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Doctors expect eclipse ER visits

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By Rachael Rettner-foxnews.com-(8/18/17)  As potentially millions of Americans travel to see the total solar eclipse on Monday (Aug. 21), doctors are bracing for a spike in visits to emergency rooms (ERs) across the country, experts say. 

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Toddler chokes to death on grapes

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foxnews.com--(8/18/17) A Detroit family is grieving the loss of a 2-year-old boy and urging parents to enroll in CPR classes after their son choked to death on grapes while grocery shopping with his mother. 

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"Liquid biopsy" Spots Early-Stage Cancers in Blood

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Foxnews.com--(08/17/2017) A test that scans blood for tumor-specific DNA identified early-stage cancer in more than half of 138 patients with the disease, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday, marking a new milestone in the rush for so-called "liquid biopsies." Several companies already offer tests that can detect cancer DNA in the blood of patients with late-stage cancers.

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Paralyzed dog gets wheelchair

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Foxnews.com--(8/17/17) An 8-year-old dog named Cesar who was permanently paralyzed by a disc injury has been given a new lease on life, after his Army veteran owner reached out to the Lifeline Animal Project Pets for Life Program for help.

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Alcohol saves cat's life

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Foxnews.com--(8/16/17) A cat in the U.K. is lucky to be alive after quick-thinking veterinarians used alcohol to counter-act the poisonous effects of brake fluid that she had earlier ingested. 

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US teen drug overdose deaths increase

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FoxNews.com - (8/16/17)  After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year — fueled by abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and newer drugs like fentanyl.

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Mom shares photo of dying daughter

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Foxnews.com--(8/15/17)  A grieving mother said she hopes a photo of her 22-year-old daughter hooked up to life support after a fatal overdose helps others recognize the dangers of opioid and heroin abuse. “I’m going to fight the rest of my life to make sure the people that are down here on the street selling this to people, they don't need to be here, they need to be locked up,” Cheryl Towery, whose daughter, Elaina, died on Monday, told Fox 2 Detroit. To... More>>

Cancer can't stop MLB hurler

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Foxnews.com--(8/15/17) Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis took the mound on Monday in his first start since being diagnosed with testicular cancer, twice. The 28-year-old pitched seven scoreless innings in the Rockies 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field. “[The emotion] crept in this morning when I woke up, just thinking about everything that had happened and thinking about everything that my family and I had been through, I was holding back ears until the star... More>>

Florida resident catches deadly bacterial infection

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foxnews.com--(8/14/17) A Florida resident contracted a deadly bacterial infection, officials confirmed Monday. The Florida Department of Health confirmed that an Escambia County resident became infected with vibrio vulnificus, according to Pensacola News Journal. Vibrio vulnificus is a bacteria found in salty, warm water. Though infections are rare, the risk is higher during the period of May to October. This is the second case of the bacterial infection this year in Es... More>>

Vitamin B3 could prevent birth defects, miscarriages, scientists say

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FoxNews.com - (8/14/17)  Women who are pregnant, or thinking about have children soon, may want to start stocking up on marmite.  Scientists in Australia revealed in a new study pregnant women could prevent birth defects and miscarriages if they get an extra dose of the dietary supplement vitamin B3.

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New Football Helmet May Help NFL Players Reduce Concussions

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Foxnews.com--(08/08/2017) For more than half a century, football helmets have done a great job of preventing skull fractures, but they’ve been ineffective when it came to preventing concussions and protecting the brain. They just weren’t meant to do that. But now there’s a new helmet that’s been designed to protect not only the skull, but what’s inside it.

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Does running really harden your arteries?

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Foxnews.com--(08/07/2017) On Tuesday, July 26th, the journal Circulation published three articles—two new studies plus an editorial—that answer some longstanding questions and raise new ones about the link between high levels of running and the health of your coronary arteries. The news is mostly reassuring for runners, but it’s worth taking some time to understand what the new data tell us.

