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Study: Later Doctor’s Visits Lead To More Prescriptions

A visit to the doctor later in the day makes it more likely that a patient will walk away with a prescription antibiotic, according to a new report.

10/08/2014

Brigham and Woman's Hospital is offering Gentle C cesarean sections that allow mothers to hold and see their newborn right away.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Offering a Family-Centered Cesarean Section

A Boston hospital is trying to make C-sections as pleasant for mothers-to-be as possible, something they’re calling a “Gentle C”.

08/11/2014

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Longterm Use of Heartburn Medication May Lead To Bone Loss

Patterns suggest that long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors may result in bone loss.

06/16/2014

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FDA Tightening Regulations On Tanning Beds

For the first time, the FDA is requiring tanning bed manufacturers to warn users about the machine’s cancer risk.

05/29/2014

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Mass. Health Officials See Rise In Sports Concussion-Related ER Visits

The Massachusetts health department says the number of emergency room visits for head injuries is going up. And that includes concussions that happen while playing sports.

05/29/2014

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Antidepressant May Be New Alternative To Treat Hot Flashes

Seventy percent of menopausal women experience hot flashes and night sweats, and for years, estrogen has been the gold standard for treatment.

05/28/2014

An aerial view of Logan airport and the greater Boston area as photographed on June 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachussets. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Study Released On Health Impacts Of Logan Airport

The Department of Public Health has released its report on whether Logan Airport is making its neighbors sick.

05/28/2014

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Study Finds 70% Of Double Mastectomies Not Needed

Some women with breast cancer choose to have a double mastectomy.

05/22/2014

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Ingredients To Watch Out For In Your Cosmetics

Americans, in general, spend almost $40 billion a year trying to look good. The cosmetic market represents about 15 percent of the beauty industry and includes anything from lipstick to nail polish. But what’s in this stuff and how is it made?

05/22/2014