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WHY IT MATTERS: Health care
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:23:41 -0400
FILE - This March 28, 2012 file photo shows Janis Haddon,of Atlanta, holding a glove with a message outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court concluded three days of hearing arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. America’s health care system is unsustainable. It’s not one problem, but three combined: high cost, uneven quality and millions uninsured. Major changes will keep coming. Every family will be affected. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)The issue:


Survey: More US adults use marijuana, don't think it's risky
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:07:01 -0400
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, an employee arranges glass display containers of marijuana on shelves at a retail and medical cannabis dispensary in Boulder, Colo. According to survey data published online Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in the scientific journal, The Lancet Psychiatry, marijuana use is becoming more accepted among adults as states have loosened pot laws. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)NEW YORK (AP) — Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.


More Americans getting high: cannabis study
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:36:52 -0400
Critics of decriminalisation have argued it will cause more people to take up marijuana, which is partly what prompted the study"These changes in the prevalence of cannabis use occurred during a period when many US states legalised cannabis for medicinal use, but before four states went on to legalise recreational cannabis use," addiction experts Michael Lynskey and Wayne Hall wrote in a comment also carried by the journal. "It is probably too soon to draw conclusions about the effects of these legal changes on rates of cannabis use and cannabis-related harms, but it is likely that these policy changes will increase the prevalence and frequency of cannabis use," they said.


Sunovion Pharma to buy Canada's Cynapsus for $624 million
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:28:47 -0400
(Reuters) - Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc, a unit of Japan's Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co Ltd , said it would buy Canada's Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc for about $624 million. The announced purchase price of $40.50 per share in cash was a 120.5 percent premium over that closing price. Through the deal, Sunovion will acquire Cynapsus’ drug candidate, APL-130277, which is currently in its phase three clinical trial stage.
Study: Ohio's abortion pill law led to worse health outcomes
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:08:17 -0400
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's restrictions on the so-called abortion pill led to a higher rate of side effects, more doctor visits and additional medical treatment for patients, according to a new study.
Many factors influence parental decisions about throat surgery
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:57:48 -0400
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Better communication from doctors may help parents struggling with the decision to have their child undergo throat surgery for sleep disordered-breathing conditions, a small study suggests. About 20 percent of children have issues with breathing while asleep, such as snoring and sleep apnea, and surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in an adenotonsillectomy is the primary treatment. “We don’t necessarily know that there is overuse, but there is variation we can’t explain based on clinical and demographic factors,” said lead author Dr. Emily F. Boss of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
HUD proposes lowering acceptable lead level for children
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:47:56 -0400
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, listens to Providence, R.I. Mayor Jorge Elorza, right, at the start of a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Providence. Castro proposed new rules Wednesday to lower the level of lead detected in children's blood that triggers federal action to clean up the homes where they live. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's top housing official is proposing lowering the level of lead that must be detected in children's blood before triggering federal action to clean up the homes where they live.


Study finds strong link between Zika and Guillain-Barre
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:16:49 -0400
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A comparison of rates of Guillain-Barre syndrome before and after Zika arrived in seven countries has found a strong association between the virus and the illness, researchers from the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday. The current Zika outbreak was first detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas and the Caribbean. Pregnant women are considered to be at greatest risk because the virus can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, which is marked by small head size and underdeveloped brains.


'Not out of the woods yet' in yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Congo: WHO
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:52:02 -0400
Congolese people queue to receive vaccination against yellow fever in Gombe district, of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital KinshasaBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Some 6,000 people in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo may be infected with yellow fever, six times the number of confirmed cases, but no new infections have been found since July 12, an "extremely positive" trend, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Some 7.7 million people were vaccinated this month in a major campaign in the "high-risk" Congo capital of Kinshasa, along with 1.5 million in other parts of the country, the WHO said. In Angola, 2.4 million people have been vaccinated, making 11.6 million in all.


