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Merck lowers prices of medications including hepatitis C drug

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But those drugs make up less than 0.1% of Merck's overall sales, Evercore ISI analyst Umer Raffat said in a note on Thursday. In addition to slashing the price of Zepatier, which owns a very small share of the hepatitis market, Merck said it would lower the list price by 10 percent of six other older drugs with minuscule sales. Read More »

Transgender woman says CVS pharmacist refused to fill hormone prescription

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Hall wrote that she's lucky that her family and friends accept and support who she is. "He just kept asking, loudly and in front of other CVS staff and customers, why I was given the prescriptions", Hall recalls. "We also apologize for not appropriately following up on Ms. Hall's original complaint to CVS, which was due to an unintentional oversight, " the company added in its statement . Read More »

Eat more veggies, fruits to reduce breast cancer risk

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Such data leads the study , conducted at the Institute of Barcelona on world health (Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)), Spain. If you tend to eat your dinner later in the night and closer to bedtime, you may want to reconsider. Read More »

Texans infected with drug-resistant salmonella linked to turkey

Ninety people have gotten sick from raw turkey tainted with salmonella bacteria in 26 states. Two people sickened in the outbreak are from a household where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets. CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets . "We'll continue working with our federal and private industry partners to investigate any future outbreaks, but in the meantime, people should protect themselves by using best practices when handling food, both in and out of the kitchen". Read More »

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County

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To protect the patient's identity, the department is not releasing additional details. The Centers for Disease Control says previous year in the state there were two confirmed deaths and seven cases of West Nile. Other mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in the state that cause human illness include LaCrosse and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses. Officials are advising the public to remove standing water as well. Read More »

Australia scientists develop world first melanoma blood test

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The new blood test could provide doctors with a powerful new tool to detect melanoma , the most unsafe form of skin cancer, before it spreads throughout the body, said researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia. She added that there are no other biomarkers that can detect the cancer this early in the cancer. The team examined more than 1,600 different antibodies and identified a combination of 10 that were considered to be the most reliable in predicting the presence of ... Read More »

Processed Meats, Mania Disorder Risk Linked in New Research

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The study showed that chemicals used for processing of meat products can affect the mental state of the person. Dr Yolken said: 'We looked at a number of different dietary exposures and cured meat really stood out. No other foods were linked with mania, and nitrate-cured meats were not directly associated with a diagnosis of any other neuropsychiatric disorder, including schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder , BPD, bipolar depression , or major depressive disorder . Read More »

Based Think Tank Says Editing Human Embryos Is 'Morally Permissible'

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There are grave moral concerns about messing with God's creations and setting up a society of genetic "haves" and "have-nots". Independent inquiry has concluded that DNA editing of human embryo , sperm, or egg to influence characteristics of a future person could be permissible, but if that is to happen a number of measures are needed to be in place to ensure genome editing would be done in a manner ethically responsible and acceptable. Read More »

Britney Spears Says She's up for 'Mickey Mouse Club' Reunion

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Britney Spears performs at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles , California, December 2, 2016. Speaking with PEOPLE , the entertainer, who is now on the road with a stripped down version of her Las Vegas residency " Piece of Me ", spoke about the theme behind the release and how she works on her own confidence. Read More »

RFG Advisory Group LLC Purchased New Stock in UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH)

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After beginning the session at $258.29, shares of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated reached as high as $258.45 during the day, while hitting a 1-day low of $256.43. In other news, insider Larry C. Renfro sold 19,652 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Friday , June 15th. The share price has already crossed its 20 days moving average, floating at a distance of 2.81% and sits 5.08% higher versus its 50 days moving average. Read More »

Man dies from bacterial infection from Vibrio vulnificus in raw oysters

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The department did not release the name of the restaurant where the man ate the tainted shellfish . The department of health website says this is the first confirmed case and death of Vibrio vulnificus in Sarasota County this year. Instead they should ensure that their shellfish are cooked thoroughly. "Infections are rare but exposures occur more commonly during the summer months from May to October, when the water is warmer", department officials said in an email reply. Read More »

Susan Rice: White House 'Serving a Hostile Foreign Power'

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But Sarah Huckabee Sanders , pressed at the briefing, said Trump was simply saying "no" to the idea of taking questions, not addressing Moscow's current capabilities. A Washington Post-Schar School poll conducted in late June and early July found that almost half of registered voters - 48 percent - think Democrats running for Congress have been too critical of Trump. Read More »

Hot dog freebies and weiner deals Wednesday

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Here are the best promotions for National Hot Dog Day 2018. Mark Romig, director of merchandise for Love's said , "Giving out free items on National Hot Dog Day is a great way for us to thank our loyal Customers and encourage others to try something new". Read More »

Teva Recalls Hypertension Drug Valsartan Due to Carcinogen Trace

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Certain lots of the therapy, distributed under the Actavis label in the United States, have been detected to have trace amounts of probably human carcinogen N- nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA ). When contacted, DRAP deputy director (quality control) Abdul Sattar Sohrani confirmed the recall orders and said the pharmaceutical firms concerned had been given one week to remove from the market the medicines made from Zhejiang Huahai's valsartan. Read More »

DNREC announces first finding of West Nile virus in birds

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The case was reported in late June in Hinds County. The state has upped its aerial spraying and mosquito fog trucks to deal with the increased mosquito activity. "And also make sure you empty or change the outdoor standing water because those are areas that breed mosquitoes". An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Read More »

First colour X-ray performed on human

An innovative device capable of making three dimensional color images of high resolution and high accuracy drawing details. The Medipix3 chip works equally with a sensor of a digital camera, but it identifies and calculates the particles are hitting each pixel when a shutter opens. Read More »

