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    House Permits Needle Exchange Programs

    House Permits Needle Exchange Programs
    WASHINGTON – The House voted Friday to lift a ban on using taxpayer dollars for needle exchange programs for intravenous drug users intended to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases. The vote to lift a longstanding ban on federal aid for such programs — in place since 1988 — came after a brief but passionate debate on an amendment ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Consumers Pay $34 Billion for Alternative Medicine

    Consumers Pay $34 Billion for Alternative Medicine
    ATLANTA — Americans spend more than a 10th of their out-of-pocket health care dollars on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such spending in more than a decade. Chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and herbal remedies are commanding significant consumer dollars as people seek high-touch care in a high-tech society, the report released Thursday by the government shows. Altogether, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving, But Don't Line Up Yet

    Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving, But Don't Line Up Yet
    WASHINGTON - And we're off: Swine flu vaccinations begin Monday with squirts in the noses scheduled for some doctors, nurses and other health workers in Indiana and Tennessee, a first step in a hugely ambitious campaign to try to inoculate over half the population in a few months. But don't start bugging your doctor about an appointment just yet. This week's ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    US, Other Nations Stop Counting Pandemic Flu Cases

    US, Other Nations Stop Counting Pandemic Flu Cases
    ATLANTA - U.S. health officials have lost track of how many illnesses and deaths have been caused by the first global flu epidemic in 40 years. And they did it on purpose. Government doctors stopped counting swine flu cases in July, when they estimated more than 1 million were infected in this country. The number of deaths has been sitting at ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Nurse Sees Benefit in Marijuana Use

    Nurse Sees Benefit in Marijuana Use
    A Wilson nurse is among a group lobbying the N.C. General Assembly to legalize marijuana for medical use. Ann Hodges is hopeful that North Carolina will become the 14th state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for treatment of glaucoma, pain, nausea and other medical conditions. "It would mean a return to my quality of life every day," she said Thursday ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Health Workers Didn't Take Swine Flu Precautions

    Health Workers Didn't Take Swine Flu Precautions
    ATLANTA - The first study of U.S. health care workers with swine flu found that many didn't do enough to protect themselves against the virus. Researchers focused on 13 nurses and other health care workers who were likely infected at work in the early days of the U.S. outbreak. They found that only half always wore gloves, and even fewer routinely ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    PA Secretary of Health 'Walks the Walk' to Kick Off National Public Health Week

    PA Secretary of Health 'Walks the Walk' to Kick Off National Public Health Week
    Department of Health Secretary Everette James today kicked off National Public Health Week by leading a lunchtime fitness walk around the Capitol complex to bring awareness to the need for all Pennsylvanians to take control of their own health. "As the state agency with the mission to promote healthy lifestyles, we realize that we cannot just talk about the health of ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Farrah Fawcett Treated for Cancer's Spread to Liver

    Farrah Fawcett Treated for Cancer's Spread to Liver
    NEW YORK – Farrah Fawcett is being treated for anal cancer that has spread to her liver and has been hospitalized for a complication from a routine treatment, a producer who worked with the actress and her doctor said Monday. In separate phone interviews with The Associated Press, Fawcett's producer and her doctor said that Fawcett is in a Los Angeles ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Mississippi Has Highest Teen Birth Rate

    Mississippi Has Highest Teen Birth Rate
    ATLANTA – Mississippi now has the nation's highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing Texas and New Mexico for that lamentable title, according to a new federal report released Wednesday. Mississippi's rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The teen pregnancy rate in Texas and New Mexico was ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Research Suggests Children Can Recover from Autism

    Research Suggests Children Can Recover from Autism
    CHICAGO – Leo Lytel was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. But by age 9 he had overcome the disorder. His progress is part of a growing body of research that suggests at least 10 percent of children with autism can "recover" from it — most of them after undergoing years of intensive behavioral therapy. Skeptics question the phenomenon, but University ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    5 "Women's Diseases" Your Husband Can Get

    5 "Women's Diseases" Your Husband Can Get
    It’s hard to escape the flagrant gender labeling in our society. Dolls and the color pink are associated with girls, while guys are assigned GI Joes and the “manly” color blue. And the trend doesn’t stop at childhood, either. Even the medical industry tends to ascribe certain diseases to men or women, even when both sexes run the risk of developing ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Radiation Levels and Their Effects on People

    If you're at all like me, while watching the nuclear crisis unfold at Fukushima, you've been really confused by the reports of levels of radiation released at the plants, and at various locations nearby. One report, for instance, says that "radiation levels near the stricken plant on the northeast coast reached as high as 400 millisieverts (mSv) an hour." But what ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Groups: Swine Flu Focus Bad for Other Diseases

    Groups: Swine Flu Focus Bad for Other Diseases
    GENEVA – Diseases killing millions of people all over the world are being neglected at this year's World Health Assembly because of fears about swine flu and its potential to become a pandemic, health campaigners said Wednesday. Medecins Sans Frontieres said it was upset that discussions were postponed on fighting Chagas disease, a scourge in Latin American countries. Cancer and diabetes ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    More States Took In Expired Meds in 2009

    More States Took In Expired Meds in 2009
    LAYTON, Utah – A steel mailbox-sized bin in the lobby of a police department in northern Utah was full again, crammed with half-full prescription bottles, over-the-counter cold meds and even an odd topical cream from 1983. "It's anything and everything," Layton police evidence supervisor Holly Plotnick said as she and a co-worker transferred 28 pounds of medications into a garbage bag ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Heart Group Lists 7 Essentials for Heart Health

    Heart Group Lists 7 Essentials for Heart Health
    DALLAS – Here are the seven secrets to a long life: Stay away from cigarettes. Keep a slender physique. Get some exercise. Eat a healthy diet and keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar in check. Research shows that most 50-year-olds who do that can live another 40 years free of stroke and heart disease, two of the most common ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Moving Nation From Sick Care Toward Wellness Care

    Moving Nation From Sick Care Toward Wellness Care
    WASHINGTON – Popping a pill can cut your cholesterol. But did the doctor also prescribe cutting the stress that's eroding your immune system? Or teach you how to exercise without worsening painful joints? Think 3 Ps: Good health care is preventive, predictive and personalized, a rarity today in a crisis-oriented care system far better at treating disease than keeping it at ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    How Heart Handles Anger Predicts Irregular Beat

    How Heart Handles Anger Predicts Irregular Beat
    WASHINGTON – How the heart handles anger seems to predict who's at risk for a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. Negative emotions like hostility and depression have long been considered risks for developing heart disease, and deaths from cardiac arrest rise after disasters such as earthquakes. But research released Monday goes a step farther, uncovering a telltale pattern in the EKGs of certain ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Kids with Obesity-Linked Gene Like Fattening Foods

    Kids with Obesity-Linked Gene Like Fattening Foods
    NEW YORK – Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach for the french fries instead of an apple. It could be a gene that's been linked to an increased risk of obesity. A study of children found those with a common variation of the gene tend to overeat high-calorie foods. They ate 100 extra calories per meal, which ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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