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A Good Night's Sleep May Mean a Good Day's Work

Getting enough sleep each night may mean you're less likely to take time off from work due to illness, a new study suggests. The study included more than 3,700 people in Finland, aged 30 to 64, who were followed for an average of seven years. Those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours a night were much more likely to have extended...

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Health Highlights: Sept. 14, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Suffer Neurological Problems, Records Show One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at "notably younger ages" than is normal, numbers...

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Combo Diabetes Therapy Outperforms Other Treatments, Study Finds

Combining insulin with a relatively new hormone-like drug appears to be a safer and more effective way to treat type 2 diabetes than current methods, a new review suggests. The drug belongs to a new class of injectable medications called "glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists" (GLP-1), which mimic the behavior of a gut hormone. It's already available as...

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Health Tip: Add Iron to Your Diet During Pregnancy

-- Pregnant and breast-feeding women should increase intake of iron, a vital component of the body's ability to distribute oxygenated blood. The Cleveland Clinic suggests how to eat more iron-rich foods: Eat at least three servings daily of iron-rich foods. Meat sources of iron are best absorbed by the body. Eat grains enriched with iron, lean...

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ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they're being asked for the person they'd like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates. But, that's a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive. Ninety-five percent of patients treated in the emergency room...

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Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan

Too few students with asthma and food allergies have emergency plans in place at school, which can leave the schools inadequately prepared in a health crisis, a new survey finds. Just half of students with food allergies and only one in four kids with asthma have emergency action plans in place at their school to help manage serious reactions, according...

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Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smoking and eating too much salt could have implications for how diet is viewed in rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions. The...

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Health Tip: Helping Your Newborn Sleep

-- It can take newborns a while before they sleep through the night, but there are things parents can do to help newborns enjoy longer stretches of slumber. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions: Learn to identify signs that your baby is sleepy, and watch for patterns in baby's sleep. When baby seems drowsy, put the infant in a...

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Eat More Fish, Save Your Hearing?

Eating more fish may reduce a woman's risk for hearing loss, according to a large new study. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that consuming at least two servings of fish and omega-3s (long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids) each week could help prevent or delay hearing loss. "Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent,...

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New Myelin Loss Linked to MS Severity: Study

There's a strong connection between the severity of disease and the loss of myelin in the brain's gray matter for who have multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study says. MS causes the loss of myelin, the fatty, protective sheath around nerve fibers that is most abundant in the brain's signal-conducting white matter. That's why MS is typically considered...

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Fox News Features Drugs.com Medication Guide app

Thanks to Fox News for showcasing the Drugs.com Medication Guide app today. Very much appreciated. Available in both the Apple App store and the Google Play store, this is a great app for ultra-quick research and/or keeping track of multiple meds. Check out the video at the link below… http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/07/13/drugscom-app-provides-medical-information-on-go/ And check out the apps here… http://www.drugs.com/apps/

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Heartbleed Update

Drugs.com utilizes the Akamai content delivery network to serve our website to end users. Akamai patched the announced Heartbleed vulnerability prior to its public announcement. Akamai, like all users of OpenSSL, could have exposed passwords or session cookies transiting our network from August 2012 through 4 April 2014. Their custom memory allocator protected against nearly […]

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Consumer Reports Gives the Thumbs Up to the Drugs.com Pill Identifier App

Consumer Reports just put out a review of seven pill identifier apps. Here’s a snippet… “We reviewed seven apps that can help identify the pills you take, and liked two of them a lot: Drugs.com Pill Identifier and Epocrates Pill ID. The others—CVS/Pharmacy Pill Identifier, iPharmacy Pill Identifier, Pill Finder, Prescription Pill Identifier, and ID […]

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