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November 07, 2014

Health Tip: Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

(HealthDay News) -- If you want to keep your teeth healthy and help prevent tooth decay, chewing sugar-free gum may be a good place to start.

Health Tip: When to Call the Doctor About a Cold or Flu

(HealthDay News) -- Flu and the common cold share some common symptoms. Though both often can be treated at home, more serious cases require a doctor's care.

Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans may check the box "allergic to penicillin" on medical forms, but new research suggests that most of them are mistaken.

Schools With EpiPens Save Lives, Study Says

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping supplies of epinephrine in schools saves lives, a new study finds.

A 'Purpose in Life' May Extend Yours

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another study finds that having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life might do more than just give you focus -- it might help you live longer, too.

Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' fears about Ebola seem to be waning somewhat, though many still believe the virus is a public health threat to the United States, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll.

Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests.

School Lunches More Nutritious Than Home-Packed Lunches: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lunches packed at home are generally not as nutritious as school lunches, a new study shows.

World War I Soldier Gives New Clues to Fighting Dysentery

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- He died in war-torn France of dysentery almost a century ago, but a World War I soldier is giving today's scientists important new insights into the gastrointestinal disease.

Cigars Loaded With Harmful Toxins, Study Shows

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some cigar smokers may believe they face less health risk than if they were smoking cigarettes, but a new study casts doubt on that notion.

Many Docs Mistaken About Allergies: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many primary care doctors may not be up to speed on the causes and best treatments for allergies, a new study suggests.

Doctor-Implanted Balloons in Stomach May Spur Weight Loss

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Balloons placed inside the stomach can trigger substantial weight loss without the need for invasive surgery, according to a new clinical trial.

Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2014

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