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FDA Approves New Generic Version Of The EpiPen For Allergic Reactions

2 hours 11 min ago

Consumers will have a new generic alternative to the widely used — and pricey — device to counter life-threatening allergic reactions.

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Scientists Race To Improve 'Living Drugs' To Fight Cancer

12 hours 45 min ago

Researchers are working on better ways to teach patients' immune systems to root out and kill malignant cells. A promising approach involves cells that attack cancer two ways at one time.

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With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 2:41pm

Despite laws guaranteeing access to health care, non-English speakers in the U.S. often rely on family and friends as ad hoc interpreters — and may misunderstand what doctors think they're conveying.

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Feds Urge States To Encourage Cheaper Health Plans Off Insurance Exchanges

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:09am

The government suggests that insurers offer plans off the health law marketplaces that don't have surcharges added last year to make up for a cut in federal funding.

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Despite FDA Caution, Doctors Say Lasers May Help With Vaginal Pain And Dryness

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 6:55pm

The FDA recently warned against using lasers for so-called "vaginal rejuvenation" treatments to reshape or tighten the vagina. But one kind of laser treatment might have gotten a bad rap.

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Ambitious 'Human Cell Atlas' Aims To Catalog Every Type Of Cell In The Body

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:00am

Already the project has revealed a previously unknown type of cell in the windpipe that might play a role in cystic fibrosis — and lead to a new treatment, scientists say.

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In Parts Of California Blanketed With Wildfire Smoke, Breathing Is 'A Chore'

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 8:42pm

As fires continue to rage in California, smoke is causing health problems for some residents. Public health officials warn against breathing polluted air.

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Families Choose Empathy Over 'Tough Love' To Rescue Loved Ones From Opioids

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 5:01am

Families are starting to adopt an approach that stresses compassion instead of harsh consequences for loved ones with addiction. Their goal? Keep them alive long enough to recover.

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Trump Administration To Overhaul A Program Designed To Save Medicare Money

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 8:40pm

The federal government will overhaul accountable care organizations, an Obama-era innovation. The change could lead to a dramatic decrease in hospitals and doctors participating in the program.

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Sending Letters About Their Patients' Overdoses Changes Doctors' Prescribing Habits

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:15pm

Many doctors never find out when a patient dies from an overdose. A new study shows that when find out, it can alter the way they prescribe addictive drugs.

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Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides' Union Dues

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 5:00am

The Trump administration has proposed a rule that would prohibit some home health workers from having union dues deducted from their paychecks. The rule would likely undercut unions' power, all agree.

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Boxers Or Briefs? Experts Disagree Over Tight Underwear's Effect On Male Fertility

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 6:06pm

The jury's still out on whether underwear preference matters to male fertility, but men who wear briefs, or other tight options, were found to have slightly lower sperm counts in a new study.

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Pregnancy Debate Revisited: To Induce Labor, Or Not?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 5:01pm

Young women with simple pregnancies can safely ask a doctor to induce labor, a study finds. It doesn't increase their risk of needing a C-section after all and can even offer potential benefits.

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States Question Costs Of Middlemen That Manage Medicaid Drug Benefits

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 5:19am

Companies that negotiate drug prices for insurance plans keep a big cut of the money. In Ohio, a battle is brewing over whether their services are worth the cost.

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Babies Who Seem Fine At Birth May Have Zika-Related Problems Later, Study Finds

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 1:05pm

The largest study to follow women infected with Zika while they were pregnant finds about 6 percent of children had problems at birth, but 14 percent had complications by their first birthday.

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Genetic Tests Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Some Types Of Insurance

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 9:00am

Federal law keeps insurers from using genetic test results when pricing and issuing health insurance. But the tests might keep you from being able to get life insurance or a long-term-care policy.

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'Dear Doctor' Letters Use Peer Pressure, Government Warning To Stop Overprescribing

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:59am

Researchers found that a simple letter to doctors, focusing on their high prescribing rates, reduced their tendency to give risky antipsychotic drugs to their patients, including some with dementia.

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Doctors With Disabilities Push For Culture Change In Medicine

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 5:38pm

Disabled Americans working in medicine are speaking up about their role in the profession. Not only can they perform the work of doctors, but they offer a level of empathy others may lack.

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How One Boy's Fight With Epilepsy Led To The First Marijuana-Derived Pharmaceutical

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 4:58am

Sam Vogelstein used to suffer a hundred seizures a day. Then he tried a marijuana-based drug that wasn't available in the U.S. It stopped his seizures and has just been approved by the FDA.

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California Wildfires Reignite Old Trauma For Survivors Of Last Year's Blazes

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 8:29am

In fire-torn parts of the West, some people who are now safe struggle mightily when they again smell smoke or see an orange haze in the sky. That's normal, say therapists. And you can quench the fear.

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