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DNA could reveal fetus facts

NEW YORK – Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your fetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions like Down syndrome but also...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Radiate my food

WASHINGTON – Zapping salad fixings with just a bit of radiation can kill dangerous E. coli and other bacteria – and food-safety experts say Europe’s massive outbreak shows that wary consumers...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health-care shoppers: Help is near

Want to know how much it costs to have a baby? How about replacing that blown-out knee or clearing up your vision with laser surgery? Want to know which facility in your community charges the most...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

After 30 years of AIDS, hope for a cure

Sunday marked 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. And this anniversary brings fresh hope for something many had come to think was impossible: finding a cure. The...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Hospitals face shortages of critical drugs

WASHINGTON – A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses – from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest – has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Cheap life insurance

As the Colorado law that tightens requirements for the deployment of carbon-monoxide detectors nears its two-year anniversary, Cara-Lyn Lappen looks for news about deaths from the silent...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health screenings help college students

CHICAGO – Look around a waiting room at a university counseling center and you’ll see students wrestling with all sorts of issues: The one who’s failing because of binge drinking. Another who’s...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Pediatric Partners selected as study site Pediatric Partners of the Southwest has been selected as a pilot site for a Colorado American Academy of Family Physicians pediatric 2011 obesity project....

DATE: June 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Change of heart

WASHINGTON – Courtney Montgomery’s heart was failing fast, but the 16-year-old furiously refused when her doctors, and her mother, urged a transplant. Previous surgeries hadn’t helped, and the...

DATE: May 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Medical records are vulnerable, reports show

WASHINGTON – The nation’s push to computerize medical records has failed to fully address long-standing security gaps that expose patients’ most sensitive information to hackers and snoops,...

DATE: May 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Rural patients’ surgery access good

CHICAGO – A surprising study of nearly 46 million Medicare patients says older residents in rural areas are more likely to have any of nine common surgeries than people in cities.Back surgery, hip...

DATE: May 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Red Cross announces classes The American Red Cross will offer these health and safety training classes at the chapter office, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282:b Adult, child and infant CPR/AED and first...

DATE: May 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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