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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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{FD} A single genetic glitch may explain how Zika became so dangerous

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A single genetic change that occurred in 2013 may explain how Zika acquired the ability to attack fetal nerve cells, causing a severe birth defect in babies whose mothers were infected while pregnant, Chinese and U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Makers of fast-acting opioids will have to pay for training, FDA says

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Makers of fast-acting opioids will have to fund voluntary training for healthcare professionals who prescribe the drugs, including education on safe prescribing practices and non-opioid alternatives, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on … Continue reading

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{FD} Some youth football drills raise head-impact risk more than others

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Several youth football drills expose young athletes to head impacts more frequently and more roughly than others, according to a U.S. study that followed 10- and 11-year-old players for a full season. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S. Attorney General Sessions says marijuana still illegal

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug “remains in effect,” remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown. Continue reading

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{FD} CDC issues guidance on storm recovery

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been using multiple channels to get the word out about post-storm safety to residents of areas still reeling from the effects of recent hurricanes. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists edit embryos’ genes to study early human development

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British scientists have used a genome editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 to knock out a gene in embryos just a few days old, testing the technique’s ability to decipher key gene functions in early human development. Continue reading

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{FD} Hospital lets kids drive themselves to operating room

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A San Diego children’s hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to ‘drive’ themselves to the operating room. Continue reading

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{FD} Outbreak of disease carried by mosquitoes halts blood donation in Rome

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Italian health officials have banned residents across half of Rome from donating blood because of an outbreak of the painful, mosquito-borne illness Chikungunya. Continue reading

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{FD} Dental work tied to heart infections in people with artificial valves

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Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Menopause hormone therapy not linked to premature death

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Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be no more likely to die prematurely than women who don’t take hormones, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Middle-age women can choose Pap smear or HPV test for cancer screening

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Middle-aged women can choose which test to undergo for cervical cancer screening, according to a draft recommendation from an influential group backed by the U.S. government. Continue reading

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{FD} 4-year-old Californian boy fights fatal disease with new treatment

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Ely Bowman, like most four-year olds, is a bundle of energy. Continue reading

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{FD} Heart benefit of alcohol not seen in people with liver disease

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Light to moderate drinkers may have a lower risk of heart disease than teetotalers, but a new study suggests this doesn’t hold true for people with fatty liver disease. Continue reading

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{FD} Cancer patients lack access to fertility support

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Up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their options for family planning and support, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells fight Parkinson’s disease in monkeys

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Scientists have successfully used “reprogrammed” stem cells to restore functioning brain cells in monkeys, raising hopes the technique could be used in future to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading

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{FD} FDA steps up scrutiny of regenerative medicine

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is stepping up efforts to better regulate an emerging field of medicine that holds significant promise for curing some of humanity’s most troubling maladies by using the body’s own cells. Continue reading

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{FD} Surgeons in France reattach woman’s arms after train accident

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Surgeons have re-attached a woman’s arms after they were severed by a train, a rare operation and a first in France in that both limbs were worked on at the same time. Continue reading

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{FD} J&J ordered to pay $417M in trial over talc cancer risks

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A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. Continue reading

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{FD} Belgian biscuit maker recalls products amid contaminated eggs scare

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Belgian biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries said it had recalled some of its products in Belgium as they could contain eggs that were contaminated with insecticide fipronil. Continue reading

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{FD} Study revives argument over mammogram screening

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Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from ****** cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Liquid biopsy’ spots early-stage cancers in blood, study finds

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A test that scans blood for tumor-specific DNA identified early-stage cancer in more than half of 138 patients with the disease, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday, marking a new milestone in the rush for so-called “liquid biopsies.” Continue reading

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{FD} Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

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Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest. Continue reading

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