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More tanning beds than drug stores or McDonald's in Florida

University of Miami researchers say Florida has more indoor tanning facilities than CVS pharmacies or McDonald's restaurants.
HHS: Affordable Care Act website performed as promised

HHS: Affordable Care Act website performed as promised

The Obamacare website HealthCare.gov handled 83,000 concurrent users before the deadline of Christmas Eve -- as promised, U.S. government officials say.
Gallup: Using skills and talents may be the best medicine

Gallup: Using skills and talents may be the best medicine

The more U.S. adults with health issues use their skills and talents to do what they do best, the less they report pain, worry, stress or anger, a survey says.
Program in Britain that helped old, frail and cold axed

Program in Britain that helped old, frail and cold axed

A British program that helped 200,000 people who are old, frail and cold that cost $16.5 million a year was axed, despite many dying of cold, officials say.
Most U.S. with low flu activity, six states high flu activity

Most U.S. with low flu activity, six states high flu activity

For the week ending Dec. 21, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas reported high flu activity, but in most of the country flu was low.
Australia, Britain, Slovakia highest prescribers of statins

Australia, Britain, Slovakia highest prescribers of statins

Almost 14 percent of Australians take statins -- cholesterol-lowering medications -- while 13 percent of Britons and Slovakians take statins, researchers says.
Concussion, Alzheimer's brain pathology may be related

Concussion, Alzheimer's brain pathology may be related

A history of concussion involving at least a momentary loss of consciousness may be linked to Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain, U.S. researchers say.
Second man with bird flu in Hong Kong dies

Second man with bird flu in Hong Kong dies

An 80-year-old man was the first to die of avian flu H7N9 -- bird flu -- in Honk Kong, health officials say.
Smoke exposure during pregnancy and ADHD investigated

Smoke exposure during pregnancy and ADHD investigated

North Carolina researchers are investigating the relationship between exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Jackson Hewitt will help customers file for health insurance

For taxpayers who missed the Dec. 24 deadline for health insurance or may be confused by their options, Jackson Hewitt says it can help its U.S. customers.
Male testosterone levels may weaken vaccine response

Male testosterone levels may weaken vaccine response

U.S. researchers suggest male testosterone levels may partially explain why men often have weaker responses to vaccines than women.
Expert proposes user fee for agriculture use of antibiotics

Expert proposes user fee for agriculture use of antibiotics

The indiscriminate use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries poses a threat to public health, but a Canadian expert suggests a user fee.

Exercise helps buffer a bout of overeating

Daily exercise lessens many of the harmful physiological effects of short-term overeating and inactivity, British researchers say.
Children of pregnant women who eat nuts, less allergy risk

Children of pregnant women who eat nuts, less allergy risk

Women with no nut allergy who ate nuts during pregnancy had children with less risk of developing peanut or tree nut allergies, U.S. researchers say.
Aging expert: Santa may be healthier than he appears

Aging expert: Santa may be healthier than he appears

On the surface Santa Claus may seem an overweight workaholic with an affinity for sweets, but a U.S. geriatrician says Santa may be healthier than he appears.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International
Christmas Day, Thanksgiving have the most kitchen fires

Christmas Day, Thanksgiving have the most kitchen fires

More U.S. kitchen fires are reported on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day -- three times more than any other day of the year, Liberty Mutual says.
Children getting alcohol poisoning from leftover drinks

Children getting alcohol poisoning from leftover drinks

Ethyl alcohol found in alcoholic drinks or denatured alcohol found in perfume are causing more poisonings of children, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital says.
If facing adversity, you can't force yourself to be happy

If facing adversity, you can't force yourself to be happy

If it's not a holly, jolly Christmas for you, a U.S. stress management expert suggests being realistic and adapt to the situation.

Report: U.S. military still using dangerous malaria drug

Doctors in the U.S. military are still dispensing an anti-malaria drug federal regulators say can cause brain damage.
Holidating -- dating just to avoid being alone for the holiday

Holidating -- dating just to avoid being alone for the holiday

Ten percent of U.S. women and 14 percent of men date someone during the holidays just to avoid being alone, says a researcher who calls the practice holidating.
Lock up the medicine chest before holiday guests arrive

Lock up the medicine chest before holiday guests arrive

The Christmas tree is trimmed, the house decorated and gifts wrapped but before guests are invited, U.S. experts suggest locking up the medicine chest.

Boston-area pharmacy to settle $100 M for meningitis victims

The bankrupt Boston-area pharmacy that allegedly made tainted steroid injections which sickened hundreds and killed 64 will compensate victims, officials say.
Forget trying for the 'perfect' holiday, impossible to achieve

Forget trying for the 'perfect' holiday, impossible to achieve

During the holidays, forget striving for the perfect -- you won't achieve it -- and set a course "between Hallmark and heartache," an U.S. expert suggests.
Holidays can bring out desperate behavior

Holidays can bring out desperate behavior

Suicide rates are lower during the holidays compared to other times of the year, but they can be a lonely time for those alone, a U.S. researcher says.
Maternal infections during pregnancy linked to autism risk

Maternal infections during pregnancy linked to autism risk

Hospital-diagnosed maternal bacterial infections during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders, U.S. researchers say.
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