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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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  • Cigna says Anthem deal could close in 2017; Anthem sticks to 2016

    The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, CaliforniaHealth insurer Cigna Corp , which announced plans to be bought by larger Anthem Inc 10 months ago, on Friday said the deal may close in 2017 rather than 2016 due to the complexity of the regulatory process, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The U.S. Department of Justice is currently reviewing the Cigna-Anthem deal, which would create the nation's largest health insurer, offering Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance. The Justice Department is reviewing that deal in conjunction with Aetna Inc's proposed purchase of Humana Inc , which was also announced last summer.

  • Redstone trial over mental competence begins with expletives

    An exterior view of the downtown court house where a judge is hearing the case of the health of the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS, Sumner Redstone in Los AngelesSumner Redstone uttered a string of expletives to describe his ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer for a deposition, parts of which were presented in opening statements to a packed Los Angeles courtroom at the start of a high-stakes trial on Friday to settle questions about the media mogul's mental competence. Redstone, 92, described Herzer as a "fucking bitch" in the deposition, parts of which were shown on a screen in court. Herzer is suing Redstone over her removal in October as the billionaire's designated health care agent, arguing that Redstone was not mentally competent at the time he made the decision.

  • Research Shows Uglier Produce Could Actually Be Healthier
    (Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)By Clint RaineyWhen people see a tomato that's sprouting five miniature tomatoes from its stem, or a carrot that looks like the foot of Sasquatch, it seems like a Little Shop of Horrors situation. But NPR says at least some scientific evidence suggests that weird-looking fruits and vegetables will not hurt...
  • When Eating Is the Tip of the Iceberg

    When Eating Is the Tip of the IcebergImage Credit: Hidden Part of Icebergs by Naolito"You need to hide me because I'm running away from home," Julie whispered as she reached the front steps of my porch. Her golden curls disheveled, she'd arrived pulling a red Radio Flyer wagon containing packaged cookies, several donuts and a bag of candy stolen from her mother's kitchen just...

  • This Mother's Day, End Bullying
    Co-authored by Jerry Wyckoff, Ph.D. In a recent speech about child abuse, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte gave the example of using an electric extension cord as "so-called discipline". Study after study tells us that this kind of bullying in the name of discipline is leading to the high level of violence and child...
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