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Thousands cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for …


Woman found to spread Zika through sex for 1st time

A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented.


Juno being sued over leukemia drug study

Juno Therapeutics and its CEO, Hans E. Bishop, are being named in a lawsuit over whether the biotechnology company misled investors about the death of a patient in a key …


Pfizer agrees to note addiction risks in opioid marketing

The city of Chicago and Pfizer announced an agreement Wednesday committing the drugmaker to disclosing the serious risks of addiction in its marketing of prescription opioid painkillers.


More opioid abusers now can get medication help

More Americans will now have access to a drug that could help treat their opioid addiction, Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of health and human services, announced Tuesday, even as she …


Insider Q&A: A model for more rational drug prices

Rising drug prices are creating anxiety for patients, politicians and physicians across the country, with little relief in sight.


Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion law

A federal judge blocked a new Indiana law Thursday that bans abortions sought because of a fetus’ genetic abnormalities.


FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C

Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of …


Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says

Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.


FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment

A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are digested.


Pregnant ‘Today’ anchor Savannah Guthrie to skip Olympics because of Zika concerns

“Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie is pregnant and as a result will bow out of covering the Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro because of concerns over the Zika …


VP Joe Biden unveiling public database for clinical data on cancer

Vice President Joe Biden is unveiling a public database for clinical data on cancer on Monday that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals.


Breast cancer diagnoses could be prevented or delayed, study shows

Ask almost any health-conscious woman who’s mustered under a giant pink ribbon, and she’ll tell you what an American woman’s chances are of getting breast cancer in her lifetime: 1 …


Study: Rise in oncologists working for hospitals spurs higher chemo costs

If you have cancer, chances are your outpatient chemotherapy treatment costs are higher if your oncologist works for a health care system than if she has her own practice, a …


Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline

Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …


When Zika hits, a push for birth control and abortion?

There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects – and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.


Age, gender and nationality affect how much sleep you get, study finds

What constitutes a “normal” night’s sleep? That all depends, says Danny Forger, a biological mathematician at the University of Michigan and an expert in circadian clocks.


U.N. establishes a trust fund to help combat the Zika virus

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a U.N. trust fund to help finance urgent priorities in combatting the Zika virus.


Obamacare implementation not big factor on frequency of doctor visits, study says

The odds that you’ve seen a doctor in the last year vary quite a bit depending on where you live – but so far, the way your state has implemented …


Oregon Supreme Court limits damages in lawsuits against state

The Oregon Supreme Court voted 5-2 to uphold a $3 million cap on damages injured people can collect in lawsuits against the state or its employees.


Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say

Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.


Early embryo development seen with aid of new lab techniques

New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.


European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging

The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the …


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.


Long after brain trauma, sleep problems persist, study shows

At least 18 months after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, first-time concussion victims continue to need more sleep and to suffer more daytime sleepiness than do healthy people, says new …


U.K. junior doctors walk off the job in all-out strike

Thousands of junior doctors posted picket lines outside hospitals around England on Tuesday in the first all-out strike in the history of Britain’s National Health Service.


Longview hospital tests 200 patients in HIV, hepatitis exposure case

Officials at a Longview hospital say testing on nearly 200 patients believed to have been exposed to hepatitis or HIV at the facility has revealed that no one has contracted …


Heroin epidemic: Implant is new weapon to fight addiction

A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way – an implant that goes in a recovering addict’s arm to deliver a drug that quells …


Cancer immunotherapy finds success in Seattle study of leukemia patients

Leukemia patients out of options and given just months to live have achieved sustained remissions thanks to a new twist on cancer immunotherapy, according to a highly anticipated study from …


CVS recalls organic tea because of possible salmonella

CVS Pharmacy has recalled select cartons of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea, which was sold in CVS stores nationally, because of possible salmonella contamination, the drugstore chain announced …