Online tools help people improve their health but need more study
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:16:10 -0400
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Mobile apps and web-based programs do help people reach health goals like exercising more, losing weight and quitting smoking, but studies need to follow-up longer to see how sustainable these interventions are, according to a recent review of existing research. Lifestyle choices like poor diet and smoking are a major cause of death and disease worldwide, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Heart Association, and digital tools may be a low-cost and more accessible option for people looking to improve their health. “Our results suggest internet-based and mobile-based interventions can be effective tools for behavioral modification,” said lead author Dr. Ashkan Afshin, the Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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Junior doctors plan week of all-out strikes
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:28:32 GMT
Junior doctors in England will take part in five consecutive days of strikes next month as they ramp up their opposition to a new contract that ministers are imposing on them.
Alzheimer's drug study gives 'tantalising' results
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:01:19 GMT
A drug that destroys the characteristic protein plaques that build up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's is showing "tantalising" promise, scientists say.
Ex-Army chief Dannatt refused Lariam drug used by troops
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:17:07 GMT
A former head of the Army says he has refused to take an anti-malaria drug used by troops because of "catastrophic" mental health effects.
Google DeepMind targets NHS head and neck cancer treatment
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:28:32 GMT
Anonymised scans from 700 former cancer patients at a London hospital will be analysed by Google's artificial intelligence division, DeepMind.
Southern Health NHS Trust boss Katrina Percy's new role causes anger
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:24:34 GMT
An NHS trust's decision to move its boss to a new role with the same salary is a "scandal", according to the mother of a teenager who died under its watch.
Third 'given wrong initial heart attack diagnosis'
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:11:53 GMT
Almost a third of patients in England and Wales are being given the wrong initial diagnosis after a heart attack - with women having a far higher chance of being affected, a study suggests.
Tube 'Please offer me a seat' badges for hidden disabilities
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:33:16 GMT
Transport for London will trial a "Please offer me a seat" badge for people with hidden disabilities or health conditions.
'Patients at risk' from length of GP consultations
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:57:41 GMT
The health of patients is being put at risk because GPs are being forced to carry out complex consultations in 10 minutes or less, doctors are warning.
Parkinson's protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:02:13 GMT
A test that can detect the stickiness of a key protein molecule could help diagnose the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a study from the University of Edinburgh suggests.
New tax needed to fund NHS and care, says ex-minister
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:23:38 GMT
A new tax is needed to ensure the UK has a properly funded health and social care system, doctor and former minister Dan Poulter says.
NHS cuts 'planned across England'
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:49:55 GMT
Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England, including ward closures, according to draft documents seen by the BBC.
Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy 'magic dolls'
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:59:40 GMT
Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use 'magic dolls' to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet.
Warnings despite upturn in NHS finances
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:28:02 GMT
Health bosses are warning the NHS in England is still in a precarious position despite an upturn in its financial performance in recent months.
More rough sleepers 'in need of psychiatric support'
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:10:42 GMT
Rough sleepers in England are more likely to be suffering from mental health issues, analysis shows.
Junior doctor strikes 'to cause misery' - Jeremy Hunt
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:24:22 GMT
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemns the latest planned strike by junior doctors in England.
Autism in girls and women 'undiagnosed'
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:52:28 GMT
Millie is 14, and was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome two years ago - a condition that often goes undiagnosed in women and girls.
'I didn't know drinking would harm my child'
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:19:08 GMT
South Africa has the highest reported rate of babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome - Nomsa Maseko reports from the Western Cape.
'I was given paracetamol after heart attack'
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:54:14 GMT
Lisa Price shares her account of when she was misdiagnosed after her heart attack.
How a pig transformed my autistic son's life
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:41:17 GMT
A mother has told BBC 5 live Daily's Adrian Chiles how a pet pig transformed their autistic son's life.
Debunking Zambia's prostate cancer myths
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:04:03 GMT
The lone Zambian voice trying to trying to raise awareness about the dangers of prostate cancer.
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Melanoma cases rising; young women at greatest risk
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:15:12 GMT
Study says that could be because they are more likely to use tanning beds than men.
      
 
 
Long use of any hormones raises women's breast cancer risk
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:28:19 GMT
A new study tracked about 60,000 nurses and found that use of any kind of hormones for 10 years or more slightly raised the chances.
      
 
 
Black women have trouble clearing cervical cancer virus
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:27:11 GMT
Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer.
      
 
 
FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:05:53 GMT
The FDA has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned BPA from all food and drink packaging.
      
 
 
Surgeon general urges new focus on suicide prevention
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:59:06 GMT
The Obama administration is urging a new focus on preventing suicides and is beefing up the nation's crisis hotline to help.
      
 
 
My Semicolon Life: Setting new goals
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:26:22 GMT
USA TODAY music writer Brian Mansfield chronicles his life with colon cancer.
      
 
 
Company seeks more approval for clot blocker
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:27:36 GMT
Johnson & Johnson gave the FDA additional data on its new anti-clotting drug, in a second attempt to get approval for more uses.
      
 
 
Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:30:00 GMT
Mammograms might raise the chances of developing cancer in young women whose genes put them at higher risk, a study suggests.
      
 
 
U.N.: Chemicals damaging health and environment
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:25:52 GMT
The report by the U.N. Environment Program warned that the increasing production of chemicals is increasing health costs.
      
 
 
Ouch! Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:26:33 GMT
An Arizona hospital that billed a woman $83,046 for scorpion sting treatment said it will adjust her bill and review its price.
      
 
 
Most grandparents provide care for the grandkids
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:49:57 GMT
Two new reports find lots of babysitting and financial support for their grandkids, as grandchildren try to save their children money.
     
 
 
Study: Ginkgo doesn't prevent Alzheimer's disease
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:34:37 GMT
Taking ginkgo biloba didn't prevent Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to the biggest prevention study in Europe.
     
 
 
University pulls Kinsey Institute app over privacy concerns
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 01:43:40 GMT
The Kinsey Institute released a new mobile app that allows users to report on sexual behavior and experiences.
     
 
 
War might be making young bodies old
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:56:51 GMT
A VA study finds that veterans in their 20s and 30s show signs of premature aging.
     
 
 
7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:11:59 GMT
The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.
     
 
 
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