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Topeka Clinic Studying New Approach To Easing Pain

Posted: 07/23/2009 - Cotton-O'Neil is participating in clinical trials on medications that target nerve growth factor, a substance found to be more prevalent in people with chronic pain. The new meds suppress NGF, thereby easing the pain.

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Scientists Find HIV's 'Missing Link' In Ill Chimps

Posted: 07/22/2009 - Scientists believe they have found a "missing link" in the evolution of the virus that causes AIDS. It bridges the gap between the infection that does no harm to most monkeys and the one that kills millions of people. That link is a virus that is killing chimpanzees in the wild at a disturbingly high rate, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature.

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Sorting Out Acetaminophen Fact From Fear

Posted: 07/16/2009 - The FDA is considering new warnings for the popular painkiller acetaminophen, but health workers say if people read labels and use it as directed it is still a valuable medicine.

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Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

Posted: 07/16/2009 - An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.

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House Dems Move To Votes On Health Bill

Posted: 07/16/2009 - House Democrats on Thursday pushed ahead with legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama's promise to remake the health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured, despite concerns from their own party's moderate and conservative lawmakers that the $1.5 trillion plan costs too much.

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Obama Selects Alabama Doctor as Surgeon General

Posted: 07/13/2009 - Cable star and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta was even considered for the post, but the now the President has settled on a family doctor from Alabama to become Surgeon General.

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Extreme Heat Necessitates Caution

Posted: 07/09/2009 - Doctors say common sense is the best thing to keep in mind when trying to cope with extreme temperatures.

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Topeka Hospitals Team Up To Provide Workers' Child Care

Posted: 07/02/2009 - Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare and St. Francis Health Center partner to support Building Blocks Child Care. It gives first priority for slots to their employees. The center's director says the program they provide is something parents can look for in their own child care.

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FDA panel recommends smaller doses of painkillers

Updated: 07/01/2009 - A Food and Drug Administration panel on Tuesday voted 20-17 that prescription drugs that combine acetaminophen with other painkilling ingredients should be pulled off the market.

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FDA Panel Recommends Lowering Top Tylenol Dose

Updated: 06/30/2009 - An FDA advisory panel recommends reducing the maximum dose of Tylenol and eliminating prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Percocet which combine acetaminophen with other pain killers amid concerns over potentially deadly overdoses.

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Surprising Number Of Teens Think They'll Die Young

Updated: 06/29/2009 - A surprising number of teenagers — nearly 15 percent — think they're going to die young, leading many to drug use, suicide attempts and other unsafe behavior, new research suggests.

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Doctors Say More Ovary Transplants Possible

Updated: 06/29/2009 - Two new techniques to preserve and transplant ovaries might give women a better chance to fight their biological clocks and have children when they are older, doctors announced Monday.

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FDA Weighs Options To Reduce Painkiller Overdoses

Updated: 06/29/2009 - The makers of Tylenol, Excedrin and other medications are trying to dissuade regulators from placing new restrictions on their popular painkillers, including possibly removing some of them from store shelves.

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Atlas Highlights HIV/AIDS Burden In Southeast

Updated: 06/26/2009 - The Southeast is among the areas of the United States with the highest concentration of cases of HIV and AIDS, according to a new online tool called the National HIV/AIDS Atlas.

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New Unit Aims To Ease ER Waits

Updated: 06/25/2009 - Stormont-Vail's new Emergency and Trauma Center includes a Clinical Decision Unit, aimed at getting patients waiting for lab results or needing observation out of the ER, so the staff and space are freed to see incoming patients.

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Testing For National HIV Testing Day

Updated: 06/25/2009 - One in five people living with H.I.V. in the United States is unaware s/he is living with the disease. To help encourage Americans to get tested National HIV Testing day has been set for June 27.

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KDHE Grants Help CommunityClinics

Updated: 06/23/2009 - Among the recipients, Flint Hills Community Health Center will receive $385,000, Shawnee County Health Agency and Konza Prairie will each receive over $200,000.

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Rehab Can Be Fun And Games

Updated: 06/04/2009 - Rehab therapists are taking cues from childhood in creating tasks to help patients regain their movement and independence. They say it's a less-threatening way to get things started.

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Man Rides Bike To Raise Funds For Cancer

Updated: 06/03/2009 - A Topeka man is taking to his bike to raise money for cancer. Eric Nordgren plans to ride 5,000 miles this summer to raise funds and awareness about cancer.

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Kansas Senator Introduces Rural Health Care Bill

Updated: 06/03/2009 - Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, is co-sponsoring the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act, or "R-HOPE." It includes several provisions to improve health care in rural areas.

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Trauma Care Moves Up a Level in Topeka

Updated: 05/29/2009 - Stormont-Vail HealthCare is now verified as a Level II trauma center. It is only the fifth verified trauma center in Kansas.

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