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3-Drug therapy might be cystic fibrosis 'breakthrough'

In what researchers are calling a "breakthrough," two preliminary trials have found that either of two triple-drug regimens could potentially benefit 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis.

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Don't want rosacea? Drinking coffee might help

Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea.

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Cataract surgery, hearing aid may boost the aging brain

You won't jump for joy when you're told you need hearing aids or cataract surgery. But get this: Both appear to slow mental decline in older adults.

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ER nurses might do better 'eyeballing' patients

"Eyeballing" emergency room patients may be better than a formal medical assessment in identifying those most in need of urgent care, a new study suggests.

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White House wants prices in drug ads, but big pharma fights back

In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent.

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Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity

Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

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Flu shot in pregnancy lowers risk of flu hospitalization

The flu shot reduces a pregnant woman's risk of hospitalization for flu by 40 percent, new research shows.

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Can intermittent fasting help reverse type 2 diabetes?

Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests.

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Hospital privacy curtains may be home to dangerous germs

Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report.

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Does aspirin help prevent liver cancer?

Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help.

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Working out when under the weather

Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. Here's how to stay in the game

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Brain scans suggest pain of fibromyalgia isn't imaginary

People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals.

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What did Americans eat today? A third would say fast food

Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day.

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NYPD pulls thousands of its body cameras after one of them exploded

The NYPD has recalled thousands of body cameras after one of them exploded during an officer's shift on Sunday. No one was injured in the incident, which is thought to have been caused by the device's battery. More>>

Montblanc Summit 2, the first Snapdragon Wear 3100 watch, is now available

Montblanc has taken the wraps off of the new Montblanc Summit 2 -- the first watch to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The watch features a premium design and Google's Wear OS. More>>

A strap for everyone: The best Apple Watch bands you can buy right now

If you have an Apple Watch, you know how easy it is to take off the strap it came with, so why not buy yourself another one? Here we've gathered the best Apple Watch bands we've seen so far. More>>

Experts sound warning about 'baby boxes'

Cardboard baby boxes are gaining fans, but are they as safe as cribs and bassinets?

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Gluten-free craze a 'double-edged sword' for celiac patients

The gluten-free diet craze is both reassuring and upsetting to people with celiac disease who are allergic to the nutrient, a small study suggests.

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The best snowshoes you can buy right now (updated for 2018)

Snowshoeing is a great way to stay fit and active during the winter months, but finding the right pair can be a challenge. Here are our picks of the five best snowshoes available today to keep you moving on the trail this... More>>

Does your dog really understand you?

Many dogs perk up at certain words, like "treat" or "squirrel." But does Buddy really understand what you're saying, or is he simply reacting to the excitement in your voice?

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Forget laxatives — this electronic pill will literally shake the crap out of you

Are you suffering from constipation? What you really need is a vibrating smart pill that promises to shake the crap out of you. And we mean that completely literally. Here's how it works. More>>

Brain's 'self-control' center may be key to weight-loss success

A behavioral therapist could be as important as a calorie-cutting diet for folks who want to lose weight, researchers say.

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Pounds regained after weight-loss op can tell your doc a lot

Tracking pounds regained after weight-loss surgery can help predict a patient's risk for serious health problems like diabetes, a new study says.

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Johns Hopkins’ lab-grown human retina could lead to big insights

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University have successfully grown human retina tissue from scratch in a lab. The work could help with the development of new therapeutics related to eye diseases. More>>

Garmin listens to feedback, adds Spotify to Fenix 5 Plus Series watch

Garmin announced integration with Spotify, allowing customers to listen to offline playlists from their wrist. Adventurers who own one of the Fenix 5 Plus devices can download the Spotify app and start syncing their music. More>>

Obesity surgery may cut heart attack risk in diabetics

Obesity surgery may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are severely overweight and have diabetes, a new large study suggests.

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Facebook posts may hint at depression

People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.

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The best sound machines to help you fall (and stay) asleep

Whether you find that sleep better with white noise, rain sounds, or deep sleep music, there’s a sound machine on the market that will be able to help you catch more z’s in no time at all. More>>

Bug behind stomach cancer also linked to colon cancer

The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.

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Genes, not diet, may be key to gout flare-ups

Although many people suffering from painful gout flare-ups point to diet as the culprit, new research suggests DNA plays a much bigger role.

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Don't overlook heart care after cancer diagnosis

Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds.

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With VR dinosaurs and ‘Minecraft,’ one hospital is making medicine less scary

From augmented reality rabbits on the wards to a Minecraft recreation of the hospital for kids to explore, one of the world's most renowned children's hospitals just got a major tech overhaul. More>>

Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say

School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

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Smoggy air tied to higher odds for mouth cancers

Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says.

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Four myths about breast cancer debunked

There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says.

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One-third of 'gluten-free' restaurant foods in U.S. are not: study

If you're gluten-sensitive, watch out: One-third of the "gluten-free" foods sold in U.S. restaurants actually contain trace levels of the substance, new research suggests.

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Getting your medical records might not be easy

U.S. patients face numerous roadblocks when trying to access their medical records at the nation's top hospitals, a new study finds.

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Flu season lingers in big cities

Big cities with a large commuting workforce tend to have longer, more grinding flu seasons, a new study suggests.

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Path to obesity may start in preschool

Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.

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Does less-invasive surgery make sense for you?

Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic -- or minimally invasive -- procedures.

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