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The White House Promises Exciting Medicare Reforms, But There's A Devil In ...
The White House Promises Exciting Medicare Reforms, But There's A Devil In ...

In pursuit of next-generation Ebola stockpile vaccines
LONDON (Reuters) - As West Africa's devastating Ebola outbreak begins to dwindle, scientists are looking beyond the endgame at the kind of next-generation vaccines needed for a vital stockpile to hit another epidemic hard and fast. Determined not to lose ...

9 tips to prevent the flu during pregnancy
Getting the flu is miserable for most people, but if you're pregnant it can be dangerous. The number of pregnant women who choose to get the flu vaccine is on the rise, with about 52 percent opting in during the 2013-14 flu season, according to the Centers for ...

Chikungunya or Rheumatoid Arthritis? Which One is It?
Ebola aside, scientists now have a brand new cause of concern to work upon- it has now been revealed in a new study that individuals affected by chikungunya actually exhibit the same symptoms as those affected by rheumatoid arthritis, making diagnosis ...

Carl Djerassi, chemist behind birth control pill, dead at 91
Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died in his San Francisco home. Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91. Djerassi, a professor emeritus of ...

California legislation would boost smoking age from 18 to 21
The bill is likely to face stiff opposition from tobacco groups, which argue that the law will do nothing to curtail smoking among teens. Lawmakers in California are weighing a proposal to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 over concern about tobacco ...

Flu deaths and spousal abuse spike during big sports events like the Super Bowl
Sports are wonderful, and can bring people together in unexpected ways. But when so many people get together in one place, bad things also multiply. Flu deaths. Ahead of parties for today's Super Bowl, fans from Boston and Seattle may want to be wary of ...

Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening
Liberia's education ministry said on Sunday it had postponed by two weeks the reopening of the country's schools, which were closed six months ago to limit the spread of the Ebola virus. Classes had been set to resume on Monday, but the ministry said in a ...

Dangerous Heroin Batch Blamed For Recent Rash Of Overdoses In South Jersey
A kit of Naloxone, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images). Related Tags: Atlantic County Prosecutor, Heroin Deaths, Heroin Overdoses. MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement officials ...

Similar Symptoms of Chikungunya and Rheumatoid Arthritis May Lead to ...
Similar Symptoms of Chikungunya and Rheumatoid Arthritis May Lead to ...

How Republicans Prescribe To Obama's Precision Medicine Spending
When it comes to most things, Republicans aren't on the same page as President Obama. And when it comes to health care, they're rarely on the same planet. But some key groups in Washington see GOP support and bipartisan agreement for Obama's $215 ...

American Heart Month serves as reminder for El Pasoans to get checked ...
American Heart Month serves as reminder for El Pasoans to get checked ...

California bill would raise smoking age to 21
A woman smokes a cigarette during a break from work in downtown Chicago. (Associated Press) more >. By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - Sunday, February 1, 2015. A California Democrat has proposed a bill that would raise the state's ...

Will there be a widespread measles outbreak in the U.S.?
There is growing concern that the United States could become gripped by a measles epidemic, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said his agency is 'very concerned' about the ...

A Discredited Vaccine Study's Continuing Impact on Public Health
In the churning over the refusal of some parents to immunize their children against certain diseases, a venerable Latin phrase may prove useful: Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. It means, “After this, therefore because of this.” In plainer language: Event B follows ...

Super Bowl snacking tops even Thanksgiving for calories consumed
While football fanatics around the country either celebrate or mourn the outcome of the Patriots' win at the Super Bowl XLIX, it turns out that the clear champion every year remains the snack food industry. A recently released study tracked the grocery spending ...

California is Considering Raising the Legal Smoking Age From 18 to 21
California State lawmakers have plans to raise the legal smoking age in the state from 18 to 21 and limit the access of tobacco products to teens. This would put them in alignment with alcohol laws and make California the first state to not only make 21 the ...

