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The 'Grey's Anatomy' Effect: High Expectations in Real-Life ERs

You won’t be surprised to learn that televisions medical dramas give people false expectations about real-life emergency care. In a study published in BMJ’s Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, researchers say that expectations are important in an a...
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Deadly Tobacco Products and U.S. Mortality

Combustible tobacco products – cigarettes, cigars, and pipes – continue to represent the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. A new observational study from the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...
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Is There a Link Between Asthma Meds and Infertility?

Women of childbearing age who use short-acting asthma medications are at increased risk for infertility problems, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. However, their study suggests that women who use long-acting inhale...
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Short Kids May Have a Higher Stroke Risk as Adults

Kids who are shorter than average are at increased risk for stroke as adults, suggest results of a study conducted in Denmark and published in Stroke. According to researchers, the risk for ischemic stroke – stroke caused by a blood clot – is higher ...
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FDA Okays New Blood Test to Detect Concussion

This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first blood test to evaluate concussion, also called mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), in adults. Most people suspected of having a concussion are evaluated using a neurological exam called t...
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SIDS Persists Despite Safe Sleep Recs for Babies

Safe-sleep guidelines for infants first recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1992 have not resulted in a drop in the rate of sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in babies less than 1 month old, according to researchers at MassGener...
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