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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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    HIV Blood From '90s Infected 74 in China

    HIV Blood From '90s Infected 74 in China
    HIV-contaminated blood sold to a Chinese hospital in the 1990s and used in transfusions has infected 74 people, a health official said. The director of a health center in central China discovered in 2003 a patient with HIV had sold his blood to the hospital, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday. The hospital traced all blood sellers and receivers before ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Washington State to Allow 'Dignity' Deaths

    Washington State to Allow 'Dignity' Deaths
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication in Washington state. But even though the "Death with Dignity" law takes effect Thursday, people who might seek the life-ending prescriptions could find their doctors conflicted or not willing to write them. Many doctors are ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Atkins Diet May Shrink Brain and Boost Alzheimer's Risk

    Atkins Diet May Shrink Brain and Boost Alzheimer's Risk
    High-protein diets may shrink the brain as well as the waistline, raising the risk of Alzheimer's disease in later life. In tests, the brains of mice fed Atkins-like diets, rich in protein and low in carbohydrate, were five per cent lighter than those of other creatures. Importantly, areas key to memory were underdeveloped. Although it is unclear if high protein ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    School Nurses Don't Know How They'll Isolate Sick Kids

    School Nurses Don't Know How They'll Isolate Sick Kids
    There's no place to isolate sick, feverish kids if swine flu hits hard at the city's most overcrowded schools, nurses are warning. Health rules require staffers to put masks on schoolchildren with fevers of 100 degrees or higher and place them in a separate room so the airborne H1N1 virus doesn't spread. Dozens of schools, however, are functioning at more than ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    New Study: Smoking and Second Hand Smoke Cause Brain Damage

    New Study: Smoking and Second Hand Smoke Cause Brain Damage
    Move over alcohol, brain damage has a new buddy New research is set to be published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurochemistry that looks to offer yet another damning medical argument against smoking and allowing second hand smoke in public locations. The new report finds that Tobacco smoke contains a compound which can cause brain damage. The new ...
    Published over 5 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 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study: Vaccinating School Kids Best Way to Stop Flu

    Study: Vaccinating School Kids Best Way to Stop Flu
    WASHINGTON--New research says the best way to protect society's most vulnerable from the flu: Vaccinate school-age children and their parents. Kids already top the U.S. government's priority list for swine-flu shots this year because that new influenza strain targets the young. That's unusual, as flu usually is most dangerous to older adults. But Thursday's study, in the journal Science, says vaccinating ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Too Sick to Work? Need Health Care? Take a Number

    Too Sick to Work? Need Health Care? Take a Number
    WASHINGTON – Master toolmaker John McClain built machine parts with details so small they couldn't be seen with the naked eye. Then a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer. Shalonda Frederick managed a bakery, and decorated cakes for special occasions. One day her face and hands, and her arms and legs, started clenching up. Then she fell off ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Doctors Say More Ovary Transplants Possible

    LONDON – Two new techniques to preserve and transplant ovaries might give women a better chance to fight their biological clocks and have children when they are older, doctors announced Monday. In the past, scientists have performed ovarian transplants in women with cancer, since chemotherapy often causes infertility. Doctors typically take out patients' ovaries before the toxic treatment begins and then ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    First US Count Finds 1 in 200 Kids Are Vegetarian

    First US Count Finds 1 in 200 Kids Are Vegetarian
    Sam Silverman is co-captain of his high school football team — a safety accustomed to bruising collisions. But that's nothing compared with the abuse he gets for being a vegetarian. "I get a lot of flak for it in the locker room," said the 16-year-old junior at Westborough High School in Massachusetts. "All the time, my friends try to get me ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    A Taste of Help to Keep Cancer Patients' Pounds Up

    A Taste of Help to Keep Cancer Patients' Pounds Up
    WASHINGTON - The statistic is shocking: Severe malnutrition and weight loss play a role in at least one in five cancer deaths. Yet nutrition too often is an afterthought until someone's already in trouble. A move is on to change that, from hospitals that hire fancy gourmet chefs to the American Cancer Society's dietitians-on-call phone service. With cancer, you've got to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Largest-Ever Study of US Child Health Begins

    Largest-Ever Study of US Child Health Begins
    WASHINGTON – Scientists begin recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York this week for the largest study of U.S. children ever performed — aiming eventually to track 100,000 around the country from conception to age 21. "We are embarking on the road to discovering the preventable causes of the major chronic diseases that plague American children today," Dr. Philip Landrigan ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Can a Mop Fight Swine Flu? Docs Say Probably Not

    Can a Mop Fight Swine Flu? Docs Say Probably Not
    NEW YORK — In scores of schools across the United States, the mop has been the weapon of choice in the fight against swine flu. When hundreds of children fell ill with the virus at a Queens high school last month, authorities promptly closed the building and spent days disinfecting desks and tables and running the ventilation system on full blast. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Report: US Fails to Fight High Blood Pressure

    Report: US Fails to Fight High Blood Pressure
    WASHINGTON - A critical new report declares high blood pressure in the U.S. to be a neglected disease - a term that usually describes mysterious tropical illnesses, not a well-known plague of rich countries. The prestigious Institute of Medicine said Monday that even though nearly one in three adults has hypertension, and it's on the rise, fighting it apparently has fallen ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Mass. Town Takes Steps to Trim Fat (Really), Healthcare Costs

    Mass. Town Takes Steps to Trim Fat (Really), Healthcare Costs
    Kelle Shugrue's 7-year-old son eats fresh fruit and vegetables at his public school, rides his bike along neighborhood paths and walked to school last week as part of a community effort to get kids moving. The Shugrue family lives in Somerville, Mass., a Boston suburb hailed by health advocates for its seven-year investment in programs fighting childhood obesity and encouraging healthful ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Millions of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combos

    Millions of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combos
    CHICAGO – At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix — from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to aspirin and ginkgo capsules — a new study warns. Among older men, the numbers are particularly alarming — one in 10 are taking potentially harmful combinations, according to the study. The ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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