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Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

March 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new animal study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

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Legal abortions found to be safe, but state regulations limit access, National Academy of Science report

March 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Legal abortions found to be safe, but state regulations limit access, National Academy of Science report

While legal abortions in the U.S. are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

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Bill of the month: For toenail fungus, a $1,500 prescription

March 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Bill of the month: For toenail fungus, a $1,500 prescription

The bill for the drug, Kerydin, was $1,496.09. What Gives: We’re talking about mild toenail fungus. The price tag is difficult to rationalize, experts said.

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New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

The new card contains a unique, randomly assigned number that replaces consumers’ Social Security numbers. The purpose is to prevent fraud, combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. All replacement cards should be delivered nationwide by April 2019.

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Five diseases you can catch from pets

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Five diseases you can catch from pets

Recently the US has seen outbreaks of Salmonella spread by pet turtles and guinea pigs. What other diseases can you catch from your pets?

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FDA moves to cut nicotine in cigarettes to help smokers kick habit

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
FDA moves to cut nicotine in cigarettes to help smokers kick habit

Cigarettes would contain less addictive nicotine — making them less attractive to smokers — under an “unprecedented” plan the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday.

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Paying Cash For Prescriptions Could Save You Money 23% Of Time, Analysis Shows

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Paying Cash For Prescriptions Could Save You Money 23% Of Time, Analysis Shows

One Texas patient was charged a $42.60 copay by his insurance company for a generic version of simvastatin, a statin drug. The patient could have paid $18.59 out-of-pocket.

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A battered doctor, a slain patient and a family’s quest for answers

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
A battered doctor, a slain patient and a family’s quest for answers

David Cole Lang’s widow, Monique, says she still has no clue as to why the 33-year-old combat veteran and father who struggled with opioid addiction ended up fatally shot by a doctor whom — as far as Monique knew — he hadn’t seen in over a year.

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Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should be recommended for genetic testing did not get it. A quarter of these patients were not counseled about their potential risk, a new study finds. Among those who were tested, fewer than two-thirds met with a counselor before surgery, when results could most influence treatment

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Injured Nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.

March 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injured Nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.

The advisory board is supposed to oversee Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which has been criticized for delaying sick nuclear workers’ claims for years and being deliberately complex and opaque.

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