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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 ...
    Published over 9 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 over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Birth Center's Possible Demise Ignites Protest

    Birth Center's Possible Demise Ignites Protest
    A proposal to cease all deliveries at the North Shore Birth Center in Beverly - one of only two hospital-affiliated centers statewide that offer natural birth options - has ignited a passionate protest from women across the region. With a debate and potential vote by Beverly Hospital's board of trustees expected Tuesday morning, women have been picketing the hospital, circulating fliers, ...
    Published over 10 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 ...
    Published about 10 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 over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 over 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 ...
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    Study: Same-Sex Heart Transplants Are Better

    Study: Same-Sex Heart Transplants Are Better
    NEW ORLEANS – Turns out men and women really are different at heart: New research finds that heart transplant patients have better odds of survival and a lower risk of rejection if they get organs from donors of the same sex. Size may be part of the explanation. Men's hearts are bigger than women's and have greater pumping capacity, and men ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    New Cancer Drug Cuts Tumor Targetting From Days To Hours

    New Cancer Drug Cuts Tumor Targetting From Days To Hours
    New technology using gold nanoparticles attacks tumors faster, more aggressively While developing new cancer killers is an important priority, half the difficulty in winning the battle against cancer is just getting the drugs to the tumor itself. The concept of drug delivery is an important one as current blood borne chemotherapy treatments take two or more days to reach the tumor ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hospital to Use Gene Testing to Treat Cancer

    Hospital to Use Gene Testing to Treat Cancer
    BOSTON — Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are planning to start genetic testing on cancer patients’ tumors in an effort to more effectively focus treatment. The goal of the plan to be instituted within a year is to spare patients from the traditional treatment approach, when drugs with harmful side effects are often given without knowing whether they will work. Dr. ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    State Nurses to Take Part in Washington Health Rally

    State Nurses to Take Part in Washington Health Rally
    About 300 nurses, nurse practitioners, labor leaders and activists are going to Washington, D.C., to take part in the national Health Care Reform Rally on June 25. Steve McElroy, executive director of the West Virginia Nurses Association, said five busloads of people from West Virginia will take part in the rally, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at Upper Senate Park in ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Boy Whose Religious Parents Battled Hospital Dies

    Boy Whose Religious Parents Battled Hospital Dies
    NEW YORK – A 12-year-old New York boy with brain cancer has died after his family battled a hospital to keep him on a ventilator. The lawyer for the Orthodox Jewish family says Motl Brody's bodily functions ceased Saturday. A machine had continued to work his lungs after he was pronounced dead Nov. 4 at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    $40 Million to Fight Hospital Infections

    $40 Million to Fight Hospital Infections
    The U.S. government is using $40 million of Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to help hospitals fight healthcare-associated infections. "Americans expect to get better when they go to the hospital, not worse," Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services said in a statement. "Unfortunately, every year, thousands of Americans die from illness they contract after they enter the hospital." The ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 9 years ago | Rate This
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    New Farmers Market Serves Health Care Workers

    New Farmers Market Serves Health Care Workers
    Doctors and nurses need their fruits and vegetables, too. A new farmers market opened last week to serve health care workers, medical students and visitors at the Washington University School of Medicine campus at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the Central West End. The school's Wellness Council came up with the idea, knowing that health care workers and students work long hours and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Penn. Nurses Rally Support

    Penn. Nurses Rally Support
    Registered nurse Fran Prusinski was called to work on her day off Wednesday because Wilkes-Barre General Hospital was short-staffed, a problem she says happens too often. It is typical for one nurse to take care of 10 patients at night, she said. She opposes the new for-profit owner Community Health System's proposal to keep nurses working at staffing levels she says ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    125,000 Solutions to the Primary Care Shortage - Nurse Practitioners

    125,000 Solutions to the Primary Care Shortage - Nurse Practitioners
    There are 125,000 solutions to the primary care shortage facing this country - and those solutions are the 125,000 NPs practicing in the United States today. For 45 years, NPs have been meeting the primary and specialty care needs of their patients with the highest level of medical expertise and patient satisfaction. Many people choose NPs as their primary care provider, ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Bill Would Let Nurse Practitioners Write Prescriptions

    Bill Would Let Nurse Practitioners Write Prescriptions
    For 14 straight years, a bill has been introduced in the Florida Legislature that would let nurse practitioners write prescriptions for potentially addictive drugs. Forty-seven states allow it and two state reports think Florida should follow. Still, in Year 15, even advocates bet the latest bill will die in committee, underscoring how touchy healthcare issues can be. Opponents, including the state's ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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