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Latest bird flu strain 'kills more than a third'

Posted: 06/24/2013 - More than a third of patients infected with a new strain of bird flu died after being admitted to the hospital earlier this year, Chinese researchers report in a new study.

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Doctors make progress toward 'artificial pancreas'

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Doctors are reporting a major step toward an "artificial pancreas," a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed.

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Texas lawmakers approve abortion restrictions

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Many members of the conservative majority had flyers on their desks that read "Psalm 139:13-14," which reads in part, "You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

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Report: Economic well-being of US children slips

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Overall, the report shows there have been gains in education and health nationally, but since 2005, there have been serious setbacks when it comes to the economic well-being of children.

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Carpenter House to help men with sickle cell

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Trevor Thompson, president of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, told The Commercial Appeal that the Carpenter House will be among the first such residences in the country.

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Retired nurse undergoes liver transplant

Posted: 06/21/2013 - Beverly Loyd was previously turned down because of insurance complications and had been referred to hospice care providers until Methodist University Hospital agreed to perform the surgery at no cost.

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HPV vaccine cut infection by half in teen girls

Posted: 06/20/2013 - The research released Wednesday echoes studies done before the HPV vaccine became available in 2006. But the new study is the first evidence of just how well it works now that it is in general use.

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New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

Posted: 06/20/2013 - More than 60 cases of what is now called MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization in the past year, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

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Medicare: Cost-saving changes coming for diabetics

Posted: 06/20/2013 - On July 1, Medicare opens a national mail-order program that will dramatically drop the prices the government pays for those products but patients will have to use designated suppliers.

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Nonprofit launches campaign to reach uninsured

Posted: 06/20/2013 - The "Get Covered America" campaign will include door-to-door visits by volunteers, brochures handed out at farmers markets and churches and, possibly, partnerships with sports leagues and celebrities.

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Gov't report: Smooth launch unsure for health law

Posted: 06/19/2013 - There's no guarantee that President Barack Obama's health care law will launch smoothly and on time, congressional investigators say in the first in-depth independent look at its progress.

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Eating red meat may boost Type 2 diabetes risk

Posted: 06/18/2013 - A new study published June 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that eating red meat over time was associated with a higher chance of developing the most common form of diabetes.

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Report: US adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

Posted: 06/18/2013 - Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says. Last year, about 18 percent of adults participating in a national health survey described themselves as current smokers.

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Gender report of Shah Rukh Khan baby investigated

Posted: 06/18/2013 - Health officials in Mumbai are investigating reports that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife know the sex of a baby they are having through a surrogate mother.

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Deadly year for encephalitis feared in India

Posted: 06/18/2013 - A mosquito-borne disease that preys on the young and malnourished is sweeping across poverty-riven northern India again this monsoon season

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Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue

Posted: 06/18/2013 - There's good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America's slowdown in medical costs may be turning into a trend, rather than a mere pause.

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Franklin Co. takes aim at meth production locally

Updated: 06/18/2013 - Franklin County is trying to become the first county in the state to require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines as a way to fight methamphetamine production.

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AARP honors Johnson City health system

Posted: 06/18/2013 - Mountain State Health Alliance in Johnson City has been recognized by AARP as one of the 50 best employers in the nation for workers over 50.

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