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We need affordable cancer care 

We need affordable cancer care 

The high costs of American health care are well documented. A cancer diagnosis is devastating, even as we improve mortality rates across many diagnoses. This is largely due to the high costs of treatments: patients who survive still... 
El Salvador Urging Against Pregnancies Due to Spread of Zika Virus

El Salvador Urging Against Pregnancies Due to Spread of Zika Virus

On Thursday, El Salvador urged women leaving in the Central American country to avoid becoming pregnant until 2018 in order to avoid their babies from developing birth defects due to the Zika mosquito borne virus that has rampaged... 
Raw Cashew Pieces Recalled by Trader Joe’s for Risk of Salmonella

Raw Cashew Pieces Recalled by Trader Joe’s for Risk of Salmonella

Lovers of cashews might need to read this one. Trader Joe’s has issued a recall that went out on January 15 for the product known as Raw Cashew Pieces, due to a possibility of salmonella poisoning. The company sent an alert out to... 
Cancer and Sugar: Tumor Growth Risk Increased with Western Diet

Cancer and Sugar: Tumor Growth Risk Increased with Western Diet

Large amounts of dietary sugar, more commonly found in a Western diet, might increase the risk of developing cancer, University of Texas researchers studied mice that were genetically predisposed to cancer of the breast and found those... 
Rare Diseases Start to Show Their Face Again

Rare Diseases Start to Show Their Face Again

Diseases that have been considered rare, nearly wiped out or eradicated, especially across developed nations, are making a surprise and deadly comeback according to a just published study in London. Referred to by many as Victorian... 
FDA Overturns Ban of 30 Years on Gay Men Donating Blood

FDA Overturns Ban of 30 Years on Gay Men Donating Blood

The government of the U.S. overturned on Monday its ban of 30 years on gay men donating blood saying they are now allowed to donate 12 months after having their last sexual contact with another male. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration... 
Merck Does Not Gain Backing from FDA Panel for Vytorin

Merck Does Not Gain Backing from FDA Panel for Vytorin

Merck & Co should not be given the ok to claim Vytorin, its drug for lowering cholesterol, reduces the risk of strokes or heart attack in patients that have coronary heart disease, said an advisory committee on Monday to the United... 
Chemo with Suicide Gene Therapy Kills Cancer Cells in Prostate

Chemo with Suicide Gene Therapy Kills Cancer Cells in Prostate

The results of a clinical trial show that combining a treatment referred to as suicide gene therapy with chemotherapy successfully and safely kills tumor cells in the prostate. The suicide gene therapy involves a technique of genetically... 
No More Dental Fillings, No Drill Dentistry Stopping Decay

No More Dental Fillings, No Drill Dentistry Stopping Decay

Researchers in Australia found a way to prevent and stop tooth decay without the need to use the drill and the fill technique. A study of seven years showed preventive dental care is able to reduce the necessity for any dental fillings... 
Lazard Working with Sanofi on Deal for Animal Health Segment

Lazard Working with Sanofi on Deal for Animal Health Segment

Lazard the investment bank is working with management at Sanofi to prepare a sale or a listing of animal health unit Merial. That could value its business at as much as $12 billion euros or $12.7 billion, said source close to the matter. Lazard... 
Panel for FDA Votes in Favor of Gout Drug from AstraZeneca

Panel for FDA Votes in Favor of Gout Drug from AstraZeneca

A panel of medical advisers that is independent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday 10 to 4 in favor of approval for a gout drug from AstraZeneca. All of the 10 who supported the drug, known as lesinurad, qualified... 
Brains Tested of Former Players in the NFL Continue Trend of CTE

Brains Tested of Former Players in the NFL Continue Trend of CTE

Researchers who are researching a degenerative form of disease in ex-NFL athletes say that 11 of the 12 brains of dead former players that were tested during the last year had showed signs of the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy... 
Compound in Red Wine Helps Slow Progress of Alzheimer’s

Compound in Red Wine Helps Slow Progress of Alzheimer’s

A small study found that the compound in red wine called resveratrol, which is also found in dark chocolate and red grapes, might help to slow down the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Georgetown University saw that... 
Brain Stimulation Could Ease Motion Sickness Symptoms

Brain Stimulation Could Ease Motion Sickness Symptoms

A team from Imperial College London said that early trials using 20 people suggested the method of using electricity stimulation of the brain could ease motion sickness symptoms similar to the effect that drugs have but without any... 
Boy Born Without Ears Receives New Pair in Surgery

Boy Born Without Ears Receives New Pair in Surgery

For most of the kids, the first day of school is to show off their new clothes and explain to their friends what they did during the summer. However, for Eli Bell an 8-year old, it was about showing of a new pair of ears. Aaron his... 
Diabetes Affects Brain Function and Thinking Skills

Diabetes Affects Brain Function and Thinking Skills

A study that has just been published in the online journal Neurology indicates that people suffering from type 2 diabetes also demonstrate a drop in cognitive skills as well as the ability to regulate their blood flow to their brain.... 
Skinny Jeans Not Just Uncomfortable But Also Dangerous

