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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.


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.