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{FD} Vaccine confidence low in Europe, raising disease outbreak risk

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Low levels of public confidence in vaccines in the European Union are pushing immunization rates down and the number of disease outbreaks up, according to an expert report on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair

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Nearly three years after a Zika outbreak in Brazil caused thousands of cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects in newborns, Reuters returned to check on the mothers and their children. Continue reading

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{FD} C-section births rise rapidly to over 20 percent worldwide

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Rates of caesarean section births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12 to 21 percent worldwide – new research has found, with the life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones. Continue reading

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{FD} Eye parasite can be avoided with good contact lens hygiene

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UK researchers have confirmed an uptick in cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that most often affects contact lens wearers. Continue reading

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{FD} CDC investigating multistate listeria outbreak linked to ham products

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A multistate outbreak of listeria infections linked to ready-to-eat deli ham produced by Johnston County Hams Inc is being investigated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading

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{FD} Yemen cholera outbreak accelerates to 10,000 cases per week: WHO

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{FD} Preventing tumor spread may not improve quality of life

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{FD} Number of newborns born with ******** doubles in 4 years, CDC reports

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The number of newborns born with ******** has reached a 20-year high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, tracking a general increase in several sexually transmitted infections. Continue reading

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{FD} UK health care worker contracts rare monkeypox virus in third case

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A health worker in northern England has become the third person in Britain to contract a rare illness caused by a monkeypox virus after caring for a patient infected with the disease following travel to Nigeria, health officials said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, most of them men: WHO

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More than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Baby-aspirin risks overwhelm benefits in healthy elderly

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In healthy elderly people who never had a heart attack, the widespread practice of taking a baby aspirin every day may do more harm than good, according to a U.S.-Australian study of more than 19,000 volunteers. Continue reading

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{FD} Doctors push ban on baby walkers

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Babies in the U.S. are being injured in infant walkers at a rate of more than five per day, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Regulators flag second potential carcinogen in China-made heart drug

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European and North American regulators have said they are examining a second potentially cancer-causing substance in a commonly-used blood pressure drug made by Chinese firm Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA mulls ban on flavored e-cigarettes

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in response to an “epidemic” of young people using e-cigarettes, the agency’s leader said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Artery damage seen in some teenage smokers, drinkers

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Teenagers who smoke or who binge on alcohol have signs of artery damage by age 17, a recent study shows. Continue reading

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{FD} IVF kids may have higher risk of high blood pressure

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Kids born through in vitro fertilization may be more likely to develop high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} CDC reports 30 more cases of illnesses linked to Kellogg’s tainted cereal

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Thirty more people have reported sick after eating Kellogg Co’s (K.N) Honey Smacks cereal contaminated with Salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, bringing the total to 130 cases in 36 states. Continue reading

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{FD} ADHD diagnoses may be rising in US

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The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the U.S. appears to have increased dramatically, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA warns of serious genital infection linked to certain diabetes drugs

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Wednesday a serious genital infection has been reported in patients taking a certain class of diabetes drugs, with one death and 11 others hospitalized. Continue reading

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{FD} Cargill recalls 25,000 pounds of possibly contaminated beef

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A Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Colorado is recalling more than 25,000 pounds (11,300 kg) of ground beef that could be contaminated with E. Coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Continue reading

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{FD} Firms stop kid-friendly packaged e-cigarette liquids sales after FDA push

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that all 17 companies that were warned by the regulator have stopped marketing e-cigarette liquids packaged similar to child-friendly products such as juice boxes, candy or cookies. Continue reading

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{FD} Pregnant Venezuelan women going to Brazil to give birth

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Expecting Venezuelan women are leaving their country due to lack of prenatal care, medicine and diapers and giving birth across the border in Brazil, where three Venezuelan babies are born every day. Continue reading

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{FD} Toxin at heart of drug recall shows holes in medical safety net

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A toxin inadvertently produced in the manufacture of a widely prescribed medicine but not spotted for years raises questions about regulators’ ability to detect risks in a sprawling global drug supply chain increasingly reliant on factories in China. Continue reading

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{FD} Consumer baby monitors may get vital signs wrong

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Two popular monitors that promise to keep parents informed about their babies’ vital signs scored poorly in a test comparing them with actual hospital quality monitors, researchers say. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA extends EpiPen expiry date to combat shortage

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday extended the expiration date of specific lots of Mylan NV’s EpiPen allergy injectors by four months to mitigate the shortage of the life-saving treatment. Continue reading

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{FD} Many doctors skip meningococcal vaccine talks with teens

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Many pediatricians and family physicians don’t discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this lethal infection, a U.S. study sugge… Continue reading

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{FD} E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells

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The vapor from e-cigarettes may boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lungs, while disabling key cellular defenders against infection, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Chipotle shuts Ohio restaurant after reports of illness

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has shut a restaurant in Ohio following reports of customers falling sick after eating there, the burrito chain said on Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} China says vaccine maker Changsheng broke manufacturing rules, faked records: Xinhua

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China’s cabinet investigation group has found that vaccine maker Changsheng Bio-technology broke the law in manufacturing rabies vaccines, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Massachusetts to probe e-cigarette maker Juul over sales to minors

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Massachusetts is investigating e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc and two online retailers to determine whether they violated state law by failing to prevent minors from buying their products, the state’s attorney general said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} 11 babies die after pregnant women given Viagra in Dutch study

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A Dutch trial with sildenafil, sold under the brand name Viagra, has been immediately halted after 11 babies of mothers using the medication died, one of the participating hospitals said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Urgent care centers often prescribe unnecessary antibiotics

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Patients with common colds and respiratory illnesses may be more likely to get antibiotics – which don’t work for these conditions – when they go to an urgent care clinic, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Pregnant millennials more likely to be depressed than previous generations, study says

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Today’s moms-to-be are more likely than women from their mothers’ generation to become depressed while pregnant, a study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Ebola survivors suffer severe mental and neurological problems

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People who survive the deadly Ebola virus can continue to suffer severe psychiatric and neurological problems including depression, debilitating migraines, nerve pain and stroke, according to a study published on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Physician burnout a key driver of medical errors

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Burned-out doctors are more likely to make major medical errors, regardless of workplace safety measures, new research shows. Continue reading

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{FD} Babies who start solids sleep better, study finds

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Babies who start on solids at three months sleep better than infants exclusively breastfed until six months of age, according to a new analysis of clinical trial data. Continue reading

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{FD} PTSD raises heart and stroke risk in World Trade Center cleanup crews

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More than 16 years after cleanup was completed at the site of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City’s World Trade Center complex, many who worked at the disaster site still struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may also have … Continue reading

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{FD} Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure

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Two buildings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, were evacuated on Thursday because people may have been exposed to tuberculosis, a hospital spokeswoman said. Continue reading

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{FD} Modified polio vaccine extends lives in US brain cancer study

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Some 21 percent of patients with advanced brain cancer treated with a modified polio vaccine were alive after three years, compared with 4 percent of patients with similar tumors who received standard therapies, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Unjustified medication shortened 456 lives in a UK hospital, report says

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More than 450 patients died prematurely in a British hospital after they were given powerful painkillers with no medical justification, in what a damning report on Wednesday found was a “disregard for human life”. Continue reading

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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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