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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Top 10 Daily Medical News Stories:Ricin Scare, Fibroid Prevention, & More

Here you will find listed the top 10 daily news stories from reputable sources across the internet. No more searching multiple health websites for health news as they are accessible from here. Only at the MedFriendly Medical Blog. Bookmark for future reference.


1. Ricin scare: What makes the substance so potentially deadly? The U.S. Capitol Police announced on Wednesday that they had intercepted three suspicious letters this week, one of them addressed to President Obama, which may contain the poisonous substance ricin.

2. Vitamin D May Help Prevent Fibroids: Women with adequate levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop uterine fibroids than those with insufficient levels, a new study finds.

3. FDA bans generic versions of original OxyContin pills: In an effort to curb prescription painkiller abuse, the Food and Drug Administration is banning generic versions of the original OxyContin formula.

4. Bomb's medical costs could be in the millions, experts say: As surgeons and physicians worked to mend nearly 70 hospitalized victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, a new toll emerged: The total medical costs inflicted by the attack may eventually reach or surpass $9 million, according to a rough calculation.

5. Lyme disease rates rise in northern US: Lyme disease is shifting northward within the U.S., with cases in northern states on the rise while cases in southern states decline, a new study says.



6. No poultry contact in some Chinese bird flu cases: WHO: The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in China appear to have had no contact with poultry, adding to the mystery about a virus that has killed 17 people to date.


7. Doctors Flee Puerto Rico For U.S. Mainland: Going to the doctor in Puerto Rico has for years often meant getting in line. Now, it might mean getting on a plane.


8. Indian supply drives down the cost of childhood vaccine: The cost of immunizing children in developing countries with a five-in-one vaccine is set to fall after a deal by an Indian supplier to slash the price it charges the GAVI global vaccines group.

9. Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Help Smokers Quit: The researchers behind the new study suggest repetitive TMS (rTMS) offers a safe option for reducing nicotine craving in dependent smokers.

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