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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.

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  • Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget

    President Obama meets with his national security team in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance for its cost and reliance on tax hikes to fund domestic priorities. Obama, a Democrat who leaves office next January, sought to outline his fiscal and political vision for the country with proposed investments in infrastructure, cyber security, education, and job growth. Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, called it a "manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans." The budget envisions a deficit of $503 billion in fiscal 2017 after a $616 billion budget gap in the current fiscal year ending on Sept. 30.


  • Sleep deprivation tied to more false confessions
    People who are sleep deprived are 4.5 times more likely to sign a false confession than those who got a full night's rest before signing, researchers found. "I think it's important for the legal community and jurors to do what they can to accurately and reliably assess evidence including confession evidence," said study author Shari Berkowitz, of California State University, Dominguez Hills. False confessions are implicated in about 15 to 25 percent of those cases, the authors note.
  • Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes paid family leave for state workers

    Minnesota Gov Dayton speaks to mreporters after signing bills in St. PaulIf the legislature approves, Minnesota would join California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in having paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. All 35,000 Minnesota state employees would be eligible for the benefit, which would amount to an average of $6,200 in wages workers would receive instead of having to take unpaid leave.


  • Republican senator: Obama administration already has funds for Zika
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has no immediate need for funding to combat the Zika virus because money remains unspent from fighting the two-year-long Ebola outbreak, a member of the Republican Senate leadership said on Tuesday. "We all believe this needs to be dealt with," said Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, who will chair a hearing about Zika on Thursday.
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor hospitalized, husband hopes she will live to 100

    File photo of Zsa Zsa Gabor in Beverly HillsAiling movie actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday awaiting surgery, her husband said, adding that he hoped the star of Hollywood's golden age would survive to celebrate her 100th birthday in a year's time. Gabor's ninth husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, told Reuters Gabor was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center on Monday after having difficulty breathing. Gabor, the Hungarian-born star of 1950s films "Moulin Rouge" and "Lili" who turned 99 on February 6, has been confined to her home for years following the 2011 amputation of her leg and other complications.


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