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Psychiatrists decry mental health care in Africa

Posted: 07/18/2013 - The drugs given to many of Africa's psychiatric patients are often administered to keep the patients asleep so the hurried nurses can get some rest, and those who can't sleep may have their hands or feet tied up.

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Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

Posted: 07/18/2013 - Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer's, several research teams are reporting.

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Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia

Posted: 07/18/2013 - New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.

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House votes to delay parts of health care law

Posted: 07/18/2013 - After a day of heated rhetoric, the House voted largely along party lines, 264-161, to delay by one year the so-called employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

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Number of male nurses showing slow, steady rise

Posted: 07/15/2013 - The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2011, 9.6 percent of all registered nurses in the U.S. were male. That percentage has tripled in three decades, from 2.7 percent in 1970.

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Youth homicide rate hits lowest mark in 30 years

Posted: 07/12/2013 - The homicide rate for older children and young adults has hit its lowest point in at least three decades, but the decline has been slowing, according to a new government report.

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A break for smokers? Glitch may limit penalties

Posted: 07/12/2013 - They huddle outside office buildings and they can't satisfy their nicotine cravings by lighting up on planes and trains, but now smokers could be getting a break from an unlikely source.

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Spread of DNA databases sparks ethical concerns

Posted: 07/12/2013 - You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can't escape your DNA. It belongs uniquely to you — and, increasingly, to the authorities.

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Texas Senate on track to pass tough abortion rules

Posted: 07/12/2013 - This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber's top Republican is determined not to let anything — or anyone — derail a vote.

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FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice

Updated: 07/12/2013 - Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.

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ETSU offers combined pharmacy and MBA degree

Posted: 07/10/2013 - The curriculum was developed between ETSU's Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the ETSU College of Business and Technology. It should allow students to complete both degrees in four years.

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Unusual pattern of spine injuries from jet crash

Posted: 07/09/2013 - Many survivors of Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco have a surprising pattern of spine injuries that a doctor says shows how violently they were shaken despite wearing seat belts.

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Tennova, Covenent join Community Health Alliance

Updated: 07/08/2013 - The Community Health Alliance (CHA), Tennessee's health insurance CO-OP, collaborated with these two East Tennessee partners, as well as Decatur County General Hospital.

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Jury convicts former doctor in Vegas hep C case

Posted: 07/02/2013 - A prominent former Las Vegas doctor and endoscopy clinic owner was convicted Monday of all 27 criminal charges against him — including second-degree murder — in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

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Doctors: Patents keep HIV drugs too pricy to use

Posted: 07/02/2013 - Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that rising intellectual property rights are blocking the generic production of newer drugs to treat HIV and are keeping them out of reach for developing countries.

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Germantown begins own ambulance service

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Germantown Fire Chief John Selberg said he was able to make the numbers work by shifting some firefighter positions to the emergency medical service.

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Judge: Hobby Lobby won't have to pay fines

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Hobby Lobby and a sister company will not be subject to $1.3 million in daily fines beginning Monday for failing to provide access to certain forms of birth control through its employees' health care plans.

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Death Valley temps at least tie record

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Temperatures in Death Valley — the legendary hottest place on Earth — at least tied a record Sunday as a heat wave brought triple-digit highs across the West.

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