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World Health Organization announces swine flu pandemic

For the first time in 41 years, WHO has declared a global flu epidemic. The organization is hoping the announcement will push drugmakers to ramp up production of a swine flu vaccine, and goverments will increase efforts to contain the virus.

$2.5 billion spent, no alternative med cures found

Despite finding that few, if any, herbal and alternative health remedies work in the mid-1990s, the government continues to test new and old ones. "There's been a deliberate policy of never saying something doesn't work," says one doctor.

Government probes chelation-heart disease study

A large, ongoing alternative-medicine experiments is under investigation because scientists questioned whether patients were told of health risks.

Tests show many dietary, herbal supplements have health dangers

Be wary of the supplements you're taking: a new study shows that many have questionable levels of quality.

Despite marketed image, herbal industry dominated by big business

It's a tough pill to swallow: Consumers turning to herbal remedies as an alternative to big pharmaceutical companies are in for a rude awakening. The vast majority of the industry is controlled by a select few businesses who fall under even fewer regulations than those in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cancer patients using nontraditional medicine get false hope

Studies estimate that 60 percent of cancer patients try unconventional remedies, which do not have to be proven safe by the Food and Drug Administration. The nontraditional therapies can be financially, medically, physically and psychologically harmful.

Cancer patients should beware of supplement use, try nontraditional remedies

Tips for cancer patients for alleviating symptoms.

Sometimes supplements don't heal

Three cancer patients turned to supplements to help cure their cancer. But in these cases the supplements did not work, and in some cases they actually harmed the patients.

Worker at University Hospital has TB, hospital discloses

The hospital has begun taking steps to notify people who may have been exposed to the worker and testing individuals.

Ailing health insurers press for individual coverage

With high premiums and the economic downturn pushing customers away, and with many of the nation's baby boomers preparing to switch over to Medicare, the U.S. health insurance industry is looking for new ways to stay profitable.

Boone Hospital Center recognized as 'fit friendly' company

Boone Hospital Center was awarded the gold level Start! Fit Friendly Award by the American Heart Association Monday for their programs promoting employee health.

'Mystical mumbo jumbo' finds its way into mainstream medicine

Alternative medicine is finding wider acceptance by doctors, insurers and hospitals. But, a lack of government regulation or self-policing from the industry raises questions as to whether these treatments are safe.

 

Quick reality check on herbal, other supplements

Learn the facts about how supplements are regulated and how effective they can be.

A look at the most popular supplements

Inside is a look at some popular supplements and what studies show regarding their safety and effectiveness.

Soldiers encounter dangerous side effects of bioterrorism vaccine

Smallpox vaccinations given to soldiers out of bioterrorism fears can have potentially fatal side effects. For Lance Cpl. Cory Belken from St. Louis, the vaccine's reaction to his pre-existing leukemia led to a frightening ordeal.

Former cancer patient wants to give back tenfold

Gary Rhine, an auctioneer and a former cancer patient, pledges to raise over $10,000 in an auction at the 18 FORE Life charity event in Dexter, Mo.

St. Louis man dies of tick-borne disease

The unidentified St. Louis man was infected with a bacteria that causes the disease ehrlichiosis.

MU builds ties between veterinary and human researchers

Two MU doctors are researching a new type of artificial knee surgeries, testing the technique that could be beneficial for humans on replacement knees and hips for dogs.

Despite getting HIV injection as infant, teen to graduate

Brryan Jackson has survived his father's attempt on his life to become a spokesman and leader for young people with AIDS. "It took a lot of hope and faith in God to get this far," the St. Charles County teen says. "But I feel my life is blessed."

Study: Drug combos might raise risk of breast cancer recurrence

Study shows that combining Tamoxifen, a cancer prevention drug, with certain antidepressants might lead to a higher risk of cancer recurrence.

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