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Viral Outbreak in China: What to Know

Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new virus from China. Scientists have identified it as a new coronavirus, in the same family of viruses that caus...

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Always to Ax Female Symbol From Sanitary Products Packages in Nod to Trans Users

    Always announced it will remove the Venus symbol from its menstruation products packaging following calls by transgender advocates, who said its parent, Procter & Gamble, was alienating trans and gender-nonconforming customers by not acknowledging that they, too, can experience menstruation. “Could someone from Always tell me why it is imperat...
  • Oct 23, 2019

    FDA Approves Drug That Could Treat 90% of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has approved the first drug combination to treat most cystic fibrosis patients. Boston-based company Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. created Trikafta, which combined three drugs in one. Trikafta has been approved for those aged 12 and older with at least one F508del mutation, which affec...
  • Oct 23, 2019

    Disneyland Visitor Might Have Exposed Others to Measles

    A Disneyland visitor might have exposed others to measles earlier this month at the Anaheim theme park, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Sneaky Sugars: Which Foods Have the Most Hidden Sweet Stuff?

    If you’ve been cutting back on soda, cakes, cookies and candy to trim your daily sugar intake, you’re off to a good start. But it’s the small amounts of added sugars found in many of the foods we eat regularly that can keep your sugar intake much higher than you think. And many processed foods containing added sugars don’t even...

  • Oct 22, 2019

    New Medication May Reduce Postpartum Depression to 3 Days

    A new Food and Drug Administration-approved medication claims to resolve postpartum depression in less than three days.

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Drugmakers, Distributors Reach 11th-Hour Deal to Settle Opioids Lawsuit

    The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County and Akron’s Summit County, was seen as a critical...
  • Oct 21, 2019

    USDA Recalls Sausage Patties Manufactured in Tennessee for Salmonella Risk

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 6,000 pounds of frozen sausage patties manufactured in Tennessee have been recalled over concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella. A Food Safety and Inspection Service statement released Friday says the ready-to-eat pork and turkey sausage products were made by George’s Prepared Food ...
  • Oct 20, 2019

    Amazon Is Shipping Expired Food, From Baby Formula to Old Beef Jerky, Scaring Consumers and Putting Big Brands at Risk

    Amazon’s sprawling marketplace, consisting of millions of third-party sellers, has become a go-to site for many grocery shoppers, especially since the company’s acquisition of Whole Foods over two years ago. But an increasing number of consumers are finding that, just as the broader Amazon Marketplace has a major issue with counterfeits and unsafe ...
  • Oct 20, 2019

    4th Legionnaires’ Disease Death Reported in North Carolina

    North Carolina health officials say a fourth person has died from Legionnaires’ disease. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that its Division of Public Health has confirmed 141 cases involving residents from counties and multiple states. In addition to the deaths, 94 people were hospitalized. Infor...
  • Oct 20, 2019

    Where You Die Can Affect Your Chance of Being an Organ Donor

    One man’s case illustrates troubling uncertainty in a transplant system run by government contractors that are under fire for letting potentially usable organs go to waste. The Associated Press took a close look at that system and calculated that some of those agencies are securing deceased donors at half the rate of others — even as 113,000 ...
  • Oct 19, 2019

    As the Lab-Grown Meat Industry Grows, Scientists Debate If It Could Exacerbate Climate Change

    Companies across the world are moving quickly to bring to the market hamburgers and other meat products that are grown from animal cells in a lab. This month, Israeli-based company Future Meat Technologies raised $14 million to build a production plant for its cultured meat products, joining several dozen other start-ups poised to launch their firs...
  • Oct 19, 2019

    Opioid Negotiations Fail to Produce Deal Just Before Trial

    Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation’s opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, sai...
  • Oct 18, 2019

    Heartburn Drug Recall Expands as Sanofi Recalls Brand-Name Zantac OTC

    Drugmaker Sanofi announced on Friday a voluntary recall of the heartburn drug Zantac from all stores in the United States and Canada amid investigations into the presence of a carcinogen discovered in the drug. Sanofi’s steps follow an investigation by U.S. and European regulators into the presence of low levels of the impurity N-nitrosodimet...
  • Oct 18, 2019

    Some Johnson’s Baby Powder Recalled After Positive Asbestos Test

    Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling a single lot of its Johnson’s Baby Powder in response to a federal test indicating the presence of “sub-trace” levels of asbestos, the company said in a statement Friday.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    95 Percent of Baby Foods Tested Contain Toxic Metals: Report

    There’s a strong chance your baby’s food contains traces of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic and lead, according to a new study. The research, commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) and outlined in a report released Thursday, tested 168 baby foods for the presence of four heavy metals: arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmi...
  • Oct 17, 2019

    Border Patrol’s Growing Presence at Hospitals Creates Fear

    An armed Border Patrol agent roamed the hallways of an emergency room in Miami on a recent day as nurses wheeled stretchers and medical carts through the hospital and families waited for physicians to treat their loved ones. The agent in the olive-green uniform freely stepped in and out of the room where a woman was taken by ambulance after......
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