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Organ donation law 'revolution' starts in Wales
Wales has become the first nation in the UK to introduce a "revolutionary" new system to increase the number of organ donors. From Tuesday, adults will be regarded as having consented to organ donation unless they have opted out. More than one million ...

8 dangerous HIV myths debunked by the experts
(CNN) HIV/AIDS is one of the highest profile diseases of our times, but many of us are still ignorant about key aspects of the illness, how it works and how to live with it. HIV has killed an estimated 39 million people to date, but making it more ...

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus May Lead to Fatal Brain Infection
The brain infection mostly affects infants and elderly ones and even lead to death as well. A mosquito-borne virus is spreading fairly quickly among U.S. citizens and it can lead to a severe brain infection and even deaths in feeble ones, a new study ...

Express Scripts partners with maker of $1 Turing alternative
Drug maker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals just found a backer to distribute its $1 alternative to Daraprim, the infection-fighting drug whose price was hiked 5,000% by Turing Pharmaceuticals. Express Scripts (ESRX), a major manager of prescription drugs, ...

Exclusive: Elton John on World AIDS: Compassion will end this epidemic
To mark World AIDS Day – the day on which the world pauses to remember the millions of men and women who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses – best-selling artist Sir Elton John spoke exclusively with MSNBC about his work as an activist ...

Snack bar maker Kind wants US government to change labeling standard
NEW YORK Dec 1 Kind LLC wants a U.S. federal agency to change its standards for what can be labeled as healthy, months after the snack bar maker received a warning letter for using the term on packaging for bars that were deemed too fatty. Kind argues ...

Historic summit on gene editing and 'designer babies' convenes in Washington
Don't look now, but the future just pulled into town. Hundreds of scientists, policymakers and the president's science adviser have gathered today in Washington for what will be a three-day summit on genetic engineering, with a focus on a new ...

On World AIDS Day, condom maker calls for safe-sex emoticon
LONDON Time for an official safe-sex emoji? Condom maker Durex says so and is presenting a formal submission on Wednesday, World AIDS Day, to get emoticon maker Unicode to adopt one. In the run-up to the day - designed to unite people around the ...

Your Brain Is a Mosaic of Male and Female
There is no such thing as a "male brain" or a "female brain," new research finds. Instead, men and women's brains are an unpredictable mishmash of malelike and femalelike features, the study concludes. Even in brain regions previously thought to show ...

Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates World AIDS Day
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a global leader in the fight to end AIDS, commemorates World AIDS Day 2015 by standing in solidarity with the estimated 34 million people around the world ...

Strike called off but operations still cancelled
A strike by junior doctors at North Devon District Hospital was called off today after last minute talks led to a breakthrough. The hospital was forced to cancel 10 planned operations and 97 outpatient appointments which the Northern Devon Healthcare ...

Express Scripts offers $1 alternative to $750 Daraprim pill
The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by promoting a less-expensive alternative to a life-saving medicine with a list price of $750 per pill. Express Scripts Holding Co. said Tuesday ...

Anti-Obesity Group Backed By Coca-Cola to Shut Down
An anti-obesity research group backed by Coca-Cola is to be dismantled following media reports calling into question whether members of the organization communicated inappropriately with their corporate sponsors. The Global Energy Balance Network ...

Life insurance companies see good outlook for survival with HIV
(Reuters Health) - Two companies are for the first time jointly offering life insurance to people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in recognition that their life expectancies are close to those of uninfected individuals. Previously, HIV ...

How an $84000 drug got its price: 'Let's hold our position… whatever the ...
How an $84000 drug got its price: 'Let's hold our position… whatever the ...

Fewer People Are Getting Diabetes, But The Epidemic Isn't Over
The number of people newly diagnosed with diabetes continues to decline after decades of increases that transformed what was once a disease of the old into a public health crisis that affects even children. That's not to say the crisis is over; 1.4 ...

CDC: New Diabetes Cases in US Adults Are Dropping
Fewer cases of diabetes are being diagnosed in U.S. adults, according to startling new federal statistics released Tuesday. Diabetes had been climbing for decades, driven by surging obesity rates. In 2009, the number of new cases reached 1.7 million ...

