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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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To ease shortage of organs, grow them in a lab?

Updated: 06/18/2013 - By the time 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally got a lung transplant last week, she'd been waiting for months, and her parents had sued to give her a better shot at surgery.

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Boston hospital to offer hand transplants for kids

Posted: 06/17/2013 - The move shows the growing willingness to do transplants to enhance a patient's life rather than to save it as donated hearts, livers and other organs have done in the past.

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Girl who took on transplant rules gets new lungs

Updated: 06/13/2013 - A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.

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Seniors warned about phone call scam

Posted: 06/13/2013 - Officials are warning Tennessee's seniors about a scam involving recorded phone calls promising free or low cost personal emergency or medical alert systems.

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Court hears arguments on NYC's big soda ban

Posted: 06/12/2013 - A state appeals court panel had few sweet words Tuesday for a city health regulation that would fight diabetes and obesity by setting a size limit on sugary beverages sold in restaurants.

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Feds now back morning-after pills for all girls

Posted: 06/11/2013 - The Justice Department on Monday notified U.S. District Judge Edward Korman it will submit a plan for compliance. If he approves it, the department will drop its appeal of his April ruling.

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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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