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Military panel reviews National Navy hospital conditions

BETHESDA - Relatives of wounded troops at the National Naval Medical Center had few complaints Wednesday about treatment at the military hospital, while staffers warned of heavy workloads treating the injured and poor conditions at some facilities on the base.

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FDA warns sleeping pills can sometimes cause 'sleep-driving'

WASHINGTON - All prescription sleeping pills may sometimes cause sleep-driving, federal health officials warned Wednesday, almost a year after the bizarre side effect first made headlines when Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car after taking Ambien.

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Looking to aid Maryland's uninsured kids

Most of the 135,000 uninsured children in Maryland come from working families and could benefit from a 10-year-old federal health care access program that expires this year, according to a new study advocating for the program

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Jury blames Vioxx for man's heart attack, awards $47.5 million

TRENTON, N.J. — Merck & Co.'s painkiller Vioxx contributed to an Idaho postal worker's heart attack, a jury in Atlantic City ruled Monday, reversing the verdict in the man's first trial and hitting Merck with a total of $47.5 million in damages.

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Tobacco tax hike nears vote in Md. legislature

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland's House is poised to raise the state tobacco tax $1 a pack to pay for better health care for the poor - but the proposal's chances remain slim in the state Senate.

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Jury blames Vioxx for man's heart attack, awards $20 million

TRENTON, N.J. - Merck & Co.'s painkiller Vioxx contributed to the heart attack of an Idaho postal worker, a state jury in Atlantic City ruled Monday. The jury awarded Frederick 'Mike' Humeston and his wife $20 million in compensatory damages.

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