Brazilian VP recovering after surgery; Has battled stomach cancer since 1997

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Brazilian VP recovering after surgery
RIO DE JANEIRO — Doctors say Brazil’s vice president is recovering nicely after a six-hour surgery that removed 10 abdominal tumors.

Shriners to keep serving 22 cities, but may downgrade some hospitals; will accept insurance

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Shriners to consider downgrade of some hospitals
SAN ANTONIO — The Shriners will continue treating children in all 22 cities where they operate hospitals, but some of the facilities may be downgraded to outpatient surgical centers and the sale or lease of real estate will be explored, the nonprofit’s new CEO said Thursday.

FDA says strain of E. coli in Nestle USA raw cookie dough doesn’t match strain in illnesses

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

FDA: Dough’s E. coli strain differs from illness
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the strain of E. coli found in a sample of raw cookie dough collected at a Nestle USA manufacturing plant does not match the strain that has been linked to a 30-state outbreak, and they aren’t sure how the [...]

Overdose of 14 babies at Texas hospital raises questions about common blood thinner

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Hospital error blamed for more infant overdoses
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas _ The case of 14 babies who received accidental overdoses while in intensive care has raised new questions about how a common blood-thinning medication could be given to infants repeatedly in the wrong dosage.

Bail denied for Colo. surgery tech in hepatitis C scare, may be linked to 10 cases

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Bail denied for surgery tech in hepatitis C scare
DENVER — A surgery technician in Colorado accused of swapping out used syringes for ones filled with a painkiller meant for patients has been denied bail.

NYC nurse says every school needs one, recounting her triage in swine flu student outbreak

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

NYC school nurse recounts swine flu triage
WASHINGTON — The line of sick students outside school nurse Mary Pappas’ door was too long. So she thrust thermometers and a pad of Post-It notes at a security guard: Take their temperatures and slap the numbers on their chests.

Dozens indicted in Los Angeles for huge Medi-Cal fraud scheme involving handicapped patients

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Dozens indicted in LA for Medi-Cal fraud scheme
LOS ANGELES — Forty-two people have been indicted in Los Angeles in what prosecutors say was a ring that defrauded Medi-Cal out of nearly $4.6 million by using unlicensed nurses to provide care to disabled patients.

Cutting a third of calories extends the life of monkeys, first such evidence in primates

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Monkeys live longer on low-cal diet; would humans?
WASHINGTON — Eat less, live longer? It seems to work for monkeys: A 20-year study found cutting calories by almost a third slowed their aging and fended off death.

Obama phones fed-state meeting to urge getting ready for a swine flu mess in the fall

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Obama phones flu meeting to say get ready for fall
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is adding his personal call to states to get ready for a possible swine flu resurgence in the fall.

Bay area child psychiatrist accused of molesting patients takes stand

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Bay area child psychiatrist takes stand
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A prominent San Francisco Bay area child psychiatrist accused of molesting several patients says he does not remember any of the alleged victims.


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