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HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Tech Offers Web of Support for Stroke Survivors

May is National Stroke Awareness month. I like to follow the technology advancements for stroke prevention and treatment -- and the companies making them -- because I have been a stroke survivor for nine years. We don't realize it on a daily basis, but things advance as quickly in the medical and he...

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

HealthMap Crawls the Web to Track Disease Outbreaks

A new health-mapping system crawls the Web's disparate news sources and aggregates the information it finds there into a unified view of the world's health. HealthMap, which was launched by a team of researchers from Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, provides a comprehensive vie...

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The Med-Tech Industry’s Relentless Pursuit of Cures – and Cash

More than 300 completely new medicines, vaccines and treatments for more than 150 conditions have entered the U.S. market since 1990, with a raft of benefits for consumers. The need for many surgeries has been reduced; survival rates are higher; quality of life has improved. Indeed, between 1986 and...

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Perrigo Recalls 11 Million Bottles of Acetaminophen

In a move reminiscent of the Tylenol scare of the 1980s, Perrigo on Thursday recalled 11 million bottles of store-brand acetaminophen caplets. There were traces of metal in some of the products, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Perrigo is voluntarily recalling 383 lots of the 500 ...

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KFC Removes Trans Fats From Menu

In the the wake of a lawsuit seeking to blame KFC for health problems, the leading fried chicken chain on Monday said it is converting all of its 5,500 restaurants in the United States to a zero grams trans fat cooking oil. The new oil, a low linolenic soybean oil, will replace the partially hydroge...

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Beware of Rx Card Fraud, Says Foundation

As the new Medicare drug discount card program begins today, Medicare consumers should be aware of three common frauds including identity theft and "bait and switch" tactics, according to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. "Seniors should read the fine the print of drug discount card c...

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