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FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly …


Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …


Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a …


GOP lawmakers launch fight against Oregon’s new health tax

Three Republican lawmakers have set the stage for a possible ballot fight next year that could overthrow Oregon’s new multimillion-dollar health care tax before it can take effect.


Brit prime minister declines to intervene in baby Charlie case

Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday declined to intervene in the case of a sick British 10-month-old whose parents were legally blocked from taking him to a treatment trial in …


Popular stomach acid blockers linked to higher death rates

A higher risk of death is associated with long-term use of popular stomach acid reducers known as proton pump inhibitors, according to a study of prescribed drugs published Monday.


State audit: Benefits of state-run health clinics unclear

Montana opened its first government-run health clinics five years ago. It was touted as a bold experiment and a possible national model in providing low-cost health care to government workers. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

GOP may keep some Obama tax increases to save health bill

Senate Republican leaders considered keeping one of former President Barack Obama’s big tax increases on wealthier Americans and using the money to fatten proposed subsidies for the poor in a …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Walgreens scraps Rite Aid takeover, will buy stores instead

Walgreens Boots Alliance is scrapping its deal to buy all of rival Rite Aid and instead will buy a smaller piece of the drugstore chain, after the original takeover effort …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explored options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill Wednesday but confronted an expanding chorus of GOP detractors, deepening the uncertainty over whether the …


Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

Researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would …


U.S. could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests

Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, suggests a new study that could result in doubling the estimated number of people with the neurodegenerative disease.


High court ruling speeds up generic biotech drug approval

The Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public. The court’s unanimous ruling Monday means a loss of billions in sales …


AMA tackles sexual abuse – of doctors, by doctors

The American Medical Association will no longer tolerate sexual misconduct by physicians – at least if their victims are other doctors, and if the abuse occurs at an AMA event.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Blood tests may have significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn

Federal officials are warning that some blood tests may have “significantly” underestimated lead levels, and they are urging the retesting of some children, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women.


Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men

The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new …


Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs

Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Avoid fake ‘miracle’ cancer treatments sold on internet, FDA warns

U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer.


Doctors once treated alcoholism with heroin. Now, they want to treat heroin addiction with marijuana.

A new drug treatment program says it has a cure for heroin addiction: marijuana. The claim has attracted national attention, but the history of analogous miracle cures is as long …


CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story

A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.


GOP proposal could shrink health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions

A White House push to let states waive mandatory coverage and rate requirements under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize health insurance gains for millions of adults with pre-existing medical …


Zika poses even greater risk for birth defects than was previously known, CDC reports

About 1 in 10 pregnant women infected with Zika in the United States last year had a baby or fetus with serious birth defects, according to a study released Tuesday …


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

White House effort to revive health bill gets mixed reaction

A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to …


Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds

Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Staggering increase in U.S. heroin use has hit young, white men hardest

Heroin use – which has been at the epicenter of a ruthless and relentless opioid epidemic sweeping the country – has increased fivefold over a decade, and dependence on the …


Lead exposure alters children’s lives decades later, study indicates

Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the …


This woman is growing a second skeleton – and it’s locking her inside her own body

Jasmin Floyd was on her way to kindergarten in northeastern Connecticut, buckled into the back seat of her mother’s car. On the way, she called out, “Mommy, my neck hurts,” …


Venezuela asks U.N. help in boosting medicine supplies

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked the United Nations for “help” boosting medicine supplies as he struggles to combat crippling shortages.


FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants

Nine deaths from a very rare kind of cancer have been linked to breast implants, indicating a very low but increased risk in women with implants, according to the U.S. …