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Leading oncology group wary of Trump drug price proposals
By Deena Beasley. CHICAGO (Reuters) - America's leading group of cancer doctors is wary of new Trump administration proposals for lowering drug costs, warning that patients must not be barred from medicines that could help them. The rising cost of ...

Study Aims To Show Transplants Between HIV-Positive Patients Are Safe, Save Lives
A large-scale clinical trial launched by the National Institutes of Health in May could pave the way for more HIV-positive patients with kidney disease to receive life-saving transplants. The trial, called the HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study ...

Silent epidemic: black gay men in US face 50-50 risk of HIV
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West Nile virus found in dead Columbia County bird, officials say
The first case of West Nile virus in 2018 has been found in Wisconsin. The Department of Health Services said the virus was found in a dead bird in Columbia County. "This case reminds us that West Nile virus is already active in Wisconsin this season ...

Britons 'risking skin damage and cancer due to SPF ignorance'
Many consumers are unaware the SPF rating on suncreams does not measure all-round sun protection, scientists say. Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent. Fri 1 Jun 2018 07.47 EDT Last modified on Fri 1 Jun 2018 07.51 EDT. Share on ...

Ambien defence: the real side effects of sleeping pills
Shortly after her hit show was cancelled earlier this week, Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to blame Ambien, the sleeping pill, for her racist outburst. “Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me,” she told her 838,000 followers. “It was 2 in ...

ASCO Preview: Are Combo Treatments With Cancer-Killing Viruses Worth The Cost?
When Amgen's Imlygic became the first FDA-approved cancer-killing virus on the market in 2015, oncologists and Wall Street analysts alike predicted the product would ultimately work better in combination treatments than it does on its own. At closely ...

AIDS patients sue Gambia's ex-president Jammeh over fake cures
Three people living with AIDS in Gambia are suing former president Yahya Jammeh, alleging he detained and abused them as guinea pigs to test his supposed cure, one of their lawyers said. "My clients are claiming damages for false imprisonment and ...

Blood test offers hope of finding cancers before symptoms develop
(CNN) Promising new research enabled scientists to screen for different types of cancer at an early stage using a blood test. The test, known as a liquid biopsy, was used to screen for DNA from cancer cells and was able to detect 10 different cancers ...

Your body has a 'second brain,' and here's how it keeps your butt smart, study says
A team of scientists in Australia has just released a study with new findings about the bundle of neurons that live in the colon. Those neurons are a part of the body's enteric nervous system, commonly referred to as the body's "second brain." It's ...

Premature opioid-related deaths rise enormously across the US
The number of opioid-related deaths rose by 345% between 2001 and 2016 in the United States, findings published in JAMA Network Open revealed. The burden was especially high among adults aged 24 to 35 years, with data showing 20% of deaths ...

Beyond drugs, it's not clear which ADHD treatments work
(Reuters Health) - Although many doctors offer patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a variety of treatments in addition to drugs, a new review suggests there's not enough evidence that medication alternatives work. Researchers ...

Fatal accidents involving drugs surpasses alcohol-related crashes: report
A new report published Thursday found that fatal car crashes involving marijuana, opioids and drug use have increased over the past decade and surpassed incidents related to alcohol. The study by the Governor's Highway Safety Association stated alcohol ...

Sleeping with mascara on destroyed my eyes
You really should take your makeup off before going to bed. Housekeeper Theresa Lynch found that out the hard way. For 25 years, she didn't bother removing her mascara before going to bed. It wasn't a problem — until painful black lumps swelled in her ...

Four More People Die From Tainted Romaine Lettuce
Four more people have died from tainted romaine lettuce, federal health officials said Friday, bringing the total to five deaths related to a virulent strain of E. coli whose source has still not been located. In addition, officials at the Centers for ...

What is the deadly Nipah virus?
A deadly virus that spreads to humans from contact with infected bats, pigs or other people has in its latest outbreak killed 17 of 18 people confirmed to be infected and has led to the quarantine of 1,400 people in their homes. The new outbreak of the ...

Same cancer, worse results and twice the cost in the US
(CNN) Americans paid twice as much as Canadians for health care, but they didn't get twice the benefit, according to a new study of patients with advanced colorectal cancer who lived, in some cases, mere miles from each other. The patients had similar ...

