on medications and …
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How exercise revs your mood, brainpower
It has long been accepted that exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, and recent studies suggest a raft of more general benefits, such as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and even preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Now it seems that …
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Is it OK to do CrossFit, exercise while pregnant?
“Just like women are working longer during pregnancy, they are continuing to exercise, too, which is a great way to deal with stress and just feel better,” Jacobi said. She said if women enjoy running, they might run a little less. If they enjoy …
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Gerald E. Pytlewski: What to know about new cholesterol guidelines

Gerald E. Pytlewski: What to know about new cholesterol guidelines
Updated guidelines for treatment of blood cholesterol were recently published in the American Heart Association medical journal, Circulation. Tremendous interest was generated among doctors waiting for new recommendations about treating patients with …
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Corn oil may lower cholesterol better than extra virgin olive oil: study
Corn oil may have significantly greater effects on blood cholesterol levels than extra virgin olive oil, due in part to the natural cholesterol-blocking ability of plant sterols, according to new research from Biofortis, the clinical research arm of …

Cholesterol reminders during eating season
Your body does need a little cholesterol in order to make new cell membranes and the processing of food. However, your body makes all of the cholesterol it needs and in some cases, more than what is needed. The cholesterol that you eat from the fat in …

Shopping for a Health Savings Account

Shopping for a Health Savings Account
Health savings accounts have been around for a decade and more people are using them, but comparing the features of various accounts can still be challenging. Alternatives range from basic savings accounts offered by credit unions to those allowing …
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Oregon ranks last in health insurance sign-ups
WASHINGTON — Oregon was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Affordable Care Act and jumped at the chance to set up its own online exchange for uninsured people to shop for health coverage. But Cover Oregon's rollout has been widely panned.
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How bad is Hoosier health?
Indiana ranks 44th in the nation on smoking according to the United Health Foundation's report on states' overall health. That means nine states did worse – and 40 states left us in the (cough cough) dust. What puts us in that spot should come as …
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US Cites Rise in Health Plan Signups as Sebelius Testifies

US Cites Rise in Health Plan Signups as Sebelius Testifies
WASHINGTON — The number of people selecting health insurance plans in the federal and state marketplaces increased last month at a brisk pace, bringing the overall figure to nearly 365,000, the Obama administration said on Wednesday. The November …
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SHOP for health care is help for small business
Just five people work at Michael Cadigan's law firm, but thanks to his state's new marketplace for small business health insurance, he's saving $ 1,000 a month paying for 100% of their medical coverage. In the past, "numerous" insurers canceled his …
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Dropping Health Plans, to Pick Better Coverage
For nearly 20 years, Keith Perkins offered health insurance to employees of his small electrical contracting company in Greencastle, Pa., and footed most of the bill. This year, with the arrival of the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, he …
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Fewer Psychiatrists Seen Taking Health Insurance
WASHINGTON — Psychiatrists are significantly less likely than doctors in other specialties to accept insurance, researchers say in a new study, complicating the push to increase access to mental health care.
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