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Pakistan Polio Spreading To China

The polio strains isolated from 10 children in China were linked to virus circulating in Pakistan. They're the first confirmed cases of polio identified in China since 1999, according to the World Health Organization.

Growth Of Children's Hospitals Raises Adult-Size Questions

Most big children's hospitals are nonprofits, but you wouldn't know that looking at the bottom lines of many of them. They're pouring billions of dollars into new buildings, adding beds and equipment and staff at the same time Washington, the states and employers grapple with health care spending.
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Two Men Sickened By Wild Mushrooms

'destroying angel' mushrooms

Doctors at Georgetown University Hospital are urging people not to be tempted to eat the mushrooms blooming everywhere after the recent rains, after two men were admitted for mushroom poisoning.


Bartering For Health Care: Yardwork For Treatment

As the cost of health care continues to rise, people are looking for new ways to cover their medical needs. At a health care clinic near Portland, Maine, doctors accept an unusual type of currency: "time dollars," which allow patients to rake leaves and perform other community services in exchange for medical care.

When It Comes To Pain Relief, One Size Doesn't Fit All

A recent study confirms what many pain specialists and patients already know: Pain relief differs from person to person. In fact, some medications that were highly effective for some individuals were barely noticeable for others.

Kids' Sugar Cravings Might Be Biological

Research shows children are hardwired from birth to prefer sweets, which may have once been an evolutionary advantage. But it appears they begin to scale back on their sugary preferences once they stop growing.

DIY Bedbug Extermination Can Make You Sick

Some people are taking bedbug control into their own hands, buying and administering pesticides in their homes. But a report from the CDC that dozens people have been sicked from overusing or misusing the chemicals.