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Better Way to Diagnose Kidney Stones

September 18, 2014 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the less expensive and radiation-free ultrasounds can detect kidney stones as well as the more expensive CT scans. Also, the FDA is investigating the increase in testosterone therapy by older men.

Ex-VA Doctor: Phoenix Report a 'Whitewash'

September 18, 2014 8:43 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital...

A&M to Dedicate Key Element of Vaccine Center

September 18, 2014 1:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The center is a key part of a $91 million vaccine manufacturing plant at Texas A&M...

Study: Americans Endure Unwanted Care Near Death

September 17, 2014 3:54 pm | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part...

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

September 17, 2014 3:30 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments.

What's in Your Toothpaste? Some Contain Plastic Microbeads

September 17, 2014 9:11 am | Videos | Comments

A major manufacturer is removing the tiny plastic particles from its toothpaste.                             

Hospitals Struggled During Sandy, Report Says

September 17, 2014 8:43 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work — problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.

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Doctor Pleads Guilty to Cancer Treatment Fraud

September 17, 2014 8:31 am | by ED WHITE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area cancer doctor accused of putting people through unnecessary treatments and then billing insurers for millions of dollars pleaded guilty to fraud Tuesday, admitting that he knew his patients often didn't need chemotherapy.   

CDC Study: Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast

September 17, 2014 8:23 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.        

Study: Generic Statins Get Better Results

September 16, 2014 8:53 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Boston say that generic statins are more effective than name-brand cholesterol pills.                         

More Children Live to Age 5, Work Still to be Done

September 16, 2014 8:28 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday. That's nearly 17,000 young children dying every day.   

US to Assign 3,000 from US Military to Fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 8:25 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

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Respiratory Virus Cases Reported in More States

September 15, 2014 9:05 am | Videos | Comments

The potentially deadly enterovirus D-68 presents danger to young children.                              

Millions of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Kids May Be Unnecessary, Study Finds

September 15, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Pediatric researchers found that 11 million prescriptions for antibiotics in kids may be unnecessary.                         

Anti-Addiction Medicine Linked to Poisonings

September 15, 2014 8:27 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.      

Controlling Blood Sugar May Not Prevent Diabetes, Study Finds

September 12, 2014 8:29 am | Videos | Comments

Research from the American Heart Association found that controlling blood sugar levels may not be enough to avoid heart disease and diabetes. Plus, doctors are calling on wealthier countries to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak.    

Cannabis Oil: Unexpected Lifesaver?

September 11, 2014 9:17 am | Videos | Comments

Oregon Parents credit cannabis oil with not only keeping their 4-year-old daughter alive as she battles deadly cancer, but with increasing her mobility, so she can attend school.            

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Rare Respiratory Virus Spreading Rapidly

September 11, 2014 9:08 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC is tracking the disease that is currently affecting twelve states.                               

Haiti Gets Help for Mosquito-Borne Virus Outbreak

September 10, 2014 3:35 pm | News | Comments

Haiti has received a large shipment of treatment packets to help it deal with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya amid a rainy season expected to result in a surge of new cases in the country.      

Study: Many Hospitals Use Too Many Antibiotics

September 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study suggests that doctors in many hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job. Health officials say overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment.

Study: Screening May Benefit Heavy-Smoking Seniors

September 10, 2014 9:02 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older — although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating whether to pay for the scans.   

Veterans Watchdog: VA Managers Lied About Delays

September 10, 2014 8:29 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues. Richard Griffin, the VA's acting inspector general, said his office is investigating allegations of wrongdoing at 93 VA sites across the country, including 12 reports that have been completed and submitted to the VA for review.

Electric Pipe Beveling Tool

September 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing a new portable end prep tool ideal for metal fabricating shops and other applications where compressed air isn’t available.

New Flu Drug Effective, Study Finds

September 9, 2014 9:04 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers say a new flu drug called Peramivir is safe and effective in treating patients. Plus, kidney and thyroid cancers in children are on the rise.                 

Parkinson's, Cancer Findings Earn Medical Prizes

September 9, 2014 8:49 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the winners Monday. Each prize includes a $250,000 honorarium. The awards will be presented Sept. 19 in New York.

Fourth American with Ebola to be Flown to US for Care

September 9, 2014 8:16 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press; JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care today and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease.      

Hygienic Gearbox

September 8, 2014 5:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the new HLAE gearbox for use in food processing, pharmaceutical and other industries with stringent manufacturing hygiene standards. 

Report: Homeland Security Department Not Prepared for Pandemic

September 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

For nearly a decade the Homeland Security Department has stockpiled supplies, from respirators and surgical masks to hand sanitizer and antiviral medications, in case of a pandemic. But the agency stocked up without knowing exactly what it needed and now most of the gear and medicine on hand will be unusable after next year.

Potentially Deadly Mystery Virus

September 8, 2014 8:41 am | Videos | Comments

Hundreds of children are sickened by a respiratory illness with symptoms that mimic a common cold.                          

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