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    Pa. Hospitals Go High-Tech on Infection Tracking

    Pa. Hospitals Go High-Tech on Infection Tracking
    HERSHEY, Pa. — At Hershey Medical Center, a sophisticated computer program serves as a watchdog for infection outbreaks. With a few mouse clicks on a Web browser, the hospital's infection-control staffers can quickly generate reports with charts and graphs illustrating how many patients within a particular unit are infected, and which lab specimen contained the germs. "It's more for us to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?

    How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?
    Vitamin D - the so-called sunshine vitamin - is the wonder nutrient of the moment. While the vitamin is best known for helping build strong bones and absorb calcium, a vitamin D deficiency can raise the risk of everything from immune disorders to colds and flu, according to recent research. But testing for a vitamin D deficiency may raise more questions ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Is Hand Soap Dangerous?

    Is Hand Soap Dangerous?
    You probably don't want to know, because chances are good that it contains something kind of awful called triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial/antifungal that is so widely used that it is found in the urine of 75 percent of the population according to the CDC, and has also been found in human breast milk. This despite there being truckloads of scientific ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks

    Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks
    ATLANTA – A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations, according to a new study that is considered the best and longest-term research to show such a link. The rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic

    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic
    GENEVA — The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday – the first global flu epidemic in 41 years – as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
    Published almost 5 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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Swine Flu Goes Person-to-Pig; Could it Jump Back?

    Swine Flu Goes Person-to-Pig; Could it Jump Back?
    MEXICO CITY – Now that the swine flu virus has passed from a farmworker to pigs, could it jump back to people? The question is important, because crossing species again could make it more deadly. The never-before-seen virus was created when genes from pig, bird and human viruses mixed together inside a pig. Experts fear the virus that has gone from ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Congress To Hold Hearing on Peanut Butter Recall

    Congress To Hold Hearing on Peanut Butter Recall
    WASHINGTON – A congressman has announced the first public hearing on the salmonella outbreak that's being blamed on tainted peanut butter. California Democrat Henry Waxman says he wants to focus on the Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of the investigation, which has led to a massive recall. More than 500 people have gotten sick in the outbreak, and at ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Nation's First Face Transplant Patient Shows Face

    Nation's First Face Transplant Patient Shows Face
    CLEVELAND - Five years ago, a shotgun blast left a ghastly hole where the middle of her face had been. Five months ago, she received a new face from a dead woman. Connie Culp stepped forward Tuesday to show off the results of the nation's first face transplant, and her new look was a far cry from the puckered, noseless sight ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Patients Treat Serious Illness as Laughing Matter

    Patients Treat Serious Illness as Laughing Matter
    NEW YORK — The off-color jokes flew around the room. As the anecdotes got bawdier, the laughter intensified. Some recited from memory, others read from notebooks they brought along. The setting for the hilarity was the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center at Montefiore Hospital. The participants were cancer patients, some with advanced stages of the illness. They were taking part in the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Get a Real Value Meal with LEAN CUISINE(R)

    At LEAN CUISINE®, we believe in food that’s good for you AND good for your wallet! That’s why we offer over 100 dishes that combine convenience, great taste and nutrition…all within your budget. Now that’s a “value meal” you can feel good about! With so many good choices, it’s easy for you to stay on track without spending a fortune. You ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says

    Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says
    How happy you are may depend on how happy your friends' friends' friends are, even if you don't know them at all. And a cheery next-door neighbor has more effect on your happiness than your spouse's mood. So says a new study that followed a large group of people for 20 years — happiness is more contagious than previously thought. "Your ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies, Leaving Twins

    Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies, Leaving Twins
    MADRID – She devoted years to caring for her mother, who died at age 101. Then Maria del Carmen Bousada embarked on a quest to become a mom herself. She lied to a California fertility clinic to skirt its age limit, and later pointed to her mother's longevity as a reason to expect she'd be around to care for her kids. ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Study Finds Hospitals Speeding Heart Attack Care

    Study Finds Hospitals Speeding Heart Attack Care
    WASHINGTON - Hospitals are giving faster care to lots more heart attack patients, a speed-up sure to be saving lives. More than three-quarters of people suffering major heart attacks are getting their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arriving in the emergency room, says a Yale University study of 831 hospitals that participated in a major campaign to accelerate that ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Pa. Hand-Transplant Patient Looks Forward to Feeling Wife's Hands

    Pa. Hand-Transplant Patient Looks Forward to Feeling Wife's Hands
    PITTSBURGH — From a Pennsylvania hospital bed, Jeff Kepner says he is looking forward to being able to feel his wife's and his daughter's hands when he holds them. The 57-year-old Augusta, Ga., man is the nation's first double hand transplant patient. He held hands with his wife Valarie on Thursday as he talked to news reporters about his recovery at ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Swine Flu Vaccine Efforts Accelerated

    Swine Flu Vaccine Efforts Accelerated
    Scientists worldwide are accelerating their efforts to develop a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus, a U.S. trade publication in biotechnology. "It can take five or six months to come up with an entirely novel influenza vaccine," John Sterling, editor in chief of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, said in a statement. "There is a great deal of hope that biotech ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Does Cold Weather REALLY Make Arthritis Worse?

    Does Cold Weather REALLY Make Arthritis Worse?
    A common misconception about arthritis is that it is an inevitable part of ageing. In fact, while osteoarthritis (OA) - the most common form of the disease - does tend to affect older people, it is not caused by ageing and it does not affect everyone. And there are increasing numbers of younger sufferers. OA affects 8.5million people in the UK, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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) ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Should Medical Records Go Electronic?

    hospitals could save billions of dollars, which could in turn be spent on better care. Do you think they should be electronic?
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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