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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.
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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.

Health overhaul signup ends, survives for now

Posted: 03/31/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Monday marks the end of the six-month sign-up period for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a highly controversial attempt to reduce the number of Americans without medical coverage, estimated at about 50 million.

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  • Die at home and cut the health cover-ups, Africans urge leaders

    File picture of Zambia's President Michael Chilufya Sata aat the UN headquarters in New YorkBy Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When dying Zambian president Michael Sata flew to London last week he was following a long line of African leaders who have sought emergency -- and secret -- medical treatment in foreign hospitals most of their citizens can only dream of. With Ebola exposing the poor state of the continent's healthcare systems, and mobile phones and social media undermining official attempts to control and suppress information, many Africans were unimpressed. ...


  • Liberians fast, pray for three days to break Ebola 'curse'

    Boys stand in treatment area at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit in LiberiaMONROVIA (Reuters) - (This Oct. 28 story has been corrected in seventh paragraph to make clear that Senegal, not Sierra Leone, was declared Ebola free) Liberians began three days of fasting and prayers on Wednesday to seek salvation from the "curse" of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed 2,705 people and infected 4,665 more in the West African country. The National Christian Ebola Task Force, an organization formed in September by different Christian denominations, urged Liberians to fast from dawn-to-dusk over the next three days. "Ebola is a virus from the devil. ...


  • Kimberly-Clark faces $500 million lawsuit over Ebola protection gear
    (Reuters) - A Southern California-based law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that Kimberly-Clark had falsely represented to health regulators and healthcare workers that its "MICROCOOL Breathable High Performance Surgical Gowns" are impermeable and provide protection against Ebola. ...
  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur address the media during an informal meeting with the news media outside their home in Fort Kent(Reuters) - A nurse in Maine, vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the New England state over an Ebola quarantine she calls scientifically unsound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride on Thursday, according to television images. Kaci Hickox left her home in the small northern Maine town of Fort Kent to take a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend, MSNBC and other networks reported. ...


  • Bianchi remains in critical but stable condition: family

    Marussia Formula One driver Bianchi of France speaks to the media after a news conference at the Suzuka circuitPARIS (Reuters) - Injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition, the Frenchman's family said on Thursday. "It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules’ accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi," Bianchi's family said in a statement released by his Marussia team on their website (www.marussiaf1team.com). "His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable." Bianchi has been in hospital since he crashed into a recovery tractor in the wet at the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. ...


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