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    Study: Illegal Immigrants' Care Costs Texas $677 Million

    Study: Illegal Immigrants' Care Costs Texas $677 Million
    AUSTIN — The state of Texas and local hospital districts spent an estimated $677 million to provide health care to illegal immigrants in a year, a new study says. The survey, issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said that most of the money — $597 million — was spent by local hospital districts for the immigrants' care during ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    A Green Light for Medical Marijuana

    A Green Light for Medical Marijuana
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that the federal government will no longer prosecute dispensers of medical marijuana if they comply with state law. That should bring relief to people who need marijuana for health reasons and free up law enforcement resources for more important work. There is considerable evidence that marijuana can be useful in treating pain, nausea, ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Pediatricians Adopt New Term for Shaken Baby Abuse

    Pediatricians Adopt New Term for Shaken Baby Abuse
    CHICAGO – The American Academy of Pediatrics wants doctors to stop using the term "shaken baby syndrome" in favor of something more scientific. The nation's largest pediatricians' group recommends "abusive head trauma," calling it a more comprehensive diagnosis for brain, skull and spinal injuries associated with shaking and other head injuries inflicted on infants. The academy says the new diagnostic term ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    House Permits Needle Exchange Programs

    House Permits Needle Exchange Programs
    WASHINGTON – The House voted Friday to lift a ban on using taxpayer dollars for needle exchange programs for intravenous drug users intended to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases. The vote to lift a longstanding ban on federal aid for such programs — in place since 1988 — came after a brief but passionate debate on an amendment ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Cholesterol Screening Should Begin at 20

    Cholesterol Screening Should Begin at 20
    Although many may think heart disease is a middle-age worry a U.S. cardiologist suggests cholesterol screening should begin at age 20. Dr. Anand Rohatgi, a cardiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says atherosclerosis -- hardening of the arteries -- begins early and young adults, and even teens, can show evidence of atherosclerosis. If early screening reveals ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Should Stillborns Get Birth Certificates?

    Should Stillborns Get Birth Certificates?
    When Mandy Mancini went into labor three years ago she expected to come home from the hospital with a healthy baby girl. She left with a heavy heart and empty arms. Her daughter Seneca was stillborn, leaving Mancini with only a scrapbook of memories, a plaster mold of her tiny feet, a commissioned portrait and pictures of a baby frozen in ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Brooklyn Mom Who Lost Limbs, Sight in Hospital Stands Tall Again

    Brooklyn Mom Who Lost Limbs, Sight in Hospital Stands Tall Again
    Four months after losing her hands and feet, a brave Brooklyn mother Thursday took her first real steps on the road to recovery. "I can't believe I just walked!" said Tabitha Mullings, who is suing Brooklyn Hospital Center for malpractice. "This is the first time. I felt great! Great! Great!" Mullings' physical therapists and doctors at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rate This
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    China Reports 4th Bird Flu Death in 2009

    China Reports 4th Bird Flu Death in 2009
    BEIJING – A woman in China's far west has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the Health Ministry said Saturday, the country's fourth death from the virus this year as the biggest festive season approaches. The victim, a 31-year-old woman from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, had been to a live poultry market before she fell ill ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Technology Saves Precious Minutes for Heart Patients

    Technology Saves Precious Minutes for Heart Patients
    Wireless technology is giving emergency-room doctors a look at a patient's heart condition before arrival by ambulance, saving crucial minutes in Pasquotank and Camden counties. Last week, Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services began using new defibrillators and laptop computers with wireless capability that allows a heartbeat chart to be sent immediately to the hospital. Emergency-room doctors can order cardiac catheterization treatment to ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    New Method Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

    New Method Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
    Australian biomedical scientists report they have identified a new way to treat prostate cancer. Researchers at the Monash University in Melbourne used a drug compound to selectively activate the prostate's beta estrogen receptor cells. Study co-author Gail Risbridger says this has the effect of targeting for cell death a small but important population of cells in the prostate cancer tumor that ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    New Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer Risk Better

    New Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer Risk Better
    SAN ANTONIO – A new test to predict an ordinary woman's odds of getting breast cancer works better than a method doctors have relied on for decades, researchers reported Friday. The test is the first to combine dozens of genes and personal factors like age and childbearing to gauge risk in women who don't have a strong family history of the ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FDA Warns of Botulism with Unapproved Use of Botox

    FDA Warns of Botulism with Unapproved Use of Botox
    WASHINGTON – Health officials warned doctors and patients Thursday about potentially deadly risks of using the anti-wrinkle drug Botox and similar drugs for unapproved uses to treat certain types of muscle spasms. The Food and Drug Administration said Botox and two other injections carry risks of rare botulism symptoms, particularly when given to children to help relax uncontrollable muscle movements. While ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Novartis Says They've Produced First Batch of H1N1 Vaccine

    Novartis Says They've Produced First Batch of H1N1 Vaccine
    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said Friday it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines, the company said. The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization declared swine flu, also known ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Powered Exoskeleton Allows the Disabled to Walk Again

    ‘Clinical trials underway; suit expected to go on sale soon.’ [photo:67105] Former Israeli Paratrooper Radi Kaiof uses the suit to climb stairs (Source: Reuters) A new powered exoskeleton is enabled the disabled to walk again. Created by a small Israeli startup, the Iron Man-like “ReWalk” suit is already making converts among those who have worn it. Former Israeli paratrooper Radi Kaiof, ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Nurse Gets High Praise From Her Patients

    Nurse Gets High Praise From Her Patients
    It was rather by accident that Susan Nelson became a nurse - and she's still at it more than three decades later. While studying a career in anesthesiology, Nelson said she was required to do an internship in an intensive care unit. "During that year I realized I loved the patient contact, and I became a nurse," said Nelson, a clinical ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Hospital Has 'Too Many Nurses'

    Hospital Has 'Too Many Nurses'
    Waikato Hospital has too many nurses, according to managers who say they must be better rostered to benefit patients and avoid overtime. The comments fly in the face of claims by nurses that shortages have dogged the profession for years. Waikato Hospital group manager Grant Howard, who was standing in for chief operating officer Jan Adams, admitted it was controversial to ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    States, Hospitals Roll Out Emergency Plans

    States, Hospitals Roll Out Emergency Plans
    Health departments and hospitals are shifting into emergency mode as clusters of swine flu develop across the USA, and some are activating pandemic plans for the first time. Many states have declared a public health emergency in anticipation of a pandemic, a global epidemic in which the new flu strain spreads from person to person. Some of these states have requested ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    New Studies Show Nursing Workforce Critical to Success of Health Reform

    New Studies Show Nursing Workforce Critical to Success of Health Reform
    Health Affairs today unveiled a series of six studies examining the nursing workforce in the context of health reform. The papers were released at a forum presented by Health Affairs and the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) that featured a lively discussion among policy-makers, nursing leaders and researchers, and health reform experts. The Center is a joint initiative of ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    $225 Million Medicare Fraud Exposed

    $225 Million Medicare Fraud Exposed
    More than 100 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals were arrested Thursday, Feb. 17, in what is being called as the "biggest crackdown ever in a single day in connection with Medicare fraud," according to CNN. According to various news reports, authorities arrested suspects across the nation in LA, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, and Baton Rouge, uncovering an ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    New MRI Techniquie Promises Thousands of Times More Sensitivity

    Peeking inside the human body just got a little bit easier Some very complex, but very important research breakthroughs have recently taken place at the labs of Alexander Pines and David Wemmer at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. The new breakthroughs revolve around the process of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRIs are valuable diagnostic tools, helping to reveal detailed information on ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rated: +2
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