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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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  • Czechs to hike healthcare salaries to stop doctors from leaving west
    Czech doctors and nurses will get a 10 percent pay rise from January next year to help stop them from leaving abroad or to other professions, a trend that has created shortages in the healthcare system. The Czech Republic has a universal insurance system that provides care to all citizens. "It is necessary to raise salaries for nurses and doctors from January 1 next year by 10 percent," Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Tuesday said after a meeting with coalition partners and healthcare unions.
  • Propeller connected inhaler helps manage asthma and reduce attacks

    Propeller is a smart inhaler system that gives users feedback and advice via a smartphone app.Propeller is a smart inhaler system designed to help asthma sufferers better manage their condition by providing real-time health analytics. This new technology has been tested in a clinical trial on 495 patients suffering from chronic asthma.

  • China to investigate hospital dying student found on search engine

    Picture illustration shows a smartphone with an Android operating system and the Baidu Browser applicationChina's health ministry will investigate a hospital that a university student turned to for cancer treatment after seeking information on the Baidu Inc search engine, a state health commission said on Tuesday. The student, Wei Zexi, 21, died last month of a rare form of cancer and China's Internet regulator said on Monday it would investigate Baidu over the case. Wei had searched Baidu for the best place for treatment, finding a department under the Second Hospital of Beijing Armed Police Corps which offered an experimental treatment that ultimately failed, state media reported this week.

  • Common calculator 'overestimates' heart disease risk: study

    Common calculator 'overestimates' heart disease risk: studyA commonly used method of calculating a person's risk of heart attack or stroke in the next five years may overestimate the actual risk, leading doctors to unnecessarily prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs, researchers said Monday. The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "From a relative standpoint, the overestimation is approximately five- to six-fold," said senior author Alan Go, MD, chief of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions research at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

  • Some Hebei steelmakers breaching shutdown orders: China ministry

    Smoke and facilities of a steel mill are seen through a broken window of an abandoned residential building on a hazy day in Fengnan district of Tangshan, Hebei provinceSteelmakers in China's Hebei province have built new plants in contravention of state measures aimed at tackling overcapacity, and have kept mills running that should have been shut down, China's pollution watchdog said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Hebei, home to much of China's heavy industry, had made some progress in curbing smog and improving water quality, but it was still not putting enough pressure on local governments to meet environmental standards and shut down polluting industries. It said "fraudulent practices" continued to take place, while new power plants were also being approved in the province despite Hebei's plans to cut coal consumption.

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