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  • Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Sales of prescription painkillers are exploding in new areas, and experts are worried that’s creating a wave of addiction. Pharmacies, hospitals and physicians dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone in 2010. That’s enough to give 40 5-mg Percocets and 24 […]
  • New effort by MDs to cut wasteful medical spending

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Old checklist for doctors: order that test, write that prescription. New checklist for doctors: first ask yourself if the patient really needs it. Nine medical societies representing nearly 375,000 physicians are challenging the widely held perception that more health care is better, releasing lists Wednesday of tests and treatments their […]
  • FDA probes salmonella that has sickened 90 people

    AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials are investigating a growing outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Food and Drug Administration memo. The outbreak is “rapid and expanding in number of cases,” with seven hospitalizations reported, according to a memo […]
  • Carbon dioxide leak sickens workers at food plant

    VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) – Hospital officials say one worker is in serious condition while all others have recovered from exposure to a carbon dioxide leak at a Northern California food processing plant. More than 70 workers were sent to hospitals Friday after authorities say they were exposed to the leak at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in […]
  • High court throws out human gene patents

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented, a topic of enormous interest to cancer researchers, patients and drug makers. The court overturned patents belonging to Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and […]
  • Army: PTSD treatable; some diagnosed return to war

    Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) – It is still not known if the soldier accused of killing 17 Afghans was ever diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder _ but even if he had been, that alone would not have prevented him from being sent back to war. The Army diagnosed 76,176 soldiers with PTSD between 2000 […]
  • US wants Detroit bomb suspect to be medicated

    MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) – Federal prosecutors are seeking forced medication for a man charged with leaving an explosive outside a Detroit federal building. A year after his arrest, Gary Mikulich remains in custody and has been ruled incompetent to face the charges against him. The government this week asked a judge to order involuntary treatment […]
  • Move-in before marriage no longer predicts divorce

    AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) – Nearly half of first marriages break up within 20 years, a new government study finds. With those odds, you might wonder: Would we be better off living together first? The new research, part of a marriage survey of 22,000 men and women, suggests times have changed from the days […]
  • Police: Nev. mom kills daughter, 6, with scissors

    Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A 27-year-old mother accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death with a pair of scissors told Las Vegas police she had been taking a weight-loss product, had trouble sleeping for several days and felt an evil presence before the attack. “‘Did I kill my daughter?’ Is she dead?'” […]
  • 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 […]