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Azar’s drug price controls put Americans patients last

By Stacy Washington President Trump thinks Americans pay too much for prescription drugs — and says foreign countries are to blame. In a speech, he criticized nations that use socialist price controls to artificially hold down the cost of pharmaceuticals. “For decades,” he noted, “other countries have rigged the system so that American patients are charged much more . . …

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Root canals save millions of teeth, statistics show

By Chara To many people, the term “root canal” sounds painful. A root canal is performed when a tooth is damaged, diseased or injured. The dental procedure is done to help relieve pain and save a tooth from possible extraction. According to the American Association of Endodontists, around 22.3 million endodontic procedures are performed each year in the country. As …

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Resources for Addressing Mental Health Challenges at Work

Every year, about 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental illness and 1 in 25 lives with a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits at least one major life activity. Mental illness is a top cause of worker disability in the U.S. and 62 percent of missed work days can be attributed to …

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Sodas, sports drinks increase risk of dying from heart disease, other cancers

By Roberta Pardo Drinking soda, sports drinks and other sugary beverages increases the risk of dying from heart disease and some types of cancers, according to new Harvard research. A study published March 18 in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found that the more sweetened beverages a person drank, the greater the risk of death from heart disease. The …

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Whitening strips might damage your teeth, study claims

By Chara Having a pearly white smile can be expensive – and harmful. Hydrogen peroxide, a common ingredient in whitening products, can cause erosion in people’s teeth, a study from Stockton University claims. According to the research, hydrogen peroxide can weaken the bone-like tissue beneath the tooth’s outer layer of protective enamel. “This study shows that there is a loss …

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Measles cases up 300 percent

By Chara Measles cases were up by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend,” the WHO website states. “Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises …

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Good nutrition offers many benefits

By Chara Good nutrition might save your life – and help you in ways that are not health-related. Recently, the health journal The Lancet published an analysis on the health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries. The data showed that about 90 percent of annual deaths are linked to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. The research also reported that …

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There are many good reasons to not skip breakfast

Commentary by Chara John Harvey Kellogg had a great idea. In 1870, Kellogg invented a cereal, hoping to encourage consumers to eat healthy. He was a pioneer in selling the idea of a healthy breakfast leading to more productivity during the day. Although research cannot truly demonstrate that a good breakfast is responsible for good overall health, many observational studies …

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Vaccines for children are important: Five reasons why

By Chara Vaccines are important to keep families healthy – particularly children. Vaccines help people to build up antibodies. They work because the weakened forms of diseases are injected into a person’s body. Once the body identifies the germs, it starts producing antibodies to fight those diseases. Understandably, some people cannot get vaccinated because of allergic medical reactions. But it …

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FDA approves drug to treat postpartum depression

By Chara The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zulresso (brexanolone) as a new drug to help treat postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a type of depression that usually happens to women after having a baby. The symptoms include mood swings, appetite issues and difficulty sleeping, and can last from a few days to weeks. Zulresso, which is …

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