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FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merck & Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep. The tablet, Belsomra, works by temporarily blocking chemicals known […]


In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 photo, surgical residents and experienced surgeons train on a mannequin at the Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Heart disease specialists develop nonsurgical technique to correct birth defects

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A new technique for repairing the most common cardiac birth defect in newborns, commonly referred to as “a hole in the heart,” has been used successfully to rectify the condition in […]



Anti-smoking campaign starts in Manhattan Beach

MANHATTAN BEACH (CNS) – Manhattan Beach city officials will begin a public education campaign today to remind residents that a strict anti-smoking law barring people from lighting up in any public places takes effect next […]



Study: US Alzheimer’s rate seems to be dropping

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living […]


This undated photo provided by American Academy of Pediatrics shows a rash on an unidentified 11-year old boy from a nickel allergy. Case reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from personal electronic devices, including laptops and cell phones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in this 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids, and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, an associate professor and dermatologist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. (AP Photo/American Academy of Pediatrics)

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

CHICAGO (AP) — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a […]


Nonprofits help the dying make farewell videos

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn’t remember the sound of her mother’s voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were left. Now Ngbokoli, 37, faces the possibility of her […]


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Dining out interferes with cutting back on salt

Are you trying to reduce your salt intake? By reducing it in your diet you can help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. But restaurants aren’t making […]


This June 2014 image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows red blood cells in a different sickle cell patient, after a bone marrow transplant at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/National Institutes of Health)

Marrow transplants can reverse adult sickle cell

CHICAGO (AP) — Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, a small study by government scientists found, echoing results seen with a similar technique used in children. The researchers and others […]


This handout photo provide by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, taken March 5, 2014, shows  Dr. Christian Bermudez of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center checking patient Jon Sacker, who was being treated with an experimental device called the Hemolung that acts like dialysis for lungs.  (AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the […]


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Excess vitamins and minerals in food can harm kids’ health

Can you get too much of a good thing? When it comes to vitamin A, zinc and niacin, yes you can. We need enough of these nutrients for good health, but consuming too much can […]




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