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Drugged driving more fatal than drunk driving, report says

For the first time, data shows that drivers killed in car crashes in the United States were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, according a new report. On Wednesday, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) released a study that found 43 percent of drivers tested […]
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Republicans struggling to revive Obamacare replacement bill

April 27, 2017, 6:40 PM| After showing signs of life, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare may be back on life support. A compromise that got the most conservative House members on board is causing moderates to pull their support. Nancy Cordes reports.
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Report: House GOP leaders to kill lawmaker exemption in health care bill

Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 9:09 PM EDT House GOP leaders are moving to kill a provision in their revised healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that allows members of Congress and their staffs to continue their Obamacare coverage while allowing states to opt out, according to a Politico report. The report said a […]
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Health officials warn of mercury in skin cream

California health officials are warning consumers not to use a face cream because it contains mercury, a chemical that can affect the nervous system and other organs.  The Mexican-made face cream, sold under the name La Tía Mána and in unlabeled white cold-cream jars, were recently tested and came back positive for high levels of […]
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How to safely trash opioids, old prescription drugs

Safely dispose of old painkiller prescriptions and other leftover or expired drugs this weekend on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Getty Images/iStockphoto You can safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local agencies are holding National Prescription Drug Take Back […]
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Drug approved for rare disease, too late for one family

“The days are long, but the years are short.” That’s how Jennifer and Tracy VanHoutan, the parents of Noah and Laine and Emily, describe what it’s like to have a child with Batten disease, a rare and devastating neurological condition that took their son Noah’s life last year at age 11. Noah VanHoutan was a […]
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Dental clinic reopens after bacterial outbreaks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — A children’s dental clinic that closed two times due to multiple bacterial infections has reopened in Southern California, CBS Los Angeles reports. Dozens of children were hospitalized due to confirmed or suspected contaminants from the clinic last year. According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, baby root canals will now be […]
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Getting your wisdom teeth out? Watch for “dry socket”

“Dry socket” can be a painful complication after wisdom teeth are pulled. istockphoto When you have a wisdom tooth removed, the ache should quickly recede from memory. But some people develop a painful complication called dry socket. Allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket, said Dr. Michael Ellis, an associate professor […]
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Blood test offers hope for better lung cancer treatment

BOSTON — Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental tests that detect bits of DNA that tumors shed into the blood, they were able to detect some recurrences of cancer up […]
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What Oktoberfest study reveals about heavy drinking

Drinking heavily over a short period of time can significantly boost the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, even in healthy people, new German research suggests. The finding stems from a study done at Munich’s Oktoberfest, a long-standing Bavarian beer festival held every autumn. Over a 16-day period in 2015, researchers tracked the heart health […]