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Letterbox campaign helps Afghans cope with silent war of mental health
23 Jul 2019 at 7:13pm
Hundreds of Afghans, weary of war and unsure of the future, have joined a letter-writing campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and, with it, the fate of their country.
U.S. coal miners discouraged by black lung meeting with McConnell
23 Jul 2019 at 6:05pm
A group of coal miners afflicted with black lung disease met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday as part of an effort to convince lawmakers to restore a higher excise tax on coal companies to help fund their medical care, but several said the meeting left them discouraged.
Merck's biosimilar to AbbVie's Humira wins FDA approval
23 Jul 2019 at 2:49pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Merck & Co Inc's biosimilar to AbbVie Inc's blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis treatment Humira, the health agency said on Tuesday.
Heart attacks, strokes increase when patients can't afford newer cholesterol ...
23 Jul 2019 at 2:32pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients at high risk for heart disease who cannot afford newer cholesterol-lowering medications are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events within just one year compared to counterparts who were able to get the drugs, a new study suggests.
Genetics play bigger role in autism risk than environmental factors
23 Jul 2019 at 2:31pm
(Reuters Health) - Most of the variation in risk for autism may be explained by genetics rather than differences in environmental factors like lifestyle or community characteristics or certain pregnancy outcomes, a study in five countries suggests.
Medicare-for-all might not cause surge in hospital use
23 Jul 2019 at 2:10pm
(Reuters Health) - Medicare-for-all and other versions of universal coverage being proposed for the U.S. by several presidential hopefuls wouldn't necessarily lead more people to seek hospital care, a new analysis suggests.
Senators announce bipartisan proposal to lower drug prices
23 Jul 2019 at 12:42pm
The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee announced a proposal to lower prescription drug prices on Tuesday that could save $100 billion in costs to government healthcare programs, and said the committee would vote on the legislation on Thursday.
Short-term opioids for pain still come with side effects
23 Jul 2019 at 10:26am
(Reuters Health) - Patients who only briefly take opioid painkillers are still likely to face side effects, a new study suggests.
Multiple sclerosis drug helps Biogen beat Wall St. profit expectations
23 Jul 2019 at 8:17am
Biogen Inc reported better-than-expected second quarter profit and raised its 2019 earnings forecast on Tuesday, driven by higher sales of its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera and lower taxes.
China's agri ministry emphasizes need to ensure stable hog market
23 Jul 2019 at 6:34am
China's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday that it would work to ensure the country's pork supplies and to keep the hog market stable despite the spread of the African swine fever virus.
Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Southeast Asia: study
23 Jul 2019 at 2:44am
A strain of malaria resistant to two key drugs has spread rapidly from Cambodia and has become dominant in Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand, with a "terrifying prospect" that it could reach Africa, scientists warned on Monday,
Sanofi signs U.S. rights deal with Roche for flu treatment Tamiflu
22 Jul 2019 at 10:26pm
French drugs and healthcare group Sanofi said on Tuesday it had signed a rights deal with Roche for the 'Tamiflu' product in the United States.
Nursing home residents often have preventable complications after hospital stay
22 Jul 2019 at 2:50pm
(Reuters Health) - Many nursing home residents who are hospitalized develop preventable health problems after they go back to the nursing facilities, a new study suggests.
Antibiotic use without prescription common in U.S.
22 Jul 2019 at 2:48pm
(Reuters Health) - Many people in the U.S. take antibiotics that weren't prescribed for them, according to a new study that highlights one factor that may be contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistant infections.
Plant-based diets tied to lower risk of type 2 diabetes
22 Jul 2019 at 2:48pm
(Reuters Health) - People who tend to eat mostly plants may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a research review suggests.