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Friday, May 5, 2017 at 03:47 PM PDT

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat ALS

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat ALS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug Friday to treat patients suffering from amyotrophic latersclerosis (ALS) or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The drug, Radicava, is the first...

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 08:17 AM PDT

How to Protect Yourself From Surge in Lyme Disease Ticks

How to Protect Yourself From Surge in Lyme Disease Ticks

The Center for Disease Control has predicted a surge in the number of Lyme-carrying ticks in the Northeast and Midwest from April through the beginning of the summer.

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 07:27 AM PDT

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110M in Talc Powder Case

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110M in Talc Powder Case

A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer. The jury ruling Thursday night for...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 07:05 PM PDT

Olympic Medalists Raise Awareness About Kids' Mental Health

Olympic Medalists Raise Awareness About Kids' Mental Health

Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Thursday to raise awareness about children’s mental health.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 02:56 PM PDT

GOP Health Care Bill Narrowly Passes House, Heads to Senate

GOP Health Care Bill Narrowly Passes House, Heads to Senate

The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead. House approval sends the measure...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:04 AM PDT

Dangerous Opioid Combo 'Gray Death' Is Latest Mixing Trend

Dangerous Opioid Combo 'Gray Death' Is Latest Mixing Trend

It's being called "gray death" — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 04:08 PM PDT

Pre-Existing Conditions and the Health Plan: Who's Covered?

Pre-Existing Conditions and the Health Plan: Who's Covered?

The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health problems. T...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 04:12 PM PDT

Measles Outbreak Sickens Dozens of Minnesota Somalis

Measles Outbreak Sickens Dozens of Minnesota Somalis

An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state's large Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:56 AM PDT

New Deals for Drugs: No Heart Attack or Your Money Back

New Deals for Drugs: No Heart Attack or Your Money Back

Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for diseases like...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 05:50 AM PDT

Overcoming Opioids: When Pills Are a Hospital's Last Resort

Overcoming Opioids: When Pills Are a Hospital's Last Resort

A car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before...

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