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New Drug Lowers Levels of Triglyceride Blood Fats: Study
But it's not yet ready for standard care

Cooling Bodies of Brain-Dead Donors May Boost Kidney Function After Transplant
Study found mild hypothermia lowered chances that the organ did not work right away

How Well Does the Newly Approved Weight-Loss 'Balloon' Work?
Expert notes it will probably only be effective for short-term weight loss

Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study
Findings underscore need to repeatedly check up on patients who get these devices, researcher says

U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse
Special task force aims to curb 'epidemic' of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

Certain Antibiotics Linked to Hearing Loss, Mouse Study Finds
Inflammation caused by the infection that's being treated may make ear damage more likely

Drug May Ease Passage When Kidney Stone Strikes
Tamsulosin is especially helpful with larger stones, while smaller ones may pass on their own, study finds

Autism Care Costs Could Hit $500 Billion by 2025: Study
Researchers stress need for research to find better interventions, treatments, to lower future spending

Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women
Friendships, activities have protective effect in middle-age, study finds

FDA Approves 'Belly Balloon' Device for Weight Loss
Inflated with sterile solution and kept in stomach for no more than 6 months, it makes people feel full

Scientists Suggest New Way to Predict Lung Cancer Risk
They focused on telomere length, discovered association

Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks: Study
Herbal remedy isn't regulated, and can have side effects and serious drug interactions

Balloon Device Approved to Treat Obesity
Inflated in stomach, it may create sense of fullness

Health Highlights: July 29, 2015

Health Tip: After You Finish a Marathon
Drink water and eat

Health Tip: Teach Kids to Protect Themselves
Smart strategies to lower danger risk

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