Texas teen hospitalized with life-threatening illness after working out too hard
Many people experience muscle pain and soreness after an intense workout, but one teen's recent gym session landed him in the hospital with a life-threatening condition. Seventeen-year-old Jared Shamburger got a new gym membership to work out with ...

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak kills 4 more people
Four more people have died of E. coli infections spread by romaine lettuce and 25 more illnesses have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The outbreak is over and romaine lettuce is no longer on the warning list ...

Why are deaths among US kids, teens on the rise?
A perfect storm of murder, addiction and carelessness has fueled a recent and troubling increase in deaths among U.S. children and teens, a new government report shows. The total death rate for those aged 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, ...

Salmonellosis patients report eating chicken from food pantries
Two states are warning consumers about raw, frozen, breaded chicken from food pantries because people developed Salmonella infections after eating the product. The pantries have been distributing the chicken since February. Pantry operators say they ...

Here's What Could Happen If You Don't Properly Remove Mascara
A woman in Australia who had a habit of not washing off her mascara developed serious eye problems that could have taken her vision, according to a new report. The 50-year-old woman went to the eye doctor after experiencing the uncomfortable feeling ...

Woman being treated after handling rabid bat near Lake Como
A woman who handled a rabid bat near the Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul on Wednesday has been found by authorities and is receiving medical attention, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The department began looking for her after ...

California experiments with distributing fentanyl tests
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health officials are experimenting with distribution of test strips that allow people to check their drugs for the presence of the powerful opioid fentanyl, which is causing numerous overdoses and deaths nationwide. The ...

With Ebola at a 'critical point' in Congo, aid groups scramble to limit the outbreak
MBANDAKA, Congo — The two brothers of Adalbert Wanza made a 170-mile round trip voyage on foot, boat and motorcycle through Congo's dense rain forest to bring him, and ultimately the rest of the world, grave news. A visitor had died while in their ...

There are some new ways to fight disabling migraines
Do you get migraine headaches? You're not alone. About 1 American in 7 suffers from migraine, whose symptoms include pulsing headaches, colorful auras, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Although there are treatments for migraine, which is ...

Woman Being Treated For Rabies After Touching Rabid Bat With Bare Hands
A woman who bare-handedly handled a rabid bat was finally found by authorities and is being treated for rabies. What are some important points to remember this peak rabies season? Bare-Handed Bat Handling. Last Wednesday, a concerned citizen found ...

You Should Never Sleep With Makeup On: This Woman Almost Lost Her Eyesight
A 50-year-old woman from Australia is looking to raise awareness on the dangers of sleeping with makeup on after she almost lost her eyesight from doing it for 25 years. Removing makeup before sleeping may be tedious to do, especially when one comes ...

Biotech Firm Grail Takes The First Steps In Its Quest For A Blood Test For Cancer
Even the company's name conveys an element of hubris: Grail, as in, the holy grail of medicine. This particular grail? To create a blood test that can detect cancer early enough to treat it. And Grail is big, mysterious, and rich, having raised $1.6 ...

Teen Hospitalized With Life-Threatening Illness After 'Too Much' Workout: What Is Rhabdomyolysis?
A Texas teen was hospitalized after working out “too much.” Can intense exercise really cause rhabdomyolysis? Texas Teen's Ordeal. Seventeen-year-old Jared Shamburger's ordeal began after a workout with his father and brother who have apparently ...

Antibiotics Didn't Cure Their Infections. Fecal Bacteria Did.
In a small study, fecal transplants ended a persistent, dangerous gut infection just as effectively as drugs. By Gina Kolata. June 2, 2018. Image. C. difficile kills 14,000 people annually in the United States. A new study finds that transplanting ...

The Big Number: Skin cancers kill a lot of people, and sunscreen is vital
With the official start of summer just a couple of weeks away — the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is June 21 — there's one big number to keep in mind: More than 91,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious and ...

4 rabid bats found in Wash. state in May, highest count since 1998
SEATTLE - Health officials say four bats tested positive for rabies last month in Washington state - the highest number in 20 years during the month of May. According to King County Public Health, rabies is dangerous and potentially life-threatening ...

Bobcats Die After 'Rescue' By Woman Who Says She Thought They Were Domestic Kittens
Two bobcat kittens have died after a Texas woman said she thought they were domestic kittens and took them into her home earlier this month. “We are saddened by this tragedy but must take this important opportunity to repeat the message that wild ...

