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Army Surgeon General: Amputations Up During Afghan War

Since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan, the number of U.S. troops who have had amputations has nearly doubled as a result of mines and roadside-bombs, according to an Army surgeon general report released Tuesday. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker commissioned the 87-page report, examining dismounted complex blast …

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U.S. Developing New Chip to Test Toxicity of Drugs

The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the  Food and Drug Administration to develop a chip capable of screening new drugs for toxic material before tested on people. The chips will be loaded with specific cell types and would be able to …

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New FDA Net Aims at Fast Response to Food Illness Outbreaks

A new multi-disciplinary team will aim to quickly respond to human and animal foodborne illness outbreaks, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network will be comprised of epidemiologists, veterinarians, microbiologists, environmental health specialists, emergency coordinators, and risk communications specialists. CORE will work …

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HHS Initiative Aims to Prevent 1M Heart Attacks, Strokes

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it is launching a public-private initiative aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. HHS announced the Million Hearts initiative will aim at encouraging Americans to make healthy choices, such as not smoking and reducing …

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Theft Leading Cause of Health Data Breaches, HHS Says

The most common cause of large health data breaches in 2010 was theft, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights. The 11-page report covers breaches covers breaches of more than 500 individuals between Sept. 23, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010, affecting entities covered …

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Feds Not Sure How to Limit Drugs in Water, GAO Says

Federal regulators charged with limiting prescription drugs in drinking water still are not sure which drugs pose risks to human health, according to a government audit released Thursday. In its 57-page report, the Government Accountability Office said there was a lack of coordination among federal agencies to identify drugs appearing …

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