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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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Child autism screenings; Race and breast cancer

Updated: 10/29/2007 - The country's largest group of pediatricians says all kids should be screened twice before they turn two for autism. Details on the new recommendation, in Maureen’s Medical Moment.

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Docs urge early autism screening for all

Posted: 10/29/2007 - The country's leading pediatricians group is pushing again to have all children screened for autism twice by age two. The advice is meant to help both parents and doctors spot autism sooner.

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Maureen's Medical Moment: Hi-def doctors; Hotel sleep clinics

Updated: 10/26/2007 - High def and digital are not just for your TV and camera anymore. Your next trip to the doctor could be in high-def. Doctors are taking the latest technology to the dentist's chair and operating room, in our Medical Moment.

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Debate about cause of officer's death endangers 9/11 bill

Posted: 10/25/2007 - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the leading Democratic presidential contender, named her September 11th health bill after Detective James Zadroga. Zadroga died at age 34 after working extensively at Ground Zero.

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17 counties report Eastern equine encephalitis

Updated: 10/25/2007 - Twenty-four horses in 17 Indiana counties, many of them in Northern Indiana, have tested positive for a viral encephalitis that is spread by mosquitoes.

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Pilot program helps Michigan teens pay for birth control

Posted: 10/24/2007 - A pilot voucher program in Calhoun County, Michigan helps uninsured young people ages 12 to 19 pay for medical exams and prescription contraceptives. The six-month pilot program began last week and it's administered through the Calhoun Health Plan.

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Portland, Maine school board to look at contraceptives

Posted: 10/23/2007 - Earlier this month, the committee approved a plan that made King Middle School the first one in Maine to offer a full range of contraception to students in grades six through eight. The new plan would give parents the option of blocking access to prescription contraceptives.

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