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Health News

Uninsured ER patients twice as likely to die
Associated Press - Wed Nov 18, 2009
CHICAGO - Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a troubling new study. More»

Photo: Vitamin D deficiency linked to strokes, heart disease Vitamin D deficiency linked to strokes, heart disease
AFP - Mon Nov 16, 2009
WASHINGTON - Insufficient intake of vitamin D, long known to play a key role in bone health, may significantly increase a person's risk of stroke, heart disease and even death, a US study said Monday. More»

Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
Associated Press - Fri Oct 23, 2009
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people. More»

Ambulances start charging extra for obese patients
Associated Press - Wed Oct 21, 2009
TOPEKA, Kansas - The memory still bothers Ken Keller: A panicked ambulance crew had a critically ill patient, but the man weighed more than 1,000 pounds and could not fit inside the vehicle. More»

Pfizer profit up 26 pct, tops estimate
AFP - Mon Oct 19, 2009
NEW YORK - Pharmaceutical industry leader Pfizer said Tuesday third-quarter profits rose 26 percent from a year ago to 2.88 billion dollars, as cost cuts helped offset lower revenues. More»

Photo: Feds to stop prosecuting medical marijuana users Feds to stop prosecuting medical marijuana users
Associated Press - Sun Oct 18, 2009
WASHINGTON - Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. More»

Domestic Violence a 'pre-existing condition'?
CNN - Mon Oct 5, 2009
WASHINGTON - Top House Democrats on Tuesday slammed insurers who claim that domestic violence is a pre-existing condition that can be used to deny coverage to battered women. More»

Photo: Nurse arrested on the job sues police Nurse arrested on the job sues police
WLS-TV - Mon Sep 21, 2009
CHICAGO - A nurse is suing the Chicago Police Department after her arrest at Illinois Masonic Hospital. More»

Dangerous staph germs found at West Coast beaches
Associated Press - Fri Sep 11, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO - Dangerous staph bacteria have been found in sand and water for the first time at five public beaches along the coast of Washington, and scientists think the state is not the only one with this problem. More»

Photo: Chemo in closet: Doctor finds way to treat Nevada's cancer patients Chemo in closet: Doctor finds way to treat Nevada's cancer patients
CNN - Mon Aug 17, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Christina Aguilar sits in a converted storage room of a Las Vegas medical center, the best hope for underinsured cancer patients to get the treatment they need. More»

Photo: Whistle-blower: Health care industry engaging in PR tactics Whistle-blower: Health care industry engaging in PR tactics
CNN - Wed Aug 12, 2009
WASHINGTON - Wendell Potter knows a little something about the health care industry's practices and is not afraid of to speak out as the health care reform debate heats up around the country. More»

Immune system cancer found in young 9/11 officers
Associated Press - Sun Aug 9, 2009
NEW YORK - Researchers say a small number of young law enforcement officers who participated in the World Trade Center rescue and cleanup operation have developed an immune system cancer. More»

Study: Redheads' extra pain may cause fear of dentists
CNN - Thu Jul 30, 2009
Despite two injections of anesthetic, Amy Anderson felt like her dentist was jamming rods into her tooth during a root canal. More»

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»

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