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New guidelines for school closures due to H1N1 Virus

Posted: 08/07/2009 - The first day of school is just around the corner for millions of children in the US and just under two weeks away for Knox County students. With it comes the worry schools will shut down again due to the H1N1 virus. Friday, health officials put out guidelines on how to protect, and manage, an outbreak.

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FDA: Schering psychiatric appears safe, effective

Posted: 07/28/2009 - Federal health regulators say an experimental drug from Schering-Plough Corp. appears to be safe and effective for patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Cancer group sues, says hot dogs need warnings

Posted: 07/22/2009 - Hot dogs may be as American as baseball and apple pie, but a national cancer-awareness group says they're hazardous to your health and should carry warning labels.

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How safe and effective are sunscreens?

Posted: 07/03/2009 - Sunscreens are improving, but three of five brand-name products either don't protect the skin from sun damage sufficiently, contain hazardous chemicals, or both, according to a report by the watchdog organization Environmental Working Group (EWG).

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HPV vaccine for men?

Updated: 06/25/2009 - Men and boys might soon be using a vaccine which prevents the Human Papillomavirus types 16, 18, 6, and 11. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and types 16 and 18 account for 70 percent of the nation’s cervical cancer cases.

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Volunteering for medical research

Updated: 06/24/2009 - Before a new drug can make it on the market, its affects have to be tested on people, and, a group is performing some of those studies right here in town.

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New HIV map finds cases heavy in the South

Posted: 06/22/2009 - A new internet data map offers a first-of-its-kind, county-level look at HIV cases in the U.S. and finds the infection rates tend to be highest in the South.

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Local healthcare reform debate

Updated: 06/15/2009 - In less than two months, Congress has been asked to have a new National healthcare program ready to present to the President. But some local medical professionals worry what the future could hold, with this quick decision.

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Testing drugs for safety

Posted: 06/08/2009 - Federal regulators are investigating at least two dozen drugs for safety problems.

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FDA weighs approval of psychiatric drugs for kids

Posted: 06/05/2009 - Three blockbuster psychiatric drugs currently approved for adults also appear to work in adolescents, though federal health officials have concerns about their side effects.

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Swine flu deaths reported in Wis., Calif., Ill.

Posted: 06/04/2009 - Health officials in Wisconsin, California and Illinois are reporting new deaths from swine flu and say all three patients had had other health problems.

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New Mexico boy dies of plague, sister recovering

Posted: 06/04/2009 - New Mexico health officials say an 8-year-old boy has died after contracting bubonic plague and his 10-year-old sister, who also contracted the illness, is hospitalized and recovering.

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