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FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

U.S. regulators on July 13 approved the first treatment for smallpox – a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago – in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Pediatricians leery of giving fruit juice to children

How much fruit juice should kids drink? Not very much. That’s the essence of the juice policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. School-age children (7 to 18 years old) should limit...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA approves new pill to reduce pain from endometriosis

TRENTON, N.J. – A new treatment for pain caused by endometriosis was approved Tuesday by U.S. regulators. The common condition involves abnormal tissue growth from the uterus that can cause severe...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease

CHICAGO – Hopes are rising again for a drug to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease after decades of failures. An experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who got the...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Ultrasound jiggles open brain barrier, a step to better care

WASHINGTON – A handful of Alzheimer’s patients signed up for a bold experiment: They let scientists beam sound waves into the brain to temporarily jiggle an opening in its protective shield. The...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym

That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab. The cleaning crew that fixed up your apartment while you recovered from a stroke? The hospital staff helped set...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

AIDS drugs show more promise for preventing new infections

New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. There were no...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Woman likely spread Ebola a year after infection, doctors say

LONDON – A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday. There have been...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Health care exchange rates stabilizing

Customers who purchase insurance through the state health care exchange could see smaller rate increases than in previous years, and some rates could decline. Across the state, insurance rates...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent malaria relapse OK’d

U.S. regulators Friday approved a simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent relapses of malaria. Standard treatment now takes two weeks and studies show many patients don’t finish taking every dose....

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

WASHINGTON – The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Gene tests can provide health clues – and needless worry

NEW YORK – Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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