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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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  • War leaves 16 million Yemenis without clean water: Oxfam

    Yemenis wait to fill jerrycans with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water supply to houses in the capital Sanaa, on May 9, 2015Almost two-thirds of the population of war-torn Yemen have no access to clean water, two months into the Saudi-led air campaign against rebel forces, relief agency Oxfam said Tuesday. "Ongoing air strikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional three million Yemenis are now without drinking water, raising the total number of Yemenis without a clean water supply and sanitation to at least 16 million," the Britain-based organisation said. "This is equivalent to the populations of Berlin, London, Paris and Rome combined," Oxfam's Yemen director Grace Ommer said in a statement.


  • Fight over hot new cholesterol drugs may be won in milligrams

    Woman walks with a bag of fast food beverage containers in New YorkBy Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two powerful and innovative cholesterol drugs likely to be approved this summer both target the same protein and have been shown to sharply lower LDL in high-risk patients.  But there is at least one significant difference between the two offerings: the dosages in which they will be sold. Assuming approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Amgen Inc. will offer its drug, Repatha, as a biweekly 140 mg injection or a monthly injection of 420 mg, while Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi, will be offered in biweekly injections of 75 mg or 150 mg. The difference in dosages is likely to lead to very different sales strategies for the two drugs, in what could be a fierce competition for market share.


  • Fire at China nursing home kills 38: state media

    Firefighters clean up the debris after a fire at a rehabilitation centre for elderly in Sanlihe village of PingdingshanThirty-eight people were killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China's central Henan province, state media said, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety. The fire broke out late on Monday at the "privately-owned Kangleyuan rest home in Lushan county", the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities. The cause of the fire, which injured another six people, was unclear, Xinhua said.


  • What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation
    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 than in any other year in history, humankind has never been more inventive, whether in designing driverless cars, discovering new drugs for cancer or building bionic limbs. While part of that may be due to tighter patenting rules in the United States, there are also signs of more fundamental shifts, with the volume of published scientific literature -- a precursor to patents -- down 22 percent across 12 industries.
  • Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.
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