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Every 40 seconds a U.S. stroke occurs

Every 40 seconds a stroke occurs in the United States, but most don't know what to look for and how to respond, a non-profit group says.

Hospice under use due to enrollment rules

The enrollment policies of U.S. hospices may contribute to the under use of the services of the end-of-life care, U.S. researchers say.

Babies, seniors can get hypothermia indoors

For infants and seniors, hypothermia can also occur indoors, so the thermostat should be set no lower than 68 degrees, a New York health official says.

Dengue fever vaccine shows promise

U.S. scientists at the National Institutes of Health say their dengue vaccine is safe and stimulates a strong immune response in most recipients.

New norovirus strain causing U.S. outbreak

A new strain of norovirus first detected in Australia last March is causing outbreaks in the United States and other countries, officials say.

Sex, drugs can affect PSA test for cancer

Studies don't all agree, but U.S. researchers say several show a man should avoid sex 48 hours before a prostate-specific antigen test.

FDA approves colon cancer drug combo

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it approved a new use of Avastin in combination with oxaliplatin chemotherapy for those with colorectal cancer.

About 45 percent of U.S. kids get flu shot

Over a five-year period, 1-in-6 U.S. children age 5 and under went to a hospital emergency department or clinic for influenza, a researcher says.

Lack of sleep leads to lack of gratitude

Sleep deprivation can leave couples "too tired to say thanks," and lack of gratitude can make partners feel taken for granted, U.S. researchers say.

U.S. food fraud may be iceberg's tip

Milk, vegetable oils, spices, seafood and lemon juice are vulnerable to food fraud, a U.S. scientific non-profit organization says.

South tops U.S. in mental health meds use

The use of antidepressant, anti-psychotic and stimulant medications is 40 percent greater in the South than in the rest of the United States, researchers say.

Most support Roe vs. Wade court decision

Roe vs. Wade is synonymous with abortion rights but younger adults tend to express no opinion on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, a survey indicates.

Scheduling can improve doctor wait times

It can take up to nine weeks to see a U.S. family practitioner in some states, but changes in scheduling and management can improve wait times, researchers say.

Mobile app ups elderly drug adherence

Those who use MediSafe reported a medication adherence rate of 81 percent, higher than the average adherence rate of 50 percent, Israeli researchers say.

Flu high in Norway, Iceland

Influenza activity continued to increase across Europe during the second week of January with reports of severe cases in some countries, officials say.

Vitamin D may be a breast cancer therapy

Vitamin D may be involved in a possible new breast cancer therapy, U.S. and Spanish researchers say.

Divorce lasts a lifetime -- end the war

Marriage may be brief, but divorce lasts a lifetime and a U.S. clinical psychologist says it's worth the effort to make a friend of an ex-spouse.

Patients with stroke linked to depression

Patients depressed after a stroke may have triple the risk of dying early then those without stroke or depression, U.S. researchers say.

Eye disease may be linked to aspirin use

Regular aspirin use may be linked with an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, Australian researchers say.

Loneliness corrodes health

Loneliness boosts inflammation, which is linked to coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers suggest.

N.Y. state's top employer is healthcare

Nine of New York state's Top 20 employers are in healthcare, with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System No. 1 with 37,000 employees, researchers say.

Few drivers carry emergency items in trunk

Most U.S. drivers carry "junk" in their trunk, with few carrying recommended emergency supplies, a survey indicates.

Asthma drops after public smoking ban

One year after England banned smoking in public places there was more than a 12 percent drop in children hospitalized with asthma, researchers say.

Swine flu kills 24 in Middle East

Twenty-four people have died of the swine flu in the last month in the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Israel, officials said.

Flu may have peaked in Massachusetts

The flu may have peaked in Massachusetts but state health officials say 1,991 patients tested positive for flu just last week and many people are still sick.
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