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  • Boston ‘Medical Mecca’ equipped for mass trauma

    April 18, 2013 9:27 AM 151

    Here’s an unsettling thought: Monday’s Boston Marathon carnage could’ve been a whole lot worse if it had happened almost anywhere else. But the bombings happened in the heart of a world-class medical cluster. And local hospitals were already bracing for a flood of patients — though they were expecting dehydrated runners, not blast and burn victims, some of whom had lost limbs

  • Making toxin is easy as beans

    April 18, 2013 9:01 AM 151

    Ricin is one of the most deadly — and easiest to make — of the world’s super poisons. It comes from the waste left when the seeds of castor beans are reduced to make castor oil, an all-purpose liquid that used to be found in everyone’s medicine cabinet. When castor waste material is purified, it becomes ricin, a poison so lethal, a speck that can fit on the head of a pin can kill. And there

  • Investigation continues in suspicous power incident at Beloit health center - Rockford, Illinois News - The Rockford Record | Rock River Valley Headlines

    April 18, 2013 3:08 AM 173

    Investigators have still not identified a suspicious white powder that was delivered to a Beloit, Wis., health center Wednesday, April 17. The situation unfolded at around 10 a.m., when a man delivered an envelop containing the powdery substance to the Beloit Area Community Health Center at 74 Eclipse Blvd. The envelope eventually made its way to the billing

  • For Boston attack's amputees, road to recovery begins

    April 18, 2013 1:07 AM 169

    The process is long and challenging, but for those who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon blasts — at least 13 people, including two double amputees — there's a good chance for a quality life. The process is long, arduous and challenging. But for those who lost limbs in the Boston bomb attacks — numbering at least 13 people as of Wednesday, including

  • HIV concentrations in breast milk higher at earlier, abrupt weaning

    April 17, 2013 9:56 PM 154

    HIV-infected mothers who breast-fed exclusively longer than the first four months after birth had less risk of transmitting the virus to their babies through their milk, researchers said. To test whether breast-feeding routines affect the levels of HIV in breast milk, the researchers tested nearly 1,000 women and their infants in Lusaka, Zambia, over 24 months

  • Most teen-drinking deaths aren't traffic-related

    April 17, 2013 2:48 PM 158

    MADD is warning parents of teenagers that drunk driving is not the only underage drinking concern. Its analysis of federal data estimates that just 32% of underage drinking deaths are traffic-related. When it comes to teens and alcohol, drunken driving is far from the only thing that should concern parents. That's the message from MADD, whose new analysis

  • For Trauma Surgeons, Saving Lives, if Not Legs, With No Time to Fret

    April 17, 2013 1:42 PM 139

    “As an orthopedic surgeon, we see patients like this, with mangled extremities, but we don’t see 16 of them at the same time, and we don’t see patients from blast injuries,” Dr. Peter Burke, the trauma surgery chief at Boston Medical Center, said. The toll from the bombs Monday at the Boston Marathon, which killed at least three and injured more than 170, will long be felt by anyone

  • U.S. kids worse off than many of their Western counterparts

    April 17, 2013 12:19 PM 157

    Posted by Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher on April 18, 2013 at 11:48 am American children are on average worse off than children in Western Europe and barely better off than their counterparts in the Baltic states and the former Yugoslavia, according to a recent report from United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the welfare of children in developed

  • U.S. infant mortality rate declines

    April 17, 2013 10:49 AM 191

    The rate dropped 12% from 2005 to 2011, with improvements among all major racial and ethnic groups, a government report says. Infant mortality in the U.S. has declined 12% since 2005 after holding steady for many years, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infant mortality rate in 2011 was 6.05 deaths

  • The Western diet really IS a killer: People who eat white bread, butter and red meat are most likely to die young

    April 17, 2013 6:05 AM 164

    The typical Western diet, high in fat and sugar, really does lead to an early grave, new research suggests. A study of more than 5,000 civil servants found those who ate the most fried and sweet food, processed and red meat, white bread and butter and cream doubled their risk of premature death or ill health in old age. It adds to evidence that 'Western