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FDA finds fungus in drugs from Tennessee pharmacy

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Federal health officials say they have found bacteria and fungus in drug vials from a Tennessee specialty pharmacy that recalled all of its injectable medicines last month.

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Weight loss drug Belviq gets overdue US launch

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Arena Pharmaceuticals says its weight loss drug Belviq will be available to U.S. patients beginning next week, nearly a year after the drug was officially approved by federal regulators.

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Pa. girl gets on lung donor list; boy also sues

Posted: 06/07/2013 - A dying Pennsylvania girl has been placed on the adult waiting list for donated lungs amid a court fight over the nation's transplant rules with help from a judge who granted another petition Thursday from a boy

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Judge's ruling challenges US transplant system

Posted: 06/07/2013 - Over and over, the nation debates the fairness of transplant policies, from Mickey Mantle's liver in the 1990s to people today who cut their wait times by moving to another city where the list is shorter.

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FDA panel favors easing safety limits on Avandia

Posted: 06/07/2013 - A majority on a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted Thursday to modify or remove measures that currently limit patient access to GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia.

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Mexico finds breast-feeding woes as rate drops

Posted: 06/06/2013 - Despite the well-known advantages to breast milk and vigorous campaigns around the world championing breast as best, Mexican mothers say the bottle is better.

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Court to allow girls to buy morning-after for now

Posted: 06/06/2013 - A federal appeals court has decided to permit girls of any age to buy generic versions of emergency contraception without prescriptions while the federal government appeals a judge's ruling allowing the sales.

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Stinky feet may lead to better malaria traps

Posted: 06/05/2013 - In a laboratory study, researchers found that mosquitoes infected with the tropical disease were more attracted to human odors from a dirty sock than those that didn't carry malaria.

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Sunscreen slows skin aging, if used often enough

Posted: 06/05/2013 - Ultraviolet rays that spur wrinkles and other signs of aging can quietly build up damage pretty much anytime you're in the sun and they even penetrate car windows.

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Frozen berry mix linked to hepatitis A recalled

Posted: 06/05/2013 - An Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product has been linked to at least 49 hepatitis A illnesses in seven states.

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Sebelius won't intervene in Pa. transplant case

Posted: 06/05/2013 - The U.S. health secretary said she won't intervene in an "incredibly agonizing" transplant decision about a dying Pennsylvania girl, noting that three other children in the same hospital are just as sick.

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Avastin fails studies in new brain tumor patients

Posted: 06/03/2013 - New research raises fresh questions about which cancer patients benefit from Avastin, a drug that lost its approval for treating breast cancer nearly two years ago.

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Vinegar cancer test saves lives, India study finds

Posted: 06/03/2013 - A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women.

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Obama hosts event to reduce mental health stigma

Posted: 06/03/2013 - Although the one-day conference was a response to gun violence, its agenda is much broader and includes discussion of insurance coverage for mental health care and substance abuse.

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Administration: 'Obamacare' to offer more choices

Posted: 05/31/2013 - Insurance companies are showing interest in providing coverage under the new health care law, a development likely to increase market competition and give uninsured people more choices

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Social Security and Medicare trustees report due

Posted: 05/31/2013 - Trustees for Social Security and Medicare will release their annual report Friday on the state of finances for the government's two biggest benefit programs.

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Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

Posted: 05/30/2013 - Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do.

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Study: Doctors often on board to help sick fliers

Posted: 05/30/2013 - Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is — in half of in-flight medical emergencies — and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds.

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Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake hospital

Posted: 05/29/2013 - A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.

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