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5:22pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Miss. Turns To 'Cord Blood' To Track Down Statutory Rapists

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 6:43 am

Gov. Phil Bryant, at the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Summit in Jackson, Miss., in 2012, supports a controversial effort to identify men who impregnate teen girls.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Mississippi lawmakers have embarked on a controversial campaign to discourage older men from having sex with teenagers.

Starting in July, doctors and midwives in the state will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.

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4:00pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Love In The Time Of TB: A Young Family Fights An Ancient Foe

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:33 am

Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu walk to the tuberculosis hospital in Balti, Moldova. Oxana and their new baby live in an apartment, but Pavel still has to stay at the TB ward, fighting for his life.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu fell in love under the drug-induced haze of powerful tuberculosis medications. It was the summer of 2008. They were both in their late 20s, and they should have been in the prime of their lives.

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11:03am

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Children Poisoned By Parents' Prescription Drugs

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:25 am

Popular prescription drugs like statins are causing more childhood poisonings.
Matt Rourke ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dad takes a cholesterol-lowering statin so he'll be around to see the kids grow up. But statins, like Lipitor and Zocor, as well as some other common adult prescription drugs are causing a rise in poisonings among children, a study says.

The big surprise is that children are at risk not just from opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin, which most parents know need to be kept away from kids.

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9:42am

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Middle East Coronavirus Shows Up In Italy

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 4:24 pm

Here's the coronavirus that appears to have originated in the Middle East and has caused severe illnesses in people living there and in Europe.
AP

Now a virus that has caused respiratory failure and 30 deaths has turned up in Italy.

The World Health Organization says lab tests have confirmed the infections in a 2-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, as it's now called.

Both of the patients, who are in stable condition, are close contacts of someone who traveled to Jordan recently, the WHO says.

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6:25am

Mon June 3, 2013
Health

Medicare's Competitive Bidding To Change Medical Equipment Costs

Beginning July 1, Medicare is switching to competitive bidding in some markets. The move will drive down the costs of commonly used medical equipment like wheelchairs – and save taxpayers and patients billions of dollars.
Flip Schulke U.S. National Archives

Beginning July 1, Colorado patients will start saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars on medical equipment because, after a 10-year delay, Medicare is switching to competitive bidding in the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas.

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