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China Expands Lockdowns to 25M People to Halt Viral Outbreak

China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures’ potenti...

  • Nov 11, 2019

    Cholesterol Levels Dropping in US, But Many Still Need Care

    Some good health news: Americans’ cholesterol levels are dropping, and more people at especially high risk are getting treatment. Researchers say Monday’s report suggests a controversial change in recommendations for cholesterol treatment may be starting to pay off. “It is very heartening,” said Dr. Pankaj Arora of the Unive...
  • Nov 11, 2019

    Vaping-Related Lung Transplant Performed at Detroit Hospital

    Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping...
  • Nov 11, 2019

    Virginia Doctor Allegedly Performed Hysterectomies, Tied Fallopian Tubes Without Consent

    A Virginia doctor allegedly performed hysterectomies and tied a patient’s fallopian tubes without consent, federal authorities said in court documents, NBC News reported. Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was arrested Friday and charged with health care fraud and making false statements to federal investigators, according to papers filed in the Eastern Dis...
  • Nov 10, 2019

    Could Trump’s Re-Election Go Up in a Puff of ‘Smoke?’ Vapers Say Watch Out

    They’re here. They vape. And they say they’ll vote you out of office if you come for their “unicorn poop” flavored vape juice, NBC News reports. Facing a perfect storm of threats from federal, state and local governments, vapers are banding together politically to defend a product that they claim saves lives and that has cre...
  • Nov 8, 2019

    CDC Says It’s Made a Breakthrough in Finding Possible Cause of Deadly Vaping Illness

    U.S. health officials finally have a potential breakthrough in the vaping illness outbreak that’s killed at least 39 people, narrowing in on vitamin E acetate as a “potential toxin of concern,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday. The compound used in supplements, cosmetics and vaping products was detected in all 29 lun...
  • Nov 8, 2019

    10 Hospitalized From Oklahoma Facility After Flu Shot Mix-Up

    Ten people at an Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were apparently accidentally injected with what’s believed to be insulin rather than flu shots, authorities said. Emergency responders were called Wednesday afternoon to the Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, about 40 miles (65 kilomet...
  • Nov 8, 2019

    Health Insurance Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

    Open enrollment season has arrived, and that means whether you get health insurance through your employer, Medicare, Medicaid or a private plan, it’s time to decide what, if anything, you want to change for next year. NBC’s Chris Clackum reports.

  • Nov 8, 2019

    Scientists Confirm Discovery of ‘New’ HIV Strain

    Scientists have confirmed the existence of an additional strain of HIV that has been around for decades, according to findings published Wednesday in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, NBC News reports. The strain is not new; rather, what’s changed is the technology used to study the virus. “The subtype has been around ...
  • Nov 8, 2019

    China Sentences Fentanyl Traffickers After US Tip About Ring

    A Chinese court sentenced nine fentanyl traffickers on Thursday in a case that is the culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. Liu Yong was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, while Jiang Juhua and Wang Fengxi were...
  • Nov 7, 2019

    E-Cig Maker Juul Halts Sales of Its Popular Mint Flavor

    Market leading e-cigarette company Juul is halting sales of its popular mint flavor, the company announced Thursday. Studies published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found high school students use mint more than any other of Juul’s flavors. Juul said it made the decision to pull mint in light of the results.

  • Nov 6, 2019

    2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled Over Possible Metal Contamination

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday a massive voluntary recall of Simmons Prepared Foods fresh and frozen chicken products because of concerns that some products were contaminated with pieces of metal. The recall includes about 2,071,397 pounds of poultry produced from Oct. 21, 2019, th...
  • Nov 6, 2019

    High School Football Player Prays With Rival Whose Mom Has Cancer

    A hard-fought Texas high school football game took a backseat to the realities of life when opponents Gage Smith and Ty Jordan came together for an emotional prayer after the final whistle last week. Smith asked Jordan if the two friends could say a prayer together for Jordan’s mother, Tiffany Jordan, 42, who has stage 4 lung and bone cancer....
  • Nov 6, 2019

    CVS to Close 22 Drugstores Next Year

    CVS Health will close 22 “underperforming” drugstores early next year in addition to the 46 stores it shuttered earlier this year, the company said Wednesday in a regulatory filing. The locations weren’t disclosed. The company recorded a $96 million impairment charge on its third-quarter earnings related to the 22 stores. It recorded a ...
  • Nov 6, 2019

    Judge Rejects New Trump Admin. Moral-Objection Health Rule Affecting Abortions

    A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care providers to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in New York said he was tossing out the rule in its entirety. The decision came after 19 states, the District of......
  • Nov 4, 2019

    Mann Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Vegetable Products Sold in the U.S. and Canada Due to Potential Health Risks

    Mann Packing Co., Inc. announced Monday a voluntary recall of more than 100 vegetable products over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria. The recalled products were sold in the United States under a variety of brand names, such as Signature Farms, Marketside, Sysco Natural, Trader Joe’s, Del Monte, O Organics, and more. They were also so...
  • Nov 3, 2019

    Halloween’s Over, Now What to Do With All Your Kids’ Candy

    With trick or treating over, all that candy is in your house. So now what? You can hide it from the kids, or maybe eat it yourself, but there are concerns about the amount of candy kids are consuming. “I am a really big candy fan,” says Heather Flannery. “We eat a lot of candy at our house.” The National...

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