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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 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Flu Overhyped? Some Say Officials 'Cried Swine'

    Flu Overhyped? Some Say Officials 'Cried Swine'
    CHICAGO — Did government health officials "cry swine" when they sounded the alarm on what looked like a threatening new flu? The so-far mild swine flu outbreak has many people saying all the talk about a devastating global epidemic was just fear-mongering hype. But that's not how public health officials see it, calling complacency the thing that keeps them up at ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Texas Confirms First Flu Death of US Resident

    McALLEN, Texas - Texas health officials have confirmed the first death of a United States resident with swine flu. Few details were immediately released. But health officials say the patient who died earlier this week was a woman in her 30s who lived in Cameron County, along the U.S.-Mexico border. Carrie Williams, spokeswoman with the Texas Department of State Health Services, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Nation's First Face Transplant Patient Shows Face

    Nation's First Face Transplant Patient Shows Face
    CLEVELAND - Five years ago, a shotgun blast left a ghastly hole where the middle of her face had been. Five months ago, she received a new face from a dead woman. Connie Culp stepped forward Tuesday to show off the results of the nation's first face transplant, and her new look was a far cry from the puckered, noseless sight ...
    Published almost 5 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 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Virus No More Dangerous Than Other Influenzas, Officials Contend

    Virus No More Dangerous Than Other Influenzas, Officials Contend
    Arizona's public health officials are realizing swine flu appears no more dangerous than the annual outbreaks of other influenza viruses. So they're thinking about scaling down the response when a case is confirmed. Now they hope the public will follow their lead. On the same day it was determined the Valley is home to three more sick schoolchildren, authorities pleaded with ...
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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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    Pandemic-Preparedness Money Stripped from Stimulus

    Pandemic-Preparedness Money Stripped from Stimulus
    WASHINGTON — Congress stripped nearly $900 million to combat an influenza pandemic from the economic-stimulus package earlier this year as part of last-minute negotiations to gain GOP support for the plan. Now, with the spread of a potentially deadly strain of the swine flu, public-health advocates and liberal bloggers are sharply criticizing the move. Key Democratic lawmakers, including Iowa Sen. Tom ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Administration Declares Health Emergency

    Administration Declares Health Emergency
    WASHINGTON — Warning that the worst is yet to come, U.S. officials Sunday declared the rapid spread of swine flu to be a public health emergency and freed up 12.5 million doses of antiviral medication to help fight the disease, which has now infected 20 people in five states. The move comes as state and local authorities, the Centers for Disease ...
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    Hearts Need Less Stress

    Hearts Need Less Stress
    Batesville, Ind. - "We had a lot of people in this area die of heart disease recently. They never got that second chance," reported Barb Luff, Margaret Mary Community Hospital cardiac rehab coordinator. That got the attention of close to 40 Batesville employees during a wellness meeting March 31. About half of people who have cardiac arrest die before they can ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Swine Flu Cases Up to 7; Officials Expand Probe

    Swine Flu Cases Up to 7; Officials Expand Probe
    ATLANTA - Health officials are investigating a never-before-seen form of the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses and which has infected seven people in California and Texas. All the victims recovered, but the cases are a growing medical mystery because it's unclear how they caught the virus. None of the seven people were in contact with pigs, which is ...
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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 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    When Unhealthy Foods Hijack Overeaters' Brains

    When Unhealthy Foods Hijack Overeaters' Brains
    WASHINGTON – Food hijacked Dr. David Kessler's brain. Not apples or carrots. The scientist who once led the government's attack on addictive cigarettes can't wander through part of San Francisco without craving a local shop's chocolate-covered pretzels. Stop at one cookie? Rarely. It's not an addiction but it's similar, and he's far from alone. Kessler's research suggests millions share what he ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 ...
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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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Cancer Survivors Take to the Road to Help Patients

    Cancer Survivors Take to the Road to Help Patients
    Betty Beeson says the hardest thing about being a driver for the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program is she doesn't get called on enough. Not enough people know about it, she says. Road to Recovery is a free program for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society matches patients with drivers who take them to and from the hospital for ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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