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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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A bridge breaking the ice

Updated: 11/30/2007 - One Michiana bridge stands out from all the rest when it comes to safe driving during the snow. Click here to find out which one, and how it works.

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Night work linked to cancer

Posted: 11/29/2007 - Next month, an arm of the World Health Organization will classify shift work as a "probable" carcinogen. That will put shift work in the same category as cancer-causing agents like anabolic steroids, ultraviolet radiation and diesel engine exhaust.

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China reports sharp drop in number of people infected with HIV/AIDS

Posted: 11/29/2007 - Early estimates reported nearly a million people with the virus. Since then, the number has slid down. Today, China says just over 220,000 people are infected. Experts believe the figures are probably accurate because they line up with a change in data collection.

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Ebola outbreak in Uganda kills 16

Posted: 11/29/2007 - The first case of Ebola was reported earlier this month in western Uganda. The director of the health service says an isolation facility has been set up and officials are closely following anyone who has had contact with the 51 people with the disease.

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Grand Rapids woman loses 530 pounds

Posted: 11/27/2007 - Fifty-one-year-old Nancy Makin will tell her story Wednesday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Makin weighed as much as 703 pounds and spent many years living reclusively in her one-bedroom apartment.

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Battle of the bulge: Ex-sumo wrestler drops over 100 pounds

Posted: 11/23/2007 - A hospitalization for heart failure earlier in the year gave Yarbrough the motivation he needed to go see a weight loss specialist. His goal is to eventually weigh 550 pounds, improve his health and compete again in sports.

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Charity air ambulance service in Indy takes flight

Posted: 11/23/2007 - Hal Blank and his three-member volunteer flight and medical crew are scheduled tomorrow to take two patients from Indianapolis International Airport to Chicago, then Maryland and back to Indiana.

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Gastronomic greatness or sheer gluttony?

Posted: 11/21/2007 - Some annual events, like the corn-eating contest in Iowa and the meat-pie championship in England, have been cut back or canceled amid an epidemic of obesity.

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AIDS cases drop dramatically, but mostly due to revised data

Posted: 11/20/2007 - The World Health Organization and the United Nations AIDS agency say the decline of more than 6 million cases this year is the result of a new methodology. U.N. officials aren't ruling out future downward corrections.

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The Healing Power of Pigs: Part Three

Updated: 11/16/2007 - With a dramatic increase in amputees due to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States Department of Defense has shown great interest in the healing power of pigs.

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The Healing Power of Pigs: Part Two

Updated: 11/15/2007 - While working on a model airplane, Lee Spievack chopped off almost half an inch of his middle finger. He never saw the original tip of his finger again, but with the healing power of pigs, he wouldn't need to.

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