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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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  • Nearly 700 killed by dengue in Brazil: health officials

    Dengue feverHealth officials in Brazil said a record 693 people have died so far this year after contracting dengue fever, the deadly mosquito-borne disease running rampant across Central and South America. Most of the deaths occurred in Sao Paulo state, according to a statement from the federal health ministry, which said the deaths were the highest since 1990, when officials began compiling records tracking the number of people infected with the ailment. The actual number of fatalities is presumably higher, since the official figure reflects deaths in Brazil from dengue from the beginning of the year just through the end of August.

  • Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown discuss the state's wildfire situation at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Gov. Brown signed legislation, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, allowing terminally ill people in the nation's most populous state to take their lives, saying the emotionally charged bill forced him to consider "what I would want in the face of my own death." Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, said he acted after discussing the issue with many people, including a Catholic bishop and two of his doctors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)SAN DIEGO (AP) — It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the nation's most populous state, and right-to-die advocates expect other states to follow California's example.

  • Transplanting ovarian tissue helps some women have babies

    In this undated photo provided by the University Hospital of Copenhagen, slices of ovarian tissue are seen before they are transplanted into a patient. The biggest study ever of women who had ovarian tissue removed, frozen and transplanted suggests the experimental technique is safe and can help about one third of them to have babies. The procedure is intended for women with cancer who wish to preserve their fertility as cancer treatments can harm the ovaries. Scientists typically remove one ovary, cut it into strips and then graft some of that tissue onto the remaining ovary years later after the woman has recovered from cancer. Researchers tracked 41 women in Denmark who underwent the procedure from 2003 to 2014. Among the 32 women in the study who wanted children, 10 later got pregnant and gave birth. The paper was published online Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in the journal, Human Reproduction. (Claus Yding Andersen/University Hospital of Copenhagen via AP)LONDON (AP) — The biggest study ever of women who had ovarian tissue removed, frozen and transplanted suggests the experimental technique is safe and can help about one third of them to have babies.

  • Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

    U.S. President Obama speaks during a visit to the Department of Agriculture in WashingtonBy Krista Hughes and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off a sales pitch on Tuesday for a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement, urging farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region. Obama was upbeat about winning support in the Republican-controlled Congress for the pact, which was announced early Monday. "Ultimately we’re going to get this done, and it will be an enormous achievement for us to be able to make sure that 40 percent of the world’s economy is operating under rules that don’t hurt us," Obama told agricultural and business leaders gathered at the U.S. Agriculture Department.

  • Post-war trauma endangers peacebuilding, economic growth: experts
    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatized by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them. Peter, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, was one of nearly 1,800 children being reintegrated into their communities after their release earlier this year from the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction in eastern Jonglei state. Counselor Shaun Collins, who has recently returned to Britain after six months as a leader on the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) program which helped release and reintegrate the children, decided to not to offer Peter formal therapy.
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