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Philips Healthcare Recalls 5,400 Defibrillators

Posted: 10/03/2009 - Philips Healthcare said Saturday it is recalling about 5,400 automated external defibrillators after receiving reports of a memory chip failure in a small number of some models that could make them inoperable.

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Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot - but it May be a Hassle

Posted: 09/28/2009 - It's hard for pregnant women to escape the message: You're at extra risk from swine flu - it could trigger premature labor, hospitalize you for weeks, even kill you - so be among the first in line for vaccine next month. But only about one in seven pregnant women gets a flu shot each winter.

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Swine Flu Spreads Week or More After Symptoms

Posted: 09/14/2009 - New studies show that many people with swine flu may be able to spread the virus for a week or more after symptoms first appear. That's longer than some experts had thought.

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FDA Backs Glaxo's Vaccine Cervarix for Women

Posted: 09/09/2009 - Federal health officials favor approving GlaxoSmithKline's long-delayed vaccine Cervarix to prevent the leading cause of cervical cancer in U.S. women.

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Harvard Study: Businesses Not Ready for H1N1 Flu

Posted: 09/09/2009 - Many American businesses are unprepared to deal with widespread employee absenteeism in the event of an outbreak of swine flu, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study released Wednesday.

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FDA Reports Health Problems with Stolen Insulin

Posted: 08/26/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid certain vials of insulin made by Novo Nordisk that were stolen earlier this year and may not be safe for use.

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FDA Probes Liver Damage with Weight Loss Pill Alli

Posted: 08/24/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of liver damage in patients taking alli, the only nonprescription weight loss drug approved by the agency.

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Final Rules Out for Government Stem Cell Research

Posted: 07/06/2009 - The government is creating a master list of which embryonic stem cells qualify for taxpayer-funded research, now that President Barack Obama has lifted restrictions on the field.

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NV Whistleblower Gets Job Back, for Now

Posted: 07/01/2009 - A federal agency has been ordered to rehire an ex-worker until an appeals board can hold a hearing on his whistleblower claim that he was fired in retaliation for telling his boss two co-workers illegally shot mountain lions from a government airplane in Nevada.

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FDA Requires Chantix to Have Mental Health Warning

Posted: 07/01/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration will require Pfizer Inc.'s smoking cessation drug Chantix to carry the agency's strongest safety warning over a series of mental health side effects, including depression and suicidal thoughts.

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FDA Panel to Vote on Painkiller Restrictions

Updated: 06/30/2009 - The Food and Drug Administration has assembled more than 35 experts for a two-day meeting to discuss and vote on ways to prevent overdose with acetaminophen - the pain-relieving, fever-reducing ingredient in Tylenol and dozens of other prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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JBS Swift Beef Co. Expands Beef Recall

Posted: 06/28/2009 - JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., is voluntarily expanding its beef recall to include about 380,000 pounds of products because of possible E. coli contamination

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Big Federal Study will Test Vitamin D, Fish Oil

Posted: 06/22/2009 - The U.S. government will sponsor a big study of fish oil and vitamin D pills to see if either supplement can keep healthy people from developing cancer, heart disease or other problems.

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