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  • Viagra has helped love lives across the world but new research suggests men who take the blue pill may increase their risk of skin cancer
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  • What is vein disease?
  • Dr. Hamilton from the Hamilton Vein Center says achy, tired legs may be a sign of an undiagnosed medical problem
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  • It may sound far-fetched, but scientists at the University of Louisville are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer
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  • The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal
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  • Pfizer
  • The drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial.
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  • Heroin antidote
  • Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids
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  • The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots
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  • New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good
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  • Monday is deadline to sign up for health law
  • A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.
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  • Monday is deadline to sign up for health law
  • A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 125,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills
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  • New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good
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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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  • Monday is deadline to sign up for health law
  • Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama's health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums
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  • Alleviating back pain
  • Many people suffer lower back pain and one treatment option is non-surgical spinal decompression
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  • A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead
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  • A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for some people
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  • A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead
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  • England's public health agency says two people have caught tuberculosis from a pet cat, the first time the bacterial disease has been documented to spread from cat to human
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  • Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline nearing
  • Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets
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  • The government increased its autism estimate on Thursday to 1 in 68 U.S children
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  • This undated publicity photo provided by Disney Theatrical Productions shows Aladdin with a lamp in a scene from the 1992 animated film, Aladdin.
  • In his new book, "Life, Animated," Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son's emotions
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  • Solution to combat underarm sweat
  • Many people suffer with excessive underarm sweat every day and there is a solution but it will cost you
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  • Houston air pollution
  • Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday
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  • Too much homework could be making your child sick.
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  • For the 12th straight year, Houstonians will walk and run to raise money for a great cause in the annual Run for the Rose.
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  • New painkiller comes with big controversy
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  • New painkiller comes with big controversy
  • Zohydro ER will become available this month. Doctors say it's up to10 times stronger than vicodin but many want it off the market
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  • There is more bad news for shift workers. It turns out even getting extra hours of sleep on the weekends doesn't make up for those lost hours during the week.
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  • A new report in the Journal of Pediatrics says children who constantly see their parents on their smartphones take notice.
  • A new report in the Journal of Pediatrics says children who constantly see their parents on their smartphones take notice.
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  • It's another reason for parents to ask questions when a doctor wants to prescribe antibiotics for their child
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  • Giant virus
  • Researchers have revived a giant virus more than 30,000 years old, recovered from the permafrost of northeast Siberia
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  • Aids prevention drug
  • Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV
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  • Colon, rectal cancer
  • A local gastroenterologist talks about the risk factors for the disease and the medical procedure that could help save your life
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  • ABC13 says goodbye to Christi Myers
  • Medical Reporter Christi Myers retires after 27 years at KTRK-TV
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  • Trail riders prepare for big rodeo parade
  • Many of them are already at Memorial Park, their final destination before Saturday's big rodeo parade
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  • True or false? Take ABC13s health test
  • We've reported on plenty of health news in the last 20 years, and we've got a test to see if you can separate fact from fiction
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  • True or false? Take ABC13s health test
  • We've reported on plenty of health news in the last 20 years, and we've got a test to see if you can separate fact from fiction
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  • The president and vice president show us how they move in this video recorded at the White House
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  • Maceo Bleu was born with half his heart missing, a condition called tricuspid atresia.
  • When it comes to matters of the heart, a California boy born with only half of one shows us what's most important
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  • A new study says the benefits of breastfeeding over bottle feeding may be exaggerated
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  • Researchers say children born to middle-aged men are more like to develop mental illness
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  • A new fad diet is creating a lot of buzz. Howling at the moon is optional
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  • Childhood obesity
  • A new study may be another signal of a national decline in childhood obesity
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  • Sofia Jarvis
  • Five children in the California Bay Area are now paralyzed after coming down with a mysterious illness that resembles polio
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  • A new study is suggesting radical treatment for women at a high risk of developing ovarian cancer. We're talking about women who carry the notorious cancer genes 'BRCA-1' and 'BRCA2.'
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  • The study says removing healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take
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  • Acetaminophen
  • Could taking acetaminophen during pregnancy lead to behavioral problems like ADHD in children years later? A study in JAMA Pediatrics says it may.
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  • Cap may prevent hair loss for cancer patients
  • The cap, which has liquid coolant circulating through it, will chill the roots of your hair
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  • Dr. handling the study says chilling the scalp causes blood vessels to constrict and helps prevent the chemo from attacking the cells in hair roots
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  • For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35
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