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Healthy People Should Skip EKG Screening, Say New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guidelines

Posted: 07/30/2012 - An EKG, or ECG, is a simple, non-invasive test that measures electrical activity from the heart. Information picked up from an EKG may determine how fast a heart beat is, or whether it has a steady or problematic rhythm. An irregular EKG could detect a major heart problem, including heart attacks, arrhythmias and heart failure.

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Hays Notifies Patients Of Possible Hepatitis C

Posted: 07/20/2012 - Federal prosecutors in New Hampshire announced charges Thursday against David Kwiatkowski. He allegedly infected patients with hepatits C while working at a hospital there. He previously worked at Hays Medical Ctr.

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Hospital Lab Tech Indicted In Hepatitis C Outbreak

Posted: 07/19/2012 - 33-year-old David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital, has been charged with fraudulently obtaining drugs and tampering with a consumer product.

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Food Allergy Treatment Shows Promise

Updated: 07/19/2012 - With food allergies still on the rise and no clear answer about their causes, parents of allergic children anxiously await the development of an effective treatment to prevent life-threatening reactions.

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U.S. Whooping Cough Epidemic At Highest Rate In Five Years

Posted: 07/19/2012 - Current whooping cough rates in the U.S. are at the highest they've been in five years and are on the way to being the worst rates in five decades, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said to reporters on Thursday.

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Gay, Bisexual Black Men At High Risk For HIV

Posted: 07/19/2012 - Only one in 500 Americans is a black gay or bisexual male, but black men who have sex with men (MSM) account for one in four new HIV infections in the United States, according to a new report by the Black AIDS Institute (BAI).

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Older Adults Who Binge Drink Face Risk For Dementia

Posted: 07/18/2012 - Research, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2012 may point to another risk factor adults might want to avoid to help stave off Alzheimer's.

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Obesity Pill Qsymia Gains FDA Approval

Posted: 07/18/2012 - The FDA said in an announcement Monday night that Vivus Inc.'s Qsymia is approved for overweight and obese people who have at least one weight-related health problem such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol.

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Physical Inactivity Causes 1 In 10 Deaths Worldwide, Study Says

Posted: 07/18/2012 - Physical inactivity causes 1 in 10 deaths worldwide, according to a series of studies released in British medical journal The Lancet, putting it on par with the dangers of smoking and obesity. The results also suggest that public health officials treat this situation as a pandemic.

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FDA Approves New Diet Drug

Posted: 07/17/2012 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new prescription diet drug called Qsymia on Tuesday. The medication produced dramatic weight loss in clinical trials, but some are concerned over potential side effects, including increased heart rate, birth defects and other issues.

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KU Hospital Celebrates Big Accomplishment

Posted: 07/17/2012 - According to the Lawrence Journal World, the hospital was ranked number one hospital in the state of Kansas, and mentioned in U.S. News and World Report's best hospital rankings.

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FDA Bans BPA From Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Updated: 07/17/2012 - The controversial chemical BPA, or bisphenol-A, can no longer be used in manufacturing baby bottles or sippy cups, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.

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