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Opioid abuse propels U.S. deaths from overdose

ATLANTA — U.S. deaths from drug overdoses hit a record high in 2014, pro-pelled by abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

3-D video games may be good for memory

Playing three-dimensional video games just 30 minutes a day might mean new memories are less likely to fade away, a small U.S. study suggests.

New screening guidelines for checkups

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released its updated list of recommended health care screenings for children, which includes checking for depression, high cholesterol and HIV. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Dr. Angela Mattke says the revised recommendations are a “firm affirmative to pediatricians that doing these screenings or testing will be beneficial to the child’s health.”

Hookah, e-cigarettes popular with teens

Almost 10 percent of 11th and 12th graders are using e-cigarettes, and other alternative tobacco products are increasingly popular, according to a new study.

Jaw support may help sleep apnea

Patients with sleep apnea who are tired during the day because they can’t wear a breathing mask all night to keep their airways open may be able to reduce daytime sleepiness by using a jaw support instead, a research review suggests.

Pill appears to deliver weight loss without surgery

A gastric balloon that’s swallowed like a pill and then sits in the stomach filled with fluid helped patients lose more than a third of their excess weight over a four-month period, researchers have reported.

Sleep apnea tied to gout flares

Sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing gout and experiencing flare-ups, according to a new study.

Paying attention to ADHD, in all its forms

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It’s a condition that is common in young and old alike, and can occur in both males and females. It tends to start during the early grade school years and very often persists into adulthood.

Quick hints for improving men’s health

Hesitant about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can give you a long, healthy life.
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Running: The magic number

When it comes to the idea that running is good for the heart, six miles a week may be the magic goal number. In a review study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, experts found running about six miles a week — or 52 minutes — may add from three to six years to your life.

Most U.S. fast-food chains still raise meat on antibiotics

LOS ANGELES — Most large U.S. fast-food chains still serve meat from farm animals that have been routinely fed antibiotics, consumer groups said in a new report, which concluded that many companies have not yet laid out plans to curb the practice.