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    His Health-Care Reform Plan: Music Therapy

    His Health-Care Reform Plan: Music Therapy
    The frailty of life and the healing powers of music are closely intertwined constants for David Hurley. By day, this North County native works as a trauma unit nurse at Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he helps care for everyone from gunshot and stabbing wound victims to senior citizens who have fallen and broken a hip or an arm. By night ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 ...
    Published over 9 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 over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Ex-Director of NYC Hospital Admits Bribe Receiving

    Ex-Director of NYC Hospital Admits Bribe Receiving
    NEW YORK - A former executive director of New York City's Bellevue Hospital Center has pleaded guilty to receiving bribes from a company owner who wanted a service contract with the facility. Carlos Perez pleaded guilty Tuesday in exchange for a sentence of five years probation and a $25,000 forfeiture payment. He could have gotten seven years in prison if he ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Stop-Smoking Drugs Require Suicide Warning

    Stop-Smoking Drugs Require Suicide Warning
    The smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban must now carry a boxed warning -- the strongest type possible -- about the risk of serious mental health problems, including depression, behavior changes and suicidal thoughts, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. These have occurred in people with and without underlying psychiatric illnesses as well as those still smoking, Curt Rosebraugh, head ...
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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 over 10 years ago | Rate This
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    In Double Transplant, Left Hand Works First

    In Double Transplant, Left Hand Works First
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When patients had both hands transplanted, their brains re-established connections much more quickly with the left hand than the right, a team of researchers in France reports. The sample was small, just two patients, but both had been right-handed before losing their hands, and both followed a pattern of reconnection with their brain that was quicker for the ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Walgreen Offers Free Care to Jobless, Uninsured

    Walgreen Offers Free Care to Jobless, Uninsured
    NEW YORK - Drugstore operator Walgreen will offer free walk-in clinic services to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, though they'll still pay for prescriptions. The program provides tests and routine treatment for minor ailments and illnesses to patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31. Walgreen says it doesn't know how much the ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Obama, Citing His Smoking Woes, Signs Tobacco Law

    Obama, Citing His Smoking Woes, Signs Tobacco Law
    WASHINGTON – Lamenting his first teenage cigarette, President Barack Obama ruefully admitted on Monday that he's spent his adult life fighting the habit. Then he signed the nation's toughest anti-smoking law, aiming to keep thousands of other teens from getting hooked. Obama praised the historic legislation, which gives the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to regulate what goes into tobacco ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 10 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Chocolate Linked to Stronger Heart

    Chocolate Linked to Stronger Heart
    Chocolate eaters in a study of heart attack survivors had lower blood pressure and were less likely to die of heart disease, scientists in Sweden said. Of the 1,169 patients studied, those who ate chocolate two or more times a week cut their risk of dying from heart disease nearly threefold compared to those who didn't eat chocolate at all, said ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Scientists Offer New AIDS Vaccine Strategy

    Scientists Offer New AIDS Vaccine Strategy
    U.S. scientists say conventional AIDS vaccine strategies shouldn't be the only plans of action considered in the fight against the disease. Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, located at Emory University, said their proposal is based on studies involving simian immunodeficiency viruses in African non-human primates. "Developing an effective AIDS vaccine has eluded scientists because the virus is tricky," ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    First Lady Visits Community Health Clinic

    First Lady Visits Community Health Clinic
    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama visited a community health center Monday to announce the release of $850 million in stimulus grants to help such clinics across the country provide care. "From the young to the old, from rural ... communities to the inner cities, both the insured and uninsured, 17 million Americans rely on community health centers every year ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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 ...
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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 about 9 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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