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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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  • Police say no evidence of gunshot at Maryland military hospital

    Police SWAT team members prepare to enter the campus of Walter Reed Medical Center as police investigate report of gunshot in Bethesda, MarylandBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities have found no sign of a gunshot on Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington after a report of a shot triggered a lockdown of the sprawling hospital campus, police said. Officers cleared the 20-story structure where the gunshot was reported and found nothing, Montgomery County police said on Twitter. A call to police reporting the sound of a gunshot triggered the lockdown at the 240-acre (98-hectare) hospital campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and a massive security response.


  • Aetna CEO addresses antitrust concerns over Humana deal

    A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeMark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with Humana's business in the largest-ever U.S. health insurance deal. The two sides announced the $37 billion transaction on Friday. Aetna has not discussed the deal directly with the U.S. Department of Justice, but has consulted with regulatory experts, Bertolini told cable channel CNBC.


  • 800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: U.N.
    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday. The number of people living in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day has more than halved, to 836 million from 1.9 billion in 1990, the U.N. said in a report analyzing eight development goals set out in the Millennium Declaration in 2000. "Following profound and consistent gains, we now know that extreme poverty can be eradicated within one more generation," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.
  • Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move

    FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, students cheer as they hold up signs supporting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the Supreme Court decided that the ACA may provide nationwide tax subsidies, outside of the Supreme Court in Washington. Last month’s Supreme Court decision upholding the statute’s federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOP’s best chance of forcing Obama to accept a weakening of his prized law. Without that leverage, Obama would likely veto any major changes they’d send him. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections.


  • Teva plans to raise Mylan bid by as much as $2 billion: Bloomberg

    Teva plant is seen in Jerusalem(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is preparing to raise its bid for rival drugmaker Mylan NV by as much as $2 billion, to $43 billion, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The improved proposal could be announced as soon as this week, Bloomberg said. Teva may offer $86 to $88 per share for Mylan, up from the $82 per share it bid in April, Bloomberg reported.


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