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Study: Weight and Fitness Both Matter

New research by Harvard-affiliated researches which appears in the Archive of Internal Medicine challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit which found that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women. Previous research has gone back and forth on whether exercise or weight has a greater influence…

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CDC Reports Emergency Room Waits Getting Longer

Nationwide, more patients are seeking care in fewer ERs. The average time that hospital emergency rooms patients wait to see a doctor has grown from about 38 minutes to almost an hour in the past decade, according to federal statistics released last month. According to the report authored by the federal Centers for Disease Control…

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Trial lawyers get rare victory with legislature

Handing a rare victory to personal injury trial lawyers, the Senate passed legislation that would make it easier for certain people to recover damages after being exposed to asbestos. The bill, which passed 20-11 on a preliminary vote Thursday, would apply to lawsuits involving mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by the inhalation…

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Study links acid reflux drugs to pneumonia

A growing number of hospital patients are routinely given drugs to prevent acid reflux. But according to a new study, patients who take these so-called proton pump inhibitors are at higher risk for pneumonia than those who do not. The drugs — including Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid — are often recommended for intensive-care patients to…

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Texans losing health coverage

Every month, 24,070 Texans lose their health care coverage, according to a report released Wednesday by an advocacy group. The report by Families USA, which is an advocate for quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans, comes as Congress is weighing, health care reforms pushed by President Barack Obama. The report says that between January…

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Studies show cement fix on spinal bones not effective

A treatment that uses medical cement to fix cracks in the spinal bones of elderly people worked no better than a sham treatment, the first rigorous studies of the popular procedure show. Pain and disability were about the same up to six months later. The treatment is so widely thought to work that the researchers…

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Study links trauma deaths, lack of insurance

Patients who lack health insurance are more likely to die from car wrecks and other traumatic injuries than people who belong to a health plan, even though emergency rooms are required to care for all patients. regardless of ability to pay, according to a study to be published today. An analysis of 687,091 patients who…

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Doctor facing research fraud charge

Federal prosecutors in Boston announced Thursday that they have filed a health care fraud charge against a doctor accused of faking research for a dozen years in published studies that suggested after-surgery benefits from painkillers including Vioxx and Celebrex. Court documents indicate that anesthesiologist Scott Reuben has agreed to plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors…

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As bars stay open later, more arrests in San Marcos

Last year, the bars in San Marcos started closing at 2 a.m. instead of midnight, a change appreciated by residents, business owners, tourists, and Texas State University students. But the change, which also applies to restaurants, has meant more work for police patrolling downtown, where the number of driving while intoxicated arrests in the past…

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Good News – If You're a Health Insurance Company

Big 5 insurers’ profits up 56% in 2009 As the nation struggled last, year with rising health care costs and a recession, the five largest health insurance companies had combined profits of $12.2 billion — up 56 percent over 2008, according to a new report by liberal health care activists. Based on company financial reports…

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