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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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  • Indian government approves pricey plan to equalize veterans' pensions

    India's DM Parrikar addresses the media in New DelhiBy Nigam Prusty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government approved a long-awaited program to equalize pension payments for retired military personnel despite it being a "huge fiscal burden," defense minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday. The program, known as "One Rank One Pension", or OROP, will ensure uniform pension payments to ex-servicemen who served at the same rank and for the same amount of time, regardless of the year they retired, among other measures. Veterans in India have been fighting for reforms to their pension packages for years.

  • Novartis CEO says diabetics' contact lens tests to start in 2016: paper

    CEO Jimenez of Swiss drugmaker Novartis addresses the annual news conference in BaselNovartis Chief Executive, Joe Jimenez, told a Swiss newspaper that the first human tests of a contact lens it is developing with Google for diabetic patients will be conducted in 2016. "This project is progressing well," Jimenez told Swiss newspaper Le Temps in an interview published on Saturday. Starting in 2014, Novartis, maker of cancer drugs including Glivec, and Google announced a cooperation to develop "smart" contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye's ability to focus.

  • ICYMI: Poetry In Solitary Confinement And The Naturopath Whistleblower

    ICYMI: Poetry In Solitary Confinement And The Naturopath WhistleblowerICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.This week, we're reading up on situations that aren't always what they seem. We spent time with the beautiful profile of a prison inmate-cum-poet, written by one of our colleagues, and with the story of a naturopath who became disillusioned with her profession after discovering disturbing...

  • San Diego firm recalls cucumbers after salmonella outbreak
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California company is recalling its cucumbers after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 285 people in 27 states and killed a San Diego woman.
  • Fire at Washington state Planned Parenthood ruled arson
    The blaze was set around 3:30 a.m. local time and caused extensive damage to the front of the structure in Pullman, the Pullman Fire Department said in a news release. Last month, thousands of protesters rallied outside Planned Parenthood locations across the country calling for the federal government to end funding for the health organization. Demonstrators were mobilized to dozens of locations, including Pullman, after an anti-abortion group released videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue.
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