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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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{FD} Bodybuilding products sold online may be mislabeled or unsafe

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Many bodybuilding products sold online are mislabeled and contain unapproved drugs and other ingredients that may not be safe, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} US says patient charity helped drugmakers, revokes approval

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One of the largest U.S. patient assistance charities may close after the federal government revoked its authorization, citing findings that the group, mainly funded by pharmaceutical companies, enabled drugmakers to influence prescriptions. Continue reading

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{FD} Forecast predicts over half of US children will be obese by age 35

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Nearly three in five children in the U.S. today are destined to be obese when they reach their 35th birthday, according to a new projection. Continue reading

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{FD} CDC: HIV diagnoses improving, but progress varies

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Delays in the time between becoming infected with HIV and getting a diagnosis are shortening, helped by efforts to increase testing for the virus that causes AIDS, U.S. health officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Tens of thousands dying from $30B fake drugs trade, WHO says

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One in 10 drugs sold in developing countries is fake or substandard, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, many of them of African children given ineffective treatments for pneumonia and malaria, health officials said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Brain damage from football concussions varies by position and career duration

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Football players may experience different degrees of brain damage after concussions depending on what position they play and how long they stick with the sport, a small U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA approves first 2-drug HIV regimen

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first two-drug regimen to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, aimed at easing the side effects for long-term patients who are on the standard treatment involving three or more drugs. Continue reading

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{FD} Cancer survivors often living with PTSD

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Cancer patients may often experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the months after their tumors are diagnosed, and mental health issues can sometimes linger for years, a Malaysian study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Risk of ****** cancer recurrence lasts for decades

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Many women who follow initial ****** cancer treatment with five years of hormone therapy to keep tumors at bay may still experience new malignancies up to two decades after their diagnosis, a study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA clears nerve stimulator for opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared for use an electrical nerve stimulator designed to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it

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U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients are taking their medication properly, marking a significant step forward in the convergence of healthcare and technology. Continue reading

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{FD} Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on US veterans

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Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran’s Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} No more Holy Smokes: Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

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Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Cutting back on alcohol can prevent cancers, experts claim

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A large organization of cancer doctors has issued a call to action to minimize alcohol consumption. Continue reading

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{FD} Legionnaires’ disease in Lisbon hospital kills two, 32 infected

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An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a large Lisbon hospital has killed two people and made at least another 32 sick since it was first detected a week ago, Portugal’s health authority DGS said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

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Almost every country in the world now has serious nutrition problems, either due to over-eating leading to obesity or a lack of food leading to undernutrition, according to a major study published on Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Sharp rise seen in self-harm among young teen girls

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Reports of self-harm jumped nearly 70 percent among younger teen girls in the UK between 2011 and 2014, suggesting an urgent need for interventions targeted to this group, researchers say. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA panel backs approval for Indivior opioid addiction drug

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Indivior Plc’s experimental drug to treat opioid addiction should be approved, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA moves to revoke claim that soy protein protects the heart

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a rule revoking the right of companies to claim soy protein protects the heart, while potentially allowing a more circumspect health claim. Continue reading

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{FD} Pain drugs in pregnancy tied to ADHD

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Women who use a lot of the common pain reliever acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than those who don’t use the drug, a Norwegian study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Recurrent concussions are down in high school sports

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With passage of laws requiring U.S. high schools to report young athletes’ concussions, more of these head injuries are being reported – but the rate of repeat concussions has gone down, a new study shows. Continue reading

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{FD} First test of anti-epilepsy surgeries in children shows dramatic benefit

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Brain surgery for children whose epilepsy is resistant to drug therapy can produce a 10-fold increase in the odds of being seizure-free after one year and can do it without affecting IQ, according to a new Indian study of 116 patients in The New Englan… Continue reading

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{FD} Rhode Island doctor pleads guilty to opioid kickback scheme related to Insys

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A Rhode Island doctor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges he participated in a scheme to obtain kickbacks in exchange for writing prescriptions for an addictive fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by Insys Therapeutics Inc. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA approves intravenous version of Tesaro drug for chemotherapy nausea

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Tesaro Inc said on Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an intravenous version of its drug to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in adults. Continue reading

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{FD} High cholesterol levels among US adults declining, CDC reports

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The prevalence of U.S. adults with high cholesterol declined significantly between 1999-2000 and 2015-2016, achieving a long-term public health goal, according to data released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Ce… Continue reading

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{FD} Plague kills 124 in Madagascar, cities most affected, authorities say

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A plague epidemic in Madagascar has killed 124 people since August in an outbreak that has hit the island’s two main cities the hardest, the authorities said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall produce in 6 states

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Retailer Meijer Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states due to possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and elderly or frail people. Continue reading

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{FD} Fatal Madagascar plague appears to have spread to Seychelles, WHO says

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A probable case of plague in the Seychelles, imported from Madagascar, is believed to have sparked the Indian Ocean country’s first outbreak of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Continue reading

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{FD} Child and teen obesity rates soar globally, WHO reports

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The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Tests showing low egg reserves not linked to infertility

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Lab tests showing that women have low reserves of eggs in their ovaries may not necessarily mean they will struggle to get pregnant, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Cholera claims unborn children as epidemic spreads Yemen misery

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One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath. Continue reading

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{FD} Zika vaccine shows promise in early human trial

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A DNA-based Zika vaccine from Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and South Korea’s GeneOne Life Science Inc induced anti-Zika immune responses in an early stage human trial, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} 1M unvaccinated Venezuelan kids vulnerable in measles outbreak, doctors warn

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Around 1 million unvaccinated Venezuelan children are susceptible to measles, a highly contagious disease that has re-emerged in the crisis-stricken South American nation, a group of doctors estimated on Friday. Continue reading

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