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Britain OKs making babies from DNA of 3 people in some cases

Britain’s fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using DNA from three people – what it called a “historic” decision to help prevent a small number …


Supreme Court reverses forced medication order

The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a forced medication order for a 72-year-old woman with biopolar disorder who was involuntarily committed to the state psychiatric hospital in October 2015.


Trump, GOP speed toward Obamacare repeal, but few are eager to follow

WASHINGTON – As they race to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act, President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are leaving behind nearly everyone but their base voters and …


Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action

A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access …


California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


Study: ‘Obamacare’ repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.


Regulators: Illinois doctor’s pill mill supplied 11 states

Illinois regulators have yanked a suburban Chicago doctor’s license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.


Four mumps cases confirmed in Oregon’s Marion County

Officials have confirmed four cases of mumps in Oregon’s Marion County. That’s the most in any one year in a decade.


State settles case over Medicaid coverage of hepatitis drugs

The agency that administers Medicaid in Washington state has reached a tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit that sought broader coverage of expensive hepatitis C drugs.


Juno Therapeutics halts leukemia study after more patient deaths

Juno Therapeutics again halted its study of an experimental leukemia treatment Wednesday after two more patients died of complications.


Lilly’s Alzheimer’s disease drug fails in final-stage trial

Eli Lilly & Co.’s experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease, yet another setback to drugmakers and researchers who continue to seek a way to …


Zika birth defect may only become clear months after birth

Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by a Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage …


EpiPen manufacturer will be a no-show at Senate hearing

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley says pharmaceutical company Mylan is declining to testify at his committee’s hearing next week on a settlement between the company and the Justice Department over …


Novartis said to hold talks to buy generics maker Amneal

Novartis is in talks to acquire U.S. generic-drugs maker Amneal Pharmaceuticals as the Swiss health-care company seeks to bolster its Sandoz business amid consolidation in the industry, according to people …


Scientists use gene editing to fix mutation that causes sickle cell disease

A team of scientists has used a powerful new gene-editing technique to fix the mutation that causes sickle cell disease, a key step toward a cure for the deadly immune …


‘Like something out of a horror movie’: Flesh-eating bacteria infection kills man in four days

About 80,000 people get some form of vibriosis every year, usually from eating raw or undercooked shellfish, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For most, the worst symptoms are …


Insurer Cigna eases rules for opioid addiction medication

The health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction.


UnitedHealth raises 2016 forecast, again

UnitedHealth Group has hiked its 2016 earnings forecast again after its profit swelled 23 percent to nearly $2 billion in the third quarter, helped by gains both in and outside …


Spokane Teaching Health Clinic trains a new generation of health-care workers

A new building for the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic opened in August at WSU-Spokane’s campus. The clinic will train the region’s next generation of health care workers while expanding care …


Prostate cancer and dementia: Do hormone blockers boost risks?

Hormone-blocking drugs for prostate cancer may increase men’s chances for developing dementia, a large study suggests.


Oregon Health Authority requests major funding increase

The Oregon Health Authority is requesting a more than 50 percent increase in its state funding next year as sources of federal funding dry up.


Doctors urge flu shots, not nasal spray, this year

Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version …


New York attorney general investigates EpiPen manufacturer

New York’s attorney general says his office is investigating Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which has been criticized for steep price increases for its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen.


Consumer Confidential: Same drug, wild cost difference

As sky-high EpiPen costs show, price gouging of patients by greedy drug companies is one part of our dysfunctional health care system. Another is what may appear to be the …


U.S., Canadian buildings to be illuminated for cancer event

More than 90 historic buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada are being illuminated in colors representing a big cancer fundraiser.


FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives

Health officials are warnings doctors and patients about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, which can lead to breathing problems, coma …


Spiked EpiPen prices has lawmakers calling for FTC investigation

Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.


Pfizer to pay $14 billion for Medivation

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is paying $14 billion to buy Medivation Inc., a San Francisco biotech company that sells a high-priced prostate cancer medication discovered by UCLA.


Four new Zika cases in Miami, Florida governor announces

Florida’s governor has announced four new cases of Zika virus infection that health officials believe were spread by mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood.


Too much lead: Water shut off at 2 Medford grade schools

Drinking water has been shut off at two Medford schools after officials said tests revealed it contained too much lead.