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    Al Gore on Board for $20M Stem Cell Venture

    Al Gore on Board for $20M Stem Cell Venture
    Former vice president Al Gore is entering the stem cell arena with an announcement today of a $20 million biotech venture in the hot area of "induced pluripotent" stem cells. Induced cells are attracting interest from researchers and biotech firms as an alternative to embryonic stem cells. Induced cells are made by inserting four genes into ordinary skin cells, and they ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    School Nurses Doing More

    School Nurses Doing More
    In the course of an hour, Jenks Southeast Elementary School nurse Beverly Burk took care of five stomachaches and two sore throats, administered a breathing treatment and supervised a blood-sugar test. And when she started work Tuesday, she was met by three parents seeking advice about treatments and whether to take their children to the doctor. Burk, who has been a ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Report: Healthcare Costs to Rise 9% in 2010

    Report: Healthcare Costs to Rise 9% in 2010
    INDIANAPOLIS - Employers who offer health insurance coverage could see a 9 percent cost increase next year, and their workers may face an even bigger hit, according to a report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Costs will rise in part because workers worried about losing their jobs are using their health care more while they still have it, the firm said in ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Food Poisoning Strikes 1 in 4 Americans Each Year

    Food Poisoning Strikes 1 in 4 Americans Each Year
    ATLANTA – Next time you have a case of diarrhea that lasts a day or more, chances are better than 1 in 3 that it was food poisoning. As many as a quarter of Americans suffer a foodborne illness each year — though only a fraction of those cases get linked to high-profile outbreaks like the recent salmonella-peanut scare, according to ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Wash. State has First Death Under New Suicide Law

    Wash. State has First Death Under New Suicide Law
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to die under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, an advocacy group said Friday. Linda Fleming, of Sequim, died Thursday night after taking drugs prescribed under the "Death with Dignity" law that took effect in March, said Compassion & Choices of Washington. The organization says Fleming was ...
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    Push Is on to Tailor Cancer Care to Tumor's Genes

    Push Is on to Tailor Cancer Care to Tumor's Genes
    WASHINGTON – The days of one-size-fits-all cancer treatment are numbered: A rush of new research is pointing the way to tailor chemotherapy and other care to what's written in your tumor's genes. Everyone with advanced colon cancer now is supposed to get a genetic test before taking two of the leading treatments. It's a major change adopted by oncologists last month ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Split Decision on Administration of Drugs

    Split Decision on Administration of Drugs
    Proposed legislation allowing certified medication technicians to administer certain drugs to patients in nursing homes is drawing vehement opposition from nurses across the state. "Basically, it's not the right thing to do for our patients. It's safety concern," said Lena Patterson, a nurse at Memorial Hospital and Chattanooga-area district president for the Tennessee Nurses Association. The legislation, which the Senate passed ...
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    Google Algorithm Can Tell if You're About to Quit

    Google Algorithm Can Tell if You're About to Quit
    'New algorithm can help Google answer complex staffing questions and identify employees most likely to quit.' - Google is the cream of the internet search and advertising crop and got to its top spot on the backs of a large group of dedicated and talented employees. Some of the very same employees that helped Google get where it is today are ...
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    Report: US on Short End of Healthcare 'Value Gap'

    Report: US on Short End of Healthcare 'Value Gap'
    WASHINGTON – If the global economy were a 100-yard dash, the U.S. would start 23 yards behind its closest competitors because of health care that costs too much and delivers too little, a business group says in a report to be released Thursday. The report from the Business Roundtable, which represents CEOs of major companies, says America's health care system has ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    What's the Best Medicine... Really?

    WASHINGTON – Think your doctor knows which drug — or surgery or even diagnostic test — works best? Think again. Half the time, there's little if any good evidence comparing one to another. And one of medicine's little secrets is that brand-new drugs don't have to work any better than cheap old ones to be approved for sale. Now the government ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Virus No More Dangerous Than Other Influenzas, Officials Contend

    Virus No More Dangerous Than Other Influenzas, Officials Contend
    Arizona's public health officials are realizing swine flu appears no more dangerous than the annual outbreaks of other influenza viruses. So they're thinking about scaling down the response when a case is confirmed. Now they hope the public will follow their lead. On the same day it was determined the Valley is home to three more sick schoolchildren, authorities pleaded with ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Babies in Magazines May Be at SIDS Risk

    Babies in Magazines May Be at SIDS Risk
    What doctors recommend to prevent sudden infant death syndrome is not always depicted in women's magazines, U.S. researchers found. SIDS researchers Dr. Rachel Moon, a pediatrician, and Brandi Joyner at Children's National Medical Center in Washington analyzed pictures of sleeping infants in 24 magazines with wide circulation among 20- to 40-year-old women. The researchers evaluated pictures -- including articles and advertisements ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study: Paying Smokers to Quit Boosts Success Rate

    Study: Paying Smokers to Quit Boosts Success Rate
    Dangling enough dollars in front of smokers who want to quit helps many more succeed, an experiment with hundreds of General Electric Co. workers indicates. Among those paid up to $750 to quit and stay off cigarettes, 15 percent were still tobacco-free about a year later. That may not sound like much, but it's three times the success rate of a ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    US Prescription Drug Use Fell in 2008, Study Says

    US Prescription Drug Use Fell in 2008, Study Says
    NEW YORK — Prescription drug use in the U.S. fell last year, although total spending on drugs increased as prices rose sharply on brand-name products, pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions said Wednesday. Medco said the overall decline in prescriptions was the first in a decade. The company, which handles drug benefits covering about 60 million people, said total prescription use ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Parents Fight For Diabetic Kids' Rights

    Parents Fight For Diabetic Kids' Rights
    Her diabetic son wasn't allowed to prick his finger in school to test his blood sugar, and some days the nurse wasn't available, so Kari Christiansen would drive there every two hours to make sure he didn't suffer a serious reaction. Christiansen had to shuttle the then-kindergartner's blood-testing device back and forth from Westchester Primary School. It was banned from the ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Lack of Vaccine Impacts Health Care Workers

    Lack of Vaccine Impacts Health Care Workers
    Efforts to require flu shots for health care workers in order to protect vulnerable patients are being abandoned by some major health systems because of legal challenges and vaccine shortages. Requiring flu shots is an exception in the health care industry, where 48% of workers were vaccinated against flu last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Nursing Students Get Emergency Training

    Nursing Students Get Emergency Training
    Thirty nursing students graduating this week worked a half-day session with local emergency workers at Northwestern Technical College here Monday. Key personnel from Chickamauga City Schools, local hospitals, sheriffs' offices, police and the Georgia Health Department walked through their roles in a practice scenario in which a local resident tested positive for anthrax contamination. That scenario would shift much of the ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Insemination Fight Ends in Wife's Arrest

    PITTSFIELD — A woman who allegedly intended to artificially inseminate her wife with her brother's semen has been charged with domestic assault and battery. Pittsfield police responded to a call shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city's Morningside neighborhood, where the assault allegedly occurred. Stephanie K. Lighten, 26, was released on personal recognizance after denying the allegations in Central Berkshire ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rate This
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    How our Geograpahy, Education, and Income Impact Healthcare

    Health care, even with insurance, can be expensive. But what if you actually can't afford medical care? This is a look at the percentage of people (both with and without insurance) who have been forced to avoid health treatment because the costs were too prohibitive. 2006 is the most recent data available. Question: Have you encountered this problem firsthand in ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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