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Common Complication Delays Giffords’ Recovery


Build-up of fluid in the brain, a common complication brain injury cases, is keeping U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Houston. Tues. Jan. 25, 2011 — An accumulation of fluid in the brain, a condition called posttraumatic hydrocephalus, has delayed U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ transfer to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Although the Arizona congresswoman was …

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New Drug Development Now a Priority for Federal Government


Many drugs that look promising in the lab never make it to the corner pharmacy—a problem that the National Institutes of Health will now try to solve. WASHINGTON — Tues. Jan. 25, 2011 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is launching a new government center to help spur new drug development in an increasingly stagnant market. Advisers to the …

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Health Reform Law


At issue is provision that Americans have to carry insurance; appeal to Supreme Court expected. A federal judge ruled Monday that the new U.S. health-care reform law is unconstitutional, saying the federal government has no authority to require citizens to buy health insurance. That provision is a cornerstone of the new legislation, signed into law in March by President Barack …

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How to Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft


Identity fraud doesn’t just affect your credit rating. Medical identity theft means you might be paying someone else’s medical bills and even be refused coverage by your own health care provider. What is medical identity theft? In this serious and growing problem, someone else uses your personal information to obtain medical goods or services. Medical identity theft affects consumers, health …

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After Hospitalization, Men More Likely to Show Up in ER


They also had more readmissions within a month than women, study found. Men are much more likely than women to require urgent hospital care within a month of being discharged from the hospital, a new study finds. Researchers followed 367 men and 370 women for 30 days after they were discharged from the Boston Medical Center to determine if gender …

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What Are Kidney Stones?


  There are several different types of kidney stones, but each of them can cause a lot of pain. Kidney stones are small chunks of solid material that can form in your kidneys, a pair of organs that filter your blood. The “stones,” which are usually yellow and brown, vary in size and shape. For instance, some may be jagged …

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What You Need to Know About Optic Neuritis


Commonly associated with MS, this inflammation of the optic nerve can cause pain and temporary vision loss. You owe your vision, in large part, to your optic nerve. It carries messages from your eyes to your brain, which interprets them. But if the optic nerve becomes swollen and inflamed, a condition called optic neuritis, you can experience pain and interruption …

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Foldable Bike Helmet Offers Recyclable Protection


Urban bike-sharing programs are booming in many cities, but most casual riders don’t usually tote around a helmet. This means when they rent a bike, they often ride helmet-free, which can be a risky move in places were roads aren’t designed to safely accommodate both cars and cyclists. However, a novel design could make an affordable, collapsible, biodegradable helmet available …

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Are Virtual Reality Headsets Safe for Kids?


Virtual-reality headsets are likely to be at the top of many kids’ wish lists this holiday season, but with many VR devices coming with age restrictions, is the technology safe for youngsters? The Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR headsets are recommended for ages 13+, while Sony’s recommendation for its PlayStation VR is ages 12 and up. HTC’s Vive is …

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