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Study: Marijuana top illegal drug used worldwide

Posted: 08/29/2013 - Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse.

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Saudi Arabia: 1 more death from new virus

Posted: 08/26/2013 - Saudi Arabia says one more man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 40 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the growing outbreak.

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Ohio hospital: Force Amish girl to have chemo

Posted: 08/26/2013 - An Ohio hospital is fighting to force a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments.

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No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure

Posted: 08/21/2013 - New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to NM poultry hatchery

Posted: 08/20/2013 - The state Department of Health said a strain of salmonella that's infected more than 300 people in 37 states was found in a duck pen at Privett Hatchery in Portales.

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Workshop at Vol State looks at health care law

Posted: 08/20/2013 - Small-business owners who have questions about how to comply with the new health care law can attend a workshop this week at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.

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1st case of West Nile virus in Shelby County

Posted: 08/20/2013 - Humans become infected by mosquito bites. Severe symptoms occur in about one in 150 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Israel launches nationwide polio booster campaign

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Itamar Grotto, director of Israel's public health service, said the campaign started Sunday. The move is being taken after a strain of the virus was found in sewage in southern Israel in June.

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Memphis-based hospital system lays off 23

Posted: 08/16/2013 - Baptist Memorial Health Care says the cuts were across its 14-hospital system and included managerial layoffs in pathology, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac catheterization.

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Obesity very high in 13 states; many in the South

Posted: 08/16/2013 - The national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity last year. Overall, the proportion of U.S. adults deemed obese has been about the same for years now.

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Navigator groups get $67M to sign up uninsured

Posted: 08/16/2013 - President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

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Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

Posted: 08/16/2013 - An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage.

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Drug safely cuts prostate cancer risk, study finds

Posted: 08/15/2013 - Long-term results from a major federal study ease worries about the safety of a hormone-blocking drug that can lower a man's chances of developing prostate cancer.

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New tool peeks into brain to measure consciousness

Posted: 08/15/2013 - When people have a brain injury so severe that they can't squeeze a loved one's hand or otherwise respond, there are few good ways to tell if they have any lingering awareness or are in a vegetative state.

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