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One in 12 Americans Don’t Follow Prescription Medication Directions in Effort to Save Money

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Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in 12 Americans choose not to take prescription medication as directed to save money. Eight percent of Americans, the CDC says, do not take prescription medicine as directed in an effort to save money. An even larger 15 percent said they have ... Read More »

Cat Gets Oxygen Mask After Surviving Fire Inside Wall

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Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Firefighters outside Charlotte, North Carolina, were nearly done battling a house fire burning for more than four hours when one of them said they discovered a cat who miraculously survived the massive inferno stuck in a wall. “One of our guys was walking around the house, which was almost completely collapsed, when he heard a ... Read More »

Organ Transplants Could Provide Two Million Extra Years of Life, Researchers Say

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targovcom/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Organ transplants in the United States may lead to as many as two million extra years of life, researchers say. Looking at data since the FDA first approved solid-organ transplants in 1983, researchers say they determined the survival benefit of organ transplants by comparing patients on the transplant list who received a transplant to those who did ... Read More »

Study: Insurers May Be Using Drug Costs to Discriminate

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Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A study in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that insurers may be using the costs of certain drugs to discriminate against “high-cost patients.” Researchers analyzed “adverse tiering” in 12 states using the federal health insurance marketplace. Of those 12 states, six states included insurers cited in a complaint submitted to the Department of ... Read More »

California Dept. of Public Health Calls E-Cigarettes a ‘Community Health Threat’

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scyther5/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A report issued by the California Department of Public Health on Wednesday calls electronic cigarettes a “community health threat.” CDPH Director and State Health Office Ron Chapman wrote the introduction to the report, highlighting his concerns regarding marketing methods that “may…mislead consumers into believing that these products are harmless and safe for consumption.” Chapman noted that there ... Read More »

Girl Dies After Catching the Flu, Even After Getting Vaccine

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Courtesy Patrick Driscoll(LAS VEGAS) — A Las Vegas kindergartner who died days after coming down with the flu felt well enough to play outside 24 hours before she collapsed, her father told ABC News. Kiera Driscoll, 5, had a slight fever on Sunday morning, but she seemed to be feeling better after taking some children’s ibuprofen, said her father, Patrick ... Read More »

How Doctors, Parents May Be Contributing to Rise of Measles

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Medical experts considered measles essentially eradicated in this country thanks to large scale vaccination. But with at least 64 confirmed cases of measles this month, the disease seems on pace to have its worst year in nearly two decades. Many young doctors are slow to recognize measles and may not realize its potential dangers, said Dr. Richard ... Read More »

Meghan Trainor Was ‘Addicted to Diets’ Before Embracing Her Curves

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Epic Records(NEW YORK) — Before she was singing about “bringing booty back” and embracing her curves, Meghan Trainor had to fight low self-esteem just like the rest of us. The 21-year-old singer admitted to U.K.’s Reveal that she used to be “addicted to diets,” and tried to follow Beyonce’s weight-loss secret. Meghan tells the publication that her insecurities began in ... Read More »

Some Commonly Used Drugs Could Spur Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Thinkstock/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Seniors are being warned to cut back on the use of certain over-the-counter medications as well as older antidepressants as they may hasten the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine says that the sleep-aid Nytol and anti-allergy drugs Benadryl and Piriton contain ingredients that block the key chemical messenger acetylcholine, ... Read More »

Stories from Moms Who Delivered Blizzard Babies

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Paticia Strickland holds twins born in Massachusetts during Monday night’s blizzard. (Courtesy UMass Memorial Medical Center)(NEW YORK) — At 35 weeks pregnant, Paticia Strickland was joking with a friend about what would happen if she went into labor during the storm barreling toward the East Coast this week. An hour later, she was on all fours as contractions came one ... Read More »