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Nevada, Health Oversight Body to Trade Information

Posted: 02/11/2009 - A national accrediting body and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services have agreed to share information about infection control breaches such as those blamed for a hepatitis C outbreak last year in southern Nevada, a state official said.

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Peanut Co. Owner Refuses To Testify To Congress

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The owner of a peanut company refused to testify to Congress on Wednesday amid the disclosure that he urged his workers to ship bacteria-tainted products, pleading with federal health officials that he should be able "turn the raw peanuts on the floor into money."

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Lab Tests Show Possible Salmonella at Texas Plant

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Private lab tests show there may have been salmonella at a second plant operated by the peanut company at the center of a national outbreak, Texas health officials said Tuesday.

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Analysts Say Number of Uninsured Americans to Grow

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Without changes in federal policy, the number of Americans without health insurance will grow from about 45 million this year to about 54 million in 2019, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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Reproductive Society Probes Octuplet Mom, Doctor

Posted: 02/10/2009 - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says it's investigating whether fertility treatment guidelines were broken in the case of a Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets last month.

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Smoking Curbs Clear Hurdle in Home of Marlboro Man

Posted: 02/10/2009 - In a sign of how vilified smoking has become, lawmakers in Virginia - where the world's largest cigarette factory churns out Marlboros - passed curbs on smoking in restaurants.

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New Mexico Moves Slowly With Medical Marijuana Law

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Eighteen months after New Mexico enacted a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana law, the state is moving gingerly ahead, mindful that the closely watched program could go up in smoke because it conflicts with federal law.

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Healthcare Assistance Office May Close

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Gov. Jim Gibbons' proposal to save about $1 million by closing the state Consumer Health Assistance Office was challenged Monday by lawmakers who noted the office has saved Nevadans $30 million in health care expenses since it opened in 2000.

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FDA Seeks Plans To Reduce Misuse Of Painkillers

Posted: 02/09/2009 - Federal health regulators are requiring more than a dozen drugmakers to develop plans to reduce the misuse of their painkillers, which cause hundreds of deaths each year.

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Campaign Warns Against Reusing Plastic Syringes

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Patients who got hepatitis from contaminated syringes and medicine vials are joining infection control advocates to warn Americans about a problem they say is more common than people think.

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More Contaminated Products Recalled

Posted: 02/04/2009 - More products are being recalled across the nation, in a possible connection with a worldwide salmonella outbreak.

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Loss of Daschle Clouds Health Reform Prospects

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination as health and human services secretary clouds hopes that President Barack Obama will make significant progress on health reform in his first 100 days in the White House.

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House Set To Pass Kids' Health Bill

Posted: 02/04/2009 - The government is poised to extend health coverage to 4 million more lower-income children, a first step in President Barack Obama's promise to shrink the ranks of the uninsured.

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Heart Stress

Posted: 02/03/2009 - February is American Heart Month, so many doctors are emphasizing heart disease treatment and prevention. Finally, some people are starting to get the message.

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Firm Tied To Salmonella Ran Unlicensed Texas Plant

Posted: 02/03/2009 - A peanut processing plant in Texas run by the same company blamed for a national salmonella outbreak operated for years uninspected and unlicensed by government health officials, The Associated Press has learned.

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