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  • 3/18/2008
    Recent studies show that an implantable cardioverter defibrillator is potentially susceptible to malicious attacks by computer hackers.
  • 3/14/2008
    Massachusetts state governor has allocated a 40 percent increase in the fiscal 2009 budget to cover the increasing cost of subsidizing health insurance for low-income residents.
  • 3/11/2008
    Two reports examining the relationship between heart health and alcohol consumption came out this week, and the results couldn't be more different. One study says a drink a day keeps the cardiologist away, while the other warns against alcohol consumption lest you boost your blood pressure.
  • 3/6/2008
    The hysterectomy has become the second most common surgery for women in the US, after Cesarean section. And of those many millions of women who go through the operation, about two-thirds don't need to--that's what the experts now say, in retrospect.
  • 3/4/2008
    The FDA just proposed that children ages 1-11 who suffer from heartburn should now take Nexium.
  • 3/1/2008
    Energy-efficient spiral light bulbs can cause mercury poisoning when they break. Infants, pets, and pregnant women are at particular risk.
  • 2/28/2008
    Genetic testing is beginning to emerge as a viable medical option, and the opposing teams are lining up.
  • 2/25/2008
    New studies show that sugar substitutes not only fail to promote weight loss; they actually lead to weight gain.
  • 2/23/2008
    Off-label drug usage is based almost exclusively on anecdotal evidence - just like most herbs and neutraceuticals -- except for the fact that the FDA allows physicians to promote such usage.
  • 2/20/2008
    A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that medical treatment for back pain costs Americans $100 billion dollars a year, yet provides minimal relief. Study makes no mention of chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage - all proven effective.
  • 2/18/2008
    Several members of Congress last week called for an independent investigation into the safety of beef supplied to public schools, responding to concerns raised by a horrifying video showing sick cows being tortured enroute to the slaughterhouse.
  • 2/15/2008
    It seems that dosing meat with carbon monoxide keeps it looking good for at least 20 days - double the amount of time achieved by other packaging methods andabout nine times the number of days beyond when it goes rancid naturally.
  • 2/13/2008
    ABC News broke a story about the efforts of environmental and parent groups to contain the use of polycarbonate in baby bottles, sippy cups, and food containers.
  • 2/11/2008
    Researchers in Australia are jumping up and down like kangaroos in excitement over new data that suggests that obesity surgery can eliminate diabetes far more effectively than other treatments.
  • 2/9/2008
    A new British study out of King's College in London makes clear that people who stay physically active in their free time also stay younger biologically.
  • 2/8/2008
    It seems that a significant percentage of seasonal flu cases have become Tamiflu-resistant, according to a study completed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
  • 2/6/2008
    Although most of us are conscientious about hand washing after using public restrooms, we ignore some of the most insidious sources of bacteria, like the bottom of a purse.
  • 2/1/2008
    According to the results of an Argentinian study released just hours ago, "the levels of thimerosal - in childhood vaccinations - don't go very high and they go down right away.
  • 1/28/2008
    Although researchers have known for years that use of the birth control pills can cut the risk of ovarian cancer, the medical world got all excited last week with the release of new evidence indicating that the cancer-preventing effects can last as long as 30 years after women stop taking the pill.
  • 1/24/2008
    In spite of the fact that up to 8 million people in this country suffer from symptoms of fibromyalgia, many in the medical community insist that the disease does not exist.
  • 1/16/2008
    We already knew that a huge number of accidents, secondary infections, and unnecessary deaths occur inside the world's hospitals, but the bottom line is that now we know that these hospitals are unable to police themselves.
  • 1/13/2008
    Until a few days ago, we had been told that women who have a family history of breast cancer combined with mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have an 80 percent chance of developing the disease at some point in their lives.
  • 1/8/2008
    A recent study out of the University of Minnesota concluded that hostility depletes certain antioxidants linked to heart health.
  • 1/3/2008
    Understand why parents in a recent survey almost universally denied that their kids had serious weight issues, even when the children were outright obese.
  • 12/30/2007
    Researchers in Uganda are trying to learn something new about healing by studying what chimpanzees eat when ill.

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