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    Police Probe Disease Exposure at Fla. Hospital

    Police Probe Disease Exposure at Fla. Hospital
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Police were looking into possible criminal charges against a nurse at a South Florida hospital where officials say she may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to HIV and hepatitis by reusing medical supplies. Officials at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale said earlier this week the hospital discovered that Qui Lan, 59, was reusing ...
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    'New' Type of Breast Cancer Stops Women in Their Tracks

    'New' Type of Breast Cancer Stops Women in Their Tracks
    When a mammogram detected a lump in Barbara Laufer's breast, the fear was paralyzing. "You think you're going to die," says Laufer, 40, of Burbank, Calif. Laufer was diagnosed with a perplexing condition called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, a growth of malignant cells inside the milk ducts of the breast. Though some doctors describe the condition to patients as ...
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    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug

    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Federal health advisers said Monday an experimental kidney cancer drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC can benefit patients by slowing the disease, despite some risk of liver damage. The Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug panel voted unanimously in favor of Glaxo's pazopanib pills for advanced kidney cancer, a rare but deadly form of the disease. Glaxo studies showed higher ...
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    Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving, But Don't Line Up Yet

    Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving, But Don't Line Up Yet
    WASHINGTON - And we're off: Swine flu vaccinations begin Monday with squirts in the noses scheduled for some doctors, nurses and other health workers in Indiana and Tennessee, a first step in a hugely ambitious campaign to try to inoculate over half the population in a few months. But don't start bugging your doctor about an appointment just yet. This week's ...
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    A Look at Health Care Plans in Congress

    A Look at Health Care Plans in Congress
    WASHINGTON - Health care legislation is taking shape in the House and Senate as President Barack Obama pushes to overhaul the system to cover millions of uninsured Americans and contain rising costs. Details are still being negotiated and any final health care bill would have to meld proposals from the House and Senate. The Associated Press takes a look at various ...
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    Care Facility Fined $8K for Neglecting a Diabetic

    Care Facility Fined $8K for Neglecting a Diabetic
    A specialized Tucson long-term care facility has agreed to pay $8,000 in fines to the state health department for failing to follow state rules on caring for four patients, including a diabetic who died with elevated blood sugar. The fine followed an Arizona Department of Health Services investigation in March, which was prompted by four complaints about Cornerstone Hospital of Southeast ...
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    Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Becoming Available

    Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Becoming Available
    WASHINGTON - The long-awaited first vaccinations against swine flu - the squirt-in-the-nose kind - begin early next week in parts of the country, and states are urging people to be patient until more arrives. Just a trickle of vaccine, 600,000 doses of the nasal spray FluMist, will be divided among 21 states and four large cities by Tuesday, with more small ...
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    Resources for Flood Victims

    Resources for Flood Victims
    With Typhoon Ketsana brewing in the Pacific and drenching storms flooding southeast America, death tolls are rising as the need for disaster relief aid intensifies in these areas. If you live in one of these storm-tossed areas, be sure to follow these tips to stay safe, healthy and most importantly, alive. Flood-Related Injuries and Safety Guidelines Flood-related injuries and illnesses reported ...
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    Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 529

    Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 529
    PADANG, Indonesia (AP) — A second powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia on Thursday as rescuers struggled to reach survivors of the previous day's quake, which killed more than 500 people and left thousands trapped under collapsed buildings. The death toll from Wednesday's 7.6-magnitude earthquake off Sumatra island was expected to rise as rescuers dig through the rubble, sometimes by hand, in ...
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    FACT CHECK: Loose Facts in Health Horror Story

    FACT CHECK: Loose Facts in Health Horror Story
    WASHINGTON - Shona Holmes is the Harry and Louise of this year's health care debate, only unlike the fictional folks who memorably trashed the Clinton-era health plan in advocacy ads 15 years ago, Holmes is real. But her story? It's not quite the slam-dunk indictment of socialized medicine that's been portrayed by Republican lawmakers and their allies. Holmes, a Canadian living ...
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    Alzheimer's Disease Drug Gets Tryout

