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Coronavirus Outbreak May Cause U.S. Drug Shortages

Coronavirus Outbreak May Cause U.S. Drug Shortages

There are new fears that the novel coronavirus outbreak could cause shortages of lifesaving medications in the United States. So far, the outbreak has threatened production of about 150 prescription drugs, including some brand drugs... 
Quarantine Patients’ Move To Cosa Mesa Temporarily Halted

Quarantine Patients’ Move To Cosa Mesa Temporarily Halted

The city of Costa Mesa, California has won a preliminary injunction to temporarily block the transfer of Americans who have tested positive for the coronavirus to a closed ­mental-health facility in the city. District Judge Josephine... 
High-fat, High-sugar Diet Can Change Your Brain

High-fat, High-sugar Diet Can Change Your Brain

Researchers in Australia have found that a high-fat, high-sugar ‘junk food’ diet can change the brain and reduce your appetite control. A team from Macquarie University and Griffith University in Australia determined that... 
Medtronic Insulin Pumps Recalled Over Incorrect Dosing

Medtronic Insulin Pumps Recalled Over Incorrect Dosing

Medical device company Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) is recalling several types of insulin pumps because of a dangerous flaw. According to an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the devices in question are being... 
Facebook Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation

Facebook Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is fighting misinformation about China’s fast-spreading coronavirus by taking down misleading posts and ads. The company said in a blog post that it’s working to help limit the spread of misinformation... 
Doctors Keep Livers Viable Outside Body A Week

Doctors Keep Livers Viable Outside Body A Week

In a major breakthrough in transplantation medicine, Swiss researchers have developed a machine that can repair injured human livers and keeps them alive outside the body for up to a week. The device was developed by a team from... 
Biggest One-year Drop In Cancer Death Rate Recorded

Biggest One-year Drop In Cancer Death Rate Recorded

A new report from the American Cancer Society on cancer incidence, mortality and survival in the United States shows that the cancer death rate had its largest one-year decline ever from 2016 to 2017. The cancer death rate dropped... 
Herbal Supplement Eyed As Culprit In Liver Failure Case

Herbal Supplement Eyed As Culprit In Liver Failure Case

A 23-year-old Texas woman’s sudden, acute liver failure is believed to have been caused by a health supplement she was taking. Emily Goss had taken four ‘Balance” pills a day made by supplement company Alani Nu for... 
$28,000 Bill Received For Sore Throat Checkup

$28,000 Bill Received For Sore Throat Checkup

Getting a sore throat checked out resulted in a massive $28,395.50 bill for one woman in New York. Alexa Kasdan, 40, got checked out at a specialty care clinic on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for a cold and a sore throat prior... 
Long Work Hours Linked To High Blood Pressure

Long Work Hours Linked To High Blood Pressure

A new study out of Canada appears to show that working overtime can have some pretty serious consequences on workers’ health. The Canadian study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, found... 
Number Of Americans Driving High Has Risen

Number Of Americans Driving High Has Risen

The growing acceptance and availability of marijuana in the U.S. has led to more drivers hitting the road high, according to the new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... 
Doctors Reporting More Injuries Due To Cellphone Use

Doctors Reporting More Injuries Due To Cellphone Use

Doctors across the country are reporting an increase in injuries due to cellphone use. A recent study, published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology, found an increase in cellphone injuries starting after 2006, around the time... 
New HIV Drug Being Used In South Africa

New HIV Drug Being Used In South Africa

South Africa is using a new state-of-the-art antiretroviral drug to drastically reduce the number of people living with HIV in the country. The new three-in-one pill combines the drugs tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, lamivudine,... 
New At-home Test For Prostate Cancer Developed

New At-home Test For Prostate Cancer Developed

A team of European researchers have created an at-home urine test that could change the way prostate cancer is diagnosed. Scientists from the University of East Anglia developed a Prostate Urine Risk (PUR) kit that that can... 
FDA Approves New Drug For Ultra-rare Disorder

FDA Approves New Drug For Ultra-rare Disorder

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) has won U.S. approval for its drug Givlaari to be used to treat an ultra-rare metabolic disorder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug, also known by the chemical... 
President Trump Wants Hospitals To Disclose Prices

President Trump Wants Hospitals To Disclose Prices

In one of his biggest moves towards health care reform, President Donald Trump has announced that hospitals will soon be required to disclose the rates they privately negotiate with insurers. Both hospitals and insurers have fought... 
Gilead Sciences Sued By Government Over Truvada Patent

