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12 min ago | South Wales Guardian
Almost 90 lives could be saved every year if almost all teenage girls were given the HPV jab, experts have said. If 96% of girls decided to have the vaccine, which protects against the human papilloma virus, then 198 cervical cancer cases and 87 deaths could be prevented every year, according to researchers from GlaxoSmithKline .
2 hrs ago | Daily Reporter
For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally. Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
3 hrs ago | WTOC-TV Savannah
A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. Each year between 2007 and 2011, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than 6 years were hospitalized after getting a hold of family members' medication, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
7 hrs ago | WGAL-TV Lancaster
Travelers who passed through the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport earlier this month may have been exposed to the highly contagious measles virus, local health officials say. The King County Department of Public Health in Washington state is investigating "a confirmed case of measles infection" in a traveler who was at the airport while he or she was contagious.
8 hrs ago | TheBostonChannel.com
A TV news anchor in Illinois fighting brain cancer made a startling announcement on-air -- he has just six months to live. Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA in Champaign last week that doctors have told him his tumor is too large for surgery or radiation, according to The Associated Press.
12 hrs ago | KCBY-TV Coos Bay
Oregon has budgeted $2 million for its legal fight with software giant Oracle over the state's failed health care exchange website. The state sued the Redwood City, California, company in Marion County Circuit Court last month, claiming that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity."
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Researchers examined more than 100,000 heart attack victims and looked at whether or not they received nine key aspects of care. Of the 31,000 eligible for all nine steps, just over half missed out on at least one key aspect of care.
The exemptions have grown slightly in Indiana, but the increase could be much larger because more parents are declining to allow their child's vaccination status to be reported.
State officials say Ohio has met a key benchmark in providing long-term-care services for older and disabled residents. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state exceeded a goal of spending at least 50% of its Medicaid long-term-care budget on home- and community-based services.
The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center.
Critics are calling Dr. George Visnich the world's meanest doctor after he reportedly sent a letter to his longtime employee, Carol Jumper, informing her that he was laying her off due to her cancer diagnosis. But the oral surgeon's attorney is defending his client's actions, saying it was the humanitarian thing to do.
Pfizer Inc and India's Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on Friday won dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to delay sales of generic versions of the cholesterol drug Lipitor, the best-selling drug in history. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton, New Jersey ruled that the plaintiffs, retailers and distribution companies that bought Lipitor directly from Pfizer, failed to plead their case with enough detail.
Check out this story on dailyworld.com: http://www.dailyworld.com/story/news/state/2014/09/12/new-west-nile-virus-infections-louisiana/15538467/ NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92. Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of 34. All three of those neuroinvasive infections are in East Baton Rouge Parish, where two patients diagnosed with flu-like West Nile fever and one without symptoms are located.
Nearly one in five suicides nationwide is a veteran, according to a recent study conducted by The Center for Public Integrity. "He held a gun up to his head and then he shot himself," she recalled.
Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said. Measures such as imposing a minimum unit price on alcohol and a ban on selling cigarettes to anyone born after 2000 are being backed by the British Medical Association .
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 05:41 pm
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