Bankrate Study: 10 Worst States to Retire List for 2018

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Florida scored well for its warm weather and low taxes but was hindered by scores related to crime rate and healthcare quality, Bankrate said. Also toward the bottom were New Mexico , Maryland , and Louisiana . The things that make you happy that give meaning to your life, your social relationships, your spousal relationships, all inform your happiness when you retire'. Read More »

Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug

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The greatest outcome is for women with pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG, which would be very hard to treat, putting them at increased risk of infertility'. "The new guidelines will be helpful, but unless and until we get funds so we can regularly test for it, we'll be in the dark about which women with pelvic inflammatory disease have got it and about what their true risk of long term complications are", Greenhouse told CNN . Read More »

First 3D colour X-ray of a human using CERN technology

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They were originally created to track particles accurately at the Large Hadron Collider and, due to their precision, have shown enormous potential in medicine. The Medipix3 detector, however, " is able to measure how specific energies of X-rays are being attenuated " and can differentiate between bone, muscle, metal, fats and liquid. Read More »

Boston researchers re-engineer cancer cells to fight off 'their own kind'

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Scientists at the University of California San Francisco have found a way to edit genomes, a method they say could revolutionize treatments for cancer , infections like HIV and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The researchers tested two different methods to bio-engineer multiple types of cancer cells to place inside mice with cancer . The cells came from three siblings with a rare, severe autoimmune disease that has so far been resistant to treatment. Read More »

Trump administration slashes more ObamaCare funds

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Navigator groups that have helped people sign up for health insurance since Obamacare coverage began in 2014 said the funding cuts will be hard to absorb. But in January, in a separate case, a federal district judge in MA upheld the government formula used to calculate the payments. The administration said navigators were not enrolling enough people to receive higher funding amounts. Read More »

$4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder

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J&J knew its talc products were contaminated with asbestos and kept this information from reaching the public, Mark Lanier, the plaintiffs' lawyer told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday. The women and their families said decades-long use of baby powder and other cosmetic talc products caused their diseases. The company has been fighting claims that talc powder is unsafe for years . Read More »

Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak

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It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund. The US Food and Drug Administration urged consumers on Thursday to avoid eating and retailers to not sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal because of the chance of salmonella contamination. Read More »

UAE Ministry of Health Recalls Some Anti-Hypertensive Medications Containing Valsartan

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Drugs that contain valsartan are used in treating high blood pressure and help to prevent heart attacks and stroke. The circular has also directed that all healthcare practitioners and doctors should not prescribe or dispense the affected products and also advises patients to not discontinue use of the medicine unless they consult with the doctor to prescribe other alternatives registered with the Ministry. Read More »

AHS warns Calgarians about the risk of West Nile Virus

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Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control announced Thursday that several mosquitos in Butte County are plagued with West Nile and the virus is now active in Butte County. The virus is usually prevalent from May through October when mosquitoes are most abundant. What Is West Nile Virus? The virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to animals, birds and humans. Read More »

Judge: Experts can testify that Roundup linked to cancer

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US District Judge, Vince Chhabria, described the expert testimony as "shaky" but, crucially, ruled that a reasonable jury could conclude - based on findings of three approved experts - that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans. Many government regulators have rejected a link between the active ingredient in Roundup and cancer. Claims against Monsanto received a boost in 2015 , when the International Agency for Research on Cancer - part of the World Health Organization - announced that ... Read More »

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG): what it is and why doctors are anxious

Dr Paddy Horner, consultant senior lecturer in sexual health at Bristol University and one of the authors of the new guidelines, said: "This is not curing the infection and is causing antimicrobial resistance in MG patients". "I am now certain it has returned and I am awaiting further test results". "I think clinics should test for MG as part of their sexual health screening process, as this would have been picked up at the start for me". Read More »

Multivitamins may not prevent cardiovascular diseases, says study

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The meta-analysis included 18 prospective cohort studies and randomized trials, encompassing more two million participants and 18 million person-years of follow-up. Dr. Eduardo Sanchez the AHA's chief medical officer for prevention. The new findings come on the heels of prior studies which showed that supplements have few, if any, health benefits. Read More »

Trump Admin Favored Corporations In Opposing Breastfeeding Resolution

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According to the New York Times , the U.S.'s decision to side against breastfeeding shocked World Health officials and set off a contentious debate, which more than a dozen people from several countries recounted for the report . Though high quality, safely prepared substitutes can provide adequate nutrition for infants, emphasis on breastfeeding stretches back through decades of concern from health experts and officials that milk-substitute makers were causing harm with their ... Read More »

Eating solid foods earlier promotes better sleep in babies

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The second group, while continuing to breastfeed, was asked to introduce solid foods to their infants' diet from the age of three months. The children's health and behaviour was followed for three years, with their sleep and consumption of solid food tracked by families through questionnaires. Read More »

Winners and losers of Trump’s decision to halt ObamaCare payments

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Maryland's health insurance companies are concerned that a Trump administration decision to suspend payments that help to cover the costs of the sickest patients will further destabilize the market and could push them to seek even higher premiums on plans consumers already say are too expensive. Read More »

Commonly prescribed heart drug is recalled in 22 countries

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According to worldwide media reports, the company Zhejiang Huahai found N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the valsartan active substance supplied to manufacturers producing some of the valsartan medicines available in the European Union. According to Dr Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive, HPRA, this is an emerging situation being managed in real time by the HPRA working with the European network of medicine regulators in order to determine the extent of the issue. Read More »