Ex-Bengal Devon Still announces daughter Leah has no signs of cancer
Former Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still has announced that his daughter, Leah, is cancer free. Still, posting on Instagram the day before Thanksgiving, announced that the latest follow-up medical tests revealed his daughter showed "no evidence" of ...

Has gene editing going too far? Ethical boundaries debated at historic summit.
The Human Gene-Editing Initiative has convened scientists from more than 20 countries to weigh the potential benefits and risks of editing genes. By Molly Jackson, Staff December 1, 2015. Save for later Saved. close. Nobel laureate David Baltimore of ...

Prostate Testing Should Be Up to the Patient
As a retired clinical laboratorian, retired hospital laboratory manager, and prostate-cancer survivor, I feel I must respond to the articles “Fewer Men Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer” and “Restricting Prostate Testing Is Considered” (U.S. News, Nov. 18 ...

$12 Billion Annual Gap Threatens Fight against HIV/AIDS
December 01, 2015 4:51 PM. NEW YORK—. For global health advocates, December 1 is an opportunity to focus the world's attention on the fight against AIDS. The international health day was established to support the millions of people infected with the ...

Science gets one step closer to ending the brutal debate on knuckle cracking
In April, a group of scientists made a cracker of a claim: They finally figured out why knuckles crack. But any scientific finding requires confirmation, and now other researchers are on the case. A study presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the ...

Ethicists square off over editing genes in human embryos
WASHINGTON Debate over the use of powerful new gene editing tools in human eggs, sperm and embryos grew heated on Tuesday as scientists and ethicists gathered at an international summit to discuss the technology, which has the power to change the ...

Starbucks Pulls Turkey Sandwich From West Coast Stores After E. Coli Scare
Starbucks Corp. pulled its holiday turkey paninis from 1,347 U.S. locations last week after the sandwiches were tied to the same E. coli recall that struck Costco Wholesale Corp. The sandwiches, part of the chain's holiday lineup, were recalled in ...

India restores federal funding for AIDS programme after criticism
NEW DELHI India will fully fund its AIDS control programme federally, the health minister said on Tuesday, restoring support months after it was criticised for slashing its contribution and asking individual states to fill the gap. India's globally ...

Viral photo creates controversy over breastfeeding in public
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There are a lot of decisions parents have to make when they have a child. One of those decisions is controversial and has been brought to light again by a viral photo on Facebook. On Nov. 24, Ashley Kaidel posted a photo to ...

Scientists, ethicists tackle gene editing's ethics, promise
WASHINGTON — A hot new tool to edit the human genetic code has a big wow factor: the promise of long-sought cures for intractable diseases. But depending on how it's used, that same tool could also alter human heredity. The debate has brought ...

World AIDS Day marked in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Brunei has reaffirmed its commitment to prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS in conjunction with the 2015 World AIDS Day, the state Radio Television Brunei (RTB) reported on Wednesday. The World ...

India AIDS Program: Government To Restore Full Federal Funding After Criticism
The Indian government said Tuesday that it will restore full funding for the country's HIV-AIDS prevention and control program, months after the Narendra Modi-led administration slashed federal funding for the globally-lauded initiative. Pictured ...

FDA Celery Recall Expanded to Major Grocery Stores
A recall from an E.coli scare at Costco has now been expanded to more than a dozen states and over 155,000 products sold at major grocery chains, including Walmart and Safeway, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday. Last week Taylor ...

UPDATE 2-Zafgen says second patient dies in obesity drug trial
... * Says patient dies from blood clot in lungs. * Working with FDA on next steps on drug development. * Shares down more than 50 pct premarket (Adds background, company statement, shares). Dec 2 A second patient died in a late-stage trial of Zafgen ...

Prudential to offer life insurance coverage to HIV-positive people
Prudential Financial Inc., one of the nation's largest life insurers, plans to announce this week that it will offer traditional individual policies to eligible people living with HIV, a condition that for decades has excluded most of them from any but ...

Senate Accuses Gilead of Putting Profits Ahead of Hep C Patients
Says drug affordability and accessibility was “afterthought.” U.S. state Medicaid programs spent $1.3 billion before rebates in 2014 on Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drugs to treat fewer than 2.4 percent of enrollees with the liver disease ...

