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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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  • For diabetes in obesity, weight-loss surgery beats medication

    A man crosses a main road as pedestrians carrying food walk along the footpath in central Sydney, AustraliaBy Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - Weight-loss surgery beats medication for controlling type 2 diabetes in obese people, according to the longest-term trial ever to compare the two approaches. Half of the patients treated with weight-loss surgery in the study were diabetes-free at five years, said Dr. Francesco Rubino of Kings College London in the UK and colleagues in a report in The Lancet. “The fact that some patients at five years are basically disease-free is a remarkable finding.” In 2009, he and his colleagues randomly assigned 20 obese patients with type 2 diabetes to receive medical treatment, 20 to receive a type of weight-loss surgery called a gastric bypass, and another 20 to undergo a weight-loss operation called a biliopancreatic diversion.

  • The Social Entrepreneur Interview Series: Meet Jennifer Nantale of Nyaka
    Every day, social entrepreneurs from around the world are seizing opportunities others miss to improve broken systems, innovate and develop solutions to change society for the better. Over the past few months, I've traveled to India, Brazil, Southeast Asia, East Africa, Western Europe and the U.S. to visit 50 NGOs and social enterprises with my...
  • As U.S. Legionnaires' cases rise, so do expert theories on causes
    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been increasing dramatically in the United States, with reported cases in August alone more than doubling from expected levels for that period, U.S. health officials say. Infectious disease experts say they cannot pinpoint a single reason for the surge, but believe a combination of factors is at play, including an aging population that is more vulnerable to illness, better diagnostics, increased awareness of the disease, and possibly environmental factors. It is currently affecting scores of prisoners at the San Quentin State Prison in California.
  • Japanese banks among bidders for GE's local finance unit

    The logo of General Electric is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris(Reuters) - Japanese banks are among bidders for General Electric Co's local commercial lending and leasing operation, sources told Reuters on Friday.

  • Arthritis may be worse in poor countries but seem worse in rich ones
    By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - A study of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) finds that those in wealthy nations are more troubled by it, even though people in poor countries have more severe symptoms. “Such differences are worrisome as they clearly point to avoidable (not caused by biologic or genetic factors) health inequities,” lead study author Polina Putrik of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands said by email. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, affects the joints, connective tissues, muscle, tendons and fibrous tissue, causing pain and deformity.
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