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Feb. 28 is Rare Disease Day

Saturday, Feb. 28 has been designated Rare Disease Day -- a day designed to raise awareness of the illnesses you don't often hear about.

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UnitedHealth limits coverage for most common hysterectomies

The nation's largest insurer is putting sharp limits on the most common form of hysterectomies, saying the procedure poses a health threat and that a different form of the surgery has been found to be safer.

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Measles cases linked to Las Vegas restaurant

Four cases of measles have been linked to a restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada Health District reported Friday.

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CDC studies bug's link to doctors' offices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is raising a red flag that a potentially deadly bacteria may be lurking in your doctor's office.

The bacteria, C. difficile, is typically found in hospitals, but a study out Wednesday reports a…

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Treating autism with broccoli compound

Sulforaphane, a substance found in broccoli, make be the key to treating autism.

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Researchers discover 'best length' for eyelashes

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have discovered having eyelashes that are one-third the width of the eye offer the best protection.

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Why DNA could be the future of data storage

How long will the data last in your hard-drive or USB stick? Five years? 10 years? Longer?

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Gerbils replace rats as plague suspects

For a long time, rats have taken the heat for the waves of plague that killed millions of people across Europe starting in the 14th century.

But now suspicion is falling on another rodent with a much cuddlier reputation: the gerbil.

A team of…

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Study: Vitamin deficiency more closely linked to diabetes

For years medical experts have said obesity is the main risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study says it could be a deficiency in vitamin D rather than a person's weight that increases their risk of diabetes.

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Study: Fight peanut allergy with peanuts

Parents who have children with food allergies know all too well about the headaches in keeping their lives "nut-free." But a new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them.

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