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    FDA Panel Recommends Smaller Doses of Painkillers

    FDA Panel Recommends Smaller Doses of Painkillers
    ADELPHI, Md. - Government experts say the maximum dose listed for Tylenol and dozens of other painkillers should be reduced to help curb deadly overdoses. In a series of votes Tuesday, a Food and Drug Administration panel endorsed lowering the maximum dose of over-the-counter acetaminophen - the key ingredient in Tylenol, Excedrin and other medications. But panelists rejected a proposal to ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Little Fighter: Baby Born at 23 Weeks Survives

    Little Fighter: Baby Born at 23 Weeks Survives
    She arrived four months early, so small that she could fit in the palm of her father's hand. Six months on, Jessica Hawkins is still on the tiny side - but has beaten the odds by growing into a healthy baby girl. Yesterday her mother Sam, 35, a child-care assessor, said: 'She has amazed us and all the hospital staff who ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 ...
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    US Swine Flu Cases May Have Hit 1 Million

    US Swine Flu Cases May Have Hit 1 Million
    ATLANTA — Swine flu has infected as many as 1 million Americans, U.S. health officials said Thursday, adding that 6 percent or more of some urban populations are infected. The estimate voiced by a government flu scientist Thursday was no surprise to the experts who have been closely watching the virus. "We knew diagnosed cases were just the tip of the ...
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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 ...
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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 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Report: Healthcare Costs to Rise 9% in 2010

    Report: Healthcare Costs to Rise 9% in 2010
    INDIANAPOLIS - Employers who offer health insurance coverage could see a 9 percent cost increase next year, and their workers may face an even bigger hit, according to a report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Costs will rise in part because workers worried about losing their jobs are using their health care more while they still have it, the firm said in ...
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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 5 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 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic

    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic
    GENEVA — The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday – the first global flu epidemic in 41 years – as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Swine Flu Vaccine Efforts Accelerated

    Swine Flu Vaccine Efforts Accelerated
    Scientists worldwide are accelerating their efforts to develop a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus, a U.S. trade publication in biotechnology. "It can take five or six months to come up with an entirely novel influenza vaccine," John Sterling, editor in chief of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, said in a statement. "There is a great deal of hope that biotech ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10-Year-Old SoCal Girl Copes with Breast Cancer

    10-Year-Old SoCal Girl Copes with Breast Cancer
    LA MIRADA, Calif. — Ten-year-old Hannah Powell-Auslam is trying to remain brave as she copes with a rare form of breast cancer. "I feel like a kid inside but sometimes I feel like an adult, when I'm always at the hospital," Hannah told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired Wednesday. The fifth-grader at Escalona Elementary School in this ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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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    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 ...
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    US Cancer Death Rate Drops Again in 2006

    US Cancer Death Rate Drops Again in 2006
    ATLANTA – The U.S. cancer death rate fell again in 2006, a new analysis shows, continuing a slow downward trend that experts attribute to declines in smoking, earlier detection and better treatment. About 560,000 people died of cancer that year, according to an American Cancer Society report released Wednesday. The new numbers show the death rate fell by less than 2 ...
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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 ...
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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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    H1N1 Cases Near 10,000 Worldwide

    H1N1 Cases Near 10,000 Worldwide
    Forty countries have officially reported 9,830 cases of H1N1 flu, including 79 deaths, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, said Tuesday. The H1N1 flu, formerly known as swine flu, presented mainly mild cases outside the outbreak in Mexico, said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director general when addressing the 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva last week. Mexican health officials blamed ...
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