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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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Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent

Updated: 03/29/2013 - A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes "Let's make a deal'

Posted: 03/25/2013 - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

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Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas

Posted: 03/21/2013 - In half the states, mainly led by Democrats, officials are racing deadlines to connect uninsured residents to coverage now only months away. In others it's as if "Obamacare" had never passed.

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Influential pediatricians group backs gay marriage

Posted: 03/21/2013 - The nation's most influential pediatrician's group has endorsed gay marriage, saying a stable relationship between parents regardless of sexual orientation contributes to a child's health and well-being.

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UK: Public OK with creating babies from 3 people

Posted: 03/21/2013 - Critics, however, slammed the decision as a breach of ethics, saying there were already safe methods like egg donation to allow people to have children without mitochondria defects.

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Medical marijuana facility partners with rapper

Posted: 03/21/2013 - A Michigan medical marijuana facility is partnering with a member of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to cultivate and distribute a new strain of medical marijuana.

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Crossville celebrates new public health center

Posted: 03/21/2013 - According to a news release from the state Health Department, Cumberland County's new Community Health Center replaces an outdated clinic built in 1966.

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Report: East TN home to 3 of 4 counties with worst health outcomes

Updated: 03/20/2013 - Knox Co. jumped near the top of the list in health factors, taking second place. Blount Co. fell a few spots, but still finished sixth, while Loudon Co. rounded out the top ten. Anderson and Blount also finished in the top quartile.

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