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  • Turkey: quadruple limb transplant fails

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A Turkish hospital says world’s first quadruple limb transplant has failed. Hacettepe University says doctors had to remove two arms and two legs that were transplanted on 27-year-old Sevket Cavdar because of tissue incompatibility. Doctors attached the limbs on Cavdar on Friday night. He had lost his arms and legs in […]
  • States called on to restore anti-smoking funds

    Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Steve Panetta smoked for 34 years, the last 10 at a three-pack-a-day clip. He watched his father die from lung cancer and his stepfather struggle with emphysema. He tried quitting six times before a state-funded cessation program helped him beat the habit in 2002. Weekends now find him the […]
  • Fitness program for mentally ill expands in NH

    Associated Press KEENE, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire is using a $10 million federal grant to help people with serious mental illnesses become more physically fit. The average life span for someone with a serious mental illness is 25 years shorter than someone in the general population. Dr. Stephen Bartels at Dartmouth College says that […]
  • APNewsBreak: FDA to review inhalable caffeine

    Associated Press BOSTON (AP) – U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it’s also available […]
  • Bird flu still a menace in Asia and beyond

    AP Medical Writer HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Thought bird flu was gone? Recent human deaths in Asia and Egypt are a reminder that the H5N1 virus is still alive and dangerous, and Vietnam is grappling with a new strain that has outsmarted vaccines used to protect poultry flocks. Ten people have died in Cambodia, Indonesia, […]
  • Lawyer: 6 Austrians were injected with malaria

    VIENNA (AP) – The number of people who claim that a Vienna psychiatric ward injected them with a parasite that causes malaria while treating them as teenagers has increased to seven. Most _ but not all _ of the alleged victims say they were wards of Vienna foster homes at the time. Lawyer Johannes Oehlboeck, […]
  • Venezuelans line up to switch PIP breast implants

    Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – The office of plastic surgeon Ignacio Sousa is so packed that women are lined up outside the door. College students in their 20s, housewives in their 40s, middle-class office workers: nearly all are fearful that their breast implants may be leaking. Thousands of women worldwide are consulting their doctors […]
  • ALS researcher succumbs to disease he studied

    Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Dr. Richard Olney, an internationally renowned researcher who dedicated his life to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease, has died after his own eight-year battle with the disease. He was 64. The University of California, San Francisco announced Monday that Olney died Friday at his Marin County home. […]
  • Business, social media to prevent babies with HIV

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – Business and social media leaders are teaming up to tackle the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies, saying the medicine and the money are largely in place and with the right organization they can eliminate HIV-infected births by 2015. Apax Partners U.S. CEO John Megrue will chair the business group […]
  • AP IMPACT: Meth fills hospitals with burn patients

    Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) – A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment _ a burden so costly that it’s contributing to the closure of […]