    Alzheimer's Disease Drug Gets Tryout
    Sep. 30--HAVERHILL -- Doctors hope a new drug that's getting a trial in Haverhill will offer relief to those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The drug -- Bapineuzemab -- might have the power to stop the deterioration of brain function that is associated with Alzheimer's disease, said Dr. Michael McCartney, an internal medicine specialist who practices in Newburyport and is working ...
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    Report: 35 Million-Plus Worldwide Have Dementia

    Report: 35 Million-Plus Worldwide Have Dementia
    WASHINGTON - More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness - and it's an ominous forecast as the population grays. The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier ...
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    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection

    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection
    A University of Chicago molecular genetics professor studying the origins of harmful bacteria died last weekend after contracting an infection linked to the plague, officials said Saturday. University hospital officials said there "does not appear to be a threat to the public" following the death of Malcolm J. Casadaban, 60, at the campus' Bernard Mitchell Hospital on Sept. 13. None of ...
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    Fear of Change Paralyzes Health-Care Reform

    Fear of Change Paralyzes Health-Care Reform
    Sep. 28--During last year's presidential campaign, polls showed that most Americans wanted the new president to reform the nation's health-care system. The evidence is overwhelming: 47 million people are uninsured, health-care costs continue to climb, people are putting off care because of costs, medical bills are the top reason to file bankruptcy, and the nation spends more than $2.2 trillion a ...
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    California Will Need 1 Million Health Workers by 2030

    California Will Need 1 Million Health Workers by 2030
    By 2030, California will need to train almost 1 million more technicians, dental hygienists and other support workers considered vital to the health care industry, according to a report released Tuesday. But the state's higher education system has capacity to train only 63 percent of the needed work force. These allied health workers don't include doctors and nurses. The category covers ...
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    Gear Up for Flu Season

    Gear Up for Flu Season
    In lieu of a vaccine, Shamokin Area Community Hospital (SACH) is using information as an inoculation against H1N1 Influenza A, also known as swine flu. The hospital has educated staff and faculty, and is hoping to inform the public about H1N1 in hopes of preventing a major outbreak in the region during peak flu season. In Danville, Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) ...
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    Rare Form of Diabetes Leads to Injection Free Treatment

    Rare Form of Diabetes Leads to Injection Free Treatment
    Three years after she made medical history and was freed from painful insulin injections, 9-year-old Lilly Jaffe is just beginning to understand how much her story changed the course of diabetes research and treatment. Since her breakthrough, 70 other children and several adults in the U.S. also have been able to switch from insulin shots to oral medication. And last month, ...
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    Wyeth Sues FDA to Block Rival Generic Antibiotic

    Wyeth Sues FDA to Block Rival Generic Antibiotic
    TRENTON, N.J. - Drugmaker Wyeth on Wednesday sued the Food and Drug Administration to block the sale of a generic rival to its intravenous antibiotic Zosyn, claiming the generic is not an equivalent product and could harm critically ill patients. Madison, N.J.-based Wyeth filed a federal lawsuit against the FDA, seeking both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction. The ...
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    The Tragedy of the Underinsured

    The Tragedy of the Underinsured
    Just 21 months into my mother's cancer treatment, she had reached her medical insurance policy's cap for chemotherapy -- $100,000. As if dealing with cancer were not enough, she now had to deal with the reality that our health care system had left her financially exposed. Lost in our daily debates on health care reform is the devastating impact our current ...
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    New NJ Law on Hospital Mistakes

    New NJ Law on Hospital Mistakes
    We've all heard stories of people who enter a hospital for an operation or other treatment, only to wind up worse off after a surgeon accidentally left a sponge inside their bodies or the patient was infected by an unsanitary surgical tool. Under the law, non-profit hospitals are immune from lawsuits for such mistakes (only the specific doctors who performed the ...
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