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Health care providers urged to expand use of e-med records

Posted: 02/21/2008 - The practice has been adopted so far by some hospitals and physician groups who have been willing to shell out money for software systems. However, some smaller doctors' groups say the price for such technology is too high.

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Study suggests cutting salt could curb obesity

Posted: 02/21/2008 - According to a British study published today in an American Heart Association journal, researchers say kids who load up on salty meals and snacks and get thirsty too often turn to calorie-filled sodas.

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Campbell's reducing sodium in 4 dozen more soups

Posted: 02/18/2008 - The company says 12 soups for kids, which feature characters like Dora the Explorer and Batman, will have 480 milligrams of sodium per serving. The 20 percent reduction means the company can now legally label them as healthy foods.

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CDC issues death count, warns parents about 'choking game'

Posted: 02/14/2008 - Federal health officials are issuing a warning about a "choking game." It's a fad among teens and preteens in which children wrap dog leashes, bungee cords or other things around their necks to temporarily cut blood flow to the head.

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Surprise! Even some with chronic disease can live to 100

Posted: 02/12/2008 - New research suggests that even people who develop heart disease or diabetes late in life have a decent shot at reaching the century mark, especially if they're given aggressive treatment.

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Study: Sadness can impair ability to spend wisely

Posted: 02/08/2008 - In the study, participants who watched a sad clip about a boy's mentor dying offered to pay nearly four times as much for a bottle of water than a group that watched a not-so-sad video -- about the Great Barrier Reef.

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FDA warns of suicide risk with epilepsy drugs

Posted: 02/01/2008 - The agency sifted through 200 studies on 11 different anti-seizure drugs, some of which have been on the market for decades. The studies tracked almost 28,000 people on the drugs and 16,000 on placebos.

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Compound cuts cerebral palsy in very premature babies

Posted: 01/31/2008 - In the government-funded study, researchers gave an infusion of magnesium sulfate to women about to give birth to a premature baby to see if it would reduce the risk of cerebral palsy.

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Sight Solutions offers products for visually-impaired

Posted: 01/30/2008 - Sight Solutions in Pennsylvania sells everything from two dollar gadgets to expensive high-tech help, and the people who shop there say it is giving them something priceless: a bit of independence.

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Hand gels alone may not curb infections

Posted: 01/29/2008 - Doctors and nurses who are always on-the-go often use alcohol-based gels instead of soap and water. But a new study focused on a hospital in Nebraska shows that even though workers nearly doubled their use of hand gels, it had no effect on the rate of infections among patients.

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Pediatricians say new TV show perpetuates autism myth

Posted: 01/29/2008 - The episode of the legal drama "Eli Stone" features a courtroom battle over a claim that a flu vaccine made a child autistic. When it's revealed that an executive at the fictional vaccine maker didn't let his own child get the shot, the jury sides with the family.

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Study: Copays lead some women to skip mammograms

Posted: 01/24/2008 - The study says screening rates were more than 8 percent lower among women required to pay a copayment or percentage of the cost compared to those with full coverage.

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Medical breakthrough aids kidney transplant patients

Posted: 01/24/2008 - It's being hailed as a major advance in organ transplants. Doctors say they've developed a technique that could free many patients from having to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives.

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Heart bypass best for multiple blockages

Posted: 01/24/2008 - The stents have been implanted in about six million people worldwide and are far better at keeping arteries open than bare-metal ones. And angioplasty has risen dramatically as bypass becomes less common.

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CDC wants more adults to get available vaccines

Posted: 01/23/2008 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds adults that in the past few years, new vaccines have become available for grown-ups. They're not just for fighting the flu, but also for protection against shingles, whooping cough and cervical cancer.

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Ohio court debates rights to body parts

Posted: 01/23/2008 - The Albrechts argue they had a right under the Ohio Constitution to their son's brain, and a right under the U.S. Constitution to reclaim the brain before it was destroyed.

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