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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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    In my work as an executive coach and keynote, clients and audience members frequently talk about their lack of "downtime." Even when they are home, there is rarely a sense of relief from work.In a recent investigation, researchers were curious about how being "on-call" affected various health indicators. Studying a group of shift workers...
  • Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers
    By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study. About 17 percent of young employees in workplaces that encouraged several healthy lifestyle practices were obese, compared to about 24 percent in spaces that promoted one or no healthy practices, researchers found. “I have personally experienced a range of workplace environments that I feel have influenced my eating habits and my physical activity, both positively and negatively," said lead author Allison Watts, of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
  • Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama

    A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization's handling of aborted fetal tissue. The reproductive-health organization took similar legal action earlier this week in Louisiana, which also plans to terminate its contract with Planned Parenthood to provide medical services to low-income residents. Planned Parenthood, joined in the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union, said in court filings that Alabama's Republican governor illegally terminated its contract to provide health services under Medicaid, a federal and state healthcare program for the poor.


  • FDA warns of severe joint pain risk with DPP-4 diabetes drugs
    (Reuters) - A class of diabetes drugs that include Merck & Co Inc's Januvia has been linked with severe joint pain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The FDA said it had identified 33 cases of severe joint pain in patients taking a class of drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors between Oct. 16, 2006, when the first one was approved, through Dec. 31, 2013. Five cases were reported with AstraZeneca Plc's Onglyza (saxagliptin), two with Boehringer Ingelheim's Tradjenta (linagliptin), and one with Takeda Pharmaceutical's Nesina (alogliptin).
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    On Monday August 24, 2015, a historic moment happened in Washington when people living with mental health conditions from all over the nation, along with dozens of diverse organizations, gathered to raise public awareness for change. At the National Mall, leaders rallied hundreds to challenge the prejudice and fear they so often face, marching...
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