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New gene triples risk for Alzheimer's disease

Posted: 11/15/2012 - Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

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British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu

Posted: 11/13/2012 - A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.

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Food labels multiply, some confuse consumers

Posted: 11/12/2012 - Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month .

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Malaria vaccine a letdown for infants

Posted: 11/09/2012 - An experimental malaria vaccine once thought promising is turning out to be a disappointment, with a new study showing it is only about 30 percent effective at protecting infants from the killer disease.

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Obama's health care overhaul turns into a sprint

Posted: 11/09/2012 - The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.

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Experts raise concerns over superhuman workplace

Posted: 11/08/2012 - Academics from Britain's leading institutions say attention needs to be focused on the consequences of technology which may one day allow — or compel — humans to work better, longer and harder.

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Pfizer says FDA approves arthritis drug Xeljanz

Posted: 11/07/2012 - Pfizer says the Food and Drug Administration approved its rheumatoid arthritis pill Xeljanz, seen as potential big seller for the world's largest pharmaceutical company.

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Study: Looking old may be a sign of heart risks

Posted: 11/06/2012 - Researchers found that those with receding hairlines, bald heads, wrinkles near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids were more likely to have had a heart attack or clogged arteries.

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Study: Vitamins don't lower heart risks in men

Posted: 11/06/2012 - Multivitamins might help lower the risk for cancer in healthy older men but do not affect their chances of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

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Even fit baby boomers won't escape heart problems

Posted: 11/06/2012 - Here's a reality check for health-conscious baby boomers: Even among those in good shape, at least 1 in 3 will eventually develop heart problems or have a stroke.

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Doctors debate value of 'fringe' heart treatment

Posted: 11/05/2012 - A heart disease treatment that many doctors consider to be fringe medicine unexpectedly showed some promise in a federal study clouded by ethical and scientific controversy, causing debate about the results.

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Surgery seems best for heart disease in diabetics

Posted: 11/05/2012 - New research shows that people with diabetes and several clogged heart arteries fare better with bypass surgery instead of having stents placed to prop open their blood vessels.

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Floods render NYC hospitals powerless

Posted: 11/02/2012 - The closures led to dramatic scenes of doctors carrying patients down dark stairwells, nurses operating respirators by hand, and a bucket brigade of National Guard troops hauling fuel to rooftop generators

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Justice Dept.: OK with new review of health law

Posted: 11/01/2012 - The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it does not object to reopening a Christian college's challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

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Officials debate whether to scrap malaria program

Posted: 10/31/2012 - The future of a pricey malaria program meant to provide cheap drugs for poor patients may be in jeopardy after health officials clashed over its effectiveness in two new reports.

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Man with 'bionic' leg to climb Chicago skyscraper

Posted: 10/31/2012 - He will put this groundbreaking "bionic" leg to the ultimate test Sunday when he attempts to climb 103 flights of stairs to the top of Chicago's Willis Tower, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.

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Baptist, Vanderbilt collaborate on cancer care

Posted: 10/31/2012 - Two major hospitals in Tennessee have teamed up to fight cancer in a collaboration that will allow doctors in Memphis and Nashville to pool resources and share research.

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Mammograms: For 1 life saved, 3 women overtreated

Posted: 10/30/2012 - The review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed, meaning they were unnecessarily treated for a cancer that would never have threatened their lives.

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New UN "atlas" links climate change, health

Posted: 10/30/2012 - Two U.N. agencies have mapped the intersection of health and climate in an age of global warming, showing that there are spikes in meningitis when dust storms hit and outbreaks of dengue fever when hard rains come.

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