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Feb. 3: National Wear Red Day

Updated: 02/03/2012 - Feb. 3, 2012 is National Wear Red Day. The goal of the movement is to spread awareness about the seriousness of cardiac disease, especially among women. Health experts say most women don't realize, it's their number one killer. That's why the American Heart Association has made the entire month of February American Heart Month.

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Judge Blocks Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages

Posted: 02/29/2012 - A judge has blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking.

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Drug Approved to Treat Cystic Fibrosis' Root Cause

Posted: 01/31/2012 - The first drug that treats the root cause of cystic fibrosis won approval Tuesday, offering a life-changing treatment for a handful of patients with the deadly illness, and broader hope for thousands more patients suffering from the inherited disease.

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Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations Announced

Posted: 01/30/2012 - Bring all your unwanted, unneeded or outdated prescriptions, and over-thecounter medicines for proper disposal. Please leave the medications in their original containers. The patient’s name may be crossed out.

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Hospitals Hope to Reduce Readmissions, Infections

Posted: 01/29/2012 - About 100 hospitals are participating in a statewide initiative to reduce the number patients who get infections in the hospital, as well as the number of patients who need to be readmitted.

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Oral Cancer Virus Affects 7 Percent of Americans

Posted: 01/26/2012 - About 16 million Americans have oral HPV, a sexually transmitted virus more commonly linked with cervical cancer that also can cause mouth cancer, according to the first nationwide estimate.

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Walker Turning Down $37 Million for Health Care

Updated: 01/19/2012 - Gov. Scott Walker says he will turn down $37 million from the federal government that had been awarded to help implement health care exchanges under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

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It's Dangerously Cold Outside

Updated: 01/18/2012 - A local pediatrician says both conditions are extremely harmful. Severe frostbite can lead to loss of limbs and hypothermia can lead to death.

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US Wants Effective Alzheimer's Treatment by 2025

Posted: 01/17/2012 - The government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for Alzheimer's disease: Development of effective ways to treat and prevent the mind-destroying illness by 2025.

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Medford Man is First Civilian to Get New Bionic Hand

Updated: 01/13/2012 - A Medford man is now the first U.S. civilian to be fitted for a bionic hand. In 2006, Matt Razink, 36, lost his left hand after doctors had to amputate his arm just below the elbow after it was caught in a piece of construction equipment.

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Ashland County Now has 10 Whooping Cough Cases

Posted: 01/13/2012 - Ashland County now has 10 cases of whooping cough. Cyndi Zach, the public health administrator for the county health and human services department, says the cases include nine students in the Ashland School District and one adult.

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Coca-Cola Says it Alerted FDA about Fungicide

Posted: 01/12/2012 - Coca-Cola Co. says it alerted the Food and Drug Administration after it found some Brazilian growers had sprayed their orange trees with a fungicide that is not approved for use in the U.S.

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Manufacturer Recalls Excedrin, NoDoz, and Bufferin

Updated: 01/09/2012 - The company that makes Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X said Sunday that they are recalling some bottles of those products due to concerns that the bottles could contain stray pills from other medicines, or chipped or broken tablets.

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FDA Warns About Changes To Liquid Acetaminophen

Updated: 01/07/2012 - The FDA is warning parents to look at the labels carefully when buying liquid acetaminophen for infants. There's a new, more diluted version of the medicine now available for infants.

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More US Women Having Twins; Rate at 1 in 30 Babies

Posted: 01/05/2012 - The number of twins born in the U.S. soared over the last three decades, mostly the result of test-tube babies and women waiting to have children until their 30s, when the chances of twins increase.

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Wisconsin's Medicaid Shortfall Improves

Posted: 01/03/2012 - Gov. Scott Walker's administration says the projected shortfall in Wisconsin's various Medicaid programs serving the poor, elderly and disabled has improved by more than $300 million.

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