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The Most Dangerous Drug and Food Combinations

The grub on your plate could render your meds ineffective—or worse<p>Bacon and chocolate. Chili and peanut butter. Some unlikely combinations end up working well together. But when it comes to diet and drugs, the wrong pairing can unwittingly turn into a recipe for disaster.<p>You don’t need a …

The 5 Most-Prescribed Drugs in America

In its annual snapshot of America’s health, government health officials this year highlight the growing use of prescription drugs. Between 2007 to …

Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression

Nightmares can cause difficulty both to sleep and to our waking lives. Intense and distressing dreams often lead to waking at night and can create anxiety about returning to sleep. Nightmares also can have an impact on our moods the next morning, bringing anxiety and difficult emotions into the …

10 Things You Don't Know About Melanoma

<i>By Susan Rinkunas</i><p>You may have heard of melanoma, but chances are also good that you don't know everything you need to stay safe --it's a tricky disease. Given that it's Skin Cancer Awareness Month, what better time to brush up on your knowledge? Many people associate melanoma with moles that go …

MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus

The virus with the mysterious name has been making headlines this spring, with a mysterious increase in cases. Here's an update on what we know about MERS.<p><b>What is it?</b> Middle East respiratory syndrome, a new and potentially fatally virus from the same family as the common cold and severe acute …

Medication Can Help People Stop Drinking, Study Says

Newly-developed medication can be an effective means of curbing alcohol dependence when paired with psychological counseling, according to a new …

Insurance coverage of IVF may decrease multiple pregnancies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After the Canadian province of Quebec began fully covering in vitro fertilization (IVF), more of the fertility treatments were performed and the rate of twin and triplet births fell, a new study found.<p>Quebec’s universal health insurance started covering all IVF-related …

The Science of Heartache

You can blame breaking up on your ex, but what's really making your heart and body hurt is coming from within you<p>Since the two of you split up, your head has felt like a helium balloon about to burst. A family of squirrels seems to have moved into your stomach, your heart feels as if it's clamped …

Mers virus: Two negative tests in Florida

<b>Two Florida healthcare workers who came in contact with a confirmed Mers case and began showing flu-like symptoms have tested negative for the virus.</b><p>But hospital officials are still awaiting test results from 18 health care workers from two Orlando hospitals who are being monitored for symptoms.<p>On …

Disease

Strike Force Arrests 90 for $260 Million in Medicare Fraud

A Medicare fraud strike force has arrested 90 people for allegedly defrauding the program of $260 million, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.<p>The …

MERS outbreak becomes more urgent, WHO says

http://ht.cdn.turner.com/cnn/big/health/2014/05/12/lead-vo-cohen-mers-second-us-case.cnn_12161039_768x432_1300k.mp4<p>The spread of the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome has become more serious and urgent, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.<p>At the same time, WHO said that -- …

The Need-to-Know on... Birth Control Access

For National Women's Health Week 2014, six female U.S. Senators are sharing important information about issues crucial to your health.<p>Research has proven that there are direct benefits to women when they have access to comprehensive preventive health care, including birth control: Studies have …

One Year After The Angelina Effect: What Still Needs to Be Done

Angelina Jolie's moving op-ed spurred overwhelming awareness, but did it lead to the change we hoped for?<p>When the news of Angelina Jolie's risk-reducing mastectomy broke last year, I felt proud to share my story as a high-risk young woman who had also chosen a similar procedure, in hopes of …