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UK patient dies from SARS-like coronavirus

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham says the coronavirus victim was an outpatient being treated for "a long-term, complex unrelated health problem" who had a compromised immune system.

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Study: Better TV might improve kids' behavior

Updated: 02/18/2013 - Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

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UN warns risk of hepatitis E in S. Sudan grows

Posted: 02/18/2013 - The United Nations says an outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South Sudan since July, and has become endemic in the region.

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Obama admin winds down plan for 'uninsurables'

Posted: 02/18/2013 - In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking new applications. People already in the plan will not lose coverage.

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States' choices set up national health experiment

Posted: 02/18/2013 - The nation is about evenly split between states that decided they want a say in running new insurance markets and states that are defaulting to federal control because they don't want to participate in "Obamacare."

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Study: Fish in drug-tainted water suffer reaction

Posted: 02/15/2013 - The findings, published online Thursday in the journal Science, add to the mounting evidence that minuscule amounts of medicines in rivers and streams can alter the biology and behavior of fish

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Synthetic marijuana linked to kidney damage

Posted: 02/15/2013 - Sixteen people who smoked synthetic marijuana were hospitalized with kidney problems last year in six states. All recovered but five of them needed dialysis.

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FDA seizes illegal dietary supplements

Posted: 02/14/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration says U.S. marshals have seized illegal dietary supplements from a Florida company because some may contain a dangerous pharmaceutical ingredient.

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Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

Posted: 02/14/2013 - About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

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Clues to why most survived China melamine scandal

Posted: 02/14/2013 - In 2008, at least six babies died and 300,000 became sick after being fed infant formula that had been deliberately and illegally tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

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Report: Tracking system needed to fight fake drugs

Posted: 02/13/2013 - Fighting the problem of fake drugs will require putting medications through a chain of custody like U.S. courts require for evidence in a trial, the Institute of Medicine reported Wednesday.

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Study questions kidney cancer treatment in elderly

Posted: 02/13/2013 - Even though nearly all of these tumors turned out to be cancer, they rarely proved fatal. And surgery roughly doubled patients' risk of developing heart problems or dying of other causes, doctors found.

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Government seeks changes for malt liquor Four Loko

Posted: 02/13/2013 - The makers of a popular carbonated alcoholic drink guzzled on college campuses are going to be changing the look of its Four Loko cans to settle the government's charges of deceptive marketing.

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Salt subtly trimmed from many foods amid campaign

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Salt has quietly been slipping out of dozens of the most familiar foods in brand-name America, from Butterball turkeys to Uncle Ben's flavored rice dishes to Goya canned beans.

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Union University in Jackson closed due to illness

Posted: 02/12/2013 - University spokesman Tim Ellsworth says about 300 students have reported suffering a stomach sickness. Ellsworth says most of the ill students come from the university's residential population of 1,100.

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What heals traumatized kids? Answers are lacking

Updated: 02/11/2013 - School-based counseling treatments showed the most promise, but there's no hard proof that anxiety drugs or other medication work and far more research is needed to provide solid answers, say the authors.

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After early start, worst of flu season may be over

Updated: 02/11/2013 - The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday.

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Watson's medical expertise offered commercially

Posted: 02/08/2013 - The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said Friday.

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Girl is Cambodia's 5th bird flu fatality this year

Posted: 02/08/2013 - Cambodia's Health Ministry and the World Health Organization announced Friday that the girl had a history of contact with poultry in her village in southeastern Takeo province.

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