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National event urges Americans to plan for the end

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National Health Care Decisions Day, marked on this date for the seventh year, is one in which patients and health providers are encouraged to think about their own end-of-life preferences. The man behind it, health care attorney Nathan Kottkamp, says such considerations have never been more...(more) 

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Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the Philippines has isolated a health worker who tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. 

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Abbott beats profit forecast, but sales lag

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(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, but sales came in slightly below Wall Street expectations. The company on Wednesday said it earned $375 million, or 24 cents per share in the first quarter. That compared with $544 million, or 34 cents per share,...(more) 

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Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

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By Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged...(more) 

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Ex Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers charged with drug possession

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Former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers was charged on Wednesday with possessing illegal drugs, with the former Methodist minister to appear before magistrates next month, police said. West Yorkshire police said Flowers, 63, of Bradford in northern England, was charged with three offences of possessing drugs...(more) 

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.... 

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New fathers may need help with depression: study

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By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Becoming a father may raise a young man's risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families. "We know a lot about mothers and...(more) 

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FDA OKs new generation Boston Scientific heart pacing devices

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(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators have approved four Boston Scientific Corp implantable devices for heart patients, including a next generation of smaller defibrillators to treat abnormal heart rhythms, the company said on Tuesday. The Food and Drug Administration approved for sale the Dynagen Mini and Inogen...(more) 

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Mothers' weight tied to stillbirth, infant death risks

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By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are carrying extra weight before pregnancy or early in gestation are at heightened risk of having their infants die shortly before or after birth, according to a new analysis of past research. The risk was...(more) 

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Some new Facebook friends may signal relationship troubles

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By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who add new romantic interests to their Facebook "friends" list while in a romantic relationship tend to have a lower level of commitment to their current mate, a recent study finds. The fact of having old flames...(more) 

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Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

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Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that...(more) 

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Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan. Nearly one-third of respondents...(more) 

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