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FDA reviews benefits of Plavix in certain patients

Posted: 01/28/2009 - Federal health officials are investigating whether the blood thinner Plavix - the world's second-best-selling drug and used by millions to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke - may be less effective in some patients

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FDA inspectors find many problems at peanut plant

Posted: 01/28/2009 - The Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of a national salmonella outbreak had a history of problems it failed to correct, federal health officials said Tuesday.

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Medicare expands coverage for cancer drugs

Posted: 01/27/2009 - There's word today of a broad change in Medicare drug coverage that spells relief for cancer patients but could mean a major new expense for the government.

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Study adds to evidence of vaccine safety

Posted: 01/26/2009 - A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn't hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.

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Studies: Steroids do not help wheezing kids

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Steroid drugs, a common treatment for young children prone to wheezing and colds, do not help and may even be harmful, according to new research.

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Study: Cleaner air adds 5 months to US life span

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally funded study. Researchers said it is the first study to show that reducing air pollution translates into longer lives

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Texas girl gets new heart; sis awaiting transplant

Posted: 01/21/2009 - A 7-year-old girl received a new heart Monday, more than eight months after she and her older sister were put on the transplant list because of the same rare ailment.

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Researchers: Women less able to suppress hunger than men

Posted: 01/20/2009 - Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Researchers trying to understand the brain's mechanisms for controlling food intake were surprised at the difference between the sexes in brain response.

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Expired Meds

Posted: 01/16/2009 - Your fridge isn't the only place you should be checking for "use-by dates."

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House begins debate on children's health care bill

Posted: 01/14/2009 - The House has opened debate on a bill to increase spending on children's health insurance as Democrats try to give President-elect Barack Obama an early win on health care.

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