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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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Court stays out of Planned Parenthood funding case

Posted: 05/29/2013 - The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions among its medical services.

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French man dies of SARS-related respiratory virus

Posted: 05/29/2013 - A French patient infected with a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS died Tuesday of the disease, which has killed half the people known to be infected and alarmed global health officials.

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Ugly plants worst for people with allergies

Posted: 05/29/2013 - Dr. Robert Valet, an allergist and assistant professor of medicine, said plants like ragweed, mugwort, plantain and pigweed produce disproportionate amounts of pollen, which can trigger allergic reactions.

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'Crack baby' scare overblown, teen research says

Posted: 05/27/2013 - Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.

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Doctors save Ohio boy by 'printing' an airway tube

Posted: 05/23/2013 - In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.

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Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

Posted: 05/23/2013 - The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that businesses should be allowed to seek exception from that part of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs.

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Nearly all US states see hefty drop in teen births

Posted: 05/23/2013 - The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.

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Cancer Society hits 100 as US cancer rate falls

Updated: 05/22/2013 - Back in 1913 when it was formed, cancer was a lesser threat for most Americans. The biggest killers then were flu, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and stomach bugs.

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Portland, Ore., rejecting water fluoridation

Posted: 05/22/2013 - With more than 80 percent of the expected ballots counted late Tuesday night, the Multnomah County election website showed the fluoride proposal failing, 60 percent to 40 percent.

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Report: NPS hantavirus response followed policy

Posted: 05/22/2013 - The report released by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General found that park officials responded to last summer's outbreak appropriately and within department policy.

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Measles surges in UK years after vaccine scare

Posted: 05/20/2013 - More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of a vaccine scare that raised the specter of autism.

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Flesh-eating disease victim gets prosthetic hands

Posted: 05/20/2013 - A metro Atlanta woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease was on her way back from Ohio Friday after being fitted with prosthetic hands.

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