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    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection

    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection
    A University of Chicago molecular genetics professor studying the origins of harmful bacteria died last weekend after contracting an infection linked to the plague, officials said Saturday. University hospital officials said there "does not appear to be a threat to the public" following the death of Malcolm J. Casadaban, 60, at the campus' Bernard Mitchell Hospital on Sept. 13. None of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth

    No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth
    CHICAGO — Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to snap staples into the stomach. The experimental, scar-free procedure creates a narrow passage that slows the food as it moves from the upper stomach into the lower stomach, helping patients feel ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Nurse-Nutritionist Says Michael Jackson, Bedeviled By Insomnia, Begged for Sedative

    Nurse-Nutritionist Says Michael Jackson, Bedeviled By Insomnia, Begged for Sedative
    LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson was so distraught over persistent insomnia in recent months that he pleaded for a powerful sedative despite warnings it could be harmful, says a nutritionist who was working with the singer as he prepared his comeback bid. Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse whose specialty includes nutritional counseling, said Tuesday that she repeatedly rejected his demands ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Salmonella Outbreak Spreads to 42 States

    Salmonella Outbreak Spreads to 42 States
    ATLANTA – Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak that reportedly has sickened nearly 400 people in 42 states, but they do not yet know exactly how the bacteria has been spreading. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not named all the states, but Ohio health officials have reported at least 50 people in 18 counties have been ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    What an Average American Woman Eats

    This graphic, from Visual Economics, breaks down the elements of our diet in pounds. The quantity of fruits and vegetables we eat is actually a little higher than I'd expect, though we still consume more sweets and sodium than we should. The chart also doesn't expose the extent to which corn goes into other foods. If you want to find ...
    Published almost 4 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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Resources for Flood Victims

    Resources for Flood Victims
    With Typhoon Ketsana brewing in the Pacific and drenching storms flooding southeast America, death tolls are rising as the need for disaster relief aid intensifies in these areas. If you live in one of these storm-tossed areas, be sure to follow these tips to stay safe, healthy and most importantly, alive. Flood-Related Injuries and Safety Guidelines Flood-related injuries and illnesses reported ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    The Price of Miracles

    The Price of Miracles
    For one long winter, Yvonne Freeman, then a pregnant mother of three, lived on the streets of Olneyville, with her children, ages 3, 6, and 9. Day by day, she worried about how to feed them, how to keep them warm. But she didn’t worry about the one growing inside her. That one, she figured, was safe. Her obstetrician chided her ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Mom's Cancer Diagnosis Challenges Bond with Son

    Mom's Cancer Diagnosis Challenges Bond with Son
    Mary Graham, a nursing aide who travels from home to home bathing people too ill to care for themselves, knows how sickness works - the way it sneaks up on the unsuspecting and tries to steal their breath away. She does her best to make her patients comfortable, but when that's no longer possible, when they are ready to let go ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Doctors See Economic Impact on Abortion, Birth Control

    Doctors See Economic Impact on Abortion, Birth Control
    The pregnant woman showed up at the medical center in flip-flops and in tears, after walking there to save bus fare. Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, and now — fearing harder times for her family — she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child. "This was a desired pregnancy — she'd ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    States, Hospitals Roll Out Emergency Plans

    States, Hospitals Roll Out Emergency Plans
    Health departments and hospitals are shifting into emergency mode as clusters of swine flu develop across the USA, and some are activating pandemic plans for the first time. Many states have declared a public health emergency in anticipation of a pandemic, a global epidemic in which the new flu strain spreads from person to person. Some of these states have requested ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    FDA Takes Issue with Cheerios

    FDA Takes Issue with Cheerios
    WASHINGTON – Federal regulators are scolding the maker of Cheerios, saying it made inappropriate claims about the popular cereal's ability to lower cholesterol and treat heart disease. The Food and Drug Administration says in a warning letter to General Mills that language on the Cheerios box suggests the cereal is designed to prevent or treat heart disease. Regulators say that only ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FDA Debates Tougher Cancer Warning on Tanning Beds

    FDA Debates Tougher Cancer Warning on Tanning Beds
    WASHINGTON – Just as millions head to tanning beds to prepare for spring break, the Food and Drug Administration will be debating how to toughen warnings that those sunlamps pose a cancer risk. Yes, sunburns are particularly dangerous. But there's increasing scientific consensus that there's no such thing as a safe tan, either. This is a message that Katie Donnar, 18, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Study: Calorie Count on Fast-Food Menus Gives Diners Pause

    Study: Calorie Count on Fast-Food Menus Gives Diners Pause
    WASHINGTON — People who used the calorie information available at fast-food chain restaurants in New York City bought 106 fewer calories' worth of food at lunch than those who didn't see or use the information, a study shows. Researchers at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene set out to analyze the impact of the city's menu labeling ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Changes in Emergency Rooms Cater to Older People

    Changes in Emergency Rooms Cater to Older People
    ST. LOUIS _ Muted lighting, warm blankets, supportive mattresses and a quieter environment are all part of an effort to meet the urgent needs of older patients at St. Louis's Des Peres Hospital, which opened geriatric emergency rooms this month. "85-year-old adults will typically access emergency departments twice a year," said Deborah Wilke, a registered nurse and director of Des Peres' ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Breast-Feeding May Help Protect Babies From Neglect

    Breast-Feeding May Help Protect Babies From Neglect
    Breast-feeding has well-documented benefits. Studies have shown it nourishes babies while fighting off infections and even boosting IQ. Now a study in Monday's Pediatrics suggests nursing also may protect infants from neglect. In a study of 6,621 Australian children over 15 years, researchers found that those who were breast-fed were far less likely to be neglected or abused by their mothers. ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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