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Deadly drug hits Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (07/25/17) The drug is fentanyl -- it’s a prescription pain killer even stronger than heroin. It's so potent that just coming in contact with it can be deadly. And Springfield police say they are seeing it right here on the streets of Springfield. Lisa Cox from the Springfield Police Department says, “If you would have asked us two years ago we would have said absolutely not. We don’t see fentanyl in Springfield.” But that has al... More>>

Zika virus sexually transmitted in Florida, officials say

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(08/01/17) The first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017 has been confirmed in Pinellas County, Florida, according to health officials. The Florida Department of Health made the announcement Tuesday. Health officials stressed there is no evidence that mosquitoes are transmitting Zika anywhere in the state. The infected individual was diagnosed with Zika after having sexual contact with a partner, who recently traveled to Cuba and was sick with symptoms of the virus. The name...

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Japanese woman died from tick-borne illness despite no tick bite, officials say

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 (07/31/17) A woman in Japan who died from a tick-borne illness after being bitten by a stray cat is believed to be the first case of a human being infected with the disease without being directly bitten by a tick. The woman died 10 days after being bitten by a presumably sick stray cat, health ministry officials told the Japan Times last week. Health officials have said the cat apparently was infected from a tick bite, and transmitted the disease when it bit the woman last year... More>>

Blowing out birthday candles is actually pretty gross

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FoxNews.com - (7/31/17)  Let's get one thing out of the way: Our mouths are positively brimming with bacteria. But as gross as that may seem to some, the vast majority of those bacteria are benign.

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FDA to Target Addictive Levels of Nicotine in Cigarettes

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Foxnews.com--(07/28/2017) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the move Friday. The federal agency has had the power since 2009 to cut nicotine levels but hasn't done so. The FDA plans to seek comments as it develops new regulations. Gottlieb also said the FDA is giving e-cigarette makers more time for a review of the products already on the market.

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New IVF treatment brings hope

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FoxNews.com - (7/28/17)  One of the most commonly treated infertility-related conditions in the United States is diminished ovarian reserve, also known as low-egg-count. In these patients, despite maximum amount of IVF medications, their ovaries produce few if any usable eggs for IVF.

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Goat Yoga Combines the Foundations of Yoga with the Cuteness of Goats

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Foxnews.com--(07/26/2017) Yoga's foundations can be traced back thousands of years, and the practice has taken many different forms during that time. But one class in Las Vegas is expanding that definition to include goats. Goat Yoga Las Vegas is a petting zoo of sorts that provides yoga enthusiasts with small goats with which to play and snap selfies.

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Sperm count falling sharply in developed world, researchers say

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(07/25/17) Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, researchers said on Tuesday. They also said the rate of decline is not slowing. Both findings -- in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies -- pointed to a potential decline in male health and fertility. The analysis did not explore reasons for the decline, but researchers said falling sperm counts have previously been linked to various... More>>

CTE found in brains of 110 out of 111 deceased NFLers

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FoxNews.com - (7/25/17)  Researchers studying the brains of 202 former football players discovered traces of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in nearly all of them, with the highest instances occurring in players who had reached the professional level.

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Bush's Baked Beans recalled over defective cans

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(07/24/17) The makers of a popular baked beans brand are recalling three varieties of the product over defective side seams on the cans. Bush Brothers and Company included 28-ounce cans of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans, Fox 10 reported. The affected products are stamped with a “best by” date of June 2019. In a July 22 statement posted to its website, the company said the discovery is a quality issue...

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Many People Being Treated for Alzheimer's May Not Actually Have It

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Foxnews.com--(07/21/2017) Diagnosing Alzheimer's is a guessing game—and many doctors are guessing wrong, according to early results from a new study presented Wednesday in London. The Washington Post reports doctors tested 4,000 Medicare patients with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and discovered many of them definitively do not have Alzheimer's.

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