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May 16, 2016

To Your Health: NLM update: Tobacco 21's health benefits

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The prevention of health problems among young persons would improve significantly if the legal sale of tobacco products switched from age 18 to 21 in the U.S., finds a perspective recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

May 9, 2016

To Your Health: NLM update: Are thyroid abnormalities common among youth?

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While screening for thyroid illness among young persons who live near the Fukushima nuclear power plant has found nodules or cysts in about half the 300,476 participants, the interpretation of the findings has taken a surprising turn, finds an article recently published in Science.

May 6, 2016

New Topic Page: Urinalysis

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Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on Urinalysis.

A urinalysis is a test of your urine. It is often done to check for a urinary tract infections, kidney problems, or diabetes...

May 6, 2016

New Topic Page: Liver Function Tests

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Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on Liver Function Tests.

Your liver helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Liver function tests are blood tests that check to see how well your liver is working...

May 6, 2016

New Topic Page: Blood Count Tests

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Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on Blood Count Tests.

Your blood contains red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and platelets. Blood count tests measure the number and types of cells in your blood...