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    Expanded Medicare Won't Provide Seamless Coverage

    Expanded Medicare Won't Provide Seamless Coverage
    WASHINGTON - Think Medicare is a great deal? Better ask grandma first. Senate Democrats are talking about allowing aging baby boomers into the program, but it's far from free. Seniors now on Medicare pay an average of $4,400 a year of their own money for supplemental insurance, premiums, prescription copays, and deductibles for inpatient care and doctor visits. That's even after ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Meijer Will Settle Pharmacy Case for $3 Million

    Meijer Will Settle Pharmacy Case for $3 Million
    DETROIT - Meijer Inc. will pay $3 million after the Midwest retail chain discovered it had employed four pharmacists who were barred from federal health programs, the government said Tuesday. The pharmacists worked at Meijer stores in Michigan and Ohio from 1997 to 2006 and had been barred from Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, a military health plan. Federal law prohibits stores ...
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    Senate Rejects Abortion Curbs in Health Care Bill

    Senate Rejects Abortion Curbs in Health Care Bill
    WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort by abortion opponents to tighten restrictions in the health care overhaul bill on taxpayer dollars for the procedure, but it was unlikely to be the last word on the divisive issue. By a vote of 54-45, the Senate sidetracked an amendment by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Orrin ...
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    Smoking Still Kills 5 Million Every Year

    Smoking Still Kills 5 Million Every Year
    LONDON (AP) — Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don't take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new report on tobacco use and control, the U.N. agency said nearly 95% of the global population is unprotected by laws banning smoking. WHO said secondhand ...
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    Beer Ingredient Eyed in Prostate Cancer Prevention

    Beer Ingredient Eyed in Prostate Cancer Prevention
    An ingredient of beer may someday help ward off prostate cancer, new animal experiments suggest. The compound in question, xanthohumol, is found in hops — the bitter flavoring agent in beer — and is known to block the male hormone testosterone, which plays a role in the development of prostate cancer. FORUM: The Cancer-Obesity Link "We hope that one day we ...
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    Conn. Sues CVS, Alleging Stores Sold Expired Items

    Conn. Sues CVS, Alleging Stores Sold Expired Items
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials are suing CVS/Pharmacy Inc., alleging it has sold food and over-the-counter medications past their expiration dates at many of its Connecticut stores. [widget:become_a_nurse__logged_out_in_article] Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. say investigators found expired cough and allergy medicines, dairy products, baby formula, and other products at 20 stores in the summers ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Studies Find Fighting Global Warming Reduces Diseases

    Studies Find Fighting Global Warming Reduces Diseases
    WASHINGTON - Cutting global warming pollution would not only make the planet healthier, it would make people healthier too, newly released studies say. Slashing carbon dioxide emissions could save millions of lives, mostly by reducing preventable deaths from heart and lung diseases, the studies show. They were published in a special issue of The Lancet British medical journal, released Wednesday. The ...
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    FDA Investigating More Dangerous Brain Scans

    FDA Investigating More Dangerous Brain Scans
    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators are investigating reports of dangerous radiation levels at two more California hospitals, following earlier unsafe medical scans at a Los Angeles facility. The Food and Drug Administration is probing the use of CT scans at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. The brain scans are used to diagnose strokes. ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study Finds Hospitals Speeding Heart Attack Care

    Study Finds Hospitals Speeding Heart Attack Care
    WASHINGTON - Hospitals are giving faster care to lots more heart attack patients, a speed-up sure to be saving lives. More than three-quarters of people suffering major heart attacks are getting their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arriving in the emergency room, says a Yale University study of 831 hospitals that participated in a major campaign to accelerate that ...
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    Nurse Offers Alternative Health Care

    Nurse Offers Alternative Health Care
    Dec. 8--Cathy Slay-Chipp understands the state of the nation's health care system. As a registered nurse who operates the nonprofit Perry Park Clinic at 2211 Bartow St., Brunswick, she treats financially strapped and uninsured clients. Her goal is to offer the best care possible at affordable prices. "We've been open since June 2007, and basically our goal is to provide primary ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Dr. Cures Baby's Brain Condition with Superglue

