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Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

a shared story    1 day 33 minutes ago
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up charging the restaurant in question with a violation. “We know that the majority...(more) 

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U.S. veterans health probe says cannot link deaths to broken system

a shared story    1 day 1 hour 33 minutes ago
A probe into long waits for medical treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix found cover-ups of delays and a break-down in ethics but could not conclude that anyone died as a result of "unacceptable and troubling lapses" in care. The Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector...(more) 

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Overhydration may have been factor in Mississippi football player's death

a shared story    1 day 2 hours 33 minutes ago
(Reuters) - The death of a Mississippi high school football player three days after he fell ill during a game was due to swelling in his brain possibly triggered by overhydration, a doctor who treated him said on Tuesday. "This seems to be a fluke, freak...(more) 

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Soccer-No home game for Ivory Coast due to Ebola fears

a shared story    1 day 3 hours 33 minutes ago
* Government stops Ivory Coast from hosting qualifier * Congo weary of travelling to Nigeria (Adds details, quotes) ABIDJAN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast will not be allowed to host their African Nations Cup qualifier next week against Sierra Leone in Abidjan because of fears...(more) 

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UK Ebola victim treated with experimental drug ZMapp

a shared story    1 day 4 hours 33 minutes ago
The first Briton to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus has been given the experimental drug ZMapp, the London hospital where he is being treated said on Tuesday, two days after he was brought back from West Africa. British volunteer nurse William Pooley, 29, had been...(more) 

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Nigeria has only one Ebola patient: health minister

a shared story    1 day 5 hours 33 minutes ago
Nigeria said Tuesday that two more people had been released from isolation after recovering from Ebola, leaving only one living patient with the disease in the country. According to the health ministry, Nigeria has recorded 13 confirmed cases of Ebola, including the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who...(more) 

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Don't Be Fooled by the Diet Industry

a shared story    1 day 6 hours 33 minutes ago
The diet industry's before and after pictures are a sales technique, not reality, and often an individual's weight loss is not always about aesthetics, it's about health. I have a client who is on dialysis and the kidney transplant doctor would not talk with her until...(more) 

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WHO calls for ban on e-cigarette sales to minors

a shared story    1 day 7 hours 33 minutes ago
The World Health Organization called Tuesday on governments should ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, warning that they pose a "serious threat" to foetuses and young people. The UN health body also said the cigarette-shaped electrical devices should be banned from public indoor spaces, in...(more) 

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TV debate victory might not boost Scottish independence leader

a shared story    1 day 8 hours 33 minutes ago
By Alistair Smout GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) - A convincing win by Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond in a final TV debate ahead of next month's breakaway referendum might not be enough to revive his campaign's chances of victory, a snap poll suggested. In Monday's bruising encounter...(more) 

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Pfizer to test Xalkori lung cancer drug with Merck immunotherapy

a shared story    1 day 9 hours 33 minutes ago
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc on Tuesday said it will test its Xalkori lung cancer drug with Merck & Co's experimental immunotherapy pembrolizumab, in hopes the combination will improve the outcomes for patients taking the approved Pfizer therapy. Xalkori, which has annual sales of $400 million and...(more) 

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WHO urges regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes

a shared story    1 day 10 hours 33 minutes ago
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a long-awaited report on Tuesday on electronic cigarettes that called for regulation of the devices and their contents, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors. The United Nations health agency, in a report to be...(more) 

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Obama plans executive steps to boost veterans' mental health care

a shared story    1 day 11 hours 33 minutes ago
President Barack Obama, weeks after signing legislation to fix delays in veterans' healthcare, will unveil a series of executive actions on Tuesday aimed at improving access to mental health treatment for former service members. Obama will outline the steps in a speech to the American Legion...(more) 

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