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WHO: China bird flu not spreading easily in humans

Posted: 04/22/2013 - Fifteen global and Chinese health experts are on a mission in Beijing and Shanghai to learn more about the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed 17 people and sickened 70 others, said Dr. Michael O'Leary.

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Man dies as UK measles epidemic spreads

Posted: 04/22/2013 - U.K. authorities say a 25-year-old man is suspected to have died from measles as an epidemic continues to sweep across south Wales.

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Experts unclear how China bird flu infects humans

Posted: 04/18/2013 - The uncertainty adds to challenges the Chinese government is facing in trying to control the spread of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has already killed 17 people and infected 70 others in the country.

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Ky. woman's meningitis death boosts toll to 15

Posted: 04/18/2013 - Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer told The Tennessean 71-year-old Carol Wetton of Guthrie, Ky., died Tuesday of complications from an original infection.

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3 cancer scientists awarded $500K NY medical prize

Posted: 04/17/2013 - Three scientists at universities in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Oregon whose research has helped transform cancer treatment will share one of the richest prizes in medicine and biomedical research.

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EpiPen bill headed to governor

Updated: 04/16/2013 - Legislation that would authorize at least two epinephrine auto-injectors be placed in all public and private schools in Tennessee is headed to the governor for his consideration.

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Court: Can human genes be patented?

Updated: 04/15/2013 - DNA may be the building block of life, but can something taken from it also be the building block of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly?

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Report finds lax oversight of specialty pharmacies

Posted: 04/15/2013 - Congressional investigators say pharmacy boards in nearly all 50 states lack the information and expertise to oversee specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year.

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AP Newsbreak: Medicare means test plan detailed

Posted: 04/12/2013 - President Barack Obama's latest plan to raise monthly Medicare premiums for upper-income retirees would significantly expand the number who would be expected to pay more.

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Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn

Posted: 04/12/2013 - A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them.

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US says preemie study didn't fully disclose risks

Posted: 04/12/2013 - Officials trying to right Tunisia's ailing economy shouldn't count on an estimated $20 billion still to be recovered from the family of the deposed dictator, a prominent Tunisian economist said Friday.

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Tracking Obama's health law in budget isn't easy

Posted: 04/11/2013 - It turns out that the costs of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare to its unyielding Republican foes— are sprinkled here and there through hundreds of pages of budget books.

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Doctors use brain scans to 'see' and measure pain

Posted: 04/11/2013 - Scans might be used someday to tell when pain is hurting a baby, someone with dementia or a paralyzed person unable to talk. They might lead to new, less addictive pain medicines.

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Medication nation: Study shows antibiotic overuse

Posted: 04/11/2013 - U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds.

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Budget: cover uninsured, trim Medicare, tax cigs

Posted: 04/11/2013 - President Barack Obama's new budget offers Medicare cuts to entice Republicans into tax negotiations, while plowing ahead to cover the uninsured next year under the health care law the GOP has bitterly fought to repeal.

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China's bird flu response shows new openness

Updated: 04/11/2013 - After a new and lethal strain of bird flu emerged in Shanghai two weeks ago, the government of China's bustling financial capital responded with live updates on a Twitter-like microblog.

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Boxers work to knock out Parkinson's symptoms

Posted: 04/10/2013 - When Mary Yeaman was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2006, she could barely bring herself to leave her house. Her muscles were weak, and she was having a hard time coping.

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