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Marijuana doesn't harm lung function, study found --CHICAGO (AP) — Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does. Click here for article.

Men More Than Women Likely to Experience Memory Loss--Men more than women are at higher risk of developing mild memory loss, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. The memory dysfunction, called mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is the stage between normal brain aging and dementia. Click here for video

New Drug Could Raise Good Cholesterol and Lower Bad Cholesterol--An experimental new drug may someday offer people struggling with cholesterol problems a treatment option that raises good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol in the blood, potentially reducing the risk of suffering a heart attack or other cardiac problems.Click here for article.

Treatment for Blood Disease Is Gene Therapy Landmark--Medical researchers in Britain have successfully treated six patients suffering from the blood-clotting disease known as hemophilia B by injecting them with the correct form of a defective gene ...Click here for article.

Heart Failure Risk May Be Reduced by Stem Cells, Study Shows--Patients with heart failure can reduce the risk of further occurrences by as much as 80 percent using an experimental stem-cell treatment, according to a study whose results are among the most promising for such therapies.Click here for more.

Diabetes Will Strike One in 10 Adults by 2030, IDF Says--Diabetes will strike one in 10 adults by 2030, hampering economic growth in the world’s fastest-growing economies as it kills people in their most productive years, according to a report. Click here for article.

Monkey weight loss drug offers hope for humans- AN experimental drug helped obese monkeys lose 11 percent of their extra weight in a month, a promising sign in the hunt for obesity drugs that could apply to humans, US researchers have said.Click here for article.

Doctors: Test all kids for cholesterol by age 11 --Every child should be tested for high cholesterol as early as age 9 — surprising new advice from a government panel that suggests screening kids in grade school for a problem more common in middle age. Click here for article.

Taking Vitamin E Puts Men at Greater Risk for Prostate Cancer, Study Finds--New evidence about the effect of vitamin E on prostate cancer risk may make some men think twice before they pop a daily supplement. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that men who took a high daily dose of vitamin E had a 17 percent greater risk of developing prostate cancer.Click here for article.

Radiation Plus Surgery Cuts Risk of Breast Cancer Return--Study Shows Benefits of Adding Radiation Therapy to Breast-Conserving Surgery.Click here for article.

Panel advises against prostate cancer screening-- Those PSA blood tests that check for prostate cancer do more harm than good and healthy men should no longer receive them as part of routine cancer screening, a government panel is recommending.Click here for article

Vitamins May Increase Women's Risk of Dying, Research Finds--Popping vitamins may do more harm than good, according to a new study that adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting some supplements may have health risks. Click here for article.

Why is Celiac Disease on the Rise? --The debilitating digestive disease is now estimated to afflict about 1 in 100 Americans.Click here for article.

Slightly raised blood pressure, pre-hypertension linked to stroke risk--While high blood pressure is considered the most important risk factor for strokes, new findings target even slightly high blood pressure as a danger. Click here for article.

Sleep Apnea Makes Quick Comeback When Breathing Treatment Stops-- In a small study, researchers at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland report that when patients stopped using continuous positive airway pressure machines, or CPAP, for one night or more, not only were they sleepy the next day, but a flood of related health problems returned.Click here for article.

Skin Cancer Drug Gets Quick Approval-- When study results for the new drug were released earlier this summer in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts called it a game-changer for people with melanoma that has metastasized or can't be operated on.Click here for article.

Study: U.S. Physicians Spend $61K More Than Canadian Counterparts on Administrative Costs --A study has found U.S. physicians spend approximately $61,000 more than their Canadian counterparts on annual health insurance-related administrative costs, according to a news release from Cornell University. Click here for more

New leukemia treatment exceeds 'wildest expectations' --Doctors have treated only three leukemia patients, but the sensational results from a single shot could be one of the most significant advances in cancer research in decades. And it almost never happened. Click here for article.

FDA approves new drug to treat lupus --The Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment designed for lupus in half a century Wednesday, a decision that stands to generate billions of dollars Click here for article.

