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Too-potent children’s Ibuprofen recalled from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar stores

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The manufacturer of a common children’s over-the-counter pain medication is pulling some of its products off the shelves of several big box and discount stores amid concerns that the products might be too potent for infants to take. Late Wednesday night, Tris Pharma announced a voluntary recall of three lots of its infants’ liquid ibuprofen…

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E-cigarettes are a new teen favorite. And that’s a problem.

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By Araceli Gómez-Aldana Side Effects Public Media Smoking looks a lot different these days. It’s been on the decline, due to restrictions at work and in bars and restaurants. But there is one segment—teenagers who use e-cigarettes—that is growing fast. And health experts are worried about the consequences. In the same way Facebook became a…

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Feds order more weekend inspections of nursing homes to catch understaffing

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Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The federal government announced plans Friday to crack down on nursing homes with abnormally low weekend staffing by requiring more surprise inspections be done on Saturdays and Sundays. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will identify nursing homes for which payroll records indicate low weekend staffing…

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Overshadowed by opioids, meth is back and hospitalizations surge

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Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a recent study in the…

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Why it’s important to check your medical records for dangerous errors

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When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and went to a hospital for an…

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Attention, Marketplace shoppers: Don’t delay on 2019 enrollment

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By Michelle Andrews Don’t procrastinate. Most consumers who buy their own insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace face a Dec. 15 deadline. Advocates are reminding these customers that if they miss the deadline, they may not have a plan that starts in January 2019. Despite repeated efforts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care…

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Could a Medicaid work requirement spark a lawsuit in Wisconsin?

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By Isaiah Seibert, Side Effects A number of states, including Wisconsin, have tied Medicaid coverage to work requirements. But legal challenges have followed — a sucessful attempt to stop the program in Kentucky, an ongoing lawsuit in Arkansas and possibly more to come. The first substantive arguments were filed last week in a lawsuit against Arkansas’…

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Another blood pressure drug recalled amid cancer concerns

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The United States Food and Drug Administration is recalling the blood pressure medication losartan after finding contamination that could cause cancer. The FDA and Sandoz announced on Friday that the Novartis unit is recalling one lot of losartan that was manufactured by its Lek Pharmaceuticals unit in Ljubljana, Slovenia, because its contains N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a suspected…

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The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

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By Richard Gunderman, Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected. Especially remarkable…

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Cancer Support Group offered at Aspirus Wausau Hospital

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WAUSAU — “Look Good … Feel Better” is a free, national public service program to help cancer patients cope with the possible appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Local beauticians offer help with wigs and make-up application to help restore self-confidence and self-esteem. Meetings take place on the third Monday of every month and are…

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Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital Recognized for Contributions to Rural Health

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(Merrill, WI)- The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WORH) has selected Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital as the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health Award in recognition of the facilities innovative approach to help those in their rural community, according to a news release. Two of Ascension Good Samaritan’s programs and the effort…

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191 cases of polio-like illness now under investigation, CDC says

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By Shereen Siewert The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there are 191 patients under investigation so far this year for acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like condition that that can cause paralysis and mostly affects children. Of these, 72 have been confirmed by the CDC in 24 states, and the remainder…

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Why did the flu kill 80,000 Americans last year?

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By Patricia Foster, Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University  The 2017-2018 flu season was historically severe. Public health officials estimate that 900,000 Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. For comparison, the previous worst season from the past decade, 2010-2011, saw 56,000 deaths. In a typical season, 30,000 Americans die.…

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