Cigarettes Aren't Cool, California Teens Say

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — Cigarettes are one accessory today’s California teens are more than willing to forego, a new survey finds.
Fewer of them than ever think cigarettes are cool, the study found, and many view smoking as riskier and less…
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Gene Therapy Offers Hope to Some Hemophilia Patients

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — Preliminary research suggests that a single dose of an experimental gene therapy may help patients with hemophilia B.
As explained by the National Hemophilia Foundation, hemophilia B is a genetic disorder where people lack a…
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Baby Boomers Going to Pot

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — More older Americans are rolling joints or firing up their bongs, a new study on marijuana use finds.
“Given the unprecedented aging of the U.S. population, we are facing a never before seen cohort of older adults who use…
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Rare Infant Seizure Disorder Often Missed

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — Many infants with a rare form of epilepsy known as infantile spasms aren’t promptly diagnosed, and that delay can lead to devastating health consequences, new research indicates.
The peculiar clusters of seizures usually…
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Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — A purified oral version of a marijuana compound may help with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, two new clinical trials show.
The researchers found that the compound, cannabidiol (CBD), helped reduce seizure frequency…
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Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — Hospitalized patients who are handed off by their original medical team to a new set of caregivers may ultimately face a higher risk of early death, new research warns.
The finding does not apply to daily shift changes or…
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Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report.
Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing…
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Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — Many medical students from around the world struggle with depression, and more than 1 in 10 have suicidal thoughts, researchers report.
And only about 16 percent of the students who tested positive for depression sought…
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New Clues to Huge Jump in U.S. Mosquito Population

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 — New research hints at why the number of mosquitoes has jumped 10-fold in the past 50 years in certain U.S. states: Increased urbanization and shrinking levels of the pesticide DDT in the environment could be major…
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Health Highlights: Dec. 6, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Mixed Results in Public Health Efforts: CDC
There have been mixed results in efforts to tackle major public health issues in the United States,…
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