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Officials: English bird flu outbreak is deadly H5N1 virus

Posted: 11/13/2007 - The return of the disease is yet another blow to farmers, who are already struggling after herds were hit this year by foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue. The first mass outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in Britain earlier this year.

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Study finds parts of ADHD children's brains mature later

Posted: 11/13/2007 - According to the research, the parts of the brain that lag behind -- by as much as three years -- suppress inappropriate thoughts and actions, focus attention, and remember things from moment to moment.

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Herbal sex pills pose hidden dangers

Posted: 11/13/2007 - Many "all-natural" products work because they contain unregulated versions of the very pharmaceuticals they're supposed to replace. And that represents a special danger for millions of men who take nitrates to lower blood pressure and regulate heart disease.

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Congressional action on generics drugs stalls in face of lobbying

Posted: 11/13/2007 - One Republican congressman has expressed concerns about the bill. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah says he voted to move it through committee, but that lawmakers need to find a "balanced solution" that bans some settlements but doesn't affect those that actually help consumers.

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Staph germ attacks immune cells

Posted: 11/12/2007 - In a report in the journal Nature Medicine, the research team says the aggressive strain of the so-called MRSA infection secretes a compound that causes germ-fighting cells to explode, eliminating a main defense against it. Experts say the findings may help lead to better treatments.

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Store destroying merchandise over employee's infection

Updated: 11/09/2007 - The company on Saturday closed its Liz Claiborne Outlet Store at Lighthouse Place in Michigan City after the ill employee arrived for work. Company officials are disinfecting the store too.

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CDC: Wash your hands to fight staph germ

Posted: 11/08/2007 - Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the staph infections are "the cockroach of bacteria." She says it's not a new problem.

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Enlarged heart biggest cause of sudden death in young athletes

Posted: 11/06/2007 - The issue is on the minds of cardiologists at an American Heart Association meeting after 28-year-old Ryan Shay died while running in New York over the weekend at the men's marathon Olympic trials. Shay's father says his son was first diagnosed with an enlarged heart when he was 14.

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Safely pitch drugs with cat litter

Posted: 11/06/2007 - Mixing leftover medicine with cat litter is the latest advice on how to safely get rid of unused medications.

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Bipolar treatments; Winter and blood pressure

Updated: 11/05/2007 - It has been described as an "emotional rollercoaster," and now doctors have new treatments for people with bi-polar disorder. More in our Medical Moment.

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Study: Lack of sleep tied to childhood obesity

Posted: 11/05/2007 - The lead researcher says the less sleep third-grade kids got, the more likely they were to be obese in the sixth grade, no matter what the child's weight was in the earlier grade. If there's a magic number for the third-graders, it's nine hours, 45 minutes of sleep.

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New heart drug may rival Plavix

Posted: 11/05/2007 - Results published online by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at a heart conference say people given the experimental drug prasugrel are nearly 20 percent less likely to suffer typical complications after surgery.

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Rewiring the brain: An artist overcomes Parkinson's disease

Updated: 11/03/2007 - We follow up on the story of Jon Smith, who wanted nothing more than to be an artist again despite his battle with Parkinson’s disease. In a special Medical Moment, Maureen tells us how his dream is developing.

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Clarian switches to bonuses for employees meeting health goals

Posted: 11/01/2007 - The largest hospital network in Indiana originally planned to take up to $30 from worker paychecks every two weeks if they let risk factors like body-mass index, cholesterol or blood sugar levels get out of control.

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