Best Hospitals 2011-12 --A place on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll is reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties. Click here for article.

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Barbara Walter Special profiles heart disease stories of celebrities -"Stop the heart, work on it, restart it … good luck," Robin Williams tells Barbara Walters during "A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death," which airs Friday. (Donna Svennevik, ABC).-Walters, a heat patient herself, will interview President Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Robin Willians, Regin Philbin and Charlie Rose, according to a press release form ABC. Click here for article.

Diet Soda Linked To Increased Risk Of Stroke?--Presented at the American Stroke Association's international conference this week, new research led by scientists at Columbia University and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine suggests that diet soda might increase a person's risk of developing vascular health problems -- those related to blood vessels -- and stroke. Click here for article.

Woman regains voice in rare larynx transplant --LOS ANGELES - A California woman has regained her voice after a rare operation that marks the second time surgeons have successfully performed a larynx transplant, doctors said Thursday Click here for article.

MicroRNA Cocktail Helps Turn Skin Cells into Stem Cells --New technique removes several hurdles in generating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, smoothing the way for disease research and drug development. Click here for article.

Diabetes Drug to Get Second Look--(CBS) On Tuesday, an FDA panel will begin deciding what to do about the controversial diabetes drug Avandia. More than half a million Americans use it, but studies have linked it to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, even death. Click here for article.

Egg recall expands to 32 million cartons--Salmonella scare prompts massive egg recall--Hundreds of people may have been sickened in 4 states, possibly more. Click here for article.

Gout drug 'can prevent angina pain of heart disease'--Allopurinol is inexpensive compared with some other angina drugs and appears to work by reducing the energy needs of the heart, the Lancet reports. Click here for article.

Common Painkillers Raise Heart Death Risk--Ibuprofen Increases Stroke Risk; Diclofenac as Risky as Vioxx, Study Finds. Click here for article.

Are Nexium and Prilosec Too Popular?--Series of Studies Raises Concern about Popular Drugs that Treat Acid Reflux and other Stomach Problems. Click here for article.

FDA says acid reflux drugs carry fracture risk--U.S. health regulators have cautioned doctors and patients of an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine from high doses or long-term use of a widely used class of drugs to control the amount of acid in the stomach. Click here for article.

Obama declares flu emergency to ease restrictions for hospitals--Officials prepare for a surge in H1N1 cases . Click here for article.

Swine flu has killed 540 kids, sickened 22 million Americans--Swine flu has swept through about 22 million Americans from April to October, killing an estimated 3,900 people, including 540 children, health officials said Thursday. Click here for article.

Vaccine Shows Promise in Preventing HIV Infection . Click here for article.

What You Need To Know About Swine Flu Vaccine Click here for article.

Distribution Of Swine Flu Vaccine Will Begin in Oct.--Vaccine for the H1N1 influenza pandemic will be distributed on a three-day turnaround time from four regional warehouses around the country next month. Click here for more

Most Older Kids Need One Swine Flu Shot, Tests Show--Most older children appear to need just one dose of the new swine flu vaccine, but younger ones will probably require two, federal health officials reported Monday. Click here for more

H1N1 Poses "Serious" Threat, Group Says-Presidential Advisers Say Outbreak Won't Be As Bad as 1918, But U.S. Could Still Do More To Prepare.Click here for article.

Vaccine Supply May Miss Swine Flu Peak--Several prominent epidemiologists are warning that even though the new swine flu vaccine works much better than expected, it will still come too late to blunt the peak of this season’s pandemic. Click here for article.

Stem cell feat revives ethics debate on human cloning-Researchers successfully breed healthy living mice from non-embryonic stem cells, taking a step closer to human cloning. 'We have gone from science fiction to reality,' says one expert. Click here for article.

Swine Flu Should Not Close Most Schools, Federal Officials Say --Most schools should be able to stay open even if swine flu outbreaks occur again this fall, government officials said Friday as they issued recommendations for dealing with the illness when the school year starts. Click here for article.

