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Scott Hensley

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Electronic Headband Prevents Migraines With Tiny Jolts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The latest treatment to prevent migraines is a headband that looks more like something you'd expect to see in Star Trek than the doctor's office.

But don't let the slick design fool you. The basic pain-stopping technology inside the Cefaly headband has been around for decades.

The battery-powered headband ...

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Questions Remain About Whether Doctors Can Curb Children's Drug Use

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What can doctors do to help kids stay away from drugs?

There's not much evidence to say one way or the other, it turns out.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which issues guidelines on what doctors should and shouldn't do, said there aren't enough reliable studies around to come ...

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Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

They drink. They dance. And they love the Sasquatch Music Festival, an annual phenomenon in Washington state. But will young people sign up for insurance on the state's health exchange?

The folks who run the exchange were sponsors of the music festival's launch party last month, reminding people they ...

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Just One Dose Of Many Common Medicines Can Kill A Child

Friday, February 28, 2014

Concerns about drug risks have led 28 state attorneys general to ask the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its approval of Zohydro, a long-acting narcotic painkiller, before the medicine is even put on the market.

The risks for addiction and overdose from the potent opioid outweigh the benefits ...

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Scant Evidence To Support Vitamins Against Cancer, Heart Disease

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you're taking vitamins to guard against cancer or a heart attack, you've got plenty of company.

Nearly half of American adults take a vitamin of some kind each a day. About a third take a multivitamin.

But are they worth it?

For people in good health and without ...

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Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants

Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you're looking to go out for dinner, see a movie or plunk down big bucks on a new TV, chances are you'll look online for help with the decision.

Lots of people are now checking out potential doctors that way, too. Online ratings are becoming part of how many ...

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In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In a story that you'd think was ripped straight from the headlines of America's foremost made-up-news website, The Onion said it's coming up with ads to promote health insurance for young people in Illinois.

But it's true.

Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The ...

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Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

Friday, February 07, 2014

Norovirus isn't just a problem for cruise ships.

The Mohonk Mountain House, a historic resort on the edge of Catskills in New York, closed Friday afternoon so that cleaning crews from a company that specializes in disaster responses can scour the place after an outbreak of intestinal illness. The ...

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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

When drugstore chain CVS said Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products by October, the company also told investors that the move would probably cost it $2 billion a year in lost sales.

CVS says it has figured out unspecified ways to help make up for the profits from ...

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Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Making sure that children are active often means getting them interested in sports. But parents have to weigh the health risks of those sports, including hits that can cause concussions.

Concussions are brain injuries. Most people, including kids, recover from a concussion. But concussions, particularly repeated ones, can lead ...

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Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The more we learn about sitting, the more perilous it seems to be.

Flabby muscles, fuzzy thinking and all manner of cardiovascular disease can get started or get worse when we're hanging out on the couch, stuck in traffic or just parked in a chair for too long.

Now there's ...

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FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The pain reliever acetaminophen is easy on the stomach. But at high doses, the drug can be hell on the liver.

Now the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to refrain from prescribing drugs that contain high doses of acetaminophen to minimize the risk of liver damage.

Acetaminophen ...

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Why The Youth Gap On Obamacare Exchanges Could Be A Yawner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The dust is settling a bit after the administration released details Monday about who signed up for health insurance on the exchanges during the chaotic three months after they launched Oct. 1.

Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people piled in. Younger people are generally ...

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Where The Smokers Are Now: Bulgaria, Greece And Macedonia

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Since the surgeon general's report laid bare the health hazards from smoking 50 years ago, the proportion of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically.

About 19 percent of American adults smoke these days, compared with about 42 percent in 1965.

Smoking has become less prevalent in other countries, ...

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Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Here I sit shivering, wishing I were a dog or cat to get through this cold snap.

A built-in fur coat, no commute and maybe some quality time by the fireplace. What could go wrong?

Quite a few things, it turns out.

The friendly animal lovers at the University of ...

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Drugmaker Names Pill After CEO Who Sought Daughter's Cure

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's not every day that the Food and Drug Administration approves a drug three months ahead of schedule. Or approves a pill that could take the place of injections. Or gives the OK to a medicine named for the CEO who started a company to help her sick daughter.

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Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Doctors talking up drugs to other doctors has been quite lucrative for pharmaceutical companies — and the physicians who moonlight as their salesmen.

Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors were effective pitchmen. A doctor paid by a company to give a dinner speech or to chat over lunch ...

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23andMe Bows To FDA's Demands, Drops Health Claims

Friday, December 06, 2013

The maker of a $99 personal genome test blinked.

Silicon Valley's 23andMe said late Thursday that it would comply with the Food and Drug Administration's demand that the company stop marketing health-related genetic tests.

People will still be able to pay 23andMe to have their DNA analyzed to learn ...

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Medical Journal Goes To The Dogs

Thursday, December 05, 2013

For a half-century, JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, adorned its cover with works of fine art. You could have easily mistaken an issue of the august medical journal on your doctor's desk for a stray copy of ARTnews.

But a JAMA redesign this summer put the table ...

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FDA Tells 23andMe To Stop Selling Popular Genetic Test

Monday, November 25, 2013

You don't need to be an expert in the regulations covering medical tests to know that the Food and Drug Administration has just about had it with Silicon Valley's 23andMe.

The agency told the seller of a personalized genomic test to knock it off in a sternly worded warning ...

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