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Male birth control pills show early promise, but will it work?

An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making progress, according to preliminary results of a small study. In a four-week study in men under 50, an experimental hormone-based contraceptive pill proved to be "well-tolerated." Participants' testosterone levels declined significantly along with two hormones essential for sperm production noted the US study team. The study author Dr. …

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Blood donors urged to help after heavy winter storms to replenish the shelves of the Red Cross local news

Although spring has officially kicked in, the American Red Cross's blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and save lives. The winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 donations to be canceled, resulting in more than 9,500 unaccumulated blood and …

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Here's how drunk Illinois comes from Binge Drinking

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone – though there are still some hangovers in Illinois – and millions of Americans attended the unofficial binge drink party across the country. But a new study from the federal disease control and prevention centers might pause some bing drinkers before they break out that the next (or seven) can drink alcohol. The …

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The flu is falling, but hospital stays are still high

Influenza is on the decline, but several indicators still show high levels of activity in many parts of the country, according to the latest data compiled in the Centennial Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weekly FluView report. The percentage of outpatient visits to flu-like illnesses (ILI) was significantly lower at 3.3% than the mid-February peak of 7.5%. This indicator was …

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New human antibody may improve malaria prevention efforts

Scientists have discovered a new human antibody that has been tested in mice, malaria infection by binding a specific portion of a protein in almost all strains of the malaria parasites worldwide. The study shows that the antibody called Marie Pancera, Biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington. Importantly, the study identified a unique binding site on the …

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Opioid raid leads to "more suffering" in chronic pain patients

DENVER – The fight against the opioid epidemic in our country can not be stressed enough. Thousands die every year – more are addicted, and the problem continues to grow. But with action being taken at the national, state and local levels, there is a group of people who say they are hurt even more by the raids: by opioids …

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Majority of US adults have bad heart health: study

Monday, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) – America's heart health went from bad to worse between 1988 and 2014, warns a new report. That means around 60 percent of whites, 75 percent of Mexican Americans and 85 percent of black Americans today go through life with below-average heart health. At first glance, the study seems to be good news: A …

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The FDA is taking first steps to restrict flavors in tobacco

Receive breaking news and special reports. The news and stories that are important were delivered on weekday mornings. SUBSCRIPTION Menthol and fruit flavors make cigarettes more enticing and addictive. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is taking the first step towards limiting its use in tobacco products. The FDA delayed last week to potentially lower the amount of nicotine in …

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