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Caffeine Intake Linked to Miscarriage

A couple’s risk of miscarriage may rise when the woman or man consumes more than two caffeinated drinks a day in the weeks leading up to conception, a new study suggests. Risk of miscarriage also may increase if the mother-to-be drinks more than two caffeinated beverages daily during the first seven weeks of pregnancy, the researchers found. Caffeine has been linked to greater risk of miscarriage before, but what is new in this study is that men’s caffeine consumption also appears to play a role, said Janis Biermann, senior vice…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Appendicitis Complication: Surgery vs. Antibiotics

Decision not to operate might be matter of personal preference, researchers say WebMD News from HealthDay By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter Antibiotics can be used to treat mild appendicitis, but the condition returns in some patients who receive the drugs, researchers report. Surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy) has long been the standard treatment for appendicitis, which is when the appendix becomes inflamed and infected. Millions of appendectomies are performed worldwide each year, including more than 300,000 in the United States, according to the new analysis. The international team of…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Male Birth Control: More Options Soon?

There’s an old joke among contraceptive researchers: “Twenty years ago, the male contraceptive pill was just 10 years away.” Despite many attempts over the years at developing a contraceptive for men, condoms — or permanent vasectomy — remain the only choices. But that may be changing, as researchers are studying a number of options for male birth control. Although none will be on the market right away, one or two might be available by 2018, some experts think. What’s Taking So Long? Making a male contraceptive is challenging, experts agree….

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Health News 

A simple blood test detects signs of concussion

A simple blood test appeared to detect signs of concussion up a week after patients suffered a head injury, researchers report. The test might provide a new way to diagnose concussions, especially in patients without immediate symptoms, the researchers said. However, the research is preliminary and the test would not be ready for widespread use for several years, experts said. “Symptoms of a concussion, or a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury, can be subtle and are often delayed, in many cases by several days,” said study lead author Dr….

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Life Style 

10 Common Symptoms Women Should Never Ignore

1 Have Any of These Red-Flag Symptoms? See a Doctor Soon Certain symptoms women commonly experience after age 40 may be nothing to worry about, particularly if they’re part of your “norm.” But when you have a sudden change, like unexpected vaginal bleeding, heart palpitations that last more than 15 minutes, or a rash on your breast that doesn’t go away within a couple of days, it’s wise to see your doctor. “The reality is that a lot of times these symptoms are normal,” says Courtney Baechler, MD, a cardiologist…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Patients

Acupuncture can help alleviate the often-debilitating hot flashes that afflict many breast cancer patients, new Italian research says. Noting that hot flashes are a fact of life for many women with breast cancer, the investigators found that pairing lifestyle advice with weekly acupuncture sessions dramatically improved the women’s quality of life. “Acupuncture together with enhanced self-care for three months is effective in reducing hot flashes in women with breast cancer,” said study author Giorgia Razzini, a clinical trial project manager in the oncology unit of Ospedale di Carpi (Carpi Hospital),…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients’ Risk of Stroke: Study

People at risk for heart disease are much more likely to die from a stroke if they don’t take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and blood pressure medications as prescribed, a new study reports. Folks with high blood pressure and high cholesterol had a seven times greater risk of suffering a fatal stroke if they didn’t follow their drug regimen to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The study findings were published online March 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Fatal stroke risk also increased if these patients stuck…

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Health News 

Strokes in Younger People on the Rise

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke That’s despite the fact fewer people are dying from strokes in the U.S. and in other developed countries. In fact, in 2013 strokes dropped from the fourth to the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. However, some studies suggest an exception to this trend. Strokes in younger people may actually be on the rise, even though only about 10 percent of strokes occur in people between the ages of 18 and 50. According to several U.S. studies…

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7 Ways Your Body Benefits from Lemon Water

Lemon water is all the rage these days. Many restaurants serve it routinely, and some people start their day with lemon water instead of coffee or tea. There’s no doubt lemons are delicious, but does adding them to water make you healthier? Health Benefits of Lemon Water Much of the evidence supporting lemon water’s health benefits is anecdotal. Little scientific research has been done specifically on lemon water’s impact on health as a whole, but some research exists on the benefits of lemon and water separately. 1. It promotes hydration….

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Ghana Health News 

Over 76,000 Ghanaians have TB; 9,700 die each year

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme and other partners, on Thursday, joined the international community to mark the World TB Day. The 2016 theme: “Unite to End TB,” is a new global strategy which aims at partnering with the world to achieve the bold targets and plans to eliminate TB from Ghana by the year 2030. The Day highlights the suffering that TB continues to exert on people despite the fact that effective control measure are available worldwide,…

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