Similar symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chikungunya pose diagnostic ...
Similar symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chikungunya pose diagnostic ...

Obama Administration Releases More Information Regarding Precision ...
Obama Administration Releases More Information Regarding Precision ...

Early-onset Alzheimer's takes toll on patients, their children
The signs were subtle at first. Then obvious. Then terrifying and heartbreaking all at once. For Julie Karceski, it was when her mother had small memory lapses and became angry if anyone pointed them out. Continue reading below. For Dylan Cooke, it was ...

Details of President Obama's Precision Medicine Project out
During a press conference on Friday, President Barack Obama provided new details surrounding the Precision Medicine Initiative. The initiative was announced during the State of The Union. Focus of the president's proposal was on to harnessing data to ...

Assessing the Aftermath of Measles Exposure at NYC's Penn Station
Thousands of commuters were potentially exposed to the disease by an infected Bard College student. 0:23 | 02/02/15. Share. Title. Description. Share From. Share With. Facebook. Tweet. </> Embed. Email. <br/><a href=" (link) video">More ...

Key to High Intensity Interval Training found outside comfort zone
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which consists of short bursts of intensive activity followed by short periods of recovery, fitness experts say the harder the push, the greater the reward. HIIT can blast calories, build muscle and ...

Second UK health worker monitored for Ebola
A second UK military healthcare worker has been flown to England following "likely exposure" to the Ebola virus via a needle-stick injury in Sierra Leone. The patient is being monitored at London's Royal Free Hospital and does not currently have a diagnosis ...

What You Shouldn't Feed Your Toddler
Dr. Claire McCarthy is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a senior editor for Harvard Health Publications, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of ...

CDC urges measles vaccinations amid nationwide outbreak; 100 cases ...
CDC urges measles vaccinations amid nationwide outbreak; 100 cases ...

Two British military health workers in Sierra Leone suspected of Ebola
British troops in sierra leone1 Another British military health worker in Sierra Leone has today been flown out of the country, suspected of contracting the Ebola virus. This is the second case in three days. A British military nurse was also flown to London last ...

How digital health tools figure into the White House's Precision Medicine initiative
SOTU Precision Medicine Last week the White House provided more details about the new $215 million Precision Medicine program that President Obama briefly mentioned during his State of the Union address. “Tonight, I'm launching a new Precision ...

Lawmakers to Probe Flu Vaccine Production Process
The poor match between the strain of flu circulating most widely in the U.S. this season and the vaccine meant to protect people against it will be the subject of a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday that will explore vulnerabilities in preparedness for ...

Cost of having diabetes has doubled in two decades
The cost of managing diabetes has more than doubled in the past 20 years, a new analysis says. The average diabetes patient now spends $2,790 more per year than they did in 1987 - and more than half the additional spending is for medications. “People ...

Liberia begins clinical trial for Ebola vaccines as outbreak ebbs
MONROVIA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Liberia began a trial of experimental Ebola vaccines on Monday, involving thousands of volunteers as part of an effort to slow the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic fever and prevent future outbreaks. The epidemic has killed ...

Light Joggers Can Outlast the Ironmen Over Long Term
(Bloomberg) -- Vigorous running -- faster than 7 miles an hour, more than 2.4 hours a week, more than three times a week - - could be almost as harmful as sitting around doing nothing, according to a new cardiology study that's likely to stoke the debate over ...

Infants quarantined following confirmed measles case at Samohi daycare
Fourteen infants at Santa Monica High School's child care center will be quarantined for 21 days after a baby who attends the center was diagnosed with measles, a district official said. The room of the facility that serves infants 12 months and younger will be ...

To Make High-Intensity Interval Training Work, Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
High-intensity interval training (Hiit) is most effective when practitioners move outside their comfort zones, according to new research. Exercise utilizing the principles of Hiit involves short bursts of intensive activity, broken by times of rest. The practice can build ...

