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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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  • Demi Lovato is the face of mental health in new campaign

    FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2015, file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at RocNation Offices in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lovato is sharing her personal story and encouraging others to do the same through Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health, an initiative launched Thursday, May 28, 2015, by a pharmaceutical company, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other mental-health advocacy groups. Its aim is to improve treatment options at all levels and erase the stigma around mental illnesses. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was actually relieved.


  • Heron's nausea drug meets goal in late-stage trial, shares soar
    (Reuters) - Heron Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) met its main goal in a late-stage trial. The company, whose shares were up 41 percent in extended trading, said it expects to resubmit a marketing application for the drug to the U.S. FDA in mid-2015. The company had filed for marketing application for Sustol twice but the FDA had sought additional data.
  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."
  • CDC: 150 possibly had contact with Lassa fever victim
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa Fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
  • Fitness in middle age linked to healthier brain in later years
    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - People who have better aerobic fitness in middle age may ward off decreases in brain volume later in life, potentially preserving memory and other functions, a U.S. study suggests. “The current findings suggest that maintaining high fitness in midlife may boost brain health on average 20 years later in adults who have not yet experienced cognitive impairment,” lead study author Qu Tian, a gerontology researcher at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, said by email. Tian and colleagues followed 146 older adults over a decade, using treadmill tests to measure cardiorespiratory fitness.
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