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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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  • Zika virus leaves Kenya undecided about attending Rio Olympics

    Head of Kenya's Olympics committee Keino speaks during a Reuters interview inside his office in Kenya's capital NairobiBy Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya caused a stir on Tuesday when the head of its Olympics committee said the team might withdraw from the Rio Games because of Zika, but officials said later it was too soon to decide on the impact of the virus. The mosquito-borne virus, which is widespread in Brazil and has been linked to birth defects, has prompted concern among athletes and sports officials around the world as they prepare for the Aug. 5-21 Games in Rio de Janeiro. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, so combating the outbreak is focused on eradicating mosquito populations and preventing mosquito bites.


  • Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil

    Eritania Maria, who is six months pregnant, is seen in front of her house at a slum in RecifeBy Stephen Eisenhammer RECIFE (Reuters) - Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil. Like other women in the slums of Recife, which squat on stilts over mosquito-ridden marshland in northeast Brazil, Maria has few options if her child develops microcephaly, the condition marked by an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain that has been linked to Zika. Brazil has amongst the toughest abortion laws in the world and is culturally conservative.


  • Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

    Cast member Watanabe signs autographs at the premiere of "Godzilla" at the Dolby theatre in HollywoodBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie "The Last Samurai" and lauded in the recent Broadway revival of "The King and I," is fighting stomach cancer and will have to postpone plans to return to Broadway. The lean, ruggedly handsome Watanabe, who more than twenty years ago survived two bouts of leukemia, was diagnosed "almost miraculously early" with the cancer last month and underwent surgery, he said on Twitter. "I was really shocked, my wife and daughter pushed me to have a health check and the cancer was found.


  • China confirms first case of Zika virus: Xinhua

    Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilBy Megha Rajagopalan and Clare Jim BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a 34-year-old man from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said, citing China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.


  • FDA puts full clinical hold on CTI BioPharma's blood cancer drug

    The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shown in Silver Spring near Washington(Reuters) - CTI BioPharma Corp said the U.S Food and Drug Administration has put a full clinical hold on the company's investigational new drug application for pacritinib. CTI said it has withdrawn its application for the experimental blood cancer drug and will now review the safety and efficacy data. The regulator also recommended that CTI request a meeting prior to submitting its response to the full clinical hold.


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