Roald Dahl's heartbreaking words about measles vaccine
The stories of Roald Dahl -- "James and the Giant Peach," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Matilda" and many more -- are known and loved by children (and grown-ups) around the world. But while his imaginary tales delighted millions, there was a tragic, ...

When it comes to jogging, less is more, study argues
Hey, fitness junkies, here's something to ponder the next time you lace up your athletic shoes for that long, heart-pounding run: A Danish study recently concluded that high-intensity, high-mileage joggers die at the same rate as channel-surfing couch potatoes ...

Ebola fight enters new phase with vaccine trials in Africa (+video)
Mass testing of two potential Ebola vaccines is underway in Liberia's capital after regional success in limiting new cases. The disease has claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa. By Michael Holtz, Staff writer February 2, 2015. About video ads. A trial of an ...

Measles outbreak: How bad can it be?
(CNN) To call the news surrounding vaccinations a "debate" is misleading. The scientific and medical consensus is clear: Vaccinations are safe, and they work. But there are many who choose -- for their own reasons -- to disregard the recommendations to ...

The man who made it harder to say no to sex: Pill inventor set women free, but ...
The man who made it harder to say no to sex: Pill inventor set women free, but ...

Measles: State total rises by one case, but no slowdown in outbreak
California added one more confirmed measles case over the weekend, but state public health officials have warned that it's premature to declare a slowdown in an outbreak that has spread to 10 counties, seven states and Mexico. The one confirmed case ...

Foster parents to forgo licenses over forced flu shots
Dozens of Washington state foster parents say they would sooner stop caring for kids up to age 2 rather than get flu shots mandated by a new state rule. Some object to the vaccines while others don't like being told what to do. By JoNel Aleccia. Seattle Times ...

Three-person babies technique voted on by MPs
MPs will hold a crucial vote later to decide whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people. They will have a free vote on the technique, which is aimed at preventing deadly genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. The UK ...

Sanofi launches inhaled insulin for diabetics
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi launched an inhalable insulin in the United States on Tuesday in a potential boost for its flagging diabetes drug sales and for patient quality of life. Developed by Mannkind Corp, Afrezza will be the only inhalable insulin on the U.S. ...

The credit given to the efficacy of vaccines determines public vaccinations
In a bid to understand why many Americans would refuse to vaccinate their children in the face of the public health crises occasioned by the measles outbreak, researchers have come to see that scientists are partly to blame for the development. Seth Mnookin ...

Screen time 'harms teenagers' sleep'
The longer a teenager spends using electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, the worse their sleep will be, a study of nearly 10,000 16- to 19-year-olds suggests. More than two hours of screen time after school was strongly linked to both delayed ...

Two military medics back in UK for Ebola monitoring
Two UK military medics have been transported back to England after likely exposure to Ebola from needle-stick injuries that occurred as they were treating patients infected with the deadly virus in Sierra Leone. phials and syringe. A needle-stick injury - where ...

Sanofi and MannKind Announce Afrezza®, the Only Inhaled Insulin, Now ...
Sanofi and MannKind Announce Afrezza®, the Only Inhaled Insulin, Now ...

Obama's New Healthcare Proposal: A Precise Vision Or A Political Football
When President Obama unveiled his Precision Medicine Initiative, he declared a two-fold challenge. The first was a challenge to advance healthcare technology. The second was directed at his critics to support or work with him on addressing one of the most ...

Lawmakers Ask For Hearing On Measles Vaccination
DENVER (CBS4) – Lawmakers including Congresswoman Diana Degette [D-CO1] are asking the Committee on Energy and Commerce to hold a hearing on the measles outbreak and the importance of vaccinations. The letter points out important facts ...

Road Dahl's measles warning goes viral
A letter that Roald Dahl wrote in 1986, warning parents about the dangers of not vaccinating their children, is taking social media by storm in the midst of a US measles outbreak. Dahl's eldest daughter Olivia died in November 1962 at the age of seven, after ...

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