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Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:14:20 GMT

Texas could host the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as its rates of schoolchildren who refuse to get shots for non-medical reasons rises.




Democratic states wary as Trump embarks on victory tour

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:49:12 GMT

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015, file photo, enrollment counselor Vue Yang, left, goes over some of the plans available through the state health insurance exchange with Laura San Nicolas, center, accompanied by her daugh... . In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Browns nominee for California Attorney General, listen to a reporter's questions during a news conference in Sacra... LOS ANGELES - As Donald Trump makes his thank-you tour of states that voted for him, other parts of the country are gearing up to do battle with his administration.




In Greece's tobacco culture, passive smoke a serious problem

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:20:24 GMT

This is a Sunday, July 12, 2015 file photo of a man as he smokes a cigarette as he looks at daily newspapers displayed at a kiosk in central Athens. Nearly two-thirds of Greeks are inhaling someone else's tobacco smoke on a daily basis, making Greece the worst nation in the European Union in exposing its people to the health risks of passive smoking.




Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:13:39 GMT

Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a clear replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Republicans say that won't happen because they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign.




Drug firms fined almost A 90m after hiking cost of epilepsy drug to NHS by 2,600%

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:10:58 GMT

Drug firms Pfizer and Flynn Pharma have been fined nearly A 90 million for "excessive and unfair" pricing to the NHS after hiking the cost of an anti-epilepsy drug by up to 2,600% overnight. The Competition and Markets Authority said drug maker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma broke competition law when they increased the cost of a medicine used by around 48,000 patients in the UK.




Study: More than a quarter of medical students are depressed, suicidal

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:48 GMT

More than a quarter of medical school students report depressive symptoms or depression, while about one in 10 experiences suicidal thoughts, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis reviewed nearly 200 studies involving more than 129,000 students in 47 countries.




Hospitals 'woefully failing' to crack down on smoking

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:55:24 GMT

Some 40 per cent of hospitals had designated smoking areas while the others described their entire premises as smoke-free A survey of 140 hospitals for the British Thoracic Society found that only one in 16 fully enforced a no-smoking policy. Enforcement includes giving people information on the trust's smoke-free policy, as well as policing hospital grounds and putting up signs.




Clinical trial data has shown nivolumab may help people with untreatable head and neck cancers

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:55:23 GMT

Nivolumab has received its European licence after promising results in a clinical trial of people with the classic form of the aggressive blood cancer. The data showed that 95% of patients were still alive after a year, with 68% of patients seeing their cancer reduced while on the drug.




Researchers fret as info lags on pot effects on older adults

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:33:09 GMT

In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, multiple sclerosis patient and author of the memoir "One day at a Time," David Sloan, who is a medical marijuana patient, exhales smoke from medical cannabis concentrate given to him with help fr... DENVER - Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana - a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users. Abundant research has been done on how the drug impacts developing brains, but little is known about the potential consequences on older users - even as recreation pot has been legalized in a number of states.




Mother sues over baby mix-up at Minneapolis hospital

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:03:34 GMT

A Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit against a health care provider after her newborn was mistakenly given to another mother at a hospital and breastfed. Tammy Van Dyke, of Apple Valley, recently filed the lawsuit in Hennepin County seeking more than $50,000 in damages for an incident that happened in December 2012.




3 ways to plan ahead for the 2017 tax season

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:38:11 GMT

With the tax season approaching, now is the time to start thinking about creating a strategy to help maximize tax refunds in the year ahead. From the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act to the increase in health insurance penalties, here are a few items to keep in mind before the IRS begins accepting tax returns.




Operation Stardust turns memories into messages

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:21:49 GMT

For many people, these occasions would mean a call to mom for advice, encouragement or celebration. Heather McManamy knew they would mean the same for her daughter, Brianna.




A second major drugmaker just committed to limiting price...

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:30:27 GMT

Insulin prices have rising - increases that mean some people are spending as much on monthly diabetes-related expenses as their mortgage payment. As a result, the companies that make insulin have been under fire from the public and politicians including US Senator Bernie Sanders .




Elliott Livingstone, three, who received a life-saving heart transplant

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:23:41 GMT

The parents of a toddler who received a life-saving heart transplant are preparing for a Christmas they "never thought" they would have with their son. Elliott Livingstone survived using a mechanical heart for more than a year before receiving the transplant.




Another step closer to artificial blood

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:18:48 GMT

Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize emergency medicine and provide trauma victims a better chance of survival. Researchers have created an artificial red blood cell that effectively picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to tissues throughout the body.




Goals missed on obesity, food poisoning, despite gov't push

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:14 GMT

In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 photo, test cigarettes burn in a smoking machine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, the nation's top public health agency issued a frank assessment of its recent battles against prioritized health problems, finding progress in some areas but backslide in others.




Can't buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:51:32 GMT

This Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo shows a display of prescription medicines for impotence and sexual problems at a doctor's office in San Diego. For many couples, doctors say soaring prices for the prescriptions have made sex unaffordable.