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Texas Researchers Creating Ultimate Flu Shot
North Texas researchers are on the brink of revolutionizing the way we fight the flu.
Every year, scientists try to guess which strain of the flu will cause the most people to get sick.  They use that particular flu bug to make a flu vaccine.  That's a hit or miss approach, and despite their best e…
Genetically Modified Rice Can Be Used in Lieu of Human Blood
Scientists have found a way to genetically modify rice as a replacement for human blood. The idea is to extract a protein containing human genes that could then be used in lieu of actual blood to help burn victims and those who’ve suffered massive blood loss.
It’s seen as a viable solution to shortag…
Chamber Salutes Lufkin Area Medical Community
The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce honored four of the city's medical professionals for their outstanding work Thursday, at the Chamber's 4th Annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center.
Study: Dangerous Bacteria Found in Almost Half of Hospital Rooms
A hospital is a place of healing, but a new small study shows that drug-resistant bacteria may be lurking in some hospital rooms.
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found Acinetobacter baumannii, a drug-resistant bacteria known as MDR-AB, in 48 percent of the hospital r…
New Heart-Monitoring Device for Smartphones Could Save Your Life
Swiss researchers say new technology that interacts with smartphones could revolutionize the treatment of heart patients.
The device in question consists of four electrode sensors attached to the skin and linked to a radio module and computer chip that clips onto a patient’s belt. Data from the devic…
FDA Says Flu Injector Devices Not Approved as Vaccines
Flu vaccines have always been dreaded by those who hate shots, but this year a company called PharmaJet introduced a device that uses “a high-pressure steam of liquid to pierce the skin and deliver the vaccine.” The needle-phobics rejoiced.
But now the FDA is saying, Not s…
Woman Breaks Hip in Hospital Lobby, Told to Call 911
If you’re going to fall and hurt yourself, you might think a hospital lobby is a pretty lucky place to do it. After all, the building does house doctors and nurses who can tend to you right away.
That’s what 82-year-old Doreen Wallace thought. But she was wrong.

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