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Study: Kids with severe pneumonia can be treated at home

Posted: 01/04/2008 - A child health expert at UNICEF says giving antibiotic treatments at home could potentially save millions of youngsters. Pneumonia is the top killer of children under five worldwide, causing one-fifth of the 10 million deaths every year.

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Passenger with TB in California hospital

Posted: 01/02/2008 - Health officials are searching for dozens of airline passengers who may have come in contact with a woman infected with a hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis.

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Study: Whites more likely to get narcotics from ER doctors

Posted: 01/02/2008 - According to the study that appears in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association, minorities were prescribed narcotics such as oxycodone and morphine less frequently than whites -- even for the severe pain of kidney stones.

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New Jersey targets HIV transmissions

Posted: 12/26/2007 - New Jersey law now requires providers only to offer HIV testing to pregnant women. Under the new law, HIV testing would be part of routine prenatal care for all pregnant women, and doctors would provide pregnant women with information about HIV and AIDS.

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House extends child health program

Posted: 12/20/2007 - Democratic lawmakers, with considerable help from Republicans, were looking to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program by 35 billion dollars. President Bush vetoed two bills that would have provided the additional money.

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Very obese wait longer for transplant

Posted: 12/20/2007 - The study showed that morbidly obese patients -- those who average about 100 pounds over their ideal weight -- were 44 percent less likely to get a transplant than normal weight patients.

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IU's main campus to go smoke-free

Posted: 12/18/2007 - The ban applies to students, faculty, staff and visitors and covers university parking lots and garages. It doesn't apply to smoking in private vehicles.

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Jury awards 2.5 million dollars to woman misdiagnosed with HIV

Posted: 12/13/2007 - The doctor testified that she had no reason to question Serrano's earlier diagnosis at another clinic. And the doctor said Serrano told her she had worked as a prostitute, that her boyfriend had AIDS and that she had a type of pneumonia associated with HIV patients.

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Study finds many of world's poor report better access to food, health care

Posted: 12/13/2007 - The report says despite the progress, the gaps between rich and poor nations in reports of hunger and lack of health care "remain enormous." It says in nearly half of the 47 nations surveyed, at least 40 percent of the public went without health care for lack of money.

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Drugs help drive U.S. cholesterol down to ideal

Posted: 12/12/2007 - For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average level for adults is in the ideal range. A national blood test finds the average total cholesterol is 199. Doctors like patients to have total cholesterol readings of 200 or lower.

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U. of Michigan study says overall drug use declining among teens

Posted: 12/12/2007 - The study says overall decreases over the past decade were seen among 8th, 10th and 12th graders nationwide. The drugs most responsible for this year's decline in illicit drug use are marijuana and various stimulants such as crystal meth and amphetamines.

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Southport students to be tested for TB

Posted: 12/12/2007 - Health officials say the action is precautionary. They say they met with school administrators and identified those who had close contact with the student diagnosed with tuberculosis.

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Purdue center to make Lilly tuberculosis drug

Posted: 12/12/2007 - The Chao Center for Industrial Pharmacy and Contract Manufacturing will use a combination of Purdue pharmacy students and full-time employees to make Seromycin.

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FDA gives the all-clear to top heartburn drugs

Posted: 12/11/2007 - The FDA and its Canadian counterpart reviewed more than a dozen studies after the drug manufacturer AstraZeneca provided them with an early analysis of two small studies that suggested the possibility of a risk.

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Upper Peninsula case begins Michigan's flu season

Posted: 12/06/2007 - The state Department of Community Health says the child's illness has been confirmed as Influenza B, a type of flu. The child was not hospitalized and is getting better.

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Teen births increase for first time in 14 years

Posted: 12/05/2007 - A co-author of the report at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, "It took us by surprise." The report also finds that births to unmarried mothers hit a new high. And, the overall birth rate is at its highest level since 1971.

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