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Eliminating malaria

LONDON – Eliminating malaria, the mosquito-borne scourge that kills more than 860,000 people a year, would be a dream come true for millions – but medical experts say right now, that goal remains...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Swimmer’s death leaves tough questions in his wake

Fran Crippen loved everything about open-water swimming.The strategy involved during those long hours flailing away in an ocean or lake, learning when to push himself and when to hold back. That...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC panel: Teens need another meningitis shot

ATLANTA – Teens should get a booster dose of the vaccine for bacterial meningitis because a single shot doesn’t work as long as expected, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday.The vaccine was...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

United Blood Services announces drives United Blood Services will hold blood drives at these locations:b 1 to 6 p.m today, Tuesday and Wednesday at the United Blood Services office, 146 Sawyer...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA panel backs anemia drugs for kidney disease

ADELPHI, Md. – Federal health advisers said last week that patients with failing kidneys should continue taking a group of widely used anemia drugs, despite a recent study showing they can increase...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Surgery checklist saves lives

CHICAGO – Which hip is being repaired? Is this the right anesthesia? Do we have all the right surgery tools?Answering such basic questions from surgery checklists – and involving everyone as a...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

United Blood Services announces drives United Blood Services will hold these drives:b 1 to 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the United Blood Services Office, 146...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Some Africans, poor no more, hit by new diseases

JOHANNESBURG – The medical experts gathered from around Africa were here to talk about a continentwide epidemic, but it wasn’t AIDS or malaria – it was diabetes, and the bad habits that often bring...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Despite rules, surgery mistakes continuing

DENVER – Three healthy men had their prostate glands removed. Five people had surgery on the wrong part of their spines. A child underwent an unneeded ear operation after the wrong person was...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Too many treats?

Several nutrition-conscious professionals in La Plata County would like to put a new focus on Halloween, which traditionally kicks off a binge on sugar-laden goodies that doesn’t end until after...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Overtesting seen in late-stage cancer patients

CHICAGO — If you knew you had one year to live, would you have medical tests you didn’t need?Turns out a surprising number of patients with late-stage cancer get useless screening tests for new...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Discussion of herbal treatments Wednesday “Herbal ABC’s for Children” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dancing Willow Herbs, 1018 Main Ave. Debra Swanson, clinical herbalist and owner of...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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