Bubble pop? Brownie batter? Vapes' added flavors fuel e-cigarette debate
One school of thought argues that e-cigarettes — specifically ones that taste good — help people quit tobacco. But opponents maintain there is little evidence — especially from studies done on large groups of people — to support this idea. Loading ...

With Prostate Cancer, Race Is Not Entirely Black and White
CHICAGO — In results that counter expectations, American black men with advanced prostate cancer who received standard-of-care systemic therapy in clinical trials had equal outcomes with their white counterparts for overall survival in one study, and ...

Boy, 17, diagnosed with deadly illness caused by working out too much
HOUSTON (KRON/CNN) - Many people experience muscle pain and soreness a day or two after an intense gym session. But one Texas teen says his workout landed him in the hospital with a potentially deadly illness. Summer is fast approaching and many ...

Five dead, nearly 200 sick in E. coli outbreak from lettuce. And investigators are stumped.
Five people have died and nearly 200 people from nearly three dozen states have been sickened by E. coli in a growing outbreak that has so far stumped federal investigators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the death tally ...

Theft of John A. Moran Eye Center devices cause potential disclosure of patient info
(KUTV) - The John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah announced Saturday that it will be notifying 607 patients of a potential disclosure of some of their information following a theft of electronic equipment. A laptop computer and external ...

Houston hospital suspends renown heart transplant program following recent deaths
A Houston hospital has temporarily suspended all procedures in its renown heart transplant program following the recent deaths of two people. Recommended. 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch praised for tackling muggers · Why some scientists say ...

Memorial Medical Center celebrates Cancer Survivor Day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - National Cancer Survivor day is June 3 and Memorial Medical Center hosted an event on Saturday in honor of the day. The medical center held a fun and inspiring workshop to educate the public about cancer and inspire cancer ...

Teen contracts life-threatening illness after working out
A Texas teen has been hospitalised after trying to “catch-up” in the gym with his bodybuilding father and brother. Jared Shamburger, 17, wanted to be “as big” as his father and older brother who have been lifting weights and body building for years ...

Growing number of fatal car crashes linked to drug use
An increasing number of drivers involved in fatal crashes are testing positive for drugs, especially opioids and marijuana, according to a new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association — though it is unclear whether drug use is actually the ...

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don't Need Chemo
Many women with early-stage breast cancer who would receive chemotherapy under current standards do not actually need it, according to a major international study that is expected to quickly change medical treatment. “We can spare thousands and ...

First Major Trial Of Keytruda For Prostate Cancer Shows It Works, But Only For A Minority Of Men
The first major clinical trial to test immunotherapy in men with advanced prostate cancer has shown promising results, albeit in a small percentage of patients. The research was led by scientists at the Institute for Cancer Research and Royal Marsden ...

2 Bobcat Kittens Die After They Were Rescued By Texas Woman Who Mistook Them As Domestic Cats
Two bobcat kittens have died after a Texas woman, who mistook them as domestic cats, "rescued" them and took the felines into her home. Bobcat Kittens Mistaken As Bengal Cats. Jane Dinscore initially told animal care workers that she found the cats in ...

Pot, opioids rival alcohol as factor in driver deaths
SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 -- Pot and opioids have become almost as deadly as booze for drivers, a new report shows. Forty-four percent of drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs in 2016, up from 28 percent 10 years prior, according to the ...

Juul: Why a trendy e-cig is causing a social - and public health - commotion | Opinion
A woman exhaling after taking a hit from a Juul. vaping360.com/juul/juul-vapor-review/, CC BY-SA. Comment. By Guest Editorial. By Amy Lauren Fairchild. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a campaign to discourage ...

Summer's coming and so are the bugs. Do I have to use DEET?
A reader wonders about viable alternatives to insect repellents containing DEET. Plus: the power of ketoconazole and the side effects of a cholesterol drug. Share story. By. Teresa Graedon. and. Joe. Syndicated columnists. Q: I killed a mosquito last ...

Rhabdomyolysis: What Can Happen When You Work Out Too Much
Overdoing anything is bad, whether it is collecting unicorns, eating broccoli, giving massages, or exercising. Working out until you feel the burn is one thing. Working out until you destroy your muscle fibers, the contents of the muscle fibers damage ...

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