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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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  • Spin doctors: Spiders enrolled in pain relief

    Researchers in their quest to find a secret ingredient for an effective, long-term painkiller screened venom from 206 spider species, and found seven compounds that could block human Nav1.7 channels in lab testsSpider venom may contain a long-sought secret ingredient for an effective, long-term painkiller, researchers said Wednesday. In lab-dish tests, seven compounds obtained from venom blocked a protein crucial for transmitting the sensation of pain to the human brain. "The hunt for a medicine based on just one of these compounds, which would open up a new class of potent painkillers, is now a step closer," said a statement issued with the study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology. If it could be targeted and controlled, this "off switch" may be the solution for millions of chronic pain sufferers.

  • Bavarian Nordic shares leap on $1 billion Bristol-Myers deal
    Bavarian Nordic has struck a prostate cancer drug deal with Bristol-Myers Squibb that could be worth $1 billion should its trials, part of a new field in cancer treatment, be successful. The agreement gives the U.S. company an exclusive option to license and commercialize Bavarian's prostate cancer drug candidate Prostvac, an immunotherapy treatment that helps the body's own immune cells fight tumors. Immunotherapy for cancer is a rapidly evolving field which promises better and longer-lasting treatments, although oncology experts warn financial costs are high. Under the deal, Bavarian Nordic could receive up to $975 million, including $60 million upfront, if it passes trials and sales milestones, and could also receive royalties from sales.
  • Beijing residents gasp for fresh air in the city of smog

    Visitors take a walk during a polluted day at Tiananmen Square in BeijingBy Natalie Thomas and Kim Kyung-Hoon BEIJING (Reuters) - For years, Liu Ruiqiang put up with chronic smog in China's capital of Beijing, but he didn't want to take any chances when his daughter was born. On days when air pollution reaches hazardous levels, his toddler daughter is confined to their home, where a pair of constantly whirring air purifiers make it safer to breathe.

  • Tougher laws a likely legacy of the Disneyland measles outbreak

    Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chris Barr had no problem getting his eight children exempted from vaccinations when they went to school. First in California, and later when the family moved to Arkansas, the natural healing practitioner simply signed a piece of paper stating that his personal beliefs didn’t allow the immunizations. This year’s highly publicized measles outbreaks, which have infected more than 150 people in 17 states, are no longer front page news. The proposed laws have been introduced in statehouses by both Democrats and Republicans and include a range of approaches, from requiring schools to post immunization rates to entirely eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions.

  • High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

    This Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on March 4, 2015, in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices are meeting Wednesday to try to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people.

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