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Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids

Posted: 04/04/2013 - The figure is roughly twice the previous high estimate. But that's because the government last year lowered the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk.

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New bird flu strain causes fifth death in China

Posted: 04/04/2013 - The 48-year-old man, who died in Shanghai, is one of several among the infected believed to have had direct contact with fowl. Until recently, the virus, called H7N9, was not known to infect humans.

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Walgreen clinics expand care into chronic illness

Updated: 04/04/2013 - Walgreen Co. has stretched the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

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Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost

Posted: 04/04/2013 - Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year.

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China bird flu mutates, might infect mammals

Posted: 04/04/2013 - In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday.

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Scientists: China bird virus likely silent threat

Posted: 04/03/2013 - Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of a bird flu strain that has killed three people in China said Wednesday that the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1

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Obama proposes $100M for brain mapping project

Posted: 04/03/2013 - He asked Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a project that will explore details of the brain, which contains 100 billion cells and trillions of connections.

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New world strategy aims to eradicate polio by 2018

Posted: 04/03/2013 - A new global plan aims to end most cases of polio by late next year, and essentially eradicate the paralyzing disease by 2018 — if authorities can raise the $5.5 billion needed to do the work, health officials said.

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Obamacare credits could trigger surprise tax bills

Posted: 04/03/2013 - Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don't accurately project their income.

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UT hosts free health fair for UT community

Posted: 04/02/2013 - The University of Tennessee Medical Center is teaming up with the College of Nursing and Student Health Center on Wednesday to help make sure the whole UT family stays healthy.

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Questions in China on how H7N9 flu strain killed 2

Posted: 04/02/2013 - Health officials say they still don't understand how a lesser-known bird flu virus was able to kill two men and seriously sicken a woman in China, but that it's unlikely that it can spread easily among humans.

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Can mass marketing heal the splits on 'Obamacare'?

Posted: 04/01/2013 - How do you convince millions of average Americans that one of the most complex and controversial programs devised by government may actually be a good deal for them?

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Drug maker Novartis loses India patent battle

Posted: 04/01/2013 - Novartis had argued that it needed a patent to protect its investment in the cancer drug Glivec, while activists said the drug did not merit intellectual property protection in India because it was not a new medicine.

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Paralyzed ex-athlete's foundation helping others

Posted: 04/01/2013 - The burly Hargrave's head was filled with dreams of playing college baseball as he strode into the gym, stretched out on a bench and pressed 300 pounds above his body. Again and again.

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UT has new nurse practitioner options

Posted: 04/01/2013 - The dean of the University of Tennessee's College of Nursing says there's a shortage of pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioners.

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Tenn. lawmakers could require EpiPens in schools

Posted: 03/31/2013 - A proposal is advancing in the Legislature that would allow at least two epinephrine auto-injectors to be placed in all public and private schools in Tennessee.

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Farm Rich products recalled over E. coli fears

Posted: 03/29/2013 - Rich Products Corp. has announced a voluntary recall of its Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas and other Farm Rich products because of a possible E. coli contamination.

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US launches new batch of graphic anti-smoking ads

Posted: 03/29/2013 - Government health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort convinced tens of thousands to quit.

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Scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk

Posted: 03/29/2013 - One analysis suggests that among men whose family history gives them roughly a 20 percent lifetime risk for prostate cancer, such genetic markers could identify those whose real risk is 60 percent.

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