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Today's Top Medical Stories for Friday, April 25, 2014

Why you may want to reach for another cup of coffee and federal health officials take stock of the U.S. immunization program.
A new government report estimates vaccines will save the lives of more than 700-thousand American children born during the past 20 years. The report also shows that the immunization program will prevent 21 million hospitalizations. Yet despite the program's success, there have still been more than a dozen measles outbreaks this year.

B cells -a type of white blood cells in the immune system -- may be the key to reducing Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. A study being presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting  found patients who took a drug that targeted  B-cells had fewer new brain lesions compared to patients who were given a placebo. On average, patients on the drug had less than one new lesion a year compared to 16 lesions without treatment.

And drinking more coffee seems to lower the risk of diabetes. Harvard researchers say people who drank an additional one and a half cups of joe daily over a four-year period… reduced their risk by 11 percent. In addition, the study found decreasing coffee consumption  increased a person's diabetes risk. 

(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)


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