Oldest Bubonic Bug's DNA Decoded

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have deciphered the genetic makeup of the oldest known strain of the germ that causes bubonic plague. The investigators said their research improves understanding of the deadly disease that’s caused some of the world’s worst epidemics. The strain of Yersinia pestis was found in two 3,800-year-old skeletons…

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Allergies More Common in Kids With Autism

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests. What’s not clear from the new study, however, is whether there’s a common cause behind these conditions. “More research is needed to determine whether there is a causal relation between…

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Patients on Opioids OK With Lower Doses

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren’t unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests. The study included nearly 2,500 patients with chronic pain who had been on high doses of opioids for at…

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How to Determine Your Health Insurance's True Costs

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having health insurance is essential, especially for catastrophic situations. But it’s important to choose a plan carefully because your costs can go well beyond the monthly premium. Knowing key terms will help you calculate potential expenses more accurately. First is your deductible, the dollar amount you’ll pay before…

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Why NFL Teams Play Better at Night

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your favorite National Football League team has a make-or-break game this coming season, you might want to hope for a nighttime kickoff. Pro football players make fewer mental errors and are less likely to suffer injuries in night games than in afternoon games due to body clock-related…

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