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More signs that US births may have stopped falling
5 Dec 2013 at 9:19pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? There's more evidence that U.S. births may be leveling off after years of decline.
Face transplants thriving 2 years after operations
4 Dec 2013 at 12:19pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? The nation's first full face transplant patients are growing into their new appearances ? literally.
FDA approves breakthrough hepatitis C drug
6 Dec 2013 at 2:50pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Federal health officials have approved a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc. that is expected to offer a faster, more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying virus.
Health website transactions fail 10 percent of time: U.S. official
6 Dec 2013 at 4:05pm
As millions of people shop online for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, about 10 percent of applications to the main website are not being accurately transmitted, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. Last week, the White House wrapped up a five-week emergency effort to fix the most obvious of the website's technical problems and between midnight on Sunday and noon on Friday, government health officials said 3.7 million people visited. HealthCare.gov relays information about new customers in so-called "834" transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.
Mexico hospitalizes six suspected of stealing radioactive material
6 Dec 2013 at 3:42pm
By Miguel Gutierrez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Six men suspected of stealing a dangerous radioactive cargo from a truck outside Mexico City earlier this week have been treated in a hospital for signs of radiation exposure and remain under police guard, officials said on Friday. On Monday, thieves hijacked the truck that had been carrying cobalt-60, a radioactive substance used for medical and industrial applications that can also be used as an ingredient in a "dirty bomb." Police located the truck on Wednesday but found that the robbers had removed the radioactive material from a protective case, exposing themselves to dangerous levels of radiation, before dumping it less than a mile away. Pedro Noble, the health secretary of the state of Hidalgo, told local television the men showed signs of "critical, close contact" with radioactive material. The truck, which was taking the material from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste-storage center, was seized when its driver stopped at a gas station in the town of Temascalapa, 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Mexico City.
FDA approves Gilead's breakthrough hepatitis C pill
6 Dec 2013 at 3:34pm
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday approved Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi, also known as sofosbuvir, as a potential cure for chronic infection with the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus. The once-a-day pill is the first approved to treat certain types of hepatitis C infection without the need for interferon, an injected drug that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. Hepatitis C, which is often undiagnosed, affects about 3.2 million Americans, killing more than 15,000 each year, mostly from illnesses such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Most patients will be treated with the $7,000-a-week drug for 12 weeks, resulting in a total price of $84,000, according to Gilead spokeswoman Cara Miller.
An Argument to Resolve
6 Dec 2013 at 3:32pm
At the beginning of every year, we try to start anew. Why wait? End the year with an early bang and ride smoothly into 2014. There's nothing like getting a head start.
Train Crash Sheds Light on Shift Work Disorder
6 Dec 2013 at 3:13pm
The diagnosis is made when an individual works a nontraditional shift, feels sleepiness as a result, and this sleepiness impacts the work life or home life in some negative way. The commuter train crash reads like a primer illustrating the finer points of shift work disorder.
Florida researcher to study high-altitude dust for health risks
6 Dec 2013 at 2:57pm
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida researcher is preparing to test massive dust storms in the upper atmosphere that roll in from Africa to see whether pathogens raining down on the state could be responsible for plant, animal or human disease. University of Florida aerobiologist Andrew Schuerger said his air sampling device mounted under the wing of an F-104 Starfighter jet is the first capable of capturing particles directly from the clouds which drop 50 million metric tons of dust a year on U.S. soil. The effort will be the most in-depth yet to test the health risks of the dust clouds which cross the Atlantic in summer, according to Scheurger. A few previous studies of small samples collected at ground level suggest the presence of Bacillus megaterium, Serratia liquefaciens, and species of Streptomyces and Pseudomonas, all of which are potential plant or human pathogens.
Viagra Might Help Relieve Bad Menstrual Cramps
6 Dec 2013 at 2:53pm
The active ingredients in the little blue pill could have another purpose: Providing relief for women affected by severe menstrual cramps, a small new study suggests. Researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine found that when sildenafil citrate, more commonly known as Viagra, was applied vaginally to women plagued by severe menstrual cramps, they experienced pain relief compared with placebo. Sildenafil citrate is currently used as a drug to treat erectile dysfunction in men. ...
'Cannibal Sandwich' Gets Bad Review From Health Officials
6 Dec 2013 at 2:49pm
Federal health officials warn against the "cannibal sandwich," a raw meat sandwich popular as a holiday treat in Wisconsin.
MIT Reports Gastroenteritis Outbreak
6 Dec 2013 at 2:39pm
Stomach flu is going around MIT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a statement announcing a gastroenteritis outbreak on its campus, which includes symptoms of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Two of the people were seen by MIT Medical staff at the beginning of the week, and 16 more were seen on Wednesday (Dec. 5).
Healthy Living Conversations Better Left Off the Holiday Table
6 Dec 2013 at 2:19pm
Keep the peace among all parties this year. We can all co-exist in a world that brought us beets and Bundt cake. Everyone has an opinion and a way of life; we don't need to discuss it while dining.
Procrastination: I Won't Let You Get the Best of Me!
6 Dec 2013 at 2:05pm
Eventually, it all gets done, but it's that worrying of having pending issues to close out, which can sometimes lead to just not knowing how to get started. Therefore, let's shift our focus on what we can control.
Did the Government Cause the Obesity Epidemic?
6 Dec 2013 at 1:47pm
A great deal of money is being made from our nutritional confusion. Even worse, the government created these guidelines in much the same way it creates laws: by listening to lobbyists and by making compromises.