Writer: Elise Craig

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Pentagon Health Plan Won’t Cover Highly Touted Therapy for Brain Injuries

Many neurologists, insurance companies and Pentagon medical officers are sold on cognitive rehabilitation therapy, in which brain-injured service members relearn basic life tasks like counting, cooking and following directions. Yet despite pressure from Congress and recommendations from military and civilian experts, the Pentagon's health plan will not pay for the [...]

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Despite Academic Policies, Med School Professors Keep Giving Paid Talks for Drug Firms

Stanford University's medical school has been applauded for keeping drug sales representatives off campus, banning freebies from pharmaceutical companies and prohibiting doctors on the faculty from giving paid promotional talks. However, a ProPublica investigation has found that more than a dozen physicians violated the Stanford policy in 2010, including two [...]

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‘Probable Carcinogen’ Found in Tap Water of Many American Cities

An analysis of drinking water supplies in 35 American cities has found that nearly 90 percent contain hexavalent chromium, a probable cause of cancer spotlighted in the Oscar-winning movie "Erin Brockovich,  The Washington Post reports. In the study, researchers for the Environmental Working Group tested tap water in a mix [...]

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Outdoor Gun Ranges Trigger Safety Concerns

Outdoor gun ranges around the country are encountering resistance from neighbors and local officials over concerns about noise, safety and lead contamination, USA Today reports. Some face criticism because they've expanded from neighborhood ranges to big businesses that host national tournaments, while other take heat because they have expanded their [...]

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FDA Advises Against Avastin as a Breast Cancer Treatment

Federal authorities have recommended that Avastin -- the world's best-selling cancer drug -- no longer be used to treat breast cancer, saying that recent studies failed to show the drug's original promise that it could help extend patients' lives, the Associated Press reports. The recommendation by the U.S. Food and [...]

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Homeowners Claim American-Made Drywall Poses Dangers

Two years after reports emerged that tainted Chinese drywall had contaminated thousands of U.S. homes, more homeowners say they are experiencing the same problems--but with American drywall, according to ProPublica and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Ninety-seven homeowners in four states have joined lawsuits against U.S. drywall manufacturers in the past year, [...]

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Justice Department Files Suit Against BP, 8 Other Firms Over Gulf Oil Spill

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil suit against BP and eight other companies over the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the federal government's first filing in its investigation of the months-long oil spill that was the worst in U.S. history, The Washington Post reports. In the suit, the [...]

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CDC Cuts Food Poisoning Estimates, But Cites Widespread Hazards

Despite high-profile food recalls in recent years, the federal government has substantially cut its estimates of how many people are sickened by food-borne illnesses. Unfortunately, authorities say, the dip does not mean that the U.S. food supply is getting safer, just that researchers are making more accurate estimates, The New [...]

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Dietary Supplement Makers Warned to Stop Selling Tainted Products

Some products marketed as dietary supplements contain an “alarming variety” of active ingredients that can pose "considerable dangers" to consumers but are not listed on their labels, the Food and Drug Administration says. In a letter sent to dietary supplement makers Wednesday, the FDA cited particular concern about weight loss, [...]

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Drop-Side Baby Cribs, Linked to Dozens of Deaths, Are Outlawed

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to outlaw drop-side baby cribs, the traditional crib that has cradled millions of babies for generations, the Associated Press reports. Since 2000, drop-side cribs have been blamed for at least 32 infant and toddler deaths, and are suspected in another 14. Over the [...]

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For High School Seniors, Marijuana is More Popular Than Cigarettes, Survey Finds

More high school seniors smoke marijuana than cigarettes, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At 19.2 percent, the percentage of high school seniors who said they smoked cigarettes during the previous 30 days was the lowest since the survey began [...]

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Feds to Review Nevada Probe of Asbestos Exposure in Vegas Casino

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is scrutinizing how Nevada officials conducted a 2007 investigation into the remodeling of the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino, which exposed workers, and possibly guests, to airborne asbestos, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Federal OSHA officials are trying to determine whether their [...]

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Disability Program Prompts Needy Families to Medicate Children

A $10 billion federal disability program has gone seriously astray, becoming an alternative welfare system that risks harming youngsters by giving parents financial incentives to medicate their children, The Boston Globe reports. The Supplemental Security Income Program, created by Congress in 1972 to help low-income children with severe physical disabilities [...]