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Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 11:07 AM PDT

2 Americans, 1 British Scientist Win Nobel Prize for Showing How Cells Sense Low Oxygen

2 Americans, 1 British Scientist Win Nobel Prize for Showing How Cells Sense Low Oxygen

Two Americans and a British scientist won a Nobel Prize on Monday for discovering details of how the body's cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, providing a foothold for developing new treatments for...

Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 at 12:17 PM PDT

Victims, Families Gain Key Role in Purdue Bankruptcy Case

Victims, Families Gain Key Role in Purdue Bankruptcy Case

Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now...

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 11:07 PM PDT

Verbal Autopsies Used in Push to Better Track Global Deaths

Verbal Autopsies Used in Push to Better Track Global Deaths

Increasingly, health officials are using verbal autopsies — an interview in which a trained health worker asks a close relative or caretaker about a recently deceased person — and their computer algorithms...

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 02:46 PM PDT

Clampdown on Vaping Could Send Users Back Toward Cigarettes

Clampdown on Vaping Could Send Users Back Toward Cigarettes

Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise...

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 03:37 AM PDT

Study: Online Birth Control Pill Services Seem Safe to Use

Study: Online Birth Control Pill Services Seem Safe to Use

Online birth control services, which have grown in popularity in recent years, do a good job of screening women for health conditions that may become dangerous when taking birth control pills, according to a new...

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 at 11:52 PM PDT

Gaslighting: Hidden Abuse That Can Hurt Your Mental Health

Gaslighting: Hidden Abuse That Can Hurt Your Mental Health

Domestic abuse is a leading problem in American homes and it can take many different forms. When the abuse leaves no physical marks, outsiders may not recognize when all is not well and the abused person can...

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 at 05:29 PM PDT

Purdue Opioid Deal Blasted as Records Show $13B to Sacklers

Purdue Opioid Deal Blasted as Records Show $13B to Sacklers

Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more than 500 local governments on Friday blasted the terms of Purdue Pharma's offer to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's opioid...

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 at 12:20 PM PDT

Investigators Focus on Rogue Vape Brand as Illness Spreads

Investigators Focus on Rogue Vape Brand as Illness Spreads

It's a widely known vaping cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it's not a licensed brand. And it's got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want. The vaping cartridges that go by the catchy...

Friday, Oct 4, 2019 at 04:11 AM PDT

FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection

FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second drug to help prevent HIV infections on Thursday. Descovy is a PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis drug, which means the drug is taken daily to lower the...

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 at 03:06 PM PDT

Vaping Illnesses in US Top 1,000, CDC Says

Vaping Illnesses in US Top 1,000, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 1,080 cases of lung illnesses linked to vaping, an increase of 275 since last week, NBC News reported. The numbers are likely to continue to...

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