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Parents and doctors need to take the lead in talking to kids about drinking, and they need to do it before children try their first sip, the main pediatricians' group says. And that moment might come sooner than most adults think it should, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in new guidance published Monday. It's before...

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Messages about the dangers of eating too much and exercising too little may have finally started to resonate with Americans. Hopeful signs were cropping up throughout 2015: studies showed a decline in the number of new diabetes cases; sugary soda consumption dropped off; and Americans were actually starting to eat more healthfully. It may...

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President Barack Obama urged Congress on Monday to reconsider offering a government-run health insurance option alongside private plans on the exchanges created as part of his national healthcare law. In an article published in the online edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Obama said the Affordable Care Act had made much progress toward...

The way the body can track the passing of the seasons in a "chemical calendar" has been discovered by scientists. The team, reporting in Current Biology, found a cluster of thousands of cells that could exist in either a "summer" or "winter" state. They use the lengthening day to switch more of them into summer mode and the...

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Campaigners have said they will seek a judicial review of NHS England's decision not to commission a preventative HIV treatment. The National Aids Trust (NAT) said the treatment called Prep can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%. NHS England said it had repeatedly looked at the issue and will not fund it, although the NAT...

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A blood test may be able to save lives by finding cancers that have started to grow again after treatment, a study suggests. Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found traces of breast cancer eight months before doctors would normally have noticed. In the trial, the test found 12 cancers out of the 15 women...

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said a late-stage trial of its drug, Opdivo, was stopped early after the immunotherapy was found to be effective in patients with the most common form of kidney cancer. The U.S. drugmaker said on Monday the study, Checkmate-025, was stopped early after an independent data monitoring committee concluded that Opdivo provided a survival advantage over the...

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Drug overdoses rose again last year, driven by surges in deaths from heroin and powerful prescription painkillers, according to new federal statistics. Overdose deaths in the U.S. surpassed 47,000 -- up 7 percent from the previous year. Many of the deaths were due to a group of powerful opioid painkillers, which have long been...

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Talks aimed at avoiding further NHS strikes in England are due to resume later, amid warnings the government could impose its controversial new contract on junior doctors. The British Medical Association (BMA) and the government are to begin two days of talks at 10:00 GMT, the conciliation service Acas said. The dispute is over weekend pay, career progression, and...

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The World Health Organization says that traditional insecticide spraying methods have had no significant impact in slowing dengue, raising significant questions about how officials might stop the spread of the Zika virus, also spread by mosquitoes. At the conclusion of a Zika research and development meeting on Wednesday, WHO's Marie-Paule Kieny said that "evidence is missing"...

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