Health

38 Children Hospitalized in Chad After Receiving Meningitis Vaccination

January 21, 2013

“International experts have been in the country since January 9 to investigate, the health ministry said in a statement.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposes New Regulations on All-Metal Hip Implants

January 20, 2013

“The F.D.A. action is intended to close a loophole in the 1976 federal law under which medical devices were first regulated.”

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Institute of Medicine Report Urges Parents to Follow the Recommended Time Schedule for Children’s Vaccinations

January 17, 2013

“Children are supposed to receive 24 immunizations, given in one to five shot injection groups during a pediatric visit, by the time they are 2.”

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Gross: Study Discovers Feces Transplant Cures Clostridium Difficile Bacterial Infections More Effectively Than Antibiotics

January 16, 2013

“Fecal transplants have been used sporadically for years as a last resort to fight this stubborn and debilitating infection, which kills 14,000 people a year in the United States.”

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Study: Energy Drink-Related Emergency Room Hospital Visits Have Doubled Over the Last 4 Years

January 16, 2013

“In 2011, about 42 percent of the cases involved energy drinks in combination with alcohol or drugs.”

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Cuba Confirms 51 Cases of Cholera in Havana

January 15, 2013

“Tuesday’s advisory is the first official public admission of a cholera outbreak in the capital.”

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Coca-Cola Releases New Television Advertisements Targeting (and Ignoring the Problem of) Obesity

January 15, 2013

“According to the AP, consumption of sugary drinks and obesity rates in America have risen in tandem, doubling since the 1970s.”

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Mental Health Advocates: Key Details Missing From the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

January 15, 2013

“But what’s missing from the law, as it stands today, is guidance on how insurers must treat “nonquantitative” treatments — policies meant to contain health care costs.”

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Maine Biodiversity Research Institute Study: 84% of Fish Have “Unsafe” Levels of Mercury

January 14, 2013

“That poses a health risk for humans, exceeding the guidelines for eating certain kinds of fish more than once a month.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) Declares a Flu State Health Emergency

January 13, 2013

“New York’s governor declared a state health emergency Saturday because of a flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people, giving pharmacists the right to immunize infants and children in hopes of curbing the spread of the potentially lethal virus.”

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New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley: Flu “Epidemic” in NYC

January 11, 2013

“Officials said a full 5 percent of emergency room visits are flu-related.”

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cuts the Recommended Dosage for Ambien in Half Amid Concerns

January 10, 2013

“Last year, a Scripps Health study published in the British Medical Journal found that sleeping pill use may have contributed to as many as 500,000 “excess deaths” in the United States in 2010 and noted that sleeping pill users have a fivefold increased risk of “early death.”"

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United States Facing Worst Flu Season in More Than a Decade

January 9, 2013

“This could be one of the worst flu seasons in 30 years, with thousands more people dying than in a normal year because they failed to get vaccinated, according to the director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposes New Safety Rules for U.S. Food Distributors

January 4, 2013

“One rule would require growers, manufacturers and distributors to develop formal plans for preventing contamination, including techniques for cleaning equipment and keeping animals out of crops.”

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New England Compounding Center Partially Blames Cleaning Company for Meningitis Outbreak

January 4, 2013

“The New England Compounding Center recalled 17,000 vials of tainted steroid injections on Sept. 26 before recalling all drugs and shutting down on Oct. 6.”

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