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Hedgehog Alert! Prickly pets can carry salmonella

Posted: 02/01/2013 - In the last year, 20 people were infected by a rare but dangerous form of salmonella bacteria, and one person died in January. The illnesses were linked to contact with hedgehogs kept as pets, the CDC reported.

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EU proposal to protect bees stirs hornets' nest

Posted: 02/01/2013 - On Thursday, the EU's commissioner for health and consumer policy, Tonio Borg, proposed to restrict the use of three pesticides — called nenicotinoids — to crops to which bees are not attracted.

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Widower of meningitis victim sues clinic

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The husband of a Nashville woman who died in the fungal meningitis outbreak after receiving injections has sued the clinic that gave the shots.

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State board to discuss compounding pharmacies

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Members of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacists will be discussing additional measures the state could take in regulating compounding pharmacies in the wake of a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis

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Some families to be priced out of health overhaul

Posted: 01/31/2013 - Some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own.

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Sex to burn calories? Authors expose obesity myths

Posted: 01/31/2013 - All are myths or at least presumptions that may not be true, say researchers who reviewed the science behind some widely held obesity beliefs and found it lacking.

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APNewsBreak: EPA moves to ban some rodent poisons

Posted: 01/31/2013 - The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand in an effort to protect children and pets.

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Soldier with new arms determined to be independent

Posted: 01/30/2013 - After weeks of round-the-clock medical care, Brendan Marrocco insisted on rolling his own wheelchair into a news conference using his new transplanted arms. Then he brushed his hair to one side.

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Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

Posted: 01/30/2013 - A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.

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9/11 fund makes 1st payments to sick responders

Posted: 01/30/2013 - A special fund set up by Congress to compensate people who got sick after being exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust following Sept. 11 is making its first round of payments

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Cadavers honored in med student dissection lab

Updated: 01/29/2013 - When medical students have finished their study and practice on cadavers, they often hold a respectful memorial service to honor these bodies donated to science.

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16 sick in 5 states; linked to ground beef recall

Posted: 01/29/2013 - No one has died, but half were hospitalized. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits

Posted: 01/28/2013 - The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

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CDC: Flu seems to level off except in the West

Posted: 01/28/2013 - New government figures show that flu cases seem to be leveling off nationwide. Flu activity is declining in most regions although still rising in the West.

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Trial under way in LA hip joint replacement suit

Posted: 01/28/2013 - The fraud and negligence suit is the first of thousands of similar cases to reach trial in the United States that involve an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago.

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Cambodia reports 3 new bird flu cases, 2 fatal

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Cambodia on Friday reported three new human cases of bird flu, two of them fatal, in the first three weeks of this year. That's as many cases as the Southeast Asian country reported in all of 2012.

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Burger King drops supplier linked to horsemeat

Posted: 01/24/2013 - British and Irish burger fans could face a Whopper shortage. Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish meat processor whose patties were found to contain traces of horsemeat.

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Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk

Posted: 01/24/2013 - U.S. women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more

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Scientists to resume work with lab-bred bird flu

Posted: 01/24/2013 - International scientists who last year halted controversial research with the deadly bird flu say they are resuming their work as countries adopt new rules to ensure safety.

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Flu season fuels debate over paid sick time laws

Posted: 01/21/2013 - An unusually early and vigorous flu season is drawing attention to a cause that has scored victories but also hit roadblocks in recent years: mandatory paid sick leave for a third of civilian workers who don't have it.

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