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More Young Kids Diagnosed With ADHD
American children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, at younger ages. A report out today say one-third of kids in the U.S. have been found to have ADHD  before age six. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the challenge is in distinguishing between ADHD and behavior  that's typical for young children. The study appears in a report by the National Centers for Health Statistics.
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Soda Linked To Heart Attacks
The more soda you drink, the more likely you are to have a heart attack. That's what a new study from Japan indicates. The study found that the more money people spent on carbonated beverages the more likely they were to suffer from cardiac arrest. The study analyze 800-thousand people living in Japan for cardiac risk. Researchers found that other types of beverages, such as tea, coffee, juice, milk and water, didn't appear to lead the the same risk.
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UK Study Develops Breast Cancer Test
A new blood test is in the works that would warn breast cancer patients if they're going to have a relapse. British scientist say the promising new test is a "liquid biopsy", which would find tumor cells circulating in the blood before they take hold somewhere. A team at London's Institute Of Cancer Research sampled breast tumors from 55 patients for there DNA and then developed a test for each mutation. Over two years, 15 of those patients had a relapse of breast cancer. The new test --the liquid biopsy-- predicted 12 of those relapses. Researchers say the new test is not any where close to being commercially available yet, but progress is being made.
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FDA Approves Drug For Young Children With Rare Blood Disorder
The Food and Drug Administration is expanding approval of a drug to treat young children who suffer from a rare blood disorder. The FDA approved Swiss drug maker Novartis's Promacta for children as young as one year. This comes at just two months after the agency approved the drug for children six years and older. It's use for people with a condition known as ITP, which leaves them unable to produce enough blood platelets. Low levels of platelets can result in bleeding under the skin,  in mucous membranes, such as the mouth, and in other parts of the body.
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Study Say Aspirin Protects Against Colon Cancer
Aspirin may lower your risk on getting colon cancer. A new study from Denmark says taking one or two baby aspirins a day for five years could lower your cancer risk. Researchers studied 100-thousand people on their connections between aspirin and colorectal cancer. The study showed taking low-dose aspirin daily for at least 5 years appears to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 27-percent. A scientist with the Danish Cancer Society says according to the research, the aspirin has to be taken everyday in order for it to protect against colon cancer.
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2M Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon Recalled
More than 2-million pounds of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon is being recalled. Kraft issued the nation wide after consumers complained about getting sick after eating. Apparently, the meat can spoil before the "best when used by" date on the package. The affected turkey bacon comes in 36, 48 and 56-ounce cardboard boxes. It bears the plant number P-9070 inside the USDA inspection Mark, plus the line number RS19. "Best when used by dates" range from August 24th to October 30th, depending on the product. The company says if you've got questions, call the Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations Center.
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