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Brand-name combo pills may cost more than getting drugs separately

(Reuters Health) – Brand-name medicines that combine multiple drugs into a single pill may be more expensive than buying each drug separately, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data collected from 2011 to 2016 on 1,500 medicines that accounted for the highest total spending for Medicare Part D drug plans in 2015. This included 29 […]

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Israel bans Juul e-cigarettes over nicotine concentration

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Tuesday outlawed the import and sale of e-cigarettes made by Silicon Valley start-up Juul Labs, citing public health concerns given their nicotine content. Juul e-cigarette starter pack is seen in this picture illustration taken July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Martinne Geller/Illustration A statement by Israel’s Health Ministry said the Juul was banned […]

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Consumer baby monitors may get vital signs wrong

(Reuters Health) – Two popular monitors that promise to keep parents informed about their babies’ vital signs scored poorly in a test comparing them with actual hospital quality monitors, researchers say. The commercially available monitors, which are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, promise to sound an alarm via parents’ cell phones […]

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FDA extends EpiPen expiry date to combat shortage

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday extended the expiration date of specific lots of Mylan NV’s EpiPen allergy injectors by four months to mitigate the shortage of the life-saving treatment. FILE PHOTO: EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in […]

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Cervical cancer screening without Pap test OK for some women

(Reuters Health) – Not all women need Pap tests to look for cells in the cervix that might be malignant. Under new guidelines from U.S. physicians, some women can get a test that looks for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV). In both tests, doctors must scrape cells from the cervix for analysis. But the […]

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China’s Changchun mayor resigns after vaccine scandal – state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – The mayor of the Chinese city of Changchun resigned on Tuesday, state media reported, after a safety scandal at Changchun-based vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology sparked widespread consumer anger. People gather at the gate of Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology Co Ltd, the Chinese vaccine maker, in Changchun, China July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Philip Wen The […]

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Many doctors skip meningococcal vaccine talks with teens

(Reuters Health) – Many pediatricians and family physicians don’t discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this lethal infection, a U.S. study suggests. Just 51 percent of pediatricians and 31 percent of family physicians surveyed for the study said […]

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Most parents are against teen tattoos

(Reuters Health) – Parents who’ve said “no” to teen tattoos need not feel alone. A new U.S. survey finds that 78 percent of parents wouldn’t even consider allowing their teenager to get inked. The nationally-representative poll asked parents of kids between the ages of 13 and 18 for their attitudes about tattoos. Most, 75 percent, […]

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U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs. Such rebates are negotiated in the United States by pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) to lower the cost […]

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Moderate ‘bad cholesterol’ levels tied to early death for healthy people

(Reuters Health) – Healthy adults who don’t keep their LDL-C, or “bad cholesterol,” in check are more likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease than peers with lower cholesterol levels, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on 36,375 adults with no history of heart disease or diabetes and a low 10-year risk for events […]

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Socioeconomic status helps explain U.S. childhood cancer survival rates

(Reuters Health) – Black and Hispanic children may be less likely than white kids to survive certain childhood cancers at least in part due to differences in socioeconomic status, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on 31,866 black, Hispanic, and white children who were diagnosed with 12 types of cancer between 2000 and 2011 […]

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More U.S. stores likely sell cigarettes to minors than reported

(Reuters Health) – More retailers may be selling cigarettes to minors than government estimates have suggested, a new study finds. Researchers determined that more than half of retail stores may be inadvertently, and illegally, selling cigarettes to underage buyers, according to the results published in JAMA Pediatrics. Federal estimates are based on single visits to […]

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Tainted heart drug from second Chinese firm pulled off EU market

LONDON (Reuters) – Heart drugs containing an active ingredient from a second Chinese company are being recalled from the European market after detection of a toxic impurity that may cause cancer. The European Medicines Agency said on Monday that Zhejiang Tianyu Pharmaceutical was no longer authorized to manufacture valsartan for EU medicines and a certificate […]

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U.S. health secretary says agency has power to eliminate drug rebates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar listens to U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee […]

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Third African swine fever outbreak hits China’s hog herd

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly-contagious disease threatened to spread through the world’s biggest pig herd. A total of 615 hogs have been infected since Aug. 15 with the […]

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Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47

GENEVA (Reuters) – Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 47 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Congolese officials and the World Health Organization officials wear protective suits as they participate in […]

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Japan’s Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)

(This version of the August 16th story corrects to change drug price in headline, first bullet, paragraphs 1 and 3 after company corrects it to $16,970 from $15,970) By Manas Mishra (Reuters) – Japan’s Eisai Co Ltd said on Thursday it would price its cancer drug Lenvima at about $17,000 for a month’s supply before […]

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Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain

(Reuters Health) – Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests. Chronic pain sufferers who took guided tours of art museums felt less discomfort and unpleasantness related to their pain shortly afterward, researchers found. The researchers invited 54 visitors to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, who reported […]

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Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills

(Reuters Health) – People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills’ effectiveness, a recent study suggests. Researchers studied data on 521,028 adults prescribed blood pressure pills for the first time and 131,764 people taking at least four different pills to lower their blood pressure. Roughly 18 […]

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Transgender veterans don’t have worse health

(Reuters Health) – Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent U.S. study suggests. Transgender people have long served in the U.S. military but were banned from serving openly until 2016, when President Barack Obama’s administration lifted the ban. President Donald Trump’s administration has sought to reinstate the ban, citing […]