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Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says

Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated nearly 300 sets of mothers…

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Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before…

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E-cigarette poisonings in kids skyrocket, study finds

The number of children under 6 poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes rose by nearly 1,500% between 2013 and 2015, and one child died, according to an analysis of calls to the National Poison Data System…

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Can ‘magic’ mushrooms ease the pain of rejection?

Hallucinogenic drugs obviously have their supporters: Just look to the 1970s. But a growing body of research suggests that these kinds of drugs might do some actual good, especially for those suffering from depression or anxiety….

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Insurers warn Obamacare is unsustainable, expect premiums to rise again

Insurance companies and industry analysts are still concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act. The CEO of insurance provider Aetna says it’s still too early to declare the federal health care program a…

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Obamacare patients sicker and pricier than expected

Patients in Obamacare are sicker and need significantly more medical care than those in employer-sponsored plans, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association report. This raises fresh concerns about the possibility of steep…

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Coffee Linked to Liver Health

You may have heard about a new study linking coffee to a lower chance of liver damage. An analysis of nine studies totaling more than 430,000 participants linked drinking two cups of coffee each day…

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New study finds ​marijuana doesn’t cause clinical anxiety or depression

Marijuana doesn’t get the best rap when it comes to mental health. Past research has shown it causes short-term paranoia. Another study found that high-potency cannabis — or “skunk” — could be directly responsible for one in…

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Bacteria Have Ability to ‘See,’ Eye-Opening Study Finds

Bacteria can see, using their entire one-celled selves as a tiny camera lens to focus light, researchers reported Tuesday. The ability goes beyond just a vague sense of where the light is, and allows the…

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