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Thursday, Mar 8, 2018 at 04:21 PM EST

Cheerleaders Warned About Mumps Exposure After Texas Competition

Cheerleaders Warned About Mumps Exposure After Texas Competition

Thousands of cheerleaders may have been exposed to mumps during a national cheerleading competition in Dallas last month. The Texas Department of State Health Services sent a letter to everyone who attended the...

Thursday, Mar 8, 2018 at 10:26 AM EST

Cigna to Spend About $52 Billion for Express Scripts

Cigna to Spend About $52 Billion for Express Scripts

The insurer Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a...

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 at 08:30 PM EST

Brazil Yellow Fever Outbreak Largest in Decades; 846 Cases

Brazil Yellow Fever Outbreak Largest in Decades; 846 Cases

Brazil's yellow fever outbreak has now infected more people than the previous one, which had been the largest in decades. The Health Ministry said Wednesday that officials have confirmed 846 cases of the...

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 at 11:20 AM EST

Hundreds of Canadian Doctors Protest Their Own Raises

Hundreds of Canadian Doctors Protest Their Own Raises

More than 500 doctors and medical residents from Quebec, Canada, are speaking out against their own pay raises, which they find offensive given the struggles of nurses and patients, CNBC reports. "We, Quebec...

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 at 04:32 PM EST

Prescription Opioids Fail Rigorous New Test for Chronic Pain

Prescription Opioids Fail Rigorous New Test for Chronic Pain

A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter...

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 at 09:49 AM EST

Taking on 'Microfiber' Pollution, 1 Laundry Room at a Time

Taking on 'Microfiber' Pollution, 1 Laundry Room at a Time

The fight to keep tiny pollutants from reaching the dinner plate might start in the laundry room. Innovators are coming up with tools to keep tiny pieces of thread that are discharged with washing machine...

Monday, Mar 5, 2018 at 12:44 PM EST

Grocers Fear Consequences of Trump 'Harvest Box' Proposal

Grocers Fear Consequences of Trump 'Harvest Box' Proposal

An idea called "America's Harvest Box" was floated in February in the Trump administration's 2019 budget proposal, tucked inside a plan to slash SNAP by roughly $213 billion, or 30 percent, over the next 10...

Monday, Mar 5, 2018 at 07:11 PM EST

Opioid Poisonings, Overdoses Hospitalizing More Kids: Study

Opioid Poisonings, Overdoses Hospitalizing More Kids: Study

Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study...

Friday, Mar 2, 2018 at 01:55 PM EST

Worst of Bad US Flu Season Is Over as illnesses Decline

Worst of Bad US Flu Season Is Over as illnesses Decline

U.S. health officials said Friday that the flu season apparently peaked in early February and has been falling since then. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to...

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 at 03:13 PM EST

Latin Families Distressed by US Immigration Policies: Study

Latin Families Distressed by US Immigration Policies: Study

The Trump administration’s immigration policies are causing "high levels of psychological distress" in many Latino parents, who are passing that anxiety along to their kids, a new study finds, NBC News reported....

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