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White House wants prices in drug ads, but big pharma fights back

In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent.

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Facebook posts may hint at depression

People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.

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Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity

Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

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House Call: Breast cancer screening guidelines Video included

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CARBONDALE -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This week in our House Call segment, we're chatting with Dr. Arsalan Salamat.   

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Bug behind stomach cancer also linked to colon cancer

The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.

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Quitting junk food causes withdrawals

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HEALTHLINE -- We all have some guilty-pleasure junk foods: French fries, pizza, sweets. Sometimes, it can be hard to cut these unhealthy treats.

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Don't overlook heart care after cancer diagnosis

Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds.

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Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say

School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

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$50 million awarded after brain injury deemed preventable

An Illinois jury has awarded a Michigan family $50 million after finding the brain damage suffered by a new born was preventable. More>>

Can intermittent fasting help reverse type 2 diabetes?

Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests.

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Seniors, take steps to reduce your risk of falling

One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it's possible to avoid some of these serious injuries.

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Does aspirin help prevent liver cancer?

Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help.

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Drowsy driving as risky as drunk driving

Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests.

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How much he sleeps may affect his stroke risk

Getting too little or too much sleep can affect stroke risk, depending on a man's race, researchers say.

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Some of the 6.5 million pounds of recalled beef sold in Illinois, Missouri

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WSIL -- An Arizona-based company is recalling more than 6.5 million pounds of raw beef that may be contaminated with salmonella which was sold in Illinois and Missouri. 

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Pet Expo comes to Carbondale

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WSIL -- The Carbondale Civic Center is going to the dogs Saturday. The City of Carbondale is hosting the "Purrrfect Pet Expo" on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center.

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Acne's stigma can take a big mental toll

The impact of acne is more than skin-deep, and often disrupts sleep and well-being, scientists have found.

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Therapeutic vaccine shows promise against a range of cancers

A personalized vaccine held an aggressive group of cancers in check among more than half of patients who received it in a small, preliminary trial, researchers report.

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One football rule change might lower concussion risk

The most dangerous play in football can be rendered safer through a simple rule change, a new study out of the Ivy League suggests.

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Common diabetes meds may raise odds for amputation

People with type 2 diabetes who are taking common drugs called diuretics may be at a significantly increased risk of losing a foot or leg, according to a new French study.

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Will a defibrillator 'vest' protect recent heart attack patients?

Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes.

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Doctors use bacteria as weapon against cancer

It's a perfect case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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House Call: Genetic testing for breast cancer Video included

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WSIL -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Genetic testing is often done to determine a person's risk of developing the disease.  

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Are household chemicals harming your cat's thyroid?

Maybe your cat is scratching up that sofa for a good reason: New research suggests that chemicals found in upholstery and carpeting may harm feline thyroids.

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Don't turn a blind eye to vision problems

Your eyes are subject to a wide variety of health conditions, from minor annoyances to serious chronic diseases and even cancer.

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Antibiotics may cure appendicitis -- no operation needed

If you're suffering from acute appendicitis, you might be successfully treated with antibiotics and never need an operation to remove your appendix, Finnish researchers report.

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Scientists developing blood test for drowsy driving

Here's a welcome alert: Scientists say they're inching closer to a blood test for drowsy driving.

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Spinal implant could be breakthrough for paralyzed patients

A paraplegic man has regained the ability to move his legs and walk with assistance, thanks to an implanted electrode stimulating his spinal cord, Mayo Clinic researchers say.

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More needs to be done to keep teen drivers safe, pediatricians say

Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.

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FDA issues warning on pet reactions to common flea medicine

Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn.

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Regular bedtime might be key to better health

As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health.

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Obesity Prevention and Diabetes Awareness Walk coming soon Video included

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WSIL -- Two-thirds of the adults in this country are considered obese by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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5 facts every woman should know about ovarian cancer

The early symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious issues, making successful treatment less likely, a cancer expert warns.

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30 million Americans now have diabetes

1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows.

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Two walks planned to raise awareness about Alzheimer's Video included

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WSIL -- The Alzheimer's Association has planned a pair of walks to raise awareness about the disease.

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Parents blame smartphones, tablets for teens' sleep troubles

Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show.

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Coffee may have another perk for kidney patients

Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease?

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Is daily low-dose aspirin really worth it for seniors?

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There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older.

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House Call: Fall allergies making a comeback

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WSIL -- There's still a few days of summer left, but soon people in our region will be impacted by fall allergies. 

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Cancer advances rely on U.S. funding: report

Almost two dozen new cancer treatments received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in the past year, a new report reveals.

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Could a placebo pill help ease your back pain?

With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all.

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Timing may be critical when taking meds

When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests.

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Going vegetarian to cut colon cancer risk

There's no disputing the fact that regular colonoscopies, now suggested to start at age 45 for those with an average risk of colorectal cancer, can help prevent the disease by finding -- and removing -- precancerous growths

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Acne advice for returning students

As if the start of a new school year isn't stressful enough, many teens may find their acne worsens when classes start, a skin doctor says.

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Want to avoid type 2 diabetes? Eat more whole grains

It may seem counterintuitive, but eating bread, pasta and cereal may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes, as long as those foods are made from whole grains, new research suggests.

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4 habits that lead to better food choices

The choices you make every day, both big and small, influence your weight and your health.

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New drug of last resort tackles resistant HIV

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is typically a manageable infection, but medications that keep the virus at bay don't work for everyone. Now, researchers have developed a new medication to help them.

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Walking, exercise both linked to lower heart failure in older women

The more a middle-aged or elderly woman walks, the less likely she is to have heart failure, a large new study reveals.

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New one-dose flu drug shows promise

An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say.

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Fish oil pills during pregnancy might mean stronger, healthier kids

Taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy might translate into healthier growth in children during their first six years of life, a new study suggests.

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New hormonal link suspected in type 2 diabetes

Two disorders that often occur together -- type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure -- may have a common link in a hormone called aldosterone, researchers suggest.

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Chemo for lung cancer may trigger early menopause, study finds

Younger women who undergo chemotherapy for lung cancer are more likely to experience early menopause, researchers have found.

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Taming those high-calorie temptations

It's the dieter's tug-of-war: the need to lose weight versus the urge to eat high-calorie foods.

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FDA warns of dangers of liquid nitrogen in food, drinks

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You risk serious injury if you consume or handle food and drink products where liquid nitrogen is added just before consumption, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.

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ADHD rates rising sharply in u.s. kids

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The number of ADHD diagnoses among children has risen dramatically in the past two decades, going from 6 percent to 10 percent, a new report shows.

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