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{FD} Kentucky sues Walgreens, claims it has role in opioid epidemic

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Kentucky’s attorney general on Thursday sued Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, accusing the company of playing a dual role in propagating an opioid epidemic in the state as both a pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributor. Continue reading

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{FD} Suicide prevention programs call for more funding

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Efforts to fight suicide in the United States are desperate for additional funding, suicide-prevention experts said, following this week’s high profile deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, and new statistics showing a growing problem. Continue reading

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{FD} Coal lobby fights black-lung tax as disease rates surge

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As a young man, Barry Shrewsbury dug coal in the West Virginia mines and spent his time off hunting and fishing in the rolling hills. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA reports 5 more deaths related to intragastric balloons

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday notified healthcare providers that it had received reports of five more deaths in patients using liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems to treat obesity, bringing the total death toll to 12 since 2016. Continue reading

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{FD} Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease, WHO reports

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Fewer people are smoking worldwide, especially women, but only one country in eight is on track to meet a target of reducing tobacco use significantly by 2025, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Banned pregnancy drug tied to ADHD generations later

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A pregnancy drug banned decades ago may have side effects that linger for generations. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 Ebola patients die after slipping out of quarantine in Congo, officials say

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Two of three Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in the Congo river port city of Mbandaka have died, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) mission in the city said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} More parents smoking pot around kids, study finds

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A growing number of American parents are using marijuana when they still have children living at home, according to a new study that suggests cannabis may be complicating efforts to limit kids’ exposure to second-hand smoke. Continue reading

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{FD} WHO: 19 dead, 39 infected in Congo Ebola outbreak

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Democratic Republic of Congo reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Congo confirms 2 Ebola cases in northwest, 10 more suspected

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Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro, two government health official said on Tuesday, and one of them added that at least 10 more cases were suspected. Continue reading

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{FD} 17 deaths reported in Congo as Ebola outbreak confirmed

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Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro, two government health official said on Tuesday, and one of them added that at least 10 more cases were suspected. Continue reading

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{FD} How healthy is too healthy? EU warns about green tea supplements

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Taking high doses of supplements containing green tea extracts may be associated with liver damage, according to new research from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Continue reading

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{FD} Heavily used herbicide tied to shorter pregnancies

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More than 90 percent of pregnant women in a small Indiana study had glyphosate in their *****, and higher concentrations were associated with earlier deliveries. Continue reading

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{FD} Some e-cigarette users may struggle to quit smoking

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Smokers who say they want to kick the habit might have an easier time if they don’t use e-cigarettes, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Obesity tied to shorter life, overweight people more years with heart disease

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Obese people have shorter lives and even those who are just overweight spend more years living with heart disease than individuals who are a healthy weight, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

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British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally. Continue reading

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{FD} E-cigarette users may be less likely to quit smoking, says a new study

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Smokers who also use e-cigarettes may be half as likely to give up tobacco as smokers who never vape at all, a European study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} More Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke, says a new study

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Most U.S. adults have poor cardiovascular health, and more people are at risk for heart attacks and strokes today than was true a generation ago, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Spices might get teens to like vegetables, says new study

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A dash of cumin or dill might help convince high school students to load up their plate with vegetables during lunchtime in the cafeteria, a small study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Sexual orientation top risk for suicidal thoughts in college freshmen

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Nearly one third of first-year college students have thought about suicide, according to a study across eight countries, and non-heterosexual identity or feelings were the biggest risks for this kind of thinking or behavior. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S. health spending twice other countries’ with worse results

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The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Women with bigger waist and hips have higher heart attack risk

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While obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, a new study suggests that hip and waist size may play a bigger role, particularly for women. Continue reading

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{FD} Drinking problems tied to higher risk of early dementia

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Heavy drinkers may be more likely than other adults to develop dementia, especially in middle age, a French study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Dieting pressure in teen years tied to food and weight problems later

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Adults who were pressured by their parents to diet during adolescence may have a higher risk of obesity and eating disorders as adults than people who weren’t urged to lose weight as teens, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA green-lights 23andMe to sell test for 3 mutations of ****** cancer gene

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The FDA on Tuesday will allow genetic testing company 23andMe to market directly to consumers its test that will help assess three mutations in a common type of ****** cancer gene. Continue reading

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{FD} Cleaning products tied to lung function decline in women says new study

