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Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

Posted: 07/02/2014 - PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Oklahoma man is slowly gaining strength at a Pittsburgh hospital with a second set of transplanted lungs in a procedure that was possible only through a device that until now hasn't been used in the U.S.

Warning signs and how to prevent a drowning

Updated: 06/19/2014 - DENISON, TX -- As the temperatures rise in Texoma, lifeguards and emergency crews are concerned about an increase in drowning accidents as more people hit the water.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

Posted: 06/17/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty - a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

Safe Family: BB gun problems

Posted: 05/22/2014 - IOWA -- An Iowa woman is warning parents about the dangers of BB guns. She was hit in the chest and it is now lodged in her body. Vanessa Peng has her story in today's safe family report.

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

Posted: 04/21/2014 - CHICAGO (AP) - Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

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  • Countries at heart of Ebola outbreak see first virus-free week

    Moses Duo, 9, receives a certificate for being cured of the Ebola virus in Paynesville, LiberiaThe three West African countries at the heart of an Ebola epidemic recorded their first week with no new cases since the outbreak was declared in March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The U.N. agency said that more than 11,000 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the world's worst known occurrence of Ebola, but there were no new cases in the week to Oct. 4. "Over 500 contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea, and several high-risk contacts associated with active and recently active chains of transmission in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been lost to follow-up," it said in its situation report.

  • Brain trauma widespread among high school football players, researchers say
    More than half of the players participating in the trials showed signs of altered neurological function and dramatic changes to the wiring and biochemistry of their brains, according to a series of studies published by the Purdue Neurotrauma Group. Some of them heal and some of them don't by the time they start playing their next season and that was the thing that really got us nervous," he added.  The researchers placed sensors on the athletes to record impact forces and coupled that data with brain scans and cognitive tests to track neurological function over the course of the trial.
  • Obama apologizes for Afghan hospital attack, MSF demands independent probe

    Saulnier MSF legal counsel gestures next to Liu President of MSF International during a news conference in GenevaBy Stephanie Nebehay and Daniel Bases GENEVA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres on Wednesday demanded an independent international commission to investigate the deadly U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and President Barack Obama apologized to the medical charity. MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, which deems the attack a war crime, urged Obama to consent to a humanitarian commission established under the Geneva Conventions, even though neither the United States nor Afghanistan were signatories to the commission.

  • Nobel-winning research could help people beat cancer

    The model of a DNA stands on a desk during a press conference to announce the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 7, 2015 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in StockholmUnderstanding how our cells repair damaged DNA, a breakthrough which earned the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday, could make cancer treatment more effective, experts say. By revealing how our cells automatically fix DNA mutations which can lead to illness, the discovery opened the door to significantly improving chemotherapy's effectiveness against cancer, which kills some eight million people worldwide each year. "You can use this knowledge to destroy cancer," said Nora Goosen, a DNA repair expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

  • Obama apologizes to MSF for air strike on hospital: White House

    U.S. President Barack Obama listens as he is introduced to speak at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama telephoned the head of Medecins Sans Frontieres and apologized for a deadly air strike on the aid group's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 22 people over the weekend, the White House said on Wednesday. On the call with the medical charity's president, Joanne Liu, Obama also said the U.S. investigation into the incident would "provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident. MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is calling for an independent international fact-finding commission to probe the bombing, which it deems a war crime.

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