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China passes law to curb abuse of mental hospitals

Posted: 10/26/2012 - China's legislature on Friday passed a long-awaited mental health law that aims to prevent people from being involuntarily held and unnecessarily treated in psychiatric facilities

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Study: Aspirin may help treat some colon cancers

Posted: 10/25/2012 - Aspirin, one of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that's thought to play a role in the disease.

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CPR less likely for minorities on street or home

Posted: 10/25/2012 - It's one of the largest studies to show how race, income and other neighborhood characteristics combine to affect someone's willingness to offer heart-reviving help.

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State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

Posted: 10/24/2012 - The probe can't yet conclusively prove what caused the outbreak, a top health official said. In the meantime, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he wants to tighten oversight at similar companies.

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Answers sought as $3B Texas cancer agency meets

Posted: 10/24/2012 - Texas put $3 billion on the table to prove it was serious about fighting cancer, but it will take more than money to convince scientists that's still the case.

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Records detail Mass. firm linked to meningitis

Posted: 10/23/2012 - New state documents detail problems found in 2006 by an outside firm hired to do an assessment at the company at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak.

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Pediatricians offer first report on organic foods

Posted: 10/23/2012 - Parents who want to reduce their kids' exposure to pesticides may seek out organic fruits and vegetables, but they aren't necessarily safer or more nutritious than conventional foods

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FDA: 5 reported deaths with Monster drink link

Posted: 10/23/2012 - The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating.

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Cheerleading needs sports safety rules, docs say

Posted: 10/22/2012 - In a new policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says cheerleading has become a lot more physical and athletic, and it should get the same kind of safety oversight that sports get.

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APNewsBreak: Questions for Medicare in outbreak

Posted: 10/22/2012 - The giant health insurance program for seniors long ago flagged compounded drugs produced for the mass market without oversight from the Food and Drug Administration as safety risks.

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Earlier puberty seen in boys, just like in girls

Posted: 10/22/2012 - Researchers have found signs of puberty in American boys up to two years earlier than previously reported — age 9 on average for blacks, 10 for whites and Hispanics.

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Father of bone marrow transplant is dead at 92

Posted: 10/22/2012 - E. Donnall Thomas, a physician who pioneered the use of bone marrow transplants in leukemia patients and later won the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine, has died in Seattle at age 92.

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Freezing eggs for fertility works, caution urged

Posted: 10/19/2012 - Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility — but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.

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WA apple farmers may see boon from bad weather

Posted: 10/19/2012 - For apple farmers in producing states like New York and Michigan, this has been a forgettable year, with severe declines in production of as much as 90 percent.

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Italian court blames benign brain tumor on phone

Posted: 10/19/2012 - Italy's top court has ruled that a businessman developed a benign brain tumor because he held a cellphone to his ear for hours daily for his job and deserves worker's compensation.

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FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match

Posted: 10/19/2012 - The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

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Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men

Posted: 10/17/2012 - America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found.

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HPV shots don't make girls promiscuous, study says

Posted: 10/16/2012 - Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.

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