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Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

It was the largest experiment so far to use these tests, called liquid biopsies, for breast cancer. Results suggest they someday may help reveal whi...

3 Reasons Why Coffee Is So Good for You
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Coffee is increasingly earning scientists’ approval. Studies continue to suggest that the beverage may have some beneficial effects on health.

In the latest analysis, published in the BMJ, researchers scanned nearly 220 studies on coffee and found that overall, coffee drinkers may enjoy more health benefits than people who don’t drink the brew.

The scientists, led by Robin Poole from the University of Southampton in the UK, learned that...

Here’s a New Reason You Should Worry About Antibiotics
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There’s a global push for doctors and patients to use antibiotics more judiciously, largely because overusing them is contributing to growing resistance—meaning that some infections that were previously treatable no longer respond well to medications. Now, a new study in mice suggests that antibiotics may come with another potential health consequence. They could be inter...

Maryland Begins Sales of Medical Marijuana After Delays
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After years of delays, the first sales of medical marijuana were made in Maryland Friday.

A few dispensaries in the state announced they’ve started receiving shipments of medical marijuana supplies, while others in the state said they should be able to begin selling products in the coming days,

A Deadly Parasite May Be Killing Vietnam Veterans
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(HERALD, W.Va.) — A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes ingested through raw or undercooked fish and a...

This Type of Alcohol Makes You Feel Sexy, According to Science
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If you’re trying to wind down after a long day, wine may help you relax, a new study suggests. But if you’re more in the mood to feel sexy and confident, order spirits instead.

A group of researchers in the U.K. set out to determine whether different types of alcohol prompt different emotional responses among drinkers. They used data from almost 30,000 people who responded to the Global Drug Survey

Suicide and Self-Harm Is Increasing Among Teen Girls, Study Finds
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(CHICAGO) — Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found.

It’s unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing.

The rising rates “should be of concern to parents, teachers, and pediatricians. One important reason to fo...

A Common Chemical May Be Unsafe for Pregnant Women and Babies. Here’s What You Need to Know
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Exposure to a chemical called perchlorate may be unsafe for pregnant women and their unborn children, according to a new study.

Perchlorate, which is found in everything from fireworks to fertilizers, is a known hormone disruptor. In pregnant women, frequent exposure may decrease levels of a thyroid hormone, called T4, that’s necessary for fetal brain development, potenti...

The Real Risk of Buying Medical Marijuana Online
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Many people buy medical marijuana online — but they may not always get exactly what they pay for, according to new research.

A study, published this week in JAMA, found that nearly 70% of all products sold online made from cannabidiol — an extract of the marijuana plant also known as CBD — contained either higher or lower concentrations of the drug than indi...

President Carter: Lack of Universal Healthcare Should Be a ‘National Scandal’
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“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights at the heart of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. The text is as dear today to the hearts of the American people as it was when Thomas Jefferson first penned his words nearly two and a half centuries ago.

But these fundamental rights are denied to millions of Amer...