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Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, left, looks at Roger Pontzs left eyeANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:46 -0400
Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

CodeineCHICAGO (AP) Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:49:14 -0400
Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, Egyptian Muslim pilgrims, some wearing masks as a precaution against the Middle East respiratory syndrome, pray after they cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabias King Abdullah sacked the countrys health minister on Monday, April 21, 2014, amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. The official Saudi Press Agency carried the royal order that said Abdullah al-Rabiah was relieved of his post as Health Minister, and that Labor Minister Adel Faqih will temporarily take over the health ministers portfolio until a replacement is named. The statement said al-Rabiah is now adviser to the Royal Court. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:31:45 -0400
Amedisys to pay $150 million for over billing Medicare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home healthcare company Amedisys Inc will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false billings to Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Louisiana-based Amedisys between 2008 and 2010 improperly billed for unnecessary services or misrepresented patients' conditions to boost payments, the department said. (Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha. Editing by Andre Grenon)

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:41:58 -0400
Could shared sex toys transmit HPV?

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with the potentially cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, may be putting their partners at risk if they share sex toys during intimate relations, a new study suggests. Researchers gave 12 women two vibrators each and detected the virus immediately after self-use on at least one of the vibrators used by all nine participants who tested positive for HPV. Lead author Dr. Teresa Anderson, from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, said the small study is the first to examine whether vibrators could be transmitting the virus between sex partners. "Sex toys used between partners within the same sexual encounter have the potential for transmitting HPV," Anderson told Reuters Health.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:37:59 -0400
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