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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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  • MSF calls for independent commission on Kunduz hospital attack

    Afghan guards stand at the gate of MSF hospital after an air strike in the city of KunduzBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) called on Wednesday for an independent international fact-finding commission to be established to investigate the U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which it deems a war crime. The medical charity said that the commission, which can be set up at the request of a single state under the Geneva Convention, would gather facts and evidence from the United States, NATO and Afghanistan. "If we let this go, we are basically giving a blank check to any countries at war," MSF International President Joanne Liu told a news briefing in Geneva.

  • Rebounding from Ebola, Liberia gets clearance to join WTO
    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Liberia agreed terms to join the World Trade Organization with the body's existing 161 members on Tuesday, clearing the final negotiating hurdle in time for ministers to rubber-stamp the deal at a meeting in December, the WTO said. Liberia has been ravaged by the Ebola epidemic over the past 18 months, spurring the effort by the WTO and Liberia's Trade Minister Axel Addy to clinch a deal that should help build confidence in its weak economy and reduce poverty. "My dream is that the work we have done here will pave the way for a better Liberia for all of us and our children so they too can exercise their potential,” Addy told the WTO working party on Liberia after it agreed on the membership terms.
  • Post-war trauma endangers peacebuilding, economic growth: experts

    Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in BujumburaBy Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatised by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them. Peter, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, was one of nearly 1,800 children being reintegrated into their communities after their release earlier this year from the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction in eastern Jonglei state. Counsellor Shaun Collins, who has recently returned to Britain after six months as a leader on the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) programme which helped release and reintegrate the children, decided to not to offer Peter formal therapy.     Short of time and resources, Collins thought it better to teach the boy techniques to help him calm down, and draw in community elders, family, social workers and his teacher to help him change his behaviour.

  • Type of weight loss surgery matters for diabetes remission
    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Diabetics considering weight-loss surgery to help send their disease into remission should opt for the most popular procedure, a gastric bypass, researchers suggest. In their study of different types of so-called bariatric surgeries, the biggest impact on diabetes remission was seen with gastric bypass, which can reduce the size of the stomach from about three pints to roughly the size of a shot glass. The researchers studied 569 obese patients with type 2 diabetes who had different types of weight-loss operations and 1,881 similar diabetics who didn’t have surgery.
  • Weight loss, exercise may boost fertility odds for women with PCOS

    A woman is seen jogging at Cunningham Park in the borough of Queens in New YorkBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women who suffer from a leading cause of infertility may increase their odds of conception if they exercise and lose weight, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers compared pregnancy outcomes for 150 women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that occurs when the female body makes higher than normal amounts of testosterone and androgens, sex hormones associated with male traits. Women with PCOS often experience irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, excess hair on the face and body and infertility.

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