Victoria Beckham visits HIV/AIDS victims in Ethiopia
Fashion designer and ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham visited facilities focused on people living with or affected by HIV or AIDS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in this video released in conjunction with World AIDS Day on Tuesday. Beckham, who was appointed a ...

Michigan woman's photo of cake decorated by girl with autism goes viral
A photo of a birthday cake and the story of the baker behind it have gone viral, as the Michigan woman behind it says she hopes people are inspired by the experience to be nice to others. Lisa Aldrich purchased a cake from Gaines Township Meijer and ...

How to calm a crying baby: Pediatrician's video goes viral
He calls it "The Hold." And Dr. Robert Hamilton, a pediatrician and father of six from Santa Monica, California, says it's the secret to quieting a crying baby. Hamilton's demonstration of the technique in a video posted on YouTube has quickly gone ...

Mandibular Devices Work for Lowering Sleep Apnea BP
savesaved. by Salynn Boyles Contributing Writer. This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: Medpage Today. Mandibular advancement devices are almost as effective as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for lowering blood ...

Too Much TV And Chill Could Reduce Brain Power Over Time
When I kick back to watch a show, I tell myself I'm just going to watch one episode. But 45 minutes later, I'm watching another. And then another. For the rest of the day. And all that TV and chilling might be hurting my brain functions. Researchers at ...

Devon Still says daughter Leah is cancer-free
Former Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still is sharing some good news about his daughter Leah, whose struggle with cancer has had millions of people across the country rooting for her recovery. Still says the latest tests show 5-year-old Leah remains ...

Maybe the 2015 Flu Season Won't Be So Fierce
Christmas decorations outside convenience stores are not the only sign of the season's change. Signs across the city mentioning “Free Flu Shots” are another indicator. Yes, the flu season has arrived, and with it comes anxieties that it could be as ...

Modern science detects disease in 400-year-old embalmed hearts
WASHINGTON In the ruins of a medieval convent in the French city of Rennes, archaeologists discovered five heart-shaped urns made of lead, each containing an embalmed human heart. Now, roughly four centuries after they were buried, researchers have ...

Increased Cancer Risk Seen After False-Positive Mammograms
savesaved. register today. Earn Free CME Credits by reading the latest medical news in your specialty. sign up. ▷. video-image. Louise M. Henderson, PhD. author name. by Charles Bankhead Staff Writer, MedPage Today. Action Points. Note that this ...

Study: too much TV, too little exercise might dull young adult brains
Young adults who watch a lot of TV and engage in very little exercise are risking more than their waist lines. By middle age, their brains may be getting out of shape too, a new study suggests. The study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA ...

Negative news about statins tied to people quitting the pills
(Reuters Health) - Negative news stories about statins may prompt people to stop taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, and raise their heart attack risk, suggests a new study from Denmark. People who want to stop taking statins because of something ...

Minnesota to add pain patients to medical marijuana program
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota will expand its medical marijuana program next year to include patients suffering from intractable pain, the state's health commissioner said on Wednesday. The program, which started in July, allows patients suffering from a ...

False-Positive Mammograms Linked to Later Breast Cancer Risk
Women who previously had a false-positive screening mammogram or biopsy are at higher risk for developing breast cancer for at least 10 years, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. False-positive screening ...

How the Inland Regional Center helps disabled kids
The San Bernardino, California, shooting today was shocking in its scale, with at least 14 deaths being reported by the police as of this afternoon. But the attack is especially devastating because of its target: the Inland Regional Center, a nonprofit ...

Prudential to offer life insurance for people living with HIV
Medical assistant Hector Reyes administers an HIV blood test to patient Sara Guillen, 59, of Los Angeles at St. John's Well Child and Family Center on March 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. Medical assistant Hector Reyes administers an HIV blood test to ...

Severe illness feared from Costco chicken salad; 19 sickened
The strain of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad that sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent outbreak that closed some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest. Although there is no confirmed death due ...

A false positive mammogram is a real risk factor for breast cancer, study finds
(CNN) Women who have a false positive result on their mammogram may actually be at slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer over the following decade, according to a new study. Researchers looked at more than 2 million mammograms that had ...

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