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Do You Need to See a Dentist Twice a Year?

Do You Need to See a Dentist Twice a Year?

Dental professionals have long recommended a teeth cleaning every six months. One expert, Edmond R. Hewlett, a professor of dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, explains why a few people can get by with less frequent visits to ...

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New hope for obesity patients as FDA approves Saxenda

New hope for obesity patients as FDA approves Saxenda

After promising clinical trials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug called Saxenda for chronic weight management that will be available by prescription to overweight and obese adults. Intended to accompany a diet and physical fitness program, ...

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10 Facts About Schizophrenia

10 Facts About Schizophrenia

1. Schizophrenia is Treatable Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history. About 1 % of Americans have this illness. With antipsychotic medications, schizophrenia symptoms such as feeling agitated and having hallucinations usually ...

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Junk food cravings linked to brain lapse

Junk food cravings linked to brain lapse

Can’t resist that fat-filled goodie? You can blame it on a brain lapse. Giving in to cravings for high-calorie junk food is associated with a lapse in the part of the brain involved in self-restraint, Canadian researchers report in a ...

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FDA approves new drug to combat melanoma

FDA approves new drug to combat melanoma

Advocates for melanoma research are applauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval on Thursday of a new drug to treat advanced melanoma. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is approved for treatment of patients with advanced melanoma that no longer responds to other ...

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Sit Less, Protect Your DNA and Live Longer?

Sit Less, Protect Your DNA and Live Longer?

Spending less time sitting might increase your lifespan by keeping your DNA young, Swedish researchers say. More time spent on your feet appears to lengthen bits of DNA called telomeres. Telomeres, which protect the end of chromosomes (like the tips ...

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More Global Help Needed to Fight Ebola Outbreak

More Global Help Needed to Fight Ebola Outbreak

As the Ebola outbreak continues to overwhelm health-care workers in three West African nations, medical experts from the United States and the United Nations called on Tuesday for a concerted international response to stem history’s biggest outbreak of the often-fatal ...

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Hormone Might Help Preemies’ Brains

Hormone Might Help Preemies’ Brains

A hormone used to reduce the need for blood transfusions might also protect the brains of premature babies, a new study suggests. Synthetic erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates red blood cell production, appears to prevent brain damage when used shortly after ...

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