Flu vaccine for fall won't protect against swine virus Click here for article.

U.S. trials for H1N1 vaccine announced Click here for article.

Dr. Regina BenjaminDr. Regina BenjaminObama chooses Ala. doctor as next surgeon general. Click here for article.

Swine Flu Expected to Return With Opening of School. Click here for article.

SNAP ANALYSIS: Stem cell rules mean big change up to Congress. Click here for article.

Obesity emerges as new risk factor for severe flu. Click here for article.

FDA panel votes to eliminate Vicodin, Percocet.Deadly overdoses of acetaminophen, narcotics are cited in recommendation. Click here for article.

Deadly overdoses of acetaminophen, narcotics are cited in recommendation. Click here for article and video.

US passes million swine flu cases Click here for article.

.U.S. Cases of New Flu Hit a High This WeekClick here for article.

Swine Flu Now a Pandemic The World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic.Click here for more.

New drugs could transform cancer treatmentPARP inhibitors appear to destroy disease, small but stunning study shows. Click here for article.

Deadly pneumonia caused by super-bugs on rise: study--Deadly pneumonia caused by so-called superbugs are spreading outside hospitals and represent a growing threat to the public, U.S. researchers warned on Wednesday. Click here for article.

.U.S. Says Older People Appear Safer From Virus-Confirming the first impressions of many American and Mexican doctors, federal health officials said on Wednesday that people born before 1957 appear to have some immunity to the swine flu virus now circulating. Click here for article.

New York Reports Its First Swine Flu Death -An assistant principal at a New York City public school died of complications from swine flu in an intensive care unit of a Queens hospital on Sunday night, the first death in New York State . Click here for article.

Swine flu shuts 3 NYC schools, 1 victim critically ill Click here for article.

Officials Confirm Second U.S. Swine Flu Death Click here for article.

Arizona woman with lung disease dies from H1NI fluClick here for article.

Swine flu may be less potent than first feared Click here for article.

Swine flu wanes in Mexico, rises in other places Click here for article.

Health Alert at Level 5 Local health department prepares for the Swine Flu Click here for article.

White House adjusts Biden's swine flu advice. Click here for article.

Kathleen Sebelius

On President Obama's 100th day in office, a voted of 65 to 31 to confirm Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services Click here for more.

Swine flu cases and precautions around the worldThe number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the USA rose to 64 on Tuesday as additional schools in New York City reported suspected outbreaks and U.S. public health officials warned the disease would continue to spread nationwide. Click here for article.

Swine flu prompts travel warning Click here for article.

Flu May Have Spread Within New York City Click here for article.

Would H.R.20: Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act Mandate Mothers’ Mental Health Tests?Postpartum depression is a serious illness that affects 12 to 20 percent of women, especially teenage mothers, mothers with less education, and those with a history of depression. Click here for article.

Swine Flu Outbreak

World govts race to contain swine flu outbreakClick here for article.

WHO Cites Potential for Swine Flu Pandemic
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NYC health officials: At least 8 Queens students likely have swine flu
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Calorie-Burning Fat? Studies Say You Have It For more than 30 years, scientists have been intrigued by brown fat, a cell that acts like a furnace, consuming calories and generating heat. Click here for more.

Epilepsy Drug Linked to Babies' Lower IQEpilepsy Drug Linked to Babies' Lower IQ. Click here for article. Click here for article.

Yoko Ono auctions art for autism .The Japanese artist and widow of John Lennon unveiled a new work on the occasion of the United Nation's World Autism Awareness Day. Click here for article.

Study: Heart Has Ability To Repair Itself(CBS) Heart disease kills more Americans than anything else. One-third of all deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease - nearly 2,400 a day. Click here for story.

5-in-1 Pill May Prevent Heart Disease Study Shows 'Polypill' Made From 5 Drugs May Cut Heart and Stroke Risk Click here for article.

Shriver testifies in Congress about Alzheimer'sMs. Shriver's father, Sergeant Shriver, has suffered from Alzheimer's since 2003. Click here for article.

   
   

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