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8:06am

Thu August 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:01 am

Best to check with the neighbors and the health department if commuting during zombie attacks.
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How will humans survive the zombie apocalypse? Will it be each man for himself or will a coordinated effort be what saves us from ultimate doom?

An MIT professor is trying to answer this question for us mortals. "There is a price that society pays if everyone determines his behavior selfishly," Ruben Juanes says. And this cost of selfish behavior is what game theorists call the price of anarchy.

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2:44pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Health

West Nile Virus Risk Escalates in Larimer County

With the risk of infection rising, city of Fort Collins staff distributed 2,000 door hangers like this one in southeast portions of the city Saturday.
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2:13pm

Wed July 31, 2013
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Potential Treatment For Snakebites Leads To A Paralyzing Test

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 9:38 am

The bite of a cobra can paralyze its victims and, if enough venom is released, fatally stop their breathing. It's estimated that more than 75 percent of patients in India who die from a snake's bite never make it to the hospital.
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Each year, as many as 125,000 people around the world die from venomous snakebites, often because they live in remote, rural areas and didn't get to a hospital in time to get treatment. Toxins in the venom of snakes like cobras and kraits slowly paralyze their victims, who ultimately die of suffocation.

A San Francisco emergency room physician says he may have the beginnings of a workaround that could fend off paralysis and save many of those lives.

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2:12pm

Wed July 31, 2013
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Nurse Charged With Assisting In Her Father's Death

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 4:22 pm

Barbara Mancini with her father, Joe Yourshaw.
Barbara Mancini via Compassion & Choices

A Philadelphia nurse has been charged with assisted suicide for allegedly providing her 93-year-old father with a lethal dose of morphine.

Authorities say Barbara Mancini, 57, told a hospice nurse and a police officer on Feb. 7 that she provided a vial of morphine to her father, Joe Yourshaw, to hasten his death.

Mancini and her attorneys acknowledge she handed the medication to her father, but maintain she never said she intended to help him end his life and was only trying to help her father ease his pain — an act they say is legally protected, even if it causes death.

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10:28am

Wed July 31, 2013
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More Moms Are Breast-Feeding, But Many Babies Still Miss Out

More than three quarters of new babies get at least a start at breast-feeding, according to the CDC.
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Three quarters of new mothers gave breast-feeding a try in 2010, and mothers are sticking with breast-feeding longer, according to federal data.

Almost 50 percent of babies are still being breast-fed at least sometime at 6 months of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 35 percent in 2000.

The number of babies breast-feeding at 12 months also rose, from 16 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2010. Go moms!

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