Skinny Jeans Not Just Uncomfortable But Also Dangerous

Skinny jeans have made the headlines recently and not only for good things. A woman in Australia who is 35 apparently was stuck inside her skinny jeans and was forced to be admitted to the hospital according to a magazine. Someone... 
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Eliminating Artificial Ingredients

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Eliminating Artificial Ingredients

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced that they are eliminating the artificial flavors and colors, which makes them just the most recent big company in the fast food industry to put a distance between themselves and ingredients consumers... 
Many Probiotics that are Labeled “Gluten Free” Contain Gluten

Many Probiotics that are Labeled “Gluten Free” Contain Gluten

A number of probiotic supplements have small quantities of gluten. However, whether those traces can be harmful for those who cannot eat gluten remains unknown, said a recently released study. Researchers tested a total of 22 probiotics... 
Scientists Warn Over Chemical in Carpets, Cookware and Coats

Scientists Warn Over Chemical in Carpets, Cookware and Coats

In 1961, a toxicologist at DuPont warned his colleagues that the exposure to the company’s popular Teflon chemicals enlarged livers in rabbits and rats. Studies over the decades that followed found no level of exposure that was safe... 
IBM Launches New Health Initiative (NYSE:IBM)

IBM Launches New Health Initiative (NYSE:IBM)

IBM is partnering with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic to adapt its Watson artificial-intelligence technology for health care. IBM plans to use the Watson technology to create a cloud-based service can collect vast stores... 
Bristol-Myers Announces Investment in UniQure

Bristol-Myers Announces Investment in UniQure

Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to invest in UniQure NV a Dutch company to collaborate on gene therapies used for cardiovascular disease. Due to the investment, Bristol-Myers will have an exclusive access to the company’s proprietary... 
CDC: Superbugs Will Be Beaten

CDC: Superbugs Will Be Beaten

With a painstaking effort, a set of hospitals in Chicago has managed to lower by half the amount of infections caused by a deadly form of superbug. Health officials in the U.S. now want that campaign to spread nationwide. On Friday,... 
Inexpensive Wine Might Have More Arsenic Than You Think

Inexpensive Wine Might Have More Arsenic Than You Think

A box of White Zinfandel and a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck might contain a higher quantity of arsenic than what has become widely considers to be safe, according to a court document from a lawsuit. It is unknown if dozens of other inexpensive... 
Oxytocin Spray Could Be Used for Treatment of Obesity

Oxytocin Spray Could Be Used for Treatment of Obesity

In nasal spray form, the hormone oxytocin might be used to help treat obesity. The spray lowered the caloric intake in men who were healthy, in particular the consumption of fatty acids following just one dose, says the results of... 
Deaths from Heroin Overdoses Close to Quadruple

Deaths from Heroin Overdoses Close to Quadruple

In a frightening trend, deaths attributed to overdose of heroin in the U.S. have increased more dramatically recently than over the past decade, according to a newly released report. The results indicate the rate of heroin overdose... 
Florida Reports Three Cases of Leprosy

Florida Reports Three Cases of Leprosy

In Florida, health authorities have reported that three new cases of leprosy have been found over the last five months in Volusia County. Doctors suspect two of the three patients might have been infected with the disease through armadillos,... 
CDC Investigating Link of Deadly Bacteria to Doctor’s Offices

CDC Investigating Link of Deadly Bacteria to Doctor’s Offices

The U.S. Center for Disease Control has raised another red flag about a bacteria that is potentially deadly that might be lurking inside your doctor’s office. This bacteria, C. difficle, is found typically inside hospitals, but a... 
Gene-Altered Apples Given FDA Approval

Gene-Altered Apples Given FDA Approval

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday gave approval for the commercial planting of apples that are genetically engineered and resistant to becoming brown after being bruised or sliced. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the developer... 
Low Rates of Vaccinations in Colorado Results in Illnesses

Low Rates of Vaccinations in Colorado Results in Illnesses

A low vaccination rate in Colorado resulted in more preventable illnesses during childhood and extra costs for the state’s hospitals during 2013, according to one local study just released. There were over 538 cases reported during... 
Anthem Hack Exposes Data Of 80 Million Consumers (NYSE:ANTM)

Anthem Hack Exposes Data Of 80 Million Consumers (NYSE:ANTM)

Roughly 80 million people have has their personal information exposed through a hack on Anthem’s computer systems. Anthem admitted that its systems were breached through a sophisticated cyberattack in letters to customers sent out... 
Half of People in the UK Will Develop Cancer

