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UN: Limit use of personal audio players to one hour a day

Young people are particularly at risk, with data from middle- and high-income countries showing that almost half of all 12- to 35-year-olds listen to their personal audio devices or cellphones at unsafe volumes. Read More

Study: Diet heavy in sodium can lead to more of these

When you reach for a snack do you go for something salty or something sweet? A new study shows that eating a sodium-heavy diet may lead to getting more headaches. Read More

Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month; and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year. Read More

Study: Smokers may tap into several sources to get nicotine fix

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. Read More

Panel: New meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks, not routine use

A U.S. panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. Read More

Heat blamed for flu vaccine's failure against swine flu

The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say they now know why it didn't protect young children against swine flu — the doses got too warm. Read More

Read this if you clench your fists when getting angry

A new study reveals feeling so tense that you clench your fists equates with an increased risk of having a heart attack. Read More

Study: Nasty stomach bug much more common than thought

The germ — Clostridium difficile, or C-diff — flourishes in the gut after antibiotics kill off other bacteria and causes diarrhea. It can be severe and is blamed for about 15,000 deaths annually — mainly in the elderly. Read More

Should surgeries on babies be delayed due to anesthesia's affect on brains?

Studies of baby animals have long suggested that going under anesthesia can have some harmful effects on a developing brain. Now some scientists want to find out whether those same drugs may pose subtle risks for human babies and toddlers. Read More

Smartphone scans could soon tell you what's in food

The idea is that consumers could use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food's ingredients include genetically modified organisms. Read More

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