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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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  • In Texas, colleges prepare for concealed weapons
    By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) - In the wake of new Texas legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, school administrators are determining how to comply with the law while still meeting safety concerns of students, parents and staff. The “campus carry” law, signed last month by Governor Greg Abbott, takes effect in August 2016, allowing handgun permit holders - who must to be at least 21 years old - to carry concealed weapons into school buildings. Texas joins seven other states that have legalized concealed weapons on campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
  • Watchdog urges FDA to revoke approval of Genzyme surgical implant
    (Reuters) - Consumer watchdog Public Citizen said it petitioned the U.S. health regulators to withdraw approval of Sanofi SA's Seprafilm and order a recall, saying the surgical implant has been associated with side effects including death. Seprafilm, developed by Genzyme, is used to reduce abnormal internal scarring following surgery, by separating tissues and organs while they heal. The anti-adhesion barrier device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996. Genzyme was bought by Sanofi in 2011. (Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)
  • FDA asks panel to weigh benefit, risk of Lilly lung cancer drug
    (Reuters) - Eli Lilly & Co.'s experimental lung cancer drug necitumumab improved overall survival by an average of 1.6 months but also increased the risk of sometimes fatal blood clots according to a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA's review was posted on its website on Tuesday ahead of July 9 meeting of outside experts who will discuss the drug and recommend whether it should be approved. The FDA usually follows the advice of its advisory panels.
  • Cholera kills 32 in South Sudan, education key to stemming outbreak: U.N.
    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A cholera outbreak in war-torn South Sudan has killed at least 32 people, a fifth of them children under five, and schools have a major role to play in stemming the spread of the disease, the United Nations said on Tuesday. More than 700 cholera cases have been reported in the capital Juba and Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, in the last five weeks, according to the U.N. children's agency UNICEF. "Cholera is a deadly disease that inordinately affects young children," Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF representative in South Sudan, said in a statement.
  • Experts call for immediate WHO reform after Ebola exposes failings
    The U.N. agency "does not currently possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response", a panel of independent experts said in a report on the handling of the Ebola crisis. "This is a defining moment for the health of the global community," the report said. "(The) WHO must re-establish its pre-eminence as the guardian of global public health.
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