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Opium crops spread in Afghanistan as Taliban gains ground, U.N. says

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:12:04 -0400

VIENNA (Reuters) - The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations confirmed on Sunday, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground.(image)

Sanders urges Californians to approve drug price ballot measure

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:27:48 -0400

(Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, in an opinion editorial published in the Los Angeles Times, on Friday urged Californians to approve a November ballot measure aimed at reining in pharmaceutical prices.(image)

Indian doctor accused of crimes becomes president of World Medical Association

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:58:15 -0400

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The World Medical Association (WMA), the top medical-ethics body, on Friday installed an Indian doctor facing corruption charges as its president, despite controversy surrounding his appointment while legal cases are pending.(image)

Polio vaccine makers failing to make enough doses: WHO experts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:12 -0400

GENEVA (Reuters) - Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization.(image)

Merck's Keytruda succeeds in key bladder cancer trial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:48:16 -0400

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said its immunotherapy, Keytruda, helped previously treated patients with advanced bladder cancer live longer in a late-stage study, prompting an independent monitoring panel to recommend stopping the trial early.(image)

Cigna ends preauthorization requirement to treat opioid addiction

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:30:11 -0400

(Reuters) - Health insurer Cigna Corp has discontinued its policy of requiring doctors to seek authorization before treating opioid addicts, as part of a fight against an epidemic of opioid abuse, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Friday.(image)

Rehab after heart attack tied to longer, not healthier life

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:33:23 -0400

(Reuters Health) - Heart attack survivors who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs may survive longer, but feel no healthier, than they would without this follow-up care, a U.S. study suggests.(image)

Secondhand smoke linked to higher risk of stroke

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:49:54 -0400

Reuters - The increased risk of stroke that comes with smoking may extend to nonsmokers who live in the same household and breathe in secondhand smoke, a U.S. study suggests.(image)

Type 1 diabetes often comes with other autoimmune diseases

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:51:58 -0400

(Reuters Health) - People with type 1 diabetes often develop other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid and gastrointestinal diseases, and a recent study yields new information about this link.(image)

Climate change is shifting areas of skin disease concern

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:47:29 -0400

Reuters - Climate change is bringing certain skin diseases and other illnesses to regions where they were rarely seen before, according to a recent research review.(image)