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Self-harm attempts by teen girls have tripled since 2009: CDC

Self-harm attempts by teen girls have tripled since 2009, says a new study from the Centers for Disease Control. The study looked at 43,138 first-time, non-fatal emergency room visits for self-harm cases (self-inflicted hard from overdose/poisoning, cutting and blunt objects) in young people age 10 to 24 …

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Cancer drugs could control high blood pressure

Drugs that fight cancer may also be used to control high blood pressure, according to a new Georgetown University study. Researchers have called the finding a real advance in the treatment of high blood pressure. While there are numerous hypertension drugs, not every therapy works for every …

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Spit test could determine concussion duration in kids

A little spit can go a long way in helping concussion diagnoses. A new test could determine the length and duration of a concussion, says a study published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday. The researchers found five genetic molecules in saliva, called microRNAs, which were …

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The doctor will know if you’re not taking your meds now

Doctors now have an easier — but controversial — way to know if their patients have taken their medication. For the first time, self-tracking sensors can now be added to Abilify oral tablets, an antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and Tourette’s, according to a Food …

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FDA will require calorie counts at large food chains

The government is down for the count. The Food and Drug Administration has made calorie counts in restaurants and other food establishments required across the nation. The rule would require any food establishment with 20 or more locations to prominently post calories counts beginning in …

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IUD use linked to 30% lower risk of cervical cancer

Intrauterine devices may be helpful in lowering risk of cervical cancer, a new study published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal suggests. Victoria Cortessis of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles led a team of researchers who examined data from 16 studies of over 12,000 …

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EPA approves bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight Zika

Attack of the killer mosquitoes — but thankfully, they’re not after us. MosquitoMate, a biotechnology start-up company that specializes in mosquito control, has been given the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency to release mosquitoes that will prevent the spread of Zika, dengue and yellow fever, and other …

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