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    • 17 SEP 17
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    Disability backlog tops 1M; thousands die on waitlist

    WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live. All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where

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    • 17 SEP 17
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    Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

    WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live.  All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where

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    • 16 SEP 17
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    Houston braces for mosquito explosion

    September 16, 2017, 7:31 AM| Three weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall and the resulting floods caused more than 70 deaths. It damaged or destroyed more than a quarter of a million homes. Now, as Houston and its surrounding areas begin to recover, people are taking steps to head off a potential health threat. Omar

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    • 15 SEP 17
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    Hospital cited after staffers take photos of patient’s genital injury

    A Pennsylvania hospital has been cited after multiple staff members crowded into an operating room to take photos and videos of a patient’s genitals – and a foreign object that had been lodged there. According to a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services, the incident took place in December 2016 at

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    • 15 SEP 17
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    In Irma’s wake, food safety a growing concern

    Ashley Welch On Twitter» Ashley Welch covers health and wellness for CBSNews.com Source Article from http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsHealth/~3/15T_sHzucDI/

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    • 14 SEP 17
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    In Irma’s wake, food safety a growing concern

    Ashley Welch On Twitter» Ashley Welch covers health and wellness for CBSNews.com Source Article from http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsHealth/~3/15T_sHzucDI/

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    • 14 SEP 17
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    San Diego washing streets with bleach to fight Hep A

    An outbreak of hepatitis A has prompted the city of San Diego to begin power washing its streets with bleach in an effort to combat the infectious disease. San Diego County officials earlier this month declared a public health emergency because of the spread of the liver disease that has killed 15 people and hospitalized

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    • 14 SEP 17
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    Despite new study, doctors recommend pregnant mothers get flu vaccine

    September 13, 2017, 6:52 PM| A new study out Wednesday is raising concerns about the safety of a certain version of the flu vaccine and the risk of miscarriage. Dr. Jon LaPook reports. Source Article from http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsHealth/~3/PmmDxHeXBfI/

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    • 13 SEP 17
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    Could hormone therapy for menopause make a comeback?

    The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of menopause does not increase a woman’s risk of early death — either overall or specifically from cancer

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    • 12 SEP 17
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    Is an occasional drink OK during pregnancy?

    During the nine months of pregnancy, many pregnant women have wondered — would one or two glasses of wine really put my baby at risk? And, unfortunately, researchers still don’t know for sure. But a new review of several existing studies hints that small amounts of alcohol may slightly boost the risk of premature birth and low

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    • 12 SEP 17
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    Serious illnesses linked to pet store puppies

    The CDC is investigating an outbreak of a bacterial infection linked to puppies sold through the national pet store chain Petland. The outbreak of Campylobacter infections has sickened 39 people from seven states, including Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. So far nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Campylobacter can

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    • 11 SEP 17
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    Football fans weigh concerns about players’ brains

    Football remains America’s favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they’re concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey. Among 1,000 Americans questioned, 77 percent of those who follow pro football believe head injuries for players pose a major problem for the sport. Fifteen percent said it is a

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    • 09 SEP 17
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    Guinea pigs can harbor a hidden health hazard

    Been looking for a reason to turn down your child’s pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia. The bacteria, Chlamydia caviae (C. caviae), normally causes pink eye in guinea pigs. But three adults in the Netherlands wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs

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    • 08 SEP 17
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    As Hurricane Irma looms, don’t forget senior citizens

    As Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida, experts urge every precaution be taken to make sure one vulnerable population is not forgotten: senior citizens.  According to the U.S. Census bureau, nearly 1 out of 5 Florida residents is over the age of 65 — the highest proportion of any state — and health officials warn they

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