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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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  • Oregon governor OKs early sales of recreational-use marijuana

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemThe law, signed Monday by Democratic Governor Kate Brown, will effectively let adults visit existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries in the state to buy certain strains just to get stoned. In November, Oregon and Alaska sanctioned the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in state-regulated schemes that will usher in retail pot shops similar to those already operating in Washington state and Colorado.


  • Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday,July 29, 2015, to discuss Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine.


  • California sued for failing to protect mentally disabled defendants
    Families who say their mentally ill and developmentally disabled loved ones endured rape and other trauma while languishing in California jails sued the state on Wednesday, saying officials failed to move them to treatment centers as required by law. The lawsuit filed on behalf of four families by the American Civil Liberties Union details brutal experiences of defendants who were declared incompetent to stand trial yet kept incarcerated in county jails, sometimes for months. "The law is clear that when the state prosecutes a person who is unable to participate in the proceedings they have to suspend the proceedings and send that person for evaluation and treatment – and they have to do that promptly," said Michael Risher, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Northern California.
  • First child double hand transplant announced in US

    Eight-year-old Zion Harvey of Baltimore, Maryland with his newly transplanted handsAn eight-year-old American has become the world's youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native Zion Harvey. It took a team of 40 doctors, nurses and other staff from plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology, to pull off the pioneering surgery.


  • Boeing may move work abroad with Ex-Im future uncertain: chairman

    Boeing CEO McNerney waits to be introduced to speak, in front of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner under construction in EverettBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co Chairman Jim McNerney on Wednesday said the aircraft maker is actively looking at moving "key pieces" of its operations to other countries given uncertainty about the future of the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30. McNerney, who retired as the company's chief executive on July 1, said Boeing might consider sites in countries that offer export credits, but gave no details about which operations could be affected or when the company had launched its review. The International Association of Machinists District 751, which represents more than 30,000 Boeing workers, blasted McNerney's threat to move jobs overseas.


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