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Women with regular exposure to cleaning products may face a steeper decline in lung function over time, according to an international study. Continue reading

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{FD} Horseback riding may relieve combat vets’ PTSD symptoms

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Therapeutic horseback riding may ease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Vaping may increase risk of pneumonia, says new study

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People who smoke e-cigarettes might have an increased risk of developing pneumonia because the vapor could help bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, a small experiment suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Another reason to worry about overcrowded emergency rooms

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Patients are more likely to be misdiagnosed or experience treatment delays when emergency rooms are so crowded that they receive care in a hallway, a survey of physicians suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S. to file ‘statement of interest’ in lawsuits against opioid makers, distributors

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The United States will file a “statement of interest” in an action involving hundreds of lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Aerobic exercise slows cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease

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Cardiovascular exercise training may help slow the decline in brain function seen in Alzheimer’s patients, a new review of past research suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Teen sexting may be more common than you think

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At least one in four teens are receiving sexually explicit texts and emails, and at least one in seven are sending sexts, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Young men’s drinking tied to later liver disease risk

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Researchers found that a percentage of men who drank heavily in their younger years developed severe liver disease later in life. Continue reading

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{FD} More U.S. babies dying of suffocation, often in bed

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The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Organizers confirm 177 total norovirus cases at Pyeongchang

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers (POCOG) said on Monday a total of 177 norovirus cases had been confirmed so far at the Games but that the athletic delegations remained unaffected. Continue reading

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{FD} Many people take dangerously high amounts of ibuprofen

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Many adults who use ibuprofen and other so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs take too much, increasing their risk of serious side effects like internal bleeding and heart attacks, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Hot tea tied to higher cancer risk for smokers and drinkers

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Drinking hot ea could be linked to an increased risk of esophageal tumors in people who smoke and drink alcohol according to a new study. Continue reading

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{FD} Probiotic milk tied to lowered risk of some pregnancy complications

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Pregnant women who drink milk containing probiotic “friendly” bacteria are less likely to have premature births or pre-eclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy, suggests a Scandinavian study. Continue reading

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{FD} Cancer survival rates improve in some parts of the world, but wide gaps remain

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Cancer patients’ survival rates are improving, even for some of the deadliest types such as lung cancer, but there are huge disparities between countries, particularly for children, according to a study published in The Lancet. Continue reading

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{FD} Early pregnancy weight gain linked to baby’s size at birth

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Women who gain more weight in early pregnancy are more likely to deliver unusually large babies, who may be prone to a host of health problems later in life, new research shows. Continue reading

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{FD} ****** implants tied to increased risk of rare blood cancer

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Women who get ****** implants may be more likely to develop a rare type of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a small Dutch study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Biotech M&A takes off as Sanofi and Celgene spend $20 billion

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Biotech deal activity exploded on Monday with French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S.-based Celgene spending a combined total of more than $20 billion to add new products for hemophilia and cancer to their medicine cabinets. Continue reading

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{FD} Walmart takes on opioid crisis in free disposal program

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday said it will provide customers filling prescriptions for opioids with a packet of powder that will help them dispose of leftover medication. Continue reading

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{FD} Study sheds light on how Zika causes nerve disorder

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A new study sheds light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition, and the findings could have implications for companies working on Zika vaccines, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Seasonal flu kills more globally than previously thought, study finds

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As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease’s death toll. Continue reading

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{FD} Kids continue to die in window-blind accidents, despite safety warnings

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Even though window coverings have been recognized for decades as a safety hazard to children, injuries from blinds and shades still send many kids to the emergency room each year, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} EU health and food safety experts warn of stubborn salmonella

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The number of salmonella food poisoning cases in the European Union has risen by 3 percent since 2014 in a “worrying” reversal of a decade-long declining trend, EU health and food safety officials said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid painkiller prescriptions may run in families

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When one person in a household gets prescribed opioids, the other people who live with them are more likely to get their own prescriptions for these narcotic painkillers, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} 36 people die in food-related disease outbreak in South Africa

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Thirty-six people have died in South Africa from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeriosis, the country’s Department of Health said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Marriage linked to lower dementia risk

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Being married, or ever having been married, comes with a much lower risk of developing dementia compared to being a lifelong bachelor or bachelorette, a new analysis of previous studies suggests. Continue reading

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