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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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    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 ...
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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 ...
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    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym

    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym
    For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option. But the human version may not be the most effective. Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone with a gym membership, researchers have found. On average they exercise the animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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. ...
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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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    Folic Acid Even More Baby-Protective Than Thought

    Folic Acid Even More Baby-Protective Than Thought
    WASHINGTON — Baby-protecting folic acid is getting renewed attention: Not only does it fight spina bifida and some related abnormalities, new research shows it also may prevent premature birth and heart defects. Now pregnancy specialists are asking if it's time for the government to boost the amount being added to certain foods to help ensure mothers-to-be get enough. But for older ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Researchers Find More American Women May Be Obese Than Thought

    Researchers Find More American Women May Be Obese Than Thought
    One-half of white women and more than two-thirds of Hispanic women in the United States may be obese by an international standard, researchers said. Lead author Dr. Mahbubur Rahman of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston said current U.S. National Institutes of Health body mass index values may not account for ethnic differences, and almost half of the reproductive-age ...
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    Ground Beef Recalled Over E. coli Illnesses

    Ground Beef Recalled Over E. coli Illnesses
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A New York meat company has recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with a bacteria that has caused illness and one death, according to health officials. The meat sold by Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms was linked to cases of E. coli-related illness in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
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    Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message

    Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message
    TRENTON, N.J. — "Hey baby, you OK?" Mike asks his girlfriend as she sits down next to him. "Yeah, I'm OK," Toni says, and she puts her head on his shoulder. Mike thinks it's safe to move in for a kiss. "Slow down," she says, pushing him back. "Just because I've decided to take you back, it doesn't erase the fact ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Parents Fight For Diabetic Kids' Rights

    Parents Fight For Diabetic Kids' Rights
    Her diabetic son wasn't allowed to prick his finger in school to test his blood sugar, and some days the nurse wasn't available, so Kari Christiansen would drive there every two hours to make sure he didn't suffer a serious reaction. Christiansen had to shuttle the then-kindergartner's blood-testing device back and forth from Westchester Primary School. It was banned from the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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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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    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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Food Poisoning Strikes 1 in 4 Americans Each Year

    Food Poisoning Strikes 1 in 4 Americans Each Year
    ATLANTA – Next time you have a case of diarrhea that lasts a day or more, chances are better than 1 in 3 that it was food poisoning. As many as a quarter of Americans suffer a foodborne illness each year — though only a fraction of those cases get linked to high-profile outbreaks like the recent salmonella-peanut scare, according to ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Once-a-Day Heart Combo Pill Shows Promise in Study

    Once-a-Day Heart Combo Pill Shows Promise in Study
    ORLANDO, Fla. – It's been a dream for a decade: a single daily pill combining aspirin, cholesterol medicine and blood pressure drugs — everything people need to prevent heart attacks and strokes in a cheap, generic form. Skeptics said five medicines rolled into a single pill would mean five times more side effects. Some people would get drugs they don't need, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Quintuplets Born at New York Hospital

    Quintuplets Born at New York Hospital
    NEW YORK — They're first-time parents — five times over. A set of quintuplets was born Saturday at Staten Island University Hospital, spokesman Christian Preston said. He said the four girls, one boy and their mother were doing well. Preston declined to give the family's name, but Tony Scherillo told the Staten Island Advance the parents are his daughter and son-in-law, ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    First US Swine Flu Death, Spread Deepens in Europe

    First US Swine Flu Death, Spread Deepens in Europe
    WASHINGTON — Virulent swine flu swept deeper into Europe Wednesday, extending its global reach as President Barack Obama mourned the first U.S. death, a Mexican toddler in Texas, and said wider school closings in the United States may be necessary. Total U.S. cases surged to nearly 100. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was questioned closely by senators at a hearing in ...
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Farmers Market Serves Health Care Workers

    New Farmers Market Serves Health Care Workers
    Doctors and nurses need their fruits and vegetables, too. A new farmers market opened last week to serve health care workers, medical students and visitors at the Washington University School of Medicine campus at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the Central West End. The school's Wellness Council came up with the idea, knowing that health care workers and students work long hours and ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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