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About a third of all cancer cases can be blamed on inherited genes, a giant study finds. It's the biggest and longest study yet done to examine the family links to cancer and it finds that certain types of cancer seem to have very strong genetic links — testicular cancer and melanoma, especially. The...

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Americans seem to believe in alternative medicine, shelling out more than $30 billion in 2012 alone for treatments ranging from acupuncture to homeopathy, federal researchers reported on Wednesday. They found that 59 million Americans paid for some sort of alternative or complementary treatment in 2012 — an average of $500 per person. That's even though there...

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Parts of West Africa are still reeling from the worst ever Ebola outbreak. But now they're bracing themselves for the next potentially devastating epidemic. Last week the World Health Organization announced that the Asian strain of Zika currently sweeping through Latin America had arrived on the doorstep of Africa in Cape Verde. The archipelago sits just...

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Ebola cases have plummeted in the three West African countries hit by the worst epidemic ever of the virus, but health officials say it's not over yet. More cases are likely to turn up in both Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization says in its latest report on the epidemic. One patient disappeared in...

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Tourists who come to Colorado and take advantage of the state's liberal marijuana laws often end up in emergency rooms, doctors said Wednesday. Emergency department visits involving marijuana-using visitors doubled from 2013 to 2014, the first year cannabis use was legalized in Colorado, a team of Denver-area doctors said. "At our institution, the rate...

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Obesity is the biggest threat to women's health and the health of future generations, warns England's chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies. In her annual report, she said tackling obesity should be a national priority and women should be empowered to lead healthier and more active lives. The report makes 17 recommendations for the improvement of women's health. Dame...

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Congress sent President Barack Obama a compromise bill Wednesday aimed at curbing abuse of heroin and other drugs, a nationwide epidemic that kills more than 100 Americans every day. The overwhelming 92-2 Senate vote comes just days before the seven-week congressional break. It was a welcome political development for vulnerable Republicans such as Ohio's Rob Portman...

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Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 and 50 from three hospitals in Canada. For 23 patients the treatment greatly reduced the onset of the disease, but in one case a person...

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Parents are being urged to sign up for a free app which tells them the sugar content of food and drink. The "sugar smart app", from Public Health England, works by scanning barcodes and revealing total sugar in cubes or grams. Officials hope it will help combat tooth decay, obesity and type two diabetes and encourage families...

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Many adults who have never had a heart attack or stroke should take aspirin every day to keep it that way, new U.S. guidelines say. People in their 50s with risk factors for cardiovascular disease - including high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a history of smoking - may benefit from starting a daily aspirin for...

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