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Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 05:08 AM PDT

Companies Target Sleep With High-Tech Slumber Products

Companies Target Sleep With High-Tech Slumber Products

Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night's...

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 11:01 AM PDT

US Uninsured Up by 2M This Year as Gains Erode: Survey

US Uninsured Up by 2M This Year as Gains Erode: Survey

The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what's at...

Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 at 11:58 AM PDT

As Drug Resistance Evolves, Gonorrhea Is Getting Harder to Treat

As Drug Resistance Evolves, Gonorrhea Is Getting Harder to Treat

Gonorrhea infections are becoming harder and harder to treat, according to new data published by the World Health Organization. The WHO found that ciprofloxacin and azithromyc – two drugs commonly used to treat...

Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 08:54 PM PDT

FDA Approves First New Drug in 20 Years for Sickle Cell

FDA Approves First New Drug in 20 Years for Sickle Cell

he U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can't properly carry oxygen throughout the...

Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 05:26 AM PDT

Doctors Are Prescribing Fewer Opioids in Much of US: CDC

Doctors Are Prescribing Fewer Opioids in Much of US: CDC

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds. The amount of opioids...

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 at 03:40 PM PDT

Painkiller Maker Stops Sales at FDA Request Because of Abuse

Painkiller Maker Stops Sales at FDA Request Because of Abuse

The maker of painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because of abuse. Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills,...

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 12:21 PM PDT

Smelling Your Food Leads to Weight Gain: Study

Smelling Your Food Leads to Weight Gain: Study

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that smell-deficient mice who ate the same amount of fatty foods as mice who could smell, gained twice their normal weight. In addition, mice...

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:32 AM PDT

Tumor Gene Testing Urged to Tell if Drug Targets Your Cancer

Tumor Gene Testing Urged to Tell if Drug Targets Your Cancer

Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back. That's the premise behind the recent approval...

Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017 at 08:45 AM PDT

Ice Bucket Challenge Originator to Get Help With Medical Bills

Ice Bucket Challenge Originator to Get Help With Medical Bills

The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research will have his own medical bills covered for a while. The Salem News reports that Pete Frates and his...

Monday, Jul 3, 2017 at 12:21 PM PDT

Soy 'Milk'? Even Federal Agencies Can't Agree on Terminology

Soy 'Milk'? Even Federal Agencies Can't Agree on Terminology

Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently"...

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