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    Calif. Teen's Family Sues Cigna Over Transplant

    Calif. Teen's Family Sues Cigna Over Transplant
    LOS ANGELES – The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient has sued health insurance giant Cigna Corp. for her death in 2007 after the company initially refused to pay for a liver transplant. The lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the family's attorney, Mark Geragos, alleges breach of contract, unfair business practices and intentional infliction of ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Good Deeds Help Neighbors

    Good Deeds Help Neighbors
    A need unseen is often a need unmet, but many San Diegans opened their eyes wide this holiday season. They saw opportunities to turn their generous spirits into generous acts, especially as the economy sinks. These are only a few stories of giving, only a few of the people who stepped in when they noticed a need: a La Jolla ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    New Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer Risk Better

    New Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer Risk Better
    SAN ANTONIO – A new test to predict an ordinary woman's odds of getting breast cancer works better than a method doctors have relied on for decades, researchers reported Friday. The test is the first to combine dozens of genes and personal factors like age and childbearing to gauge risk in women who don't have a strong family history of the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Daschle to Oversee Obama's Health Care Reform

    Daschle to Oversee Obama's Health Care Reform
    CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to lead his effort to design an overhaul of the nation's health care system and shepherd it through Congress. Announcing his choice Thursday, Obama stressed the link between restoring the nation's dismal economy and making health coverage more affordable and accessible to Americans. "If we want to overcome ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Kids with Obesity-Linked Gene Like Fattening Foods

    Kids with Obesity-Linked Gene Like Fattening Foods
    NEW YORK – Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach for the french fries instead of an apple. It could be a gene that's been linked to an increased risk of obesity. A study of children found those with a common variation of the gene tend to overeat high-calorie foods. They ate 100 extra calories per meal, which ...
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    Cancer To Be World's Top Killer by 2010, WHO Says

    Cancer To Be World's Top Killer by 2010, WHO Says
    ATLANTA – Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world's top killer by 2010, part of a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030, international health experts reported Tuesday. Rising tobacco use in developing countries is believed to be a huge reason for the shift, particularly in China and India, where 40 percent of the ...
    Published over 5 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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Study: Gender Gap Remains For Heart Attack Care

    Study: Gender Gap Remains For Heart Attack Care
    NEW YORK (AP) — Women hospitalized with heart attacks still don't get the treatment they need and are more likely to die than men if they suffer a massive heart attack, a new study of U.S. hospitals shows. Overall, women survive heart attacks about as well as men when they are under a hospital's care. But the study found that a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Patients Treat Serious Illness as Laughing Matter

    Patients Treat Serious Illness as Laughing Matter
    NEW YORK — The off-color jokes flew around the room. As the anecdotes got bawdier, the laughter intensified. Some recited from memory, others read from notebooks they brought along. The setting for the hilarity was the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center at Montefiore Hospital. The participants were cancer patients, some with advanced stages of the illness. They were taking part in the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Burlington, Vt., is Nation's Healthiest City

    Burlington, Vt., is Nation's Healthiest City
    What's the healthiest city in America? It appears to be Burlington, Vt. Vermont's largest city is tops among U.S. metropolitan areas by having the largest proportion of people — 92 percent — who say they are in good or great health. It's also among the best in exercise and among the lowest in obesity, diabetes and other measures of ill health, ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Would You Want to Give Birth at Home?

    Would You Want to Give Birth at Home?
    The New York Times reports, oddly in their Home and Garden section, that there is an increasing number of women choosing to give birth at home because they feel more comfortable in their homes instead of the hospital. Julie Scelfo writes: “Home births have been around as long as humans, but since the 1950s, the overwhelming majority of American women have ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Unable to Reach Hospital in Time, Woman Gives Birth in Police Parking Lot

    Unable to Reach Hospital in Time, Woman Gives Birth in Police Parking Lot
    MITCHELL, Ont. — There was a quite a surprise for police early today in the parking lot of the provincial police detachment in Mitchell, Ont., just west of Stratford. A man was driving his pregnant wife to a hospital in Stratford just after 3 a.m., when the woman went into the final stages of labour. Her husband pulled into the provincial ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Obama vs. McCain: Whose Healthcare Plan Reigns Supreme?

    Obama vs. McCain: Whose Healthcare Plan Reigns Supreme?
    Presidential hopefuls, Barack Obama and John McCain, both want healthcare coverage for all Americans, but they have very different ways of going about securing affordable insurance for all. Obama's plan involves a heavier government hand, including subsidies and coverage of all children. McCain's plan, on the other hand, relies on individual responsibility. *Which healthcare plan do you think will win over ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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