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Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 08:53 AM EDT

Pfizer Buying Medivation in Deal Valued at About $14B

Pfizer Buying Medivation in Deal Valued at About $14B

Pfizer will pay about $14 billion in cash for the cancer drug company Medivation, a deal that will add the pricey late-stage prostate cancer treatment Xtandi to its oncology portfolio.

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 10:49 AM EDT

Officials: Zika Won't Hurt South Florida Tourism in Long Run

Officials: Zika Won't Hurt South Florida Tourism in Long Run

The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn't ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be minor.

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 01:19 PM EDT

Parasite Found in Arizona Swimming Pools

Parasite Found in Arizona Swimming Pools

More than 100 people in Maricopa County, Arizona, have become infected with a parasite officials believe was in at least 20 pools in the community, NBC News reported. Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto,” causes...

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 02:27 PM EDT

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Skyrocket 636% in Philadelphia

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Skyrocket 636% in Philadelphia

A disturbing 636 percent increase in overdoses from the medical-grade opioid fentanyl in Philadelphia has city health officials warning medical professionals and the public about the increased pervasiveness...

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:43 PM EDT

CDC Warns Pregnant Women to Avoid South Beach

CDC Warns Pregnant Women to Avoid South Beach

Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed during a press conference Friday that five cases of Zika have been found on Miami Beach — three more than originally thought after an email obtained by NBC 6 from city...

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at 10:10 AM EDT

EpiPen's 400 Percent Price Hike Has Parents Scrambling

EpiPen's 400 Percent Price Hike Has Parents Scrambling

Doctors and patients say the pharmaceutical company Mylan has increased the prices for an EpiPen — the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — from around $100 in 2008 to...

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:42 AM EDT

Four New Non-Travel Zika Cases in Wynwood

Four New Non-Travel Zika Cases in Wynwood

Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday four new locally transmitted cases in the Miami area.

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 11:20 AM EDT

Md. Hospital Clearing Out Neonatal ICU After Bacteria Found

Md. Hospital Clearing Out Neonatal ICU After Bacteria Found

Prince George's Hospital Center in Maryland is clearing babies from its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after three babies tested positive for a bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly infection. Two...

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 at 06:48 PM EDT

Houston-Area Infant Death Linked to Zika

Houston-Area Infant Death Linked to Zika

Texas health officials confirmed Tuesday that an infant who passed away shortly after birth in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The mother was infected with Zika while traveling in Latin...

Friday, Aug 5, 2016 at 11:38 AM EDT

'Success Kid' Meme Helps Raise $100K for Dad's New Kidney

'Success Kid' Meme Helps Raise $100K for Dad's New Kidney

A photo of 9-year-old Sammy Griner may very well have saved his father's life. When Sammy was a baby, his mom snapped a photo of him looking adorably determined, spawning the wildly popular "Success Kid"...

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