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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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  • Anthem profit beats as medical costs stay at low end of estimates

    The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, CaliforniaIt also said that a key financial measure of medical costs fell during the quarter. Health insurers closely manage costs to contend with a constant rise in medical spending. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire Cigna to create the No. 1 U.S. health insurer with 53 million members.


  • Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

    Hazel Garcia chews a pamphlet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. In that June case, the court said that the healthcare law was an issue of such importance that the court would not stick to its usual practice of deferring to a government agency's legal expertise when interpreting ambiguously written laws. Obama's Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants is expected to be finalized as early as next week, ahead of a crucial United Nations climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year.


  • CGI exiting low-margin markets, eyes M&A in cyber security

    Cups sit on table ahead of discussion during the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) in New YorkBy Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - CGI Group Inc, the information systems and management consultancy, said on Wednesday it would target acquisitions in cyber security while exiting some markets entirely, as it reported third-quarter profit and revenue that missed estimates. The company's chief executive officer said it has compiled a short list of 85 potential acquisition targets that would help it grow by delving deeper into industries, three years after going wide with its Logica acquisition. CEO Michael Roach told investors on a conference call that the company is working its way through a list compiled from almost a thousand interviews with top managers at its customers "as part of our buy strategy." Scores of acquisitions have fueled CGI's growth over four decades.


  • Legionnaires' disease kills two, sickens 31 in New York City
    A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed two people and sickened 31 is under investigation in the South Bronx section of New York City, health officials said on Wednesday. The new wave of Legionnaires', a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria, has been recorded since July 10, the city's health department said in a statement. The cause was traced to contamination in cooling towers at Co-op City, the world's largest cooperative housing development, according to the health department.
  • Reform in Costa Rica signals new strategy against lethal epidemic
    The president of Costa Rica announced a national regulation to limit heat stress and dehydration among manual laborers.
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