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That ‘Man Flu’ Study Was Created for Laughs

To hear CNN, Time, and the Guardian tell it, you’d think there was a major medical breakthrough in the field of “man flu,” answering once and for all the question of whether men are wimps in the face of the common cold. But the man flu study comes from a bizarre April Fools-like tradition of […]

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Prescription Drugs Are Sometimes Cheaper If You Don’t Use Your Insurance

Prescription drug prices are so opaque, volatile, and all-around messed up that sometimes you can get a better deal by just pretending you don’t even have insurance. A ProPublica report says this may be the case up to 10 percent of the time.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What to Expect After an Abnormal Pap Test 

No one likes the sound of any medical test coming back as “abnormal,” and furthermore, no one likes the sound of human papillomavirus (HPV). When I heard those two words in the same sentence, I was, as you would expect, completely rattled.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Should You Get an Epidural? 

Having a baby is an inherently painful proposition. The birth process is punctuated with a series of decisions made around minimizing risks and coping with the pain, which is unpredictable in both intensity and duration. An epidural can help with pain, but how does that change the risks that you and your baby face?Read more… […]

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What to Know About Scarlet Fever, the Antique Disease That’s on the Upswing

In olden days, scarlet fever would rip through towns killing children. (In fiction, it killed one out of four Little Women and threatened at least one velveteen rabbit owner.) This disease has never gone away, but now it’s on the upswing in Asia and the United Kingdom.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why You Have to Be 26 or Younger to Get the HPV Vaccine

It’s pretty amazing that we have a vaccine against cancer. Since cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), getting a shot that protects you from this virus drastically reduces the chance you will ever get cervical cancer—or cancers of the penis, anus, or throat. But in the US, you can only get it…Read […]

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What Your Penis Will Look Like When You Get Older

Hello and welcome to Burning Questions, the column where we ask doctors to explain the weird things that your body does, or could do, or that you are afraid your body might do, but you probably don’t want in your search history. Let’s get started.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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All About Flesh-Eating Bacteria, the Bacteria That … Well, You Know

In one of the world’s many injustices, two people who rescued others during Hurricane Harvey developed infections with “flesh eating” bacteria. Another person, a woman who fell and broke her arm in the flood, developed a similar infection so bad that she died from it. Fortunately, their stories are rare.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Best Cord Blood Banking Services Are Free

Google “cord blood,” as I did when writing this article, and you’ll find services falling all over themselves to beg you for your child’s umbilical cord blood and, oh, just a few thousand dollars. In a updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says: don’t listen to those guys. There’s a better…Read more… Continue […]

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When Hope Runs Out, Cancer Patients Are Making Their Own DIY Immunotherapy Treatments

Every generation has had its breakthrough that promised to, at long last, finally cure cancer, but this time around the chances of actually pulling it off are looking pretty good. Rapid advancement in fields like genetics have led to incredible success using immunotherapies to turn patients’ own bodies into …Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Breast Cancer “Awareness” Misses These Painful Realities

It’s breast cancer awareness month, but I think we’re already aware that breast cancer exists and that mammograms can detect it. So as long as we’re surrounded in pink, let’s take a look at some important facts that actually need a little more awareness:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Hold Up, There’s No New Study About Epidurals and Total Length of Labor

Do epidurals prolong labor? Read the headlines this week and you’d think we finally answered that question once and for all—with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you’re pushing out the baby.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be

Almost half of all early abortions are done with the simple action of taking a few pills. The pills are safe to take at home, with very low rates of complications. So why can’t you get them through an online doctor’s service, like we can with birth control pills and other medication?Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Look Up Your Doctor’s Big Pharma Connections With This Tool

Pharma companies and medical device companies give money to doctors and teaching hospitals for a variety of reasons. ProPublica found last year that most doctors take payments, and those who do are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs. Could payments be clouding your own doctor’s judgment? The Dollars for Docs…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Calling 911 May Not Be the Fastest Way to the Hospital After a Gunshot Wound

After a gunshot or stab wound, a new study suggests sometimes people are better off dragging themselves into the backseat of a friend’s Ford Taurus and telling him to book it to the nearest hospital, rather than calling 911 and waiting for an ambulance.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Out-of-Control Plastic Surgeons’ Snapchat Hijinks Are Putting Patients at Risk

Plastic surgeons can get a lot of business through social media, but some surgeons take the entertainment aspect to extremes: dancing on camera during surgery, for example, or cradling someone’s excised tissue like a baby. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons wants to crack down.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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