Half of People in the UK Will Develop Cancer

In a prepared statement, Cancer Research UK has said that one out of every two people will develop cancer at some point during their lives. The estimate, which the group said uses a new method of calculation, replaced a prior forecast... 
Fecal Transplant Cures Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Fecal Transplant Cures Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerated colitis or Crohn’s disease are extremely painful and could cause colorectal cancer. Researchers have now effectively cured those conditions in mice, which is offering hope for those humans... 
Vitamin D Tied to Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Vitamin D Tied to Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Researchers said they now could show that vitamin D has the ability to protect people from developing colorectal cancer, known more commonly as bowel cancer. A recent study has found that vitamin D increases the defenses of the immune... 
Source of Deadly Outbreak of Listeria Found

Source of Deadly Outbreak of Listeria Found

Strains of the bacteria listeria found inside a California processing plant for apples are thought to have been the same ones that were associated with a listeria outbreak that killed seven people as well as sickened dozens more last... 
Sanofi and Regeneron Drug For Cholesterol Effective

Sanofi and Regeneron Drug For Cholesterol Effective

An experimental drug by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi SA was found effective in reducing the levels of “bad” cholesterol even at times when administered once each four weeks and not every two weeks. The treatment, alirocumab,... 
Little Change in Calories Found in Fast Food

Little Change in Calories Found in Fast Food

An investigation by researchers into nutrition offered by meals at three major chains of fast food restaurants found little change in salt, saturated fat or calories between 1996 and 2013. A team from the Department of Agriculture... 
More than 320,000 Pounds of Meat Recalled

More than 320,000 Pounds of Meat Recalled

Meat recalls have been carried out by three food processing companies based in Texas. Of the processed meats, 4 products were pulled from a local school district and different supermarkets. Close to 46,000 pounds of beef and chicken... 
Powdered Vaccine for Measles Shows Good Promise

Powdered Vaccine for Measles Shows Good Promise

No more pricks in the arm or colorful bandages for children getting their vaccination for measles could be in the future. A new experimental vaccine for the virus has made headway in early trials and it comes powdered, taken not via... 
Arsenic Levels in Rice Should Be Important to Consumers

Arsenic Levels in Rice Should Be Important to Consumers

Tests made on consumer products have recently discovered that many different types of rice products contain different amounts of arsenic. Researchers tested sushi rice, jasmine and basmati for artificial arsenic that can be a more... 
Sanofi’s MS Drug Lemtrada Receives Approval of FDA

Sanofi’s MS Drug Lemtrada Receives Approval of FDA

Sanofi won approval in the U.S. for Lemtrada a treatment for multiple sclerosis helping ease the potential revenue loss by the company from Lantus its top selling drug for diabetes that will face new competition in 2015. The United... 
Skin Cancer Named the Most Expensive Cancer

Skin Cancer Named the Most Expensive Cancer

Apart from being a deadly disease if not treated, skin cancer also has high costs for treatment. As per new research, amongst all forms of cancer, treating skin cancer is estimated as being the most expensive. A new study just published... 
Inhaled Insulin: What Patients Need to Know

Inhaled Insulin: What Patients Need to Know

This summer, the FDA approved a diabetes treatment that could end insulin injections for good. Patients would inhale the drug, called Afrezza, before meals, and it might be released to market by the end of 2014. Although patients with... 
Terminal Patient Ends Her Life in Oregon

Terminal Patient Ends Her Life in Oregon

Brittany Maynard who was 29-years old ended her life according to someone close to her. Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and had become the face for the death with dignity movement. She took a lethal dose of medication... 
Cocoa Flavanols Linked to Improved Senior Memory

Cocoa Flavanols Linked to Improved Senior Memory

Decline in memory is seen almost as a typical aging characteristic. However, in a recent study published online it suggests that it might not have to be; researchers at Columbia University in New York say that flavanols that occur... 
Chicken Products from Bell and Evans Recalled

Chicken Products from Bell and Evans Recalled

Close to 32,000 pounds of chicken products that were breaded and gluten-free have been recalled by the United States Department of Agriculture from Murry’s Inc due to having a risk of staphylococcus contamination. The products recalled... 
Stock Market Believes AbbVie Shire Deal has Died

Stock Market Believes AbbVie Shire Deal has Died

If one used the stock market as an indicator, then investors already are of the belief that the $54 billion AbbVie takeover of Shire has died. Shares of Shire tumbled nearly 25% Wednesday in midday trading in London, wiping away nearly... 
Gilead New Medication More Expensive than Sovaldi

Gilead New Medication More Expensive than Sovaldi

On Friday, Gilead Sciences won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a follow up drug to Sovaldi its hepatitis C drug that has become very controversial. The new treatment is actually more expensive that the $1,000... 
Cancer Drug From Roche Shows Promise For Increasing Lifespan

Cancer Drug From Roche Shows Promise For Increasing Lifespan

A cancer drug developed by Swiss drug maker Roche has shown promise in significantly extending the lifespan of the patients treated with it in clinical trials. The cancer drug, named Perjeta, is used to treat cases of advanced metastatic... 
Turmeric Could Help Brain Growth

Turmeric Could Help Brain Growth

The spice that is typically used in the different curries could help the ability of the brain to heal itself, said new research in Germany out of the Institute of Medicine and Neuroscience. The findings of the new research, which were...