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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 over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Brain Injury Victims Can Seem OK, Symptoms Delayed

    Brain Injury Victims Can Seem OK, Symptoms Delayed
    At first, Natasha Richardson said she felt fine after she took a spill on a Canadian ski slope. But that's not unusual for people who suffer traumatic head injuries like the one that killed the actress. Doctors say sometimes patients with brain injuries have what's called a "lucid interval" where they act fine for an hour or more as the brain ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Pregnancy Likely to Be Swine Flu Shot Priority

    Pregnancy Likely to Be Swine Flu Shot Priority
    ATLANTA – Swine flu has been hitting pregnant women unusually hard, so they are likely to be among the first group advised to get a new swine flu shot this fall. Pregnant women account for 6 percent of U.S. swine flu deaths since the pandemic began in April, even though they make up just 1 percent of the U.S. population. On ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    No Smoking: Historic Vote Could Bring New Limits

    No Smoking: Historic Vote Could Bring New Limits
    WASHINGTON - The Senate struck a historic blow against smoking in America Thursday, voting overwhelmingly to give regulators new power to limit nicotine in the cigarettes that kill nearly a half-million people a year, to drastically curtail ads that glorify tobacco and to ban flavored products aimed at spreading the habit to young people. President Barack Obama, who has spoken of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 6 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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Novartis Says They've Produced First Batch of H1N1 Vaccine

    Novartis Says They've Produced First Batch of H1N1 Vaccine
    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said Friday it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines, the company said. The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization declared swine flu, also known ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    New Method Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

    New Method Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
    Australian biomedical scientists report they have identified a new way to treat prostate cancer. Researchers at the Monash University in Melbourne used a drug compound to selectively activate the prostate's beta estrogen receptor cells. Study co-author Gail Risbridger says this has the effect of targeting for cell death a small but important population of cells in the prostate cancer tumor that ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Study: Family Behavior Key to Health of Gay Youth

    Study: Family Behavior Key to Health of Gay Youth
    SAN FRANCISCO – Young gay people whose parents or guardians responded negatively when they revealed their sexual orientation were more likely to attempt suicide, experience severe depression and use drugs than those whose families accepted the news, according to a new study. The way in which parents or guardians respond to a youth's sexual orientation profoundly influences the child's mental health ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 about 6 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 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Expectant Moms Packing on Too Many Pounds

    Expectant Moms Packing on Too Many Pounds
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eating for two? New guidelines are setting how much weight women should gain during pregnancy -- surprisingly little if they're already overweight. The most important message: Get to a healthy weight before you conceive, says the Institute of Medicine in the first national recommendations on pregnancy weight since 1990. It's healthiest for the mother -- less chance of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    How To Help Patients Make Wiser Health Choices

    How To Help Patients Make Wiser Health Choices
    WASHINGTON – It's one of medicine's uncomfortable truths: That blood test for prostate cancer is far from perfect. Would as many men take a PSA test if they knew? Or consider treatment for early breast cancer: Is saving the breast worth all the extra doctor visits for radiation or would you prefer the whole breast removed in one trip? There's no ...
    Published almost 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 almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Wash. State has First Death Under New Suicide Law

    Wash. State has First Death Under New Suicide Law
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to die under Washington state's new assisted suicide law, an advocacy group said Friday. Linda Fleming, of Sequim, died Thursday night after taking drugs prescribed under the "Death with Dignity" law that took effect in March, said Compassion & Choices of Washington. The organization says Fleming was ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Bad Boss Can Cause Heart Attack

    Bad Boss Can Cause Heart Attack
    Sick and tired of your lousy boss? It's more than a mere irritation. It could kill you. Swedish researchers report today that workers saddled for four years with managers who were inconsiderate, opaque, uncommunicative, and poor advocates were about 60 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or other life-threatening cardiac condition. By contrast, employees whose managers exhibited robust leadership ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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