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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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Meharry chief selected for Institute of Medicine

Posted: 10/16/2012 - The Institute of Medicine is devoted to improving public health and provides objective, evidence-based advice to policymakers, health professionals, the private sector and the public.

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Industry sues over NYC crackdown on sugary drinks

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health

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Argentina Supreme Court OK's sex slave's abortion

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Argentina's Supreme Court has ruled that a woman rescued from a prostitution ring must get the abortion she wants, and chastised public officials who put her in the center of a political firestorm.

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7 advisers resign at embattled Texas cancer agency

Posted: 10/15/2012 - The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has awarded nearly $700 million in grants since 2009, making Texas home to the nation's biggest pot of cancer-research dollars

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AP Impact: Feds muff kid jewelry cadmium crackdown

Posted: 10/15/2012 - Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children's hands.

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CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead

Posted: 10/12/2012 - Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation's growing meningitis outbreak

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Bioethics panel urges more gene privacy protection

Posted: 10/11/2012 - It sounds like a scene from a TV show: Someone sends a discarded coffee cup to a laboratory where the unwitting drinker's DNA is decoded, predicting what diseases lurk in his or her future.

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Soldiers claim illness after guarding KBR in Iraq

Posted: 10/11/2012 - A jury of six men and six women will decide whether the company is culpable for 12 Oregon National Guardsmen's exposure to the toxin and whether that exposure led to their ongoing respiratory illnesses.

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New allegations about meningitis-linked pharmacy

Posted: 10/11/2012 - The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday.

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