    Dr. Cures Baby's Brain Condition with Superglue
    Toddler Dafi Evans owes his life to nothing more than a blob of glue. Using a revolutionary technique hours after his birth, doctors used Histoacryl - similar to superglue - to plug a leak in his brain that would otherwise have killed him in a few days. He was suffering from Vein of Galen malformation, in which missing capillaries between arteries ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Even Hairless Sphynx Cats Give Patients a Warm, Fuzzy Feeling

    Even Hairless Sphynx Cats Give Patients a Warm, Fuzzy Feeling
    Strange-looking cats? Maybe. Pam Moore concedes that if someone is accustomed to long-haired cats, a Sphynx can be off-putting at first. But after a Sphynx curls up in the lap of one of her patients, Moore, a registered nurse at J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit in Muscle Shoals, Ala., says the animal brings about a transformation in the human. "They bring so ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    World AIDS Day: South Africa to Treat All HIV-Positive Babies

    World AIDS Day: South Africa to Treat All HIV-Positive Babies
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa will treat all HIV-positive babies and expand testing, the president announced Tuesday, a dramatic and eagerly awaited shift in a country that has more people living with HIV than any other. President Jacob Zuma's speech on World AIDS Day was viewed as a definitive turning point for a nation where the previous administration distrusted ...
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    MAC Employees Give Back on World Aids Day

    MAC Employees Give Back on World Aids Day
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping true to the company's long-standing dedication to HIV/AIDS, makeup artists in the Los Angeles area will roll up their sleeves and take off their brush belts to participate in volunteer efforts today, in a company-wide effort to commemorate World AIDS Day. The volunteer initiative -- part of a worldwide effort including hundreds of makeup ...
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    Inmates Assist Ill and Dying Fellow Prisoners in Hospices

    Inmates Assist Ill and Dying Fellow Prisoners in Hospices
    ANGOLA, La. — Ted "Animal" Durbin expected prison life to be about brawls and knife fights — not changing adult diapers or bathing grown men. Four times a week, Durbin, 51, who's serving 140 years for armed robbery at Louisiana State Penitentiary, meets with frail, dying inmates at the prison's Treatment Center. He bathes them, provides other personal care and often ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Man Says Through Aide Leaving Coma Like Rebirth

    Man Says Through Aide Leaving Coma Like Rebirth
    BRUSSELS (AP) — With a caretaker holding his hand, a Belgian man who was diagnosed as comatose for 23 years typed out a message Tuesday that he felt reborn after decades of loneliness and frustration. A leading bioethicist, however, expressed skepticism that the man was truly communicating on his own. Car-crash victim Rom Houben was diagnosed as being in a vegetative ...
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    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym

    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym
    For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option. But the human version may not be the most effective. Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone with a gym membership, researchers have found. On average they exercise the animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Twins Joined at Head Successfully Separated

    Twins Joined at Head Successfully Separated
    MELBOURNE, Australia — A team of 16 surgeons and nurses successfully concluded 25 hours of delicate surgery Tuesday to separate twin Bangladeshi girls who had been joined at their heads, sharing blood vessels and brain tissue. It is too early to know whether the two-year-old girls, Trishna and Krishna, suffered any brain damage during the marathon operation — an outcome doctors ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Why Staying Clean Could Be Bad for Your Health

    Why Staying Clean Could Be Bad for Your Health
    They say cleanliness is next to godliness. But it seems being too clean could actually be bad for your health. Scientists warn that our obsession with hygiene could be impairing our skin's ability to stay healthy. They say bacteria on the skin's surface play an active role in preventing rashes and damping down cuts and bruises. It is further evidence the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    New Advice: Skip Mammograms in 40s, Start at 50

    New Advice: Skip Mammograms in 40s, Start at 50
    NEW YORK - Most women don't need a mammogram in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50, a government task force said Monday. It's a major reversal that conflicts with the American Cancer Society's long-standing position. Also, the task force said breast self-exams do no good and women shouldn't be taught to do them. For most ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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