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Health Officials Encourage Early Flu Shots

Posted: 08/18/2009 - With concerns over H1N1, state health officials are encouraging people to get their seasonal flu vaccine early. An H1N1 vaccine isn't expected to arrive in Kansas until October.

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FDA Approves Saphris To Treat Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder

Posted: 08/14/2009 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Saphris tablets (asenapine) to treat adults with schizophrenia, a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder, and to treat bipolar I disorder in adults, a serious psychiatric disorder that causes shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function.

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Women Travel To Indiana To Donate Breast Tissue

Posted: 08/07/2009 - Chris Baker and Robin Colgrove are making the 460-mile trip from Kansas City to Indianapolist to undergo a simple procedure to remove a small portion of their breast tissue for a research project.

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Groups Tout Benefits of Breastfeeding

Updated: 08/06/2009 - During Breastfeeding Awareness Week, health professional are touting the benefits breast milk can give babies, such as improved immunity and brain development.

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New Strain Of Swine Flu Infects Riley County Child

Posted: 08/06/2009 - KDHE says a Riley County child was infected with H3N2, a swine flu strain not related to the H1N1 pandemic. The child suffered mild flu symptoms and has recovered.

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Psychologists Repudiate Gay-To-Straight Therapy

Posted: 08/05/2009 - The APA is urging therapists to consider multiple options _ that could range from celibacy to switching churches _ for helping clients whose sexual orientation and religious faith conflict.

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Shipping Early, Demand Up

Posted: 08/05/2009 - Some drug companies say flu vaccines are moving out early because of expectations of increased demand brewed by H1N1 virus fears and the need to clear the deck for making the swine flu vaccine.

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20 Whooping Cough Cases In 2 Kansas Counties

Posted: 08/03/2009 - Twenty cases of the highly contagious disease whooping cough, also called pertussis, were reported since June in Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties.

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Educational Campaign Urges FAST Action for Stroke

Posted: 07/30/2009 - An education campaign urges people to think FAST to remember the signs of a stroke. It has to do with signs that affect the face, arms and speech to encourage immediate response time.

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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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