Gilead Sciences Sued By Government Over Truvada Patent

Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) is being sued by the federal government over the patent rights to Truvada, Gilead’s HIV prevention drug. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware by the Department... 
People Turning To Social Media For STD Diagnoses

People Turning To Social Media For STD Diagnoses

People are increasingly turning to social media to diagnose medical conditions. This has even extended to the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical... 
Potential Cause Of Mystery Illness Found

Potential Cause Of Mystery Illness Found

A paralytic illness that’s struck down hundreds of children across the U.S. in recent years has baffled medical experts looking for a cause. Case of the polio-like disease, known as acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, has spiked every... 
Scientists Find Fat Clogging Lungs And Airways

Scientists Find Fat Clogging Lungs And Airways

A study by Australian researchers has found fatty tissue in the lungs and airway walls of overweight people. It’s the first time fatty deposits have been spotted in the lungs and the researchers believe that the build-up may... 
European Regulators Approve Merck’s Ebola Vaccine

European Regulators Approve Merck’s Ebola Vaccine

European regulators have announced their approval of the world’s first Ebola vaccine. A panel of the European Medicines Agency is recommending conditional marketing authorization for the experimental vaccine. The vaccine, developed... 
Sperm Boosting Compound Found In Tomatoes

Sperm Boosting Compound Found In Tomatoes

A compound found in tomatoes could help tackle fertility problems in men by boosting the quality and health of their sperm. Scientists at the University of Sheffield in England found that lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes... 
Legionnaires’ Outbreak Potentially Linked To State Fair Hot Tubs

Legionnaires’ Outbreak Potentially Linked To State Fair Hot Tubs

The North Carolina Department of Health has traced an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease to the North Carolina Mountain State Fair that ran from September 6 to 15. Specifically, the most likely source of infection has been identified... 
Fungicide Found In Illegal Vape Cartridges

Fungicide Found In Illegal Vape Cartridges

A recent test of vape cartridges by a cannabis testing facility in California found that all of the illegal vape cartridges tested contained a fungicide that could introduce an extremely dangerous poison to the body. None of the... 
Tanzania Accused Of Hiding Ebola Cases

Tanzania Accused Of Hiding Ebola Cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a rare rebuke to the nation of Tanzania over concerns that the country may be hiding information about Ebola cases occurring within its borders. The allegation follows reports... 
Common Antibiotic Linked To Heart Problems

Common Antibiotic Linked To Heart Problems

A link has been found between one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics and two types of heart problems. A new study has discovered that fluoroquinolones are associated with an increased risk of developing both... 
New Study Shows All Sodas May Be Bad For You

New Study Shows All Sodas May Be Bad For You

While diet sodas have long been touted as a healthier alternative to their full-sugar counterparts, a new study appears to show that drinking too much of any type of soda may be bad for your health. The study, involving about 450,000... 
Teenager’s Poor Diet Leads To Blindness

Teenager’s Poor Diet Leads To Blindness

Reports have emerged of a teen who slowly went blind as a result of his poor diet despite having no visible signs he was malnourished. The damage to his eyesight was ultimately traced to the lack of nutrition in his diet, which... 
Drug Mistake Causes “Werewolf Syndrome” In 17 Children

Drug Mistake Causes “Werewolf Syndrome” In 17 Children

A drug mistake at a pharmacy in Spain has resulted in 17 cases of children growing excessive hair on their bodies in an outbreak of hypertrichosis, commonly known as “werewolf syndrome.” The 17 cases were reported by... 
Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Behavioral Problems

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Behavioral Problems

Researchers from the University of Michigan say that their latest study suggests a link between vitamin D deficiency and behavioral problems. According to their study of schoolchildren, younger kids with low levels of the vitamin were... 
Brain Changes Seen With Common ADHD Medication

Brain Changes Seen With Common ADHD Medication

A common drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to actively change the development of the brain in boys who take it. The drug methylphenidate (MPH), sold under trade names including Ritalin... 
Novartis Subsidiary Accused Of Data Manipulation

Novartis Subsidiary Accused Of Data Manipulation

AveXis, a subsidiary of Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS), has been accused of submitting manipulated data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ahead of the approval of its gene-therapy drug Zolgensma. The FDA revealed the data-manipulation... 
New Blood Test Used To Detect Early-stage Breast Cancer

New Blood Test Used To Detect Early-stage Breast Cancer

A research team that included scientists at Arizona State University, the City of Hope, Mayo Clinic, and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, have developed a new blood test to detect breast cancer that is said to be 100-times... 
Childhood Cancer Steals 11 Million Years of Human Life, Annually

