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Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied
27 Nov 2012, Frederic J Frommer, Associated Press, Yahoo! News

A US federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking's health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. Read more...

First 'breathing lung' transplant in US performed at UCLA
27 Nov 2012, ABC News

A local man became the first in the country to receive a "breathing lung" transplant in mid November. A team of doctors and nurses at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center were able to keep a set of donor lungs alive and breathing outside of the body as they're transported into the operating room. Experts said it's a medical breakthrough that could save thousands of people who die every year waiting for a transplant. Read more...

Doctors 'very optimistic' baby born with heart outside body will survive
21 Nov 2012, Daily News

A newborn girl born with her heart outside her chest survived a high-risk surgery and doctors are "very optimistic" about her chances for a long, healthy life. Audrina Cardenes was recovering at Texas Children's Hospital after being born five weeks earlier with a rare and normally fatal condition called ectopia cordis. Read more...

Probiotics Linked to Lowered Diarrhea Risk
19 Nov, 2012, Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times

Antibiotics can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract, and one of the most common and dangerous results is infection with C. difficile, bacteria that can cause diarrhea, colitis and even death. Now a review of studies has found that probiotics—beneficial microorganisms introduced into the gut—can reduce the risk. Read more...

Movie about Elmhurst girl coming to Comcast
13 Nov 2013, Annemarie Mannion, Chicago Tribune reporter via LA Times

It's been a year since Elmhurst resident Julie D'Agostino underwent a double lung transplant, and now her story told on film by a friend is reaching a wider audience. The 40-minute movie "Miracle on South Street: The Julie D Story" is airing though Jan. 15 on Comcast OnDemand. Read more...

PBS documentary explores stories and science behind organ donation and transplantation
8 Nov, 2012,

Transplant: A Gift for Life reveals the powerful emotions and cutting-edge science involved in vital organ transplant. Told through multiple real-life stories, this one-hour documentary demonstrates how the tragic death or inspirational generosity of one person can pull another back from the brink, offering a second chance at life. For more information, or to watch the program online, visit

Study Highlights Value Of Specialized Care In Heart Failure Treatment
08 Nov 2012, Medical News Today

When a cardiologist attends to heart failure patients, even when the severity of illness is higher, patients have reduced rates of hospital readmissions, compared with those patients who are treated by a hospitalist, according to a trial presented at the American Heart Association's scientific sessions in Los Angeles. Read more...

We nearly gave up on heart transplants
2 Nov 2012, Esther Inglis-Arkell,

Heart transplants are common today, and recognized as life-saving procedures. So why did we almost give up on them in the 1970s? If you look up Norman Shumway online, you'd be forgiven for thinking that he had performed the first heart transplant. So many articles call him a "pioneer," and stress his place as the "first" heart transplant surgeon—but he wasn't. He was the first doctor to do a heart transplant, from an adult donor to an adult recipient, in the United States. Read more...

Ontarians Reminded To Get Fully Immunized Against Whooping Cough
26 July, 2012, Ontario News

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, is reminding Ontarians to get immunized against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. There have been recent outbreaks of pertussis in Southwestern Ontario with approximately 240 cases reported since November 2011. Read more...