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December 02, 2014

A Lasting Legacy of Science

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Salk polio vaccine trial of 1954 proved a momentous event whose impact is still felt today.

Health Tip: Be a Safe Patient

(HealthDay News) -- When you're scheduled for a procedure at the doctor's office or hospital, make sure you play an active role in preserving your health.

Health Tip: Take Care of Your Cast

(HealthDay News) -- A cast can help a broken bone heal properly, but it requires special care.

Experts Urge Quick Use of Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reactions

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People having a severe allergic reaction need immediate treatment with the medication epinephrine, newly released guidelines say.

Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle changes and medicines are equally effective in preventing men and women with prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes, a new analysis finds.

Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests.

Fatal ODs From Narcotic Painkillers Have Tripled in U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse continues to take a deadly toll in the United States, with fatal overdoses involving drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin tripling over a decade, a new report shows.

Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine designed to stop breast cancer in its tracks appeared to be safe in a preliminary trial.

Richard III Likely Had Blond Hair, Blue Eyes, Study Shows

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- England's King Richard III most likely had blue eyes and blond hair, at least when he was a child, according to genetic tests that also confirm it was his remains found beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England.

Humans' Taste for Booze May Go Back Millions of Years

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Raise a glass of holiday cheer to this: New genetic research suggests that humans and their ape forebearers may have been relishing alcohol for 10 million years.

Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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