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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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  • Losing just 30 minutes of sleep could promote weight gain: study

    That sleep debt could be doing more than just making you tired, according to a new study, it could be causing you to put on weight.Sleeping 30 minutes less than necessary can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, according to a new study -- even if you sleep in on weekends. Previous research has indicated that not getting enough sleep leads to obesity and diabetes, but this marks the first time that as little as 30 minutes a day of sleep debt could contribute to weight gain and adversely affect blood sugar control. "This reinforces earlier observations that sleep loss is additive and can have metabolic consequences," says lead study author Professor Shahrad Taheri, a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, in Doha. In the study, Professor Taheri and his research team worked with 522 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus and recorded their height and weight at baseline to determine their Body Mass Index (BMI).

  • The Year of the Woman

    The Year of the WomanThis year will be a very significant year for women across the globe. The world will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing as well as the deadline for crafting the post-2015 agenda. Both events will involve conversations on women's rights including their right to live safely and freely of violence in...

  • Sweet cravings will make sugar curbs hard: experts

    Human fondness for sweetness will make it hard to implement UN recommendations for sugar intakeSugar is laden with energy, which we are genetically geared to want -- a craving the food industry has cultivated to keep consumers coming back for more, they point out. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its advice that added sugar should comprise less than 10 percent of daily calorie intake, but said consumers should ideally strive for half that amount. "There is a collusion between manufacturers and consumers," said Jean-Michel Lecerf, head of nutrition at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, northern France -- pointing to a "shared responsibility" for the sharp rise in added sugar in food. The UN guidelines apply to so-called "free sugars" added to food and drink by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.

  • One Woman Starts Lifesaving 'Kidney Swap' of Donors
    Zully Broussard's kidney donation to a man will trigger pairings for other people on the donor list.
  • Novartis wins approval for first U.S. biosimilar drug

    Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of SteinU.S. regulators on Friday gave a green light to sales of the country's first copied version of a biotechnology drug, or "biosimilar," with approval of Novartis' white blood cell-boosting Zarxio. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it approved Zarxio for treating the same five conditions for which Neupogen is used. The move had been expected after Zarxio, which is made by Novartis' generics unit Sandoz, won unanimous backing from an FDA panel in January. U.S. health insurers and other payers have lobbied for years for regulatory approval of biosimilars, which have been available in Europe since 2006.

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