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Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea?

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Lying down after an epidural increases a first-time mother's chances of having a normal birth, a new study suggests. With an epidural, a tube is inserted into a space below the spinal cord, and small doses of painkillers can be given during
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‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly debated issues in cancer science for decades. The findings, published in the
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People Deemed Better Looking, Better Off After a Nose Job

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Is a "nose job" worth it? And if so, how much? A new study suggests that casual observers may think patients who undergo such procedures are more attractive, more successful and healthier. "While we are not suggesting that [a nose job] is the only way to improve one's appearance, improving our attractiveness and health as
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Could Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Men’s Hearts?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to exercise, can you get too much of a good thing? Possibly, suggests a new study that found white men who exercise more than seven hours a week have an 86 percent higher risk of developing plaque build-up in their arteries. No such elevated risk was seen among either black men or women. Plaque build-up is a
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Gene Therapy Approved for B-Cell Lymphoma

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) –Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first form of gene therapy for a non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) form of cancer. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common form of this immune system cancer in adults, the agency said in a news release. Some 72,000 cases of NHL
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More Young Kids Spending Lots of Time on Phones, Tablets

Survey finds big jump over past 6 years in media availability, use for youngest Americans THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — In recent years, young American children have gone from spending 5 minutes a day on some sort of mobile device to spending 48 minutes a day doing so, new research shows. And while just 1 percent of kids aged 8 and under had their own
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Does Your Dog ‘Talk’ to You?

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Some people swear their dogs can communicate with them. A new study adds some credence to that belief. Dogs use more facial expressions when people are looking at them — likely in an attempt to communicate with humans, researchers in the United Kingdom concluded. "The findings appear to support evidence dogs are sensitive to
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Most Americans Shouldn’t See Big Rise in Obamacare Premiums

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Most Americans who buy health insurance through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will not pay significantly more for their coverage in 2018, despite actions by President Donald Trump that have roiled the insurance markets. Eight out of 10 people buying insurance through ACA ("Obamacare") marketplaces qualify for tax credits
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FDA Approves 2nd Gene Therapy

Yescarta fights a type of lymphoma; move is heralded as helping open 'new era' in medical care THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the second gene therapy for use in the United States. The new treatment, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), is for a kind of blood cancer called large B-cell lymphoma. The
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Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That's the conclusion of a new British study that also found a strong link between self-harm — practices such as cutting or burning oneself — and a higher risk of suicide. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 650