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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 at 05:00 PM PDT

US Clears Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Childhood Leukemia

US Clears Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Childhood Leukemia

Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials on Wednesday approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood...

Monday, Aug 28, 2017 at 05:34 PM PDT

Public Health Dangers Loom in Harvey-Hit Areas

Public Health Dangers Loom in Harvey-Hit Areas

The muddy floodwaters now soaking through drywall, carpeting, mattresses and furniture in Houston will pose a massive cleanup challenge with potential public health consequences. It's not known yet what kinds or...

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 01:22 PM PDT

CDC Urged to Address Congenital Syphilis More Aggressively

CDC Urged to Address Congenital Syphilis More Aggressively

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Friday called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move more aggressively against the growing crisis of congenital syphilis — mother to...

Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 10:33 AM PDT

Aetna Envelope Window Reveals Patients' HIV Status: Lawyers

Aetna Envelope Window Reveals Patients' HIV Status: Lawyers

Two legal organizations say health insurer Aetna revealed the HIV status of patients in several states by mailing envelopes with a large, clear window that showed information on purchasing HIV prescriptions. T...

Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 03:24 AM PDT

Trump Administration Cuts Funding to Teen Pregnancy Programs

Trump Administration Cuts Funding to Teen Pregnancy Programs

The U.S. has experienced a drastic drop in teen pregnancies, which many hail as proof of the effectiveness of an Obama-era federal grant program, NBC News reported. Started in 2010, the Teen Pregnancy...

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 06:04 PM PDT

California Advances Universal Health Care Talks

California Advances Universal Health Care Talks

California lawmakers will hold hearings on universal health care during the Legislature's year-end recess.

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 11:49 AM PDT

Lone Uncovered US County Gets Insurer for Health Exchange

Lone Uncovered US County Gets Insurer for Health Exchange

The lone county currently at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law's insurance exchanges has landed an insurer. Ohio-based insurer CareSource will step up to provide health insurance coverage in...

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 08:30 AM PDT

Parents Add Drug Tests to Back-to-School Routines

Parents Add Drug Tests to Back-to-School Routines

Parents, worried about drug abuse and the country's rising opioid epidemic, are adding drug tests to their child's back-to-school routines this fall in places like Cincinnati, Ohio. Drug testing companies say...

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 at 09:36 PM PDT

Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Cases: CDC

Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Cases: CDC

Recent salmonella outbreaks may be linked to backyard poultry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an outbreak advisory released Monday, the CDC said there have been 961 cases in...

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 at 11:31 AM PDT

Cal State LA Receives $16.6M Dental Health Promotion Grant

Cal State LA Receives $16.6M Dental Health Promotion Grant

Cal State Los Angeles was awarded a $16.6 million grant Tuesday from the California Department of Health Care Services to promote dental health among low-income children and young adults.

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