Wednesday , 23 May 2018

Health

US officials: Some teething medicines unsafe for children

Federal health officials are warning parents about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The agency said Wednesday that various gels containing the drug benzocaine (BEN-zoh-keyn) can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 …

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WHO says 9 nations mobilize to prevent possible Ebola spread

The World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa says the agency is accelerating efforts with nine countries neighboring Congo to try to prevent the spread of the current Ebola outbreak beyond its borders. Matshidiso Moeti says teams are being deployed to assess preparedness and “immediate next steps” include boosting capacity-building, training and resource mobilization. The top two priority countries are …

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In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

The last thing Lizabeth Loud, a month from giving birth, wanted was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. But her mother saw no other choice, and sought a judge’s order to have her committed against her will. Three years later, Loud said her month in state prison, where Massachusetts sent civilly committed women until …

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Death of CDC worker who drowned ruled a suicide

Authorities say the death of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee whose body was found in a river in Atlanta has been ruled a suicide. Fulton County chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Gorniak said Tuesday that Timothy Cunningham’s death was a suicide by drowning. Gorniak said there also was evidence that the 35-year-old epidemiologist had used marijuana but …

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California appeals to defend law allowing life-ending drugs

California’s attorney general has appealed a judge’s decision to toss a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives. Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday asked for a stay and reversal of a judge’s ruling last week that the law was unconstitutionally approved by the state Legislature. Becerra says the law was legitimately passed during a special …

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Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Josephine Rizo survived chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, but breast cancer treatment wrecked her finances. Money was already tight when doctors told the Phoenix resident she had an aggressive form of the disease. Then she took a pay cut after going on disability leave, and eventually lost her job and insurance coverage. During treatment, Rizo got swamped with more than $50,000 …

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Cancer deaths are down overall, new report says

Good news — cancer deaths are down overall. Cancer deaths dipped almost 2 percent a year between 1999 and 2015 among men, about 1.5 percent a year for women, according to a new report. Although cancer rates actually increased slightly between 2010 and 2014 for children — 1 percent a year — their death rate also dropped 1.5 percent between …

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