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US Approves Fish Oil-Based Drug for Cutting Heart Risks

U.S. regulators have approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in certain patients. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Vascepa for reducing risk of potentially deadly or disabling cardiac complications.

  • Nov 15

    Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10,000 Pets Needed for Canine Aging Study

    Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too. The project will collect a pile of pooch data: vet records, DNA samples, gut microbes and information on food and walks. Five hundred dogs will test a pill that could

  • Nov 15

    Oklahoma Judge Reduces J&J Order in Opioid Lawsuit by $107M

    An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount in his final order in the case by $107 million because of his miscalculation. District Judge Thad Balkman’s latest order directs the company to pay the state $465 million. In it,

  • Nov 15

    Will You Get Dementia? Many May Not Understand Their Risk

    Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical health and brain health and how racial differences can affect dementia risk. Substantial numbers of people

  • Nov 15

    Warren Says She Won’t Immediately Push for Medicare for All

    Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that she won’t immediately push to give every American government-funded health care and instead will work to oversee passage of a sweeping “Medicare for All” program by the end of her third year if elected president — a significant step away from a plan she’s long championed.

  • Nov 14

    Climate Change Damaging Lifelong Health of Children Across the World, Medical Officials Warn

    Climate change is already damaging the health of children, and its impacts will harm the entire generation with serious health problems throughout their lives, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. Scientists and health experts from 35 academic institutions and United Nations agencies said that children will suffer from a rise in infectious diseases, malnutrition and

  • Nov 13

    US Superbug Infections Rising, But Deaths Are Falling

    Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable. So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down. About 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013, the Centers for

  • Nov 12

    Teen Needed Transplant After Lungs ‘Irreparably Damaged’ From Vaping

    A 17-year-old boy is believed to be the first person to receive a double lung transplant because of the vaping-related illness that has sickened thousands nationwide. Doctors at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, where the teen was treated, said they had never seen such scarring on someone’s lungs from vaping. “This is an evil that I haven’t faced before,”

  • Nov 11

    Cholesterol Levels Dropping in US, But Many Still Need Care

    Some good health news: Americans’ cholesterol levels are dropping, and more people at especially high risk are getting treatment. Researchers say Monday’s report suggests a controversial change in recommendations for cholesterol treatment may be starting to pay off. “It is very heartening,” said Dr. Pankaj Arora of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who led the study. “But there is

  • Nov 11

    Vaping-Related Lung Transplant Performed at Detroit Hospital

    Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping.

  • Nov 11

    Virginia Doctor Allegedly Performed Hysterectomies, Tied Fallopian Tubes Without Consent

    A Virginia doctor allegedly performed hysterectomies and tied a patient’s fallopian tubes without consent, federal authorities said in court documents, NBC News reported. Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was arrested Friday and charged with health care fraud and making false statements to federal investigators, according to papers filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. In one case, Perwaiz, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chesapeake,

  • Nov 10

    Could Trump’s Re-Election Go Up in a Puff of ‘Smoke?’ Vapers Say Watch Out

    They’re here. They vape. And they say they’ll vote you out of office if you come for their “unicorn poop” flavored vape juice, NBC News reports. Facing a perfect storm of threats from federal, state and local governments, vapers are banding together politically to defend a product that they claim saves lives and that has created a livelihood for some

  • Nov 8

    CDC Says It’s Made a Breakthrough in Finding Possible Cause of Deadly Vaping Illness

    U.S. health officials finally have a potential breakthrough in the vaping illness outbreak that’s killed at least 39 people, narrowing in on vitamin E acetate as a “potential toxin of concern,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday. The compound used in supplements, cosmetics and vaping products was detected in all 29 lung tissue samples from patients that

  • Nov 8

    10 Hospitalized From Oklahoma Facility After Flu Shot Mix-Up

    Ten people at an Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were apparently accidentally injected with what’s believed to be insulin rather than flu shots, authorities said. Emergency responders were called Wednesday afternoon to the Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Tulsa, on a report of an unresponsive person and

  • Nov 8

    Health Insurance Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

    Open enrollment season has arrived, and that means whether you get health insurance through your employer, Medicare, Medicaid or a private plan, it’s time to decide what, if anything, you want to change for next year. NBC’s Chris Clackum reports.

  • Nov 8

    Scientists Confirm Discovery of ‘New’ HIV Strain

    Scientists have confirmed the existence of an additional strain of HIV that has been around for decades, according to findings published Wednesday in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, NBC News reports. The strain is not new; rather, what’s changed is the technology used to study the virus. “The subtype has been around as long as all the other

  • Nov 8

    China Sentences Fentanyl Traffickers After US Tip About Ring

    A Chinese court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers on Thursday in a case that is the culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. Liu Yong was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, while Jiang Juhua and Wang Fengxi were sentenced to life in

  • Nov 7

    E-Cig Maker Juul Halts Sales of Its Popular Mint Flavor

    Market leading e-cigarette company Juul is halting sales of its popular mint flavor, the company announced Thursday. Studies published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found high school students use mint more than any other of Juul’s flavors. Juul said it made the decision to pull mint in light of the results.

  • Nov 6

    2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled Over Possible Metal Contamination

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday a massive voluntary recall of Simmons Prepared Foods fresh and frozen chicken products because of concerns that some products were contaminated with pieces of metal. The recall includes about 2,071,397 pounds of poultry produced from Oct. 21, 2019, through Nov. 4, 2019. The products were shipped to

  • Nov 6

    High School Football Player Prays With Rival Whose Mom Has Cancer

    A hard-fought Texas high school football game took a backseat to the realities of life when opponents Gage Smith and Ty Jordan came together for an emotional prayer after the final whistle last week. Smith asked Jordan if the two friends could say a prayer together for Jordan’s mother, Tiffany Jordan, 42, who has stage 4 lung and bone cancer.

  • Nov 6

    CVS to Close 22 Drugstores Next Year

    CVS Health will close 22 “underperforming” drugstores early next year in addition to the 46 stores it shuttered earlier this year, the company said Wednesday in a regulatory filing. The locations weren’t disclosed. The company recorded a $96 million impairment charge on its third-quarter earnings related to the 22 stores. It recorded a $135 million charge in the first quarter

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