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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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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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