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FDA concludes mercury in dental fillings not risky
Associated Press - Tue Jul 28, 2009
WASHINGTON - The government declared Tuesday that silver dental fillings contain too little mercury to harm the millions who've had cavities filled with them - including young children - and that only people allergic to mercury need to avoid them. More»

UW Hospital Says It Wasn't Negligent After Treating CJD Patient
WISC-TV - Thu Jul 23, 2009
MADISON, Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin Hospital officials denied on Friday the hospital was negligent in any way regarding the possible transmission of a rare and fatal neurological disease to 53 people. More»

Photo: Florida hospital defends secretly deporting patient Florida hospital defends secretly deporting patient
Associated Press - Wed Jul 22, 2009
STUART, Florida - All sides agree on one thing in the strange case of a South Florida hospital that secretly repatriated a seriously brain injured patient back to Guatemala. More»

CDC: Teen Pregnancy and Disease Rates Rose Sharply During Bush Years
Georgia Public Broadcasting - Mon Jul 20, 2009
Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush's evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US's major public health body. More»

Renewed Call to Get Antibiotics Out of Food
Associated Press - Tue Jun 23, 2009
The use of the powerful antibiotic streptomycin as a growth-promoting agent in turkeys also quickly promotes the growth of dangerous streptomycin-resistant coliform bacteria, according to researchers at University of California, Davis. More»

Photo: Nestle recalls Toll House cookie dough products Nestle recalls Toll House cookie dough products
Associated Press - Thu Jun 18, 2009
NEW YORK - Federal authorities are investigating a new outbreak of bacteria-triggered illness related to a sweet treat treasured by the heartbroken and children-at-heart - packaged raw cookie dough. More»

Photo: FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell
Associated Press - Mon Jun 15, 2009
WASHINGTON - Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said Tuesday. More»

Photo: Indian health care needs unmet Indian health care needs unmet
Associated Press - Sun Jun 14, 2009
CROW AGENCY, Montana - Ta'Shon Rain Little Light, a happy little girl who loved to dance and dress up in traditional American Indian clothes, had stopped eating and walking. More»

$2M for kin of woman who died on NY hospital floor
Associated Press - Wed May 27, 2009
NEW YORK - The family of a woman who died on a hospital floor, struggling to get up while staffers ignored her, has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city for $2 million. More»

Photo: Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
HealthDay - Sun May 24, 2009
Low levels of vitamin D may contribute to cancer development, US researchers have found. More»

More Medical Mistakes at VA Clinics
Associated Press - Sun May 17, 2009
Federal officials have been warning thousands of former patients they might have been exposed to infection at three Veterans Affairs facilities, yet other VA patients are not being warned about less serious mistakes with the same equipment at more than a dozen other VA centers. More»

Vet Released from VA with IV Still in his Arm
WXPI-TV - Tue May 12, 2009
PITTSBURGH - A mother is up in arms after her son, a Vietnam veteran, is returned home from the hospital still wearing a gown and IV needle in his arm. More»

Obama: Schools with infections may need to close
Associated Press - Tue Apr 28, 2009
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that school closings may be necessary, in an escalating global health emergency that claimed the first death in the United States and swept Germany onto the roster of afflicted nations. More»

Officials say US deaths expected from swine flu
Associated Press - Mon Apr 27, 2009
NEW YORK - The global swine flu outbreak worsened Tuesday as authorities said hundreds of students at a New York school have fallen ill and federal officials said they expected to see U. More»

Swine Flu: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Outbreak
Time - Sun Apr 26, 2009
Concern that the world could be on the brink of the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years escalated Sunday as France, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Spain reported potential new cases in which people had been infected with swine flu and Canada confirmed several new cases. More»

WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu
HealthDay - Fri Apr 24, 2009
Mexican authorities continued to take dramatic steps Saturday to try to contain the swine flu outbreak that has killed as many as 68 people, and sickened more than 1,000 others. More»

Photo: CDC: Rocket fuel chemical found in baby formula CDC: Rocket fuel chemical found in baby formula
Associated Press - Thu Apr 2, 2009
ATLANTA - Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the ingredient, a government study has found. More»

Mad cow disease suspected in Spanish doctor's death
CNN - Sat Mar 28, 2009
A Spanish pathologist who specialized in a human strain of mad cow disease died Saturday, and officials suspect the disease played a role in his death, officials said. More»

Insurers shun those taking certain meds
Miami Herald - Sat Mar 28, 2009
Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You'll automatically be denied coverage. More»

Government bans 'downer' cows from food supply
Associated Press - Sat Mar 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - The government on Saturday permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand on their own, seeking to further minimize the chance that mad cow disease could enter the food supply. More»

After Abuse, Changes in the Brain
New York Times - Thu Feb 26, 2009
For years, psychiatrists have known that children who are abused or neglected run a high risk of developing mental problems later in life, from anxiety and depression to substance abuse and suicide. More»

Photo: FBI raids Ga. plant at center of salmonella scare FBI raids Ga. plant at center of salmonella scare
Associated Press - Mon Feb 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - Federal agents on Monday raided a Georgia peanut processing plant linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak that has prompted one of the largest product recalls in US history. More»

Photo: FDA: Georgia plant knowingly sold salmonella-laced food FDA: Georgia plant knowingly sold salmonella-laced food
Associated Press - Fri Feb 6, 2009
WASHINGTON - As far back as 2007, salmonella-laced products were shipped by a Georgia peanut company that knew the peanuts probably were tainted and sometimes after tests confirmed that contamination, inspection records show. More»

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury
Washington Post - Fri Jan 23, 2009
Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new US studies. More»

Photo: Some Little Debbie products join snack food recall Some Little Debbie products join snack food recall
Associated Press - Sat Jan 17, 2009
WASHINGTON - The company that sells Little Debbie snacks announced a recall Sunday of peanut butter crackers because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak. More»

Photo: Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe
Associated Press - Fri Jan 9, 2009
The decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow US-manufactured infant formula contaminated with melamine or its byproducts onto store shelves is "seriously flawed" and medically risky because parents may feed their babies more than one product, scientists at the nonprofit group Consumers Union said Friday. More»

Photo: Salmonella in 42 states; Minn. eyes peanut butter Salmonella in 42 states; Minn. eyes peanut butter
Associated Press - Fri Jan 9, 2009
ATLANTA - Federal officials have not yet identified the cause of a salmonella outbreak striking almost 400 people in 42 states, but state officials in Minnesota said Friday they believe peanut butter may be involved. More»

Photo: Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water
Daily Mail, UK - Sun Jan 4, 2009
Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water. More»

Photo: Grape Extract Kills Cancer Cells Grape Extract Kills Cancer Cells
BBC - Thu Jan 1, 2009
An extract from grape seeds can destroy cancer cells, US research suggests. More»

Additives used in bacon, ham and chicken 'could make cancers grow'
Daily Mail, UK - Wed Dec 31, 2008
A common additive used in bacon and ham could fuel the growth of cancers, research suggests. More»

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