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Colorado Springs-area flu season will go down as 'worst in years'

Life: Health Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

El Paso County's flu season will go down as one of the worst in years - in particular, hitting an adult demographic that typically fares best against the virus, county health officials say.

1,200 turn out at bone marrow drive for D-49 third-grader

Life: Health Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

A third bone marrow donor drive held last Saturday for a very ill third-grader at Falcon Virtual Academy produced the largest turnout of any drive in Colorado in at least five years, according to Bonfils Blood Center in Denver.

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

News: U.S. & World Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Live Well: A yoga twist on speed dating

Life: Health Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

You're single. You like yoga. You'd like to meet a partner who's interested in yoga and/or the mindful living lifestyle that tends to go along with it. ...

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    NEW YORK (AP) — NYU Langone Medical Center is set to reopen its emergency room for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. The 22,000-square-foot facility has been upgraded and expanded. It will have more treatment rooms and space dedicated for pediatric emergencies when it reopens on Thursday. The Manhattan medical center evacuated 300...

  • 150 doctors targeted for tax fraud in NH, Vt.

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has asked the Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service to investigate reports of tax fraud affecting more than 150 doctors and health care providers in the state and in Vermont. The medical societies in both states say Social Security numbers have been stolen and used to file...

  • Bill allowing optometrists to prescribe approved

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  • Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who became infected with a Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus. The ministry said on Thursday that the new cases from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus were reported in the capital of Riyadh,...

  • Marijuana rally at Statehouse Thursday

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  • Free dental clinic to draw thousands in Hartford

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 2,000 patients are expected to seek free dental work at an annual clinic in Connecticut. The seventh annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford. Organizers say more than 1,600 volunteers will provide services such as X-rays,...

  • Safely dispose of old medicines at event Saturday

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans will be able to safely dispose expired, unwanted and unused prescription pills this Saturday during National Prescription Take-Back Day. The event is an effort to rid potentially dangerous prescription drugs from homes so they won't be abused or wind up in the water supply. The federal Drug Enforcement...

  • Georgia Tech to host health care partnership forum

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is hosting a conference focused on ways academic institutions and medical facilities can collaborate in the technology and engineering fields to solve medical problems. The conference is being hosted at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center Tuesday. The conference is being led by Emory University...

  • Suicide prevention conference is Friday in capital

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  • Judge to hear arguments in abortion lawsuit

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions. The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires...

  • Health official to discuss infant mortality at ASU

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal health official is scheduled to speak about the state's rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University. reports Yvonne Maddox of the National Institutes of Health is expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the ASU John Garrick Hardy Student Center ( ). Maddox is...

  • Tech mogul, foundation donate $100M to SF hospital

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco hospital will use a $100 million gift to focus on premature birth around the globe. The 10-year project was announced Thursday by the University of California, San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospitals. It will be funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and founder Marc Benioff...

  • NY teachers union raises $1.2M for cancer research

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  • Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

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  • Initiative seeks to legalize pot in Nevada

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  • Albuquerque utility votes against fluoride

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