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  • Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state's new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that angered gun owners.
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  • Decoding anorexia: the gene search
  • How a blood test could be the key to saving the lives of anorexia.
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  • Obsessing over calories alone is becoming passe.
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  • It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.
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  • Allergies outdoor scene
  • For people with sensitive systems, birch and oak can trigger reactions to carrots, celery, almonds, apples, peaches and pears.
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  • A daily dose of aspirin can lower your risk of developing and dying of colon cancer.
  • A new study suggests expecting mothers take aspirin daily to prevent a deadly pregnancy problem.
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  • Study to determine race role in Alzheimer?s disease
  • There is a call for more African-Americans to take part in a study looking into Alzheimer's disease at Rush University Medical Center.
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  • You may have heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases and predict a risk of cancer. But to uncover food poisonings?
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  • Vitamin D supplements
  • A major new study of nearly 1 million people finds the lower your vitamin D levels, the higher your risk for certain diseases.
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  • People are seen exercising in this undated file photo.
  • Exercising when you're young may help keep your brain strong later in life.
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  • Allergies arrive with start of spring
  • If you have allergies, you already know that allergy season has arrived and it can be a long season of suffering.
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  • Vaccines
  • Health officials in California are on alert after an outbreak of the measles.
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  • Women who drink two or more diet sodas a day may be putting themselves at greater risk for heart problems.
  • Women who drink two or more diet sodas a day may be putting themselves at greater risk for heart problems.
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  • The gene makes an enzyme that breaks down carbs. People with fewer copies of this gene had more trouble breaking down starchy foods and were eight times more likely to be obese than people who had the most copies of the gene.
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  • A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.
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  • Elderly woman in a hospital room
  • Researchers say 722,000 cases of infections were linked to health care, and 75,000 of those patients ended up dying in the hospital.
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  • Doctors say a new drug to treat melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, could be just 18 months away.
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  • Last days to sign up for heathcare coverage
  • One week until the health care deadline - what you need to know to sign up.
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  • Baby feeding on bottle
  • Do you make sure your baby finishes their entire bottle before bedtime? That may put your infant at risk of an overweight future.
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  • The Pap test has been the gold standard for detecting cervical cancer for 60 years, but it will no longer be in the first line of defense.
  • The Pap test has been the gold standard for detecting cervical cancer for 60 years, but it will no longer be in the first line of defense.
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  • Doctors may soon have a new tool in detecting concussions, according to a study released Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.
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  • A blood pressure test is administered in this undated file photo.
  • If your blood pressure is even slightly over normal, you may be at greater risk of a stroke.
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  • Deaths from Alzheimers may be vastly underreported
  • The number of deaths attributed to Alzheimer's disease in this country may be vastly underreported, according to a new study.
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  • Smell Therapy
  • Winter blues got you down? A quick fix may be right under your nose.
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  • Losing your temper could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Harvard researchers found that having an angry outburst make you almost five times more likely to have a heart attack, and more than three times more likely to have a stroke.
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  • Zohydro ER, straight hydrocodone that can have up to ten times more narcotic than Vicodin.
  • Dozens of doctors and addiction specialists are urging the Federal Drug Administration to revoke its approval of a powerful new painkiller.
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  • The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that Tylenol, also known as acetaminophen, can cause rare but serious skin reactions.
  • Pregnant women who take acetaminophen - most widely known as Tylenol- may be more likely to have children with signs of ADHD according to a new study.
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  • Selfies may one day save you a trip to the doctor.
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  • A woman is seen getting a mammogram.
  • A new study is raising new questions about the benefits of women age 40-to-59 getting yearly mammograms.
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  • It's powerful knowledge when it comes to weight loss: A recent study shows that gut bacteria can be a predictor of whether you're skinny or overweight.
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  • It's one of the most troublesome and yet little known problems that occur after total hip replacement: Thousands of patients left with one leg longer than the other.
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  • An assortment of vegetables and fruit is seen in this undated file photo.
  • If you're watching your weight but still plan to relax and indulge this weekend there may be no need to feel guilty, as long as you eat healthy most weekdays, scientists said.
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  • Real Money Savings: Gym memberships
  • Joining the gym can be costly, but financial expert Deena Marie Carr joins us with ways to save.
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  • Exercise While Watching TV
  • Struggling to find time to work out? Do it while watching the Super Bowl or anything else on TV!
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  • Researchers say staring at computer, tablet, and mobile device screens for hours a day can cause digital eye strain.
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  • You may have a better chance of surviving a heart attack if it happens on a weekday, during the day, according to new research from the Mayo Clinic.
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  • A new study suggests starting school later could help students perform better in class.
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  • A newborn baby is seen in this undated file photo.
  • Every year, more than 4 million babies are born in the U.S. All of them are screened for certain health conditions, but the tests your baby receives depends on the state in which you live.
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  • Unless there's more aggressive action against tobacco, the U.S. Surgeon General says, one in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking.
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  • There's a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration over prescription drugs with acetaminophen.
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  • According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian Americans are the least likely Americans to be overweight or obese.
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  • A Sheriff's department in Kansas has found a way to help keep it's 911 dispatchers alert and in shape at the same time.
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  • A cup of coffee is shown in this undated file photo.
  • A new study suggests the assumption that coffee can dehydrate the body just doesn't hold water.
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  • Dr. Stephen Sokolski, Infectious Disease specialist from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, provides tips.
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  • US News & World Report says the Dash Diet is the best overall diet in its annual rankings.
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  • The FDA will now require a warning on bottles of Acetaminophen -- saying the drug may cause serious skin reactions in some people.
  • Acetaminophen, found in Tylenol, is used to treat pain ,but experts say the drug can be dangerous, if not taken properly.
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  • He's one of the happiest little guys you'll ever meet despite having some severe health problems, including the inability to blink.
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