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Friday 24th May 2019

Deaths from brain, heart problems higher for NFL than MLB

Professional football players have higher death rates from brain, heart problems, a new study finds, but doctors are unclear why.

OTC sex stamina pills are dangerous and risky, FDA warns

The supplements could be especially dangerous for men taking medications for high blood pressure or diabetes.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs legislation banning abortions at 8 weeks

The ban has an exception for medical emergencies, but not for rape and incest.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era health care protections for transgender people

Rights groups denounced the move as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans.

$2.1 million drug to treat rare genetic disease approved by FDA

The drug, Zolgensma, is being called a "miracle drug" and will be used to treat children with spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA.

Infants die at higher rates in states banning abortion

A growing number of states have been passing highly restrictive abortion legislation aimed at overturning Roe V. Wade.

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Indianapolis 500 officials will offer measles vaccine at race

IndyCar medical director said that a "very limited supply" of vaccines will be available to fans at the race.

JPMorgan is cutting off OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

JPMorgan's decision underscores a drive among banks to reassess their relationships with clients and industries in response to controversy and political debates over matters such as immigration detention and mass shootings.

Summer camps harden vaccine rules amid measles outbreak

Summer camps across the U.S. are drawing the line against unvaccinated campers as the measles outbreak continues.

Equal access, treatment eliminates black-white prostate health disparity

The new study debunks the myth that genetics plays a larger role than health disparities in risk of death from prostate cancer for black men.

Make antivenom more available for snake bites, WHO urges

The WHO is publishing its first-ever snake bite strategy, aiming to halve the number of people killed and disabled by snakes by 2030.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Lilly selling half-price version of popular insulin drug

A half-price version of Eli Lilly's popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company's promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option.

Heat and violence pose twin threats for asylum-seekers waiting at border

For Central American migrants who follow U.S. government rules for pursuing asylum, conditions on the Mexican side of the border are unsafe and not getting better.

Heart disease deaths in middle-aged women on the rise

A rise in risk factors like obesity along with the high cost of health care and insurance may play a role.

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Teen mothers using IUDs less likely to also use condoms

Long-acting contraceptives don't protect against sexually transmitted infections

Cholesterol improves in U.S. kids despite high obesity rates

Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal.

Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

A federal judge who struck down Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier.

CBD oil may help limit cravings and anxiety in heroin users, study finds

The team of New York-based scientists suggests CBD may have a potential role in helping to break the cycle of addiction.

Monday 20th May 2019

Cases of the measles continue to grow in the U.S.

Some states are pressing forward with legislation aimed at limiting vaccine exemptions.

U.N. health agency struggles with travel abuses

Traveling in business class, booking expensive last-minute tickets and not getting required approval are abuses that could spook potential donors.

Friday 17th May 2019

Potassium chloride tastes and acts like salt, but do consumers know what it is?

What's in a name? The FDA hopes changing how a salt alternative is listed on ingredient labels will reduce Americans' sodium intake.

Suicide rates rising among girls, study finds

“It’s not just numbers. We’re seeing a trend. But we don’t have good information about what is driving this shift.”

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, study finds.

Ocasio-Cortez slams Gilead over HIV drug prices: 'People are dying for no reason'

Congress questioned Gilead's CEO about the high price of HIV prevention drug Truvada. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't hold back.

Thursday 16th May 2019

CVS to test unregulated vitamins and dietary supplements

CVS announced Wednesday that it will test more than 1,400 products across 11 categories for safety and label accuracy.

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