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7Healthcast: Young adult marijuana use Video included

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Boston researchers have found that young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana are damaging their brain development. More>>

Study: TV time for toddlers can lead to fussiness

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Most parents have used TV to either take a break from parenting or to calm down fussy children. More>>

UK scientists slam flu drug in ongoing debate Video included

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British scientists say there isn't enough evidence to prove the antiviral drug Tamiflu reduces the spread of flu. More>>

7Healthcast: Childhood obesity on the rise Video included

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A new study says the percentage of overweight and obese children in the U.S. has been going up for the last 15 years. More>>

Spinal implant helps paralyzed men walk Video included

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Researchers at the University of Louisville say four paralyzed men are now able to move certain muscles in their legs. More>>

Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment Video included

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As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it -- because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.Some users overcome their addictions in spite of the obstacles. But many, like Salvatore Marchese, struggle and fail.In the course of Marchese's five-year battle with heroin, the young man from Blackwood, N.J., was repeatedly denied admission to tre... More>>

7Healthcast: At-home heroin reversal shot Video included

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The FDA has approved the first at-home heroin reversal shot. More>>

7Healthcast: New allergy tablet

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Patients who get regular allergy shots will welcome a new under-the-tongue allergy treatment.
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7Healthcast: Diet drink consequences Video included

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For many Americans diet drinks are a daily staple, but a new study says older women who drink more diet drinks may have a higher risk of deadly heart disease. More>>

7Healthcast: Winter cholesterol risks

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Warm weather is right around the corner and that's good news for those battling high cholesterol. More>>

7Healthcast: 1 in 68 children have autism

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The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.
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A new study followed 1,000 smokers for a year and discovered that e-cigarettes may not actually help smokers quit. More>>

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The latest study suggests there's a strong link between salt intake and teen obesity.
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7Healthcast: Risks associated with water births

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It’s OK for a woman in labor to take some of the pressure off in a tub, but there’s no advantage to actually giving birth in water and it could be dangerous for the baby, two big doctor groups advised Thursday. More>>

7Healthcast: Bigger Alzheimer's burden for women

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Women are carrying the bigger burden of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., according to a new report — making up not only most of the cases, but paying more of the cost of caring for the growing population of people with the mind-destroying illness. More>>

7Healthcast: Mini pacemaker

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Now a mini stand-alone pacemaker can be inserted into the heart without surgery.    More>>

7Healthcast: Whole versus skim milk Video included

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Research out of Europe is sparking some interesting dinnertime conversation. The studies find drinking fattier milk may actually help people lose weight. More>>

7Healthcast: Migraine headband Video included

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The FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind device to prevent migraines. More>>

7Healthcast: Low fat diet myth Video included

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Researchers say a low fat diet to reduce heart disease isn't the answer. More>>

7Healthcast: TV and excess weight gain Video included

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A new study finds children who have a TV in their bedroom are more likely to be overweight. More>>

7 Healthcast: Numbing nerve for migraine relief

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BOSTON (WHDH) -- If you get migraines, you know the only thing you care about while your head pounds, is finding relief.  More>>

Patient stays awake during brain surgery

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Most patients are placed under complete anesthesia for something as complex as brain surgery, but a recent procedure called for the patient to stay awake and communicate with the doctors. More>>

7 Healthcast: Bedtime behavior study

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BOSTON (WHDH) -- Getting young children to bed can be quite the task for parents. Today, a new study actually links inconsistent bedtimes with misbehavior. More>>

7 Healthcast: Signing up for the Affordable Care Act

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BOSTON (WHDH) -- For the last week people around the country have been signing up for the Affordable Care Act.One of the most significant changes is preventive health services; they will now be covered by insurance at no cost to the patient. More>>

7 Healthcast: Healthcast Oct. 8: Weight loss apps, malaria vaccine

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A new study reveals most weight loss apps fall short when it comes to helping people change their behaviors. More>>

Women have more options for breast cancer surgery

CHICAGO -- One of the world's most glamorous women had an operation that once was terribly disfiguring -- removal of both breasts. More>>

No interest in the gym? It could be genetic

With two thirds of Americans either overweight or obese -- weight loss remains a major struggle for millions. Now it turns out there may be a genetic reason for that -- what some are lightly calling the 'couch potato gene'. More>>

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