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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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Meningitis outbreak toll: 354 cases in 19 states

Posted: 10/30/2012 - An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

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FDA: Pharmacy tied to outbreak knew of bacteria

Posted: 10/29/2012 - Staffers at a pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak documented dozens of cases of mold and bacteria growing in rooms that were supposed to be sterile, according to federal health inspectors.

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6 European countries pull Novartis flu vaccines

Posted: 10/29/2012 - Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland have limited the use of Fluad or Aggripal, or both, after the company reported the appearance of small particles in the vaccine to Italian authorities.

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Mass. shuts down another compounding pharmacy

Posted: 10/29/2012 - Mass. shut down another compounding pharmacy over sterility concerns after a surprise inspection prompted by the nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a different company, state officials said.

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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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