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Health News

CDC lab containing deadly virus suffers power outage
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Jul 12, 2008
A laboratory building that contains a deadly strain of avian flu and other germs is among four that lost power for more than an hour Friday when a backup generator system failed again at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More»

FDA issues precautionary note on silver fillings
Associated Press - Wed Jun 11, 2008
Silver dental fillings contain mercury, and the government for the first time is warning that they may pose a safety concern for pregnant women and young children. More»

Photo: South Korea Protests US Beef Imports South Korea Protests US Beef Imports
BBC - Sat May 31, 2008
South Korean police have clashed with demonstrators in the capital Seoul during protests over government plans to resume US beef imports. More»

Childhood lead exposure linked to adult crime
USA Today - Tue May 27, 2008
In what may be the strongest link yet between lead exposure and crime rates, researchers at the University of Cincinnati on Tuesday released new evidence, spanning more than 20 years, that draws a direct relationship between the amount of lead in a child's blood and the likelihood he or she will commit crimes as an adult. More»

Company recalls beef for E. coli concerns
Associated Press - Sat May 17, 2008
Federal officials say a Chicago-based company is recalling beef products distributed in 11 states because of possible E. More»

CDC: Syringe reuse linked to hepatitis C outbreak
Associated Press - Thu May 15, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - A hepatitis C outbreak affecting more than 80 people and exposing tens of thousands more was caused by workers reusing syringes at a Las Vegas clinic, federal health officials said Friday. More»

E-mail from VA worker says to avoid PTSD diagnosis
Associated Press - Thu May 15, 2008
An internal e-mail written by a Veterans Affairs Department employee suggested avoiding a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans and instead considering a diagnosis that might result in a lower disability payment. More»

Photo: Number of disabled veterans rising Number of disabled veterans rising
Associated Press - Sat May 10, 2008
Increasing numbers of US troops have left the military with damaged bodies and minds, an ever-larger pool of disabled veterans that will cost the nation billions for decades to come - even as the total population of America's vets shrinks. More»

Families will make case for vaccine link to autism
Associated Press - Sat May 10, 2008
Families claiming that a mercury-based preservative in vaccines triggers autism will challenge mainstream medicine Monday as they take their case to a federal court. More»

Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers
Associated Press - Sun May 4, 2008
Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. More»

Viruses found in lung tumours
Nature News - Thu Apr 24, 2008
Researchers have found evidence that two common viruses may be lurking behind some cases of lung cancer: human papilloma virus (HPV), already recognized as a cause of cervical cancer, and the measles virus. More»

CDC: Flu season worst in years, vaccine ineffective
Associated Press - Thu Apr 17, 2008
ATLANTA - This year's flu season has shaped up to be the worst in three years, partly because the vaccine didn't work well against the viruses that made most people sick, health officials said Thursday. More»

Medicare Wiped Out by 2019
Associated Press - Mon Mar 24, 2008
Trustees for the government's two biggest benefit programs warned that Social Security and Medicare are facing "enormous challenges" with the threat to Medicare's solvency far more severe. More»

Salmonella cases top 200 in Colorado
Associated Press - Sun Mar 23, 2008
ALAMOSA, Colorado - The number of suspected salmonella cases linked to an outbreak in this southern Colorado town topped 200 Sunday. More»

Photo: Parents speak out on vaccine settlement Parents speak out on vaccine settlement
Associated Press - Sat Mar 8, 2008
ATLANTA - The parents of a girl who won a government settlement described how their hearts were broken as they watched their healthy, red-haired toddler transformed into an irritable, odd-behaving child after she got several childhood shots. More»

Prescription For Profit
CBS - Fri Mar 7, 2008
William LaCorte is no ordinary doctor - "It's amazing that any pharmaceutical reps call on me at all," he said. More»

Lawsuit targets USDA loophole on 'downer' cows
Associated Press - Wed Mar 5, 2008
Los Angeles - The Humane Society sued the federal government Wednesday over what it said is a legal loophole that allows sick or crippled cattle, called "downers," into the food supply. More»

Government Concedes Vaccines May Have Injured Georgia Girl
Associated Press - Wed Mar 5, 2008
Government health officials have conceded that childhood vaccines worsened a rare, underlying disorder that ultimately led to autism-like symptoms in a Georgia girl. More»

USDA Rejects 'Downer' Cow Ban
Washington Post - Thu Feb 28, 2008
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told Congress yesterday that he would not endorse an outright ban on "downer" cows entering the food supply or back stiffer penalties for regulatory violations by meat-processing plants in the wake of the largest beef recall in the nation's history. More»

Kids Vaccine Linked to Fever, Seizures
Associated Press - Wed Feb 27, 2008
ATLANTA - Children suffered higher rates of fever-related convulsions when they got a Merck & Co combination vaccine instead of two separate shots, according to a new study presented Wednesday. More»

Photo: New Case of Mad Cow Reported in Canada New Case of Mad Cow Reported in Canada
Associated Press - Tue Feb 26, 2008
OTTAWA - Canadian officials confirmed a new case of mad cow disease Tuesday, the second such case in two months and the 12th since the disease was first discovered in Canada in 2003. More»

Closing in on a better treatment for schizophrenia
AFP - Sun Feb 24, 2008
PARIS - Scientists looking at the effects of LSD in the brain have made an unexpected discovery that could lead to improved treatments for schizophrenia, according to a study published Sunday. More»

Inspectors say meat safety is threatened
Associated Press - Wed Feb 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes, government inspectors responsible for examining slaughterhouse cattle for mad cow disease and other ills are so short-staffed that they find themselves peering down from catwalks at hundreds of animals at once, looking for such telltale signs as droopy ears, stumbling gait and facial paralysis. More»

A sickening spectacle
USA Today - Mon Feb 18, 2008
Where's the beef? That catch phrase this week is giving way to a more troubling question: What's in the beef? A mind-boggling 143 million pounds of frozen meat was recalled by the government Sunday from a California slaughterhouse, the largest recall in US history. More»

USDA makes nation's largest beef recall
Associated Press - Sat Feb 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The US Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs. More»

Photo: Blue Cross quits asking docs to 'rat out' patients Blue Cross quits asking docs to 'rat out' patients
Associated Press - Tue Feb 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Blue Cross of California quickly halted its practice of asking doctors to report conditions it could use to cancel new patients' medical coverage after a widespread wave of criticism. More»

Mad Cow: Schools stop use of beef from slaughterhouse under investigation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Feb 11, 2008
Georgia schools have put on hold 178,000 pounds of beef that came from a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for allegations that it processed cattle at higher risk of mad cow disease. More»

Court strikes down EPA's plan on mercury
Associated Press - Fri Feb 8, 2008
A federal appeals court said Friday the Bush administration ignored the law when it imposed less stringent requirements on power plants to reduce mercury pollution, which scientists fear could cause neurological problems in 60,000 newborns a year. More»

Toxic Gov't Report Uncovered
OneWorld US - Fri Feb 8, 2008
NEW YORK - A much-delayed US government report has been obtained by journalists, raising allegations that officials may be suppressing politically inconvenient data that, if released, could help protect the health of millions living in the Great Lakes region of the country. More»

Children treated with Botox died
Associated Press - Thu Feb 7, 2008
The popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox and a competitor Myobloc have been linked to some deaths and other severe side effects suggestive of botulism, the government warned doctors Friday. More»

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