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April 2015

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Home Oxygen Raises Burn Risk for COPD Patients

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of home oxygen puts patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at risk for burns, a new study indicates. Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for people with the lung disease. But there is a burn risk for patients who smoke, because having a heat or flame source near oxygen gas can trigger a fire. Researchers looked…

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Doctors blame man’s kidney failure on his drinking a gallon of iced tea every day

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This May 21, 2007 file photo shows a glass of iced tea in Concord, N.H. Doctors have traced an Arkansas man’s kidney failure to an unusual cause — his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day. He said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. Black tea has the chemical oxalate which known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive…

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Older Mexican-Americans Often Disabled, Study Says

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mexican-American seniors have high rates of physical disabilities, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from Mexican-Americans older than 65 who were followed for 18 years. They concluded that, on average, this group of people spends more than half of their remaining years with serious physical disabilities that limit their ability to do everyday tasks. The risk of…

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When will the longest Ebola outbreak end? Sierra Leone making progress, but Guinea a wild card

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FILE – In this Saturday March 7, 2015 file photo, health workers prepare to collect the ashes of people that died of the Ebola virus at a crematorium on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. The West African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia both appear to be on steady paths to ending the epidemic. Liberia’s last Ebola patient died March 27; it is now counting down the 42 days it…