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Health official: States should post local vaccination info
27 Aug 2015 at 1:32pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out.
Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle
27 Aug 2015 at 1:24pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The bill by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging. Electronic cigarette makers and distributors have said the devices are a safer alternative to smoking.
Utah man dies from plague in 4th fatal case in US this year
27 Aug 2015 at 1:23pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday.
FDA lays out proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs
27 Aug 2015 at 12:57pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Food and Drug Administration released its proposal Thursday for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.
Long working hours tied to stroke risk
27 Aug 2015 at 12:34pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who work at least 55 hours a week are significantly more likely to eventually suffer a stroke than people who work 35 to 40 hours a week, a recent study suggests. Previously, the same research team had linked longer working hours with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but only for those in lower socioeconomic groups. ?This was not the case for stroke: the association between long working hours and stroke was similar? at all socioeconomic levels, said lead author Mika Kivimaki of University College London, in an email.
Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut's death
27 Aug 2015 at 12:05pm
Knut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday. Knut, who was just four when he drowned at the zoo in 2011, was reared by his keeper Thomas Doerflein. Knut had an epileptic fit and drowned in a pool in his enclosure.
Cancer, transplant patients protest Venezuela's medicine shortages
27 Aug 2015 at 11:57am
By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, hemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas on Thursday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country whose health care system is beset with shortages. Around 13,000 people with chronic issues are at risk of severe harm if they do not take medicines including chemotherapy and medicines to prevent organ transplants being rejected, according to organizer CodeVida, a non-profit umbrella health group. A combination of currency controls, slumping domestic production and cross-border smuggling have caused acute shortages of medical supplies in socialist-led Venezuela.
Put Down the Q-Tips: You've Been Cleaning Your Ears All Wrong
27 Aug 2015 at 11:51am
Earwax is one of those annoying facts of life, and for many of us, Q-tips are a satisfying way to get the gunk out. But we've been on edge ever since seeing Hannah Horvath's Q-tip incident on Girls (shudder), so we reached out to ear, nose, and throat doctors to find the best way to get that pesky earwax out, without any permanent damage. ...
The Hard-to-Hear Advice Every 20-Something Needs
27 Aug 2015 at 11:39am
Let's be honest: Your twenties are a weird time. After teenage years spent in angst over the lack of freedom that comes with living under your parents' roof, you finally have independence. Now what? You have to cook your own meals, clean your apartment (not just your bedroom), and pay all of those bills. Plus, there's the whole searching for a...
Planned Parenthood report says fetal tissue videos were distorted
27 Aug 2015 at 11:28am
Planned Parenthood told U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organization rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries. In an 11-page letter to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the reproductive healthcare group's president, Cecile Richards, detailed the findings of an analysis conducted by research firm Fusion GPS and commissioned by Planned Parenthood. In recent weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos showing Planned Parenthood technicians gathering fetal tissue from abortions.
FDA proposes adding suffixes to distinguish biosimilar drug names
27 Aug 2015 at 10:48am
Cheaper versions of biologic drugs would be identified by a suffix to distinguish them from their more expensive, branded counterparts under draft guidance issued on Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said its proposal is designed to prevent inadvertent substitution of non-interchangeable products and to make it easier to monitor and track usage once the products are on the market. Biologic drugs are made from living organisms and, unlike most traditional drugs, cannot be easily replicated.
Obama to address inequality's role in Katrina disaster
27 Aug 2015 at 10:39am
President Barack Obama on Thursday will highlight the "structural inequality" that hurt poor black people in New Orleans before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, during a visit to celebrate the city's progress 10 years after the storm. On what the White House said was his ninth trip to Louisiana, Obama will meet with people who lived through the storm and recovered, heralding a city reborn. Obama, who as a presidential candidate in 2008 sharply criticized Republican President George W. Bush for his administration's handling of the storm, will touch on that past again, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House.
Katrina Displacement Took Major Psychological Toll On Some Moms
27 Aug 2015 at 10:39am
In the decade following Hurricane Katrina, much has been made of New Orleans residents' resilience and growth. For some, especially for those of means, this rings true. But for others who haven't been able to return to New Orleans, unstable housing and the stress of relocation have wrecked havoc on their mental health. In addition to the...
Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress
27 Aug 2015 at 10:30am
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to Congress and included a report by experts that found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.
FDA warns three tobacco product makers over labeling
27 Aug 2015 at 10:27am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had issued warning letters to three tobacco product manufacturers, including the maker of Natural American Spirit cigarettes, over labels claiming the products were "additive-free" or "natural". This is the first time the FDA has pulled up companies for marketing tobacco products with "modest-risk" claims that are not backed by scientific evidence ratified by the health regulator. ...