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Faster genetic test for flu virus approved

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The government has approved a new genetic test for the flu virus that will allow labs across the country to identify flu strains within a few hours.

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Flu shot season begins with ample supply coming

Posted: 09/24/2008 - The government is warning that not nearly enough Americans get their annual flu shots. And it's calling for a record number of people to line up for inoculations this year, including 30 million more school-age children.

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Genzyme opens new research center in Framingham

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Genzyme Corp. has opened a new 180,000-square foot science center in Framingham where researchers will work on discovering new treatments for a range of ailments including Parkinson's disease, cancer and heart disease.

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FTC warns of bogus cancer cures

Posted: 09/18/2008 - The Federal Trade Commission has charged five companies with making false and misleading claims for cancer cures. The FTC said Thursday that it has also reached settlements with six others.

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Dix patient transfer will begin Oct. 1

Posted: 09/18/2008 - Patients from Dorothea Dix mental hospital in Raleigh will be moved to the new Central Hospital in Butner starting Oct. 1.

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Could NY W. Nile spike be linked to foreclosures?

Posted: 09/18/2008 - An increase in the number of West Nile Virus cases this summer has officials in one New York community studying whether the spike could be linked to the rise in mortgage foreclosures.

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FDA blocks imports from India's generic drug giant

Posted: 09/16/2008 - The government is closing U.S. borders to more than 30 generic drugs -- including popular antibiotics and cholesterol medicines -- made by India's drug giant Ranbaxy Laboratories because of poor quality in two of its factories.

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FDA defends plastic linked with health risks

Posted: 09/16/2008 - The Food and Drug Administration is defending its assessment that bisphenol A or BPA -- a chemical widely used in plastic baby bottles and in food packaging -- is safe.

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Study questions health safety of common chemical

Posted: 09/16/2008 - A preliminary study of a chemical used in plastic baby bottles, food cans and other products has found that it poses possible risks for heart disease and diabetes.

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