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Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8M
4 Aug 2015 at 12:34pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials say those taxpayers will have to act quickly.
FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks
4 Aug 2015 at 12:24pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S.
Training Your Mind to Push Your Body
4 Aug 2015 at 12:12pm
Many people have a part of their brain that so wishes they wanted to exercise, but truthfully they don't want to do it. They wish they wanted to. They want to want to. They just don't. And they are sometimes jealous of people who DO enjoy exercise. Hear the good news, all of you that fall in the Don'tLoveItButWishIDid category of exercisers:...
Legionnaire's Disease: NYC Outbreak Leaves 7 Dead, Michigan Woman Also Dead
4 Aug 2015 at 11:01am
Health officials said the Legionnaire?s disease outbreak in New York City that led to 86 people infected and 7 deaths has likely already reached its peak and that cases will likely decline in the upcoming weeks. While health officials hope the outbreak is dwindling, the large number of those infected prompted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to plan new legislation aimed at cutting down future outbreaks. The New York City Health Department reported that the all those who died had underlying medical problems and were older adults.
More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote
4 Aug 2015 at 10:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? After the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.
Aetna CEO says antitrust process underway in Humana deal
4 Aug 2015 at 9:35am
Aetna Inc Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said on Tuesday the company is talking to federal and state officials on its $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc and that there is enough insurance competition for it to receive approval. If Aetna or Humana need to divest in a market because of the competitive dynamics, "there will be plenty of competitors in each market," he added. Investors expect regulators and states to push back on the combination of the company's Medicare Advantage offerings.
250 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds For Every Food Activist
4 Aug 2015 at 9:07am
Whether you have found a chef that speaks to your soul or want to learn more about organic agriculture, Twitter has proven to be a powerful platform for those looking to get involved in the food movement. From the comfort of your home, you can instantly connect with farmers, chefs, researchers, activists, and policymakers around the world...
Kellogg to stop using artificial products in cereals and snacks
4 Aug 2015 at 8:59am
The 109-year old company, whose cereals have been a popular breakfast choice for decades, said on Tuesday it was aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack brands by the end of 2018. The world's biggest breakfast cereal maker is the latest in a string of U.S. food companies to bow to growing pressure to remove synthetic ingredients from products due to health concerns. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors.
Drugmaker Shire bids $30 billion for Baxter spin-off Baxalta
4 Aug 2015 at 8:46am
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker Shire said on Tuesday it was seeking to buy Baxalta , a company spun-off by Baxter International last month, for $30 billion to forge the leading global specialist in rare diseases. Shire said its unsolicited offer of 0.1687 Shire American depositary receipts per share valued each Baxalta share at $45.23. The move is the latest in a wave of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector since the start of 2014, stretching from large drugmakers buying up smaller rivals to consolidation among makers of generic medicines and tie-ups between insurers.
Delicate operation shifts one-tonne rhino out of poaching hotspot
4 Aug 2015 at 8:40am
By Ed Stoddard KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) - As a helicopter hovers above, men emerge from the bush, using rope to haul a one-tonne male white rhino they have sedated with a dart fired from the air. The animal is one of hundreds to be moved from "hotspots" in South Africa's Kruger National Park where they are at risk from soaring demand for rhino horn. "Our priority is to move the animals from 'hot spots' near the boundary fence," said Markus Hofmeyr, the head vet for South African National Parks. While a public backlash rages against a Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion, Hofmeyr's focus is not on wealthy big game hunters but on the poachers who killed over 1,200 rhinos in South Africa last year.
Pfizer wins EU approval for $15 billion Hospira buy
4 Aug 2015 at 8:38am
U.S. drugmaker Pfizer gained European Union antitrust approval on Tuesday for its proposed $15 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Hospira after pledging to sell some drugs to allay competition concerns. "The approval is conditional on Pfizer divesting certain sterile injectable drugs, as well as its infliximab biosimilar drug, which is currently under development," the European Commission said. The deal, the biggest ever for Pfizer, will boost its portfolio of generic injectable drugs and copies of biotech medicines.
How CrossFit (and a Little Cancer) Helped Me Grow a Little Bit... Down There
4 Aug 2015 at 8:38am
Looking up at the height of the ropes, stretching some 25 feet from the ground, I could clearly see how I would die. I wasn't having any of it. I was 12 years old, fat, and confident enough to tell the adult in charge of this high-ropes challenge (forced upon me by an evil camp director), "I'm not going to climb that.""But all the other kids...
Regeneron raises Eylea sales forecast, shares at record
4 Aug 2015 at 8:30am
Regeneron Inc's blockbuster eye drug, Eylea, showed no signs of a slowdown as the drugmaker raised the full-year sales forecast for its flagship product above at least four analysts' expectation. U.S. sales of Eylea surged 58 percent to $655 million in the second quarter, helping the company post a better-than-expected profit and encouraging it to raise 2015 sales growth forecast. Eylea was initially approved in late 2011 to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
Akorn Inc's Hi-Tech Pharmacal infringes Allergan glaucoma drug patents
4 Aug 2015 at 8:14am
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acorn Inc's Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co, Inc infringed three Allergan Inc patents on its Lumigan topical glaucoma treatment, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit also said five of Allergan's Lumigan patents were valid. The case stems from lawsuits Allergan filed in 2011 against Hi-Tech, Novartis AG, and Lupin over proposed generic versions of Lumigan. (Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
How Important Is Perfect Form in Fitness, Really?
4 Aug 2015 at 7:58am
By Brian SabinJust about every gym in the world is lying to you. The lies are told subtly. They aren't even spoken aloud. But they are often written all over the walls. The lies are well intentioned, aiming to show you the "right" way to exercise. We're talking about the posters that show someone properly performing a lift like a squat or bench...