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Growth for US Health Tab May Have Hit Bottom

December 3rd, 2014
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health care spending grew by the slowest rate in more than a half-century last year, government analysts said Wednesday. But a speed-up is coming as the economy gets traction...

Pregnant Women to Get Better Info from Drug Labels

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December 3rd, 2014
By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pregnant and worried about your medication? The Food and Drug Administration is revamping confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which medications may pose...

IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

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December 3rd, 2014
(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) By BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola -- by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to...

Study: Too Many Infants Still Sleep With Blankets

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December 1st, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) -- Researchers are reiterating warnings about blankets in babies' cribs, and they say parents are still ill-informed despite 17 years of national data. And blankets aren't the only potentially dangerous items. Researchers from the...

Lifetime dieter feels 'unstoppable'

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November 18th, 2014
Danyeil Durrant weighed 363 pounds when a conversation with her doctor changed her life. A history of dieting at a young age had sparked poor eating habits and a negative body image. In August 2012, Durrant joined Weight Watchers and...

In the Genes

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November 17th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) -- It used to be a common refrain from doctors - "Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning." But medicine has come a long way since then, and nowadays you're more likely to hear “Take a genetic test and we'll tailor your...

WHO: More Than 5,000 Have Now Died of Ebola

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November 12th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By BABA AHMED and SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported...

November Marks Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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November 11th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- November is National Alzheimer's Awareness month, focusing attention on a devastating disease for which there is no cure Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center,...

How she lost 145 pounds

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November 10th, 2014
Kari Ianuale of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has lost 145 pounds since 2011. She lost the first 20 pounds easily, by eating smaller portions and exercising at home. After eight months, she joined a gym and the weight continued to come...

Dallas Reaches End of Ebola Monitoring Period

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November 7th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas calmly marked the end of its Ebola crisis on Friday when the last of the 177 people who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly virus...

President Obama Seeks $6.2 Billion for Ebola Fight

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November 5th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) by JIM KUHNHENN and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and...

'A' for effort: Teacher transforms

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November 3rd, 2014
Jeff Baxter, a language arts teacher from Kansas City, Kansas, lost 270 pounds after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. Baxter poses with his daughter, Olivia, and his wife, Connie, at Olivia's college graduation in 2010. At his heaviest,...

Diabetic Children Can Enjoy Halloween

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October 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Candy is the central focus of the spookiest holiday of the year. In fact, the average American consumes 24 pounds of candy in a year and most of that is around Halloween. However, for diabetic children, it can...

Vermont Man in Self-Quarantine After Africa Trip

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October 28th, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin says a Vermont man is in voluntary quarantine after his return from West Africa where he visited Guinea and Sierra Leone, countries that are fighting an Ebola epidemic. The man has not shown any...

CDC Details New Ebola Response and Prep Teams

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October 23rd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: MGN Online / 3D4Medical) By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- The government's new federal Ebola response squads were getting their first test Thursday, dispatched to New York to help care for the city's first...