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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 efforts, 40,000 people die of flu every year.

But what if there was one flu shot that would protect us from every type of flu there is?

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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 shortages of blood donations, and it circumvents the need for HIV and hepatitis screenings that must be done on human blood before it can be used.

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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.

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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 rooms tested in their study.

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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 device is sent to a smartphone and can be viewed in real-time for up to 150 hours on a single charge. Any abnormalities are sent to a doctor via text or email with a picture attachment.

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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 so fast.

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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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Rattlesnakes Will Get You if You Don’t Watch Out

It's not just football season, and it's not just hunting season.  It's also "rattlesnake season."  State wildlife experts say the Fall, with its cool weather, is the favorite time of year for the venomous and deadly Texas rattlesnake, and that means you need to be very careful in areas where they live and breed.

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