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CDC’s flu tracking program to continue if U.S. government shuts down

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue its work tracking one of the worst flu seasons the United States has seen in several years even if the federal government shuts down on Saturday, senior administration officials said on Friday. The program collects data on flu activity, hospitalizations, pediatric deaths and […]

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U.S. government shutdown would shutter CDC’s flu tracking program

CHICAGO (Reuters) – If the U.S. Senate fails to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be forced to suspend its seasonal flu program as the nation faces one of the worst flu seasons in several years. According to a contingency plan released by the Department of […]

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Parent reading workshops can help low-income kids learn

(Reuters Health) – Even in communities where many people lack a high school degree, reading workshops for parents can give their kids a leg up on learning in preschool, a study in Brazil suggests. Lots of research has shown that reading to young kids can help improve their language development and cognitive skills. But while […]

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Sound therapy may train the brain to ignore tinnitus

(Reuters Health) – A sound-emitting device worn in the ear during sleep may train the brain to ignore an annoying chronic ringing in the ears, a new study suggests. People with the disorder, known as tinnitus, who slept with the in-ear devices felt less bothered than patients who used bedside noise machines, researchers found in […]

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Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic

(Reuters) – Delaware on Friday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing corporations of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic, suing a wide range of companies involved in making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers. The lawsuit, filed by Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn in a state court, targeted drugmakers Purdue Pharma LP and […]

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Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years. Effective March 1, Delta, the second largest U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said it will require passengers seeking […]

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Trump decries ‘permissive’ U.S. abortion laws at rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend “the right to life.” The Republican president’s speech, relayed via video link from the White House […]

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Surfers may be swallowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria

(Reuters Health) – Surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to have potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts than non-surfers, new research from the UK shows. The findings highlight the omnipresence of superbugs and the peril they might pose even for healthy people participating in water sports, said lead author Anne Leonard, a […]

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U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials also said the department is issuing a new […]

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Self-guided course helps women manage menopause symptoms at work

(Reuters Health) – A self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program combined with relaxation techniques can ease working women’s menopausal symptoms, according to a British study. The program helps users learn strategies to control their thoughts and feelings. Working women who used it were able to significantly reduce the frequency and interference of hot flushes and night […]

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U.S. health agency to issue religious objection regulations

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials also said the department is issuing new regulations aimed […]

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China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 – China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country’s statistics bureau. The fall in the number of births in 2017 came despite a 2016 move to relax China’s so-called “one-child policy” and allow all couples to have […]

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One surprising reason for more positive pregnancy tests this month

(Reuters Health) – – Lots of couples in predominantly Christian countries may be looking at positive pregnancy tests this month at least in part because of cultural forces that encourage mating around major holidays like Christmas, suggests a recent study. Certain surges in baby deliveries – like the September baby boom nine months after December […]

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FDA plans more restrictive policy for bulk drug compounding

(Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it is preparing a new, more restrictive policy targeting what drugs compounding pharmacies can produce that do not go through the agency’s approval process. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency in March will issue draft guidance with new criteria for […]

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Canada’s Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement

TORONTO (Reuters) – Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed “torture.” Under an agreement with the province’s human rights commission, the Ontario government will immediately begin […]

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Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

(Reuters Health) – – For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say. Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviors, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to […]

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Denial of abortion leads to economic hardship for low-income women

(Reuters Health) – – Women who want an abortion but are denied one are more likely to spend years living in poverty than women who have abortions, a new study suggests. Carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term quadrupled the odds that a new mother and her child would live below the federal poverty line, researchers […]

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Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

(Reuters Health) – – Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers. Researchers looked at more than 9,000 kids aged 12 to 18 and found those who lived in areas with lots of natural vegetation […]

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Canada’s Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy

(Reuters) – Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market. Aurora, Canada’s second largest pot producer, will export medical cannabis into Germany through Pedanios, which will supply the Italian market through the Italian Ministry of Defence. Cannabis-based medicines are legal in […]

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U.S. government to shield health workers under ‘religious freedom’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the “conscience and religious freedom” of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said […]