Sat January 26, 2013

Flu Declining-But Not In Colorado

Nationwide Flu Activity Map
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flu cases may be leveling off nationwide, but they remain high in Colorado.

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Fri January 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Fight Addiction, FDA Advisers Endorse Limits On Vicodin

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 12:38 pm

An FDA advisory panel voted to increase controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, such as this generic version of Vicodin.
Sue Ogrocki Associated Press

A key federal panel Friday recommended placing new restrictions on Vicodin and similar prescription painkillers.

At the conclusion of an emotional two-day hearing, the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 19-10 to recommend the agency change how drugs that contain the opioid hydrocodone are classified as controlled substances.

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Fri January 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Walk While You Talk: The Meeting Goes Mobile

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 11:17 am

This meeting will now come to order.

Who likes meetings? Anybody?

Didn't think so.

Now what if the meeting were held on the go instead of in a stuffy conference room?

If that sounds a little better, then try a walking meeting. You and your colleagues can talk shop and get some exercise.

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Fri January 25, 2013
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New Norovirus Strain Rips Through The U.S.

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 11:18 am

This cluster contains enough norovirus particles to make you sick.
Charles D. Humphrey CDC

It's here. A variant of norovirus first spotted in Australia is now sweeping the U.S.

The wily virus causes stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The sickness is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, though influenza has nothing to do with it.

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Thu January 24, 2013
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Fighting Misconceptions About Sickle Cell Disease In The ER

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 11:47 am

Nurse Corean McClinton, left, talks about pain management with Sherry Webb at the Sickle Cell Disease Center in the Truman Medical Center, in Kansas City, Mo., in 2007.
Dick Whipple Associated Press

When sickle cell patients arrive at emergency rooms, they often have difficulty getting proper treatment. Paula Tanabe, an associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, is working to change that.

Sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder most common among people of African descent, affects 100,000 Americans. It causes normally disk-shaped red blood cells to take the form of pointed crescents or sickles.

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