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    N.J. Suspends Doctor's License in Hepatitis Outbreak

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey doctor whom health officials suspect was the source of a hepatitis B outbreak had his medical license suspended indefinitely on Wednesday by state regulators. Nearly 3,000 of Dr. Parvez Dara's patients have been warned to get tested after five cancer patients tested positive for the disease, which is transmitted through exposure to infected blood ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Budget Would Slow Medicare, Medicaid Growth

    Obama Budget Would Slow Medicare, Medicaid Growth
    WASHINGTON — The government's massive health insurance programs for the elderly and poor would grow more slowly under President Barack Obama's proposed budget. Obama wants to squeeze Medicaid and Medicare spending — including slimmer payments to private insurance plans — to help create a 10-year, $634 billion fund billed as a "down payment" on health care reform. Obama's budget proposal released ...
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    MIT Olfactory Research Could Produce Artificial Noses

    MIT Olfactory Research Could Produce Artificial Noses
    The olfactory system is one of the oldest and definitely the most complex of a human's sensory equipment. It is not; however, anywhere near the most complex as far as Earth-based life goes. A human's olfactory system is driven by about 400 active genes, which express proteins called olfactory receptors. By comparison, mankind's faithful canine companions have over 1,000 of these ...
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    Genentech Pulls Drug from Market for Safety

    Genentech Pulls Drug from Market for Safety
    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Genentech unit of drugmaker Roche Holding AG is pulling the psoriasis treatment Raptiva off the U.S. market because of links to an often fatal brain infection. The move comes only about six months after the company updated the drug's labeling to carry warnings of links to a rare nervous system disorder called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, ...
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    33 Premature Babies Feared Exposed to Swine Flu

    33 Premature Babies Feared Exposed to Swine Flu
    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Thirty-three infants born prematurely at a North Carolina hospital are receiving precautionary swine flu treatment after possibly being exposed to the virus by a respiratory therapist. Moses Cone Health System officials said Wednesday that none of the infants in a neonatal intensive care unit at the Women's Hospital of Greensboro has symptoms of the disease. The infants are ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Insurers Offer to Stop Charging Sick People More

    Insurers Offer to Stop Charging Sick People More
    WASHINGTON – The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems. The offer from America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a potentially significant shift in the debate over reforming the nation's health care system to rein ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Hospitals Dispute Death Data

    Hospitals Dispute Death Data
    Hospital mortality rates for eight high-risk procedures and medical conditions showed local hospitals fell mostly in line with state averages - yet, almost all South Bay facilities scored below average in at least one category, according to data that will be released today. Officials at several local hospitals questioned the accuracy of the data, which has been tracked for years ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Swine Flu Cases Up to 7; Officials Expand Probe

    Swine Flu Cases Up to 7; Officials Expand Probe
    ATLANTA - Health officials are investigating a never-before-seen form of the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses and which has infected seven people in California and Texas. All the victims recovered, but the cases are a growing medical mystery because it's unclear how they caught the virus. None of the seven people were in contact with pigs, which is ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Top 5 Global Health Perks, Part 2: Chinese Medicine

    Top 5 Global Health Perks, Part 2: Chinese Medicine
    h4. Hong Kong Resources • Nursing Scholarships • Nursing Degree Programs • Job Search • Groups • Discussions Cost-of-living rank: 5 Salary, Bigwig (i.e., head of sales & marketing): $149,905 Salary, Underling (i.e. data-entry operator): $16,139 Projected average pay increase for 2008: 3.8% Days off: 26 Local perk: In recent years, Hong Kong workers have been asking for traditional Chinese medicine ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    'Nurse Jackie': A Dose of Excellence From Falco

    'Nurse Jackie': A Dose of Excellence From Falco
    TV's summer health would have been much less robust without Nurse Jackie. Granted, this fabulous Showtime series, which wraps up its first season tonight, hasn't been the hot months' only hot show. It has been an unusually crowded off-season slate, with three great returning dramas in True Blood, Rescue Me and Mad Men; the dependable lesser pleasures of The Closer, Burn ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Surgeon Who Did First US Heart Transplant Dies

    Surgeon Who Did First US Heart Transplant Dies
    DETROIT – Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, a cardiac surgeon who performed the nation's first human heart transplant and who also developed lifesaving medical implants, has died. He was 90. Kantrowitz died Friday in Ann Arbor of complications from heart failure, said his wife, Jean Kantrowitz. In 1967, Kantrowitz performed the first human heart transplant in the United States, three days after the ...
    Published about 9 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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    Medicaid Cuts at Hospitals Would Slice Health-Care Jobs, Study Says

    Medicaid Cuts at Hospitals Would Slice Health-Care Jobs, Study Says
    Proposed cuts to Medicaid funding at Florida hospitals would result in thousands of health-care job losses throughout the state, according to a new study. A University of Florida study released Thursday by the Florida Hospital Association found that each $1 in Medicaid spending cuts would result in about $4 of losses to the state's economy. A $100 million reduction in Medicaid ...
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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 ...
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    Nurse's Assistant Pleads Guilty to Abusing Patient

    Nurse's Assistant Pleads Guilty to Abusing Patient
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Columbus nurse's assistant Janice Lovelace has admitted she abused a patient at the Windsor Place Nursing and Rehab Center. The 40-year-old Lovelace pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor abuse of a vulnerable adult Friday in Lowndes County Justice Court before Judge Mike Arledge. Attorney General Jim Hood said Lovelace, a certified nurse's assistant, had struck a ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Top 5 Global Health Perks, Part 5: Company Ski Chalet

    Top 5 Global Health Perks, Part 5: Company Ski Chalet
    h4. France: Resources • Nursing Scholarships • Nursing Degree Programs • Job Search • Groups • Discussions Cost-of-living rank (Paris): 13 Salary, BigWig (i.e., head of sales & marketing): $188,771 Salary, Underling (i.e. data-entry operator): $28,857 Projected average pay increase for 2008: 3.0% Days off: 40 Local Perk: As if the high number of days off were not enough, some French ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    No Consensus Yet on Safe Haven Age Limit

    No Consensus Yet on Safe Haven Age Limit
    LINCOLN - Nebraska lawmakers are far from reaching a consensus on how to stop rampant use of the state's open-ended safe haven law, which has led to almost three dozen children being dropped off at hospitals. On Friday, the first day of a rare special session called by Gov. Dave Heineman to begin tightening the law, lawmakers introduced two bills calling ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    EDITORIAL: Study Cell Phone Risk

    EDITORIAL: Study Cell Phone Risk
    Dec. 28--A Maine lawmaker is proposing that cell phones include a label suggesting a link between their use and brain cancer. Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, argues that enough studies have suggested the link, and so a better-safe-than-sorry approach is warranted. No other state has enacted such legislation, though San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants that city to require a similar warning. ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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