Childhood Cancer Steals 11 Million Years of Human Life, Annually

Alarming new data shows that pediatric cancer cases in the United States have surged nearly 50 percent in the thirty-year period before 2015, according to the US National Cancer Institute.  In addition, the agency estimates... 
Americans May Soon Be Able To Import Cheaper Drugs From Canada

Americans May Soon Be Able To Import Cheaper Drugs From Canada

The Trump administration has proposed a plan to let Americans import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada to make the drugs more affordable. Under the plan, states, wholesalers and pharmacies will submit plans on how they would... 
Brain Changes Found In Cuba Sonic Attack Victims

Brain Changes Found In Cuba Sonic Attack Victims

Researchers examining the brains of 40 former staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba found that whatever happened to cause the so-called “sonic attacks” in Havana changed the brain structure of those affected. A study conducted... 
New Tests For HIV Vaccine Planned

New Tests For HIV Vaccine Planned

An experimental HIV vaccine is set to be tested in Europe, South America, and North America sometime this year. Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) Janssen unit will be collaborating with the U.S. National... 
Heart Health Supplements Shown To Be Ineffective

Heart Health Supplements Shown To Be Ineffective

A large new analysis conducted by researchers at West Virginia University found that there was surprisingly little proof that supplements have the ability to prevent heart disease. According to the results of the study, the majority... 
Facebook Plans New Attack Against Medical Misinformation

Facebook Plans New Attack Against Medical Misinformation

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has announced a plan to take more aggressive steps to limit the reach of false, sometimes dangerous, medical misinformation on its platform. Facebook, and its image-sharing platform Instagram, have become... 
Insurers Take Obamacare Case To Supreme Court

Insurers Take Obamacare Case To Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a group of insurers against the federal government over $12 billion in payments owed after the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, passed under Democratic former President... 
Encephalitis Kills More Than 100 Children In India

Encephalitis Kills More Than 100 Children In India

More than 110 children in India have died this month from encephalitis, with more than 430 others requiring hospitalization. Health experts thus far have not been able to establish the root of the outbreak. Doctors and officials... 
Study: White Meat And Red Meat Equally Bad For Cholesterol Levels

Study: White Meat And Red Meat Equally Bad For Cholesterol Levels

For decades, white meat was thought to have less cholesterol and was better for preventing cardiovascular disease. Now, a new study is showing that cholesterol levels for both white meat and red meat are equal. The study has been... 
Breast Cancer Treatment Shown To Increase Lifespan Of Younger Women

Breast Cancer Treatment Shown To Increase Lifespan Of Younger Women

The results of a new clinical trial is providing new hope to women diagnosed with an aggressive and deadly form of breast cancer. Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center and UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that... 
Colorado Caps Insulin Co-pays

Colorado Caps Insulin Co-pays

Colorado has become the first state in the country to pass legislation to cap the amount that residents must pay out-of-pocket to obtain insulin. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law capping insulin co-pays at $100... 
Gilead Sciences Will Donate Drugs For HIV Prevention

Gilead Sciences Will Donate Drugs For HIV Prevention

Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) has announced a plan to donate drugs that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 11 years. The initiative is expected to last until Dec. 31, 2025, with the possibility of continuing through... 
New Study Shows Treatment Could End HIV Transmission

New Study Shows Treatment Could End HIV Transmission

A landmark European study is showing that compliance with HIV treatment can be effective in preventing sexual transmission of the disease to non-HIV infected persons. According to the results of the study, the risk of passing... 
Most Americans Want Lower Health Care Costs But Congress Can’t Agree How To Do It

Most Americans Want Lower Health Care Costs But Congress Can’t Agree How To Do It

Heath care policy has long been an important debate in the United States but it looks like it may be at the crux of the upcoming presidential debate, but not in a way that you might expect.  While it might seem that... 
Hundreds Of California University Students Quarantined For Measles Exposure

Hundreds Of California University Students Quarantined For Measles Exposure

Nearly 300 students and staff at two major southern California universities are under quarantine after potentially being exposed to measles. The order was issued in connection with the University of California, Los Angeles, and... 
Sleep Myths Debunked By New Study

Sleep Myths Debunked By New Study

Many popular notions about sleep have little basis in fact, but we tend to accept them as fact. Now, researchers at NYU Langone Health’s School of Medicine have conducted a study to debunk the most common sleep myths. The results... 
Dental Whitening Strips May Be Damaging Your Teeth

Dental Whitening Strips May Be Damaging Your Teeth

A newly released study has found that the active ingredient in most over-the-counter dental whitening strips may be damaging teeth more than previously believed. The study, led by Kelly Keenan, an associate professor of chemistry...