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Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 03:13 PM EST

About 11 Percent of Drugs in Poor Countries Are Fake: UN

About 11 Percent of Drugs in Poor Countries Are Fake: UN

About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health...

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 07:33 PM EST

Facebook Turns to AI to Help Prevent Suicides

Facebook Turns to AI to Help Prevent Suicides

Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide. Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves. The new...

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 10:50 AM EST

Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills

Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills

Public outrage over surprise medical bills has prompted some states to pass laws protecting consumers. But such laws largely ignore ground ambulance rides, which can leave patients with up to thousands owed...

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 02:28 PM EST

Big Tobacco Finally Tells the Truth in Court-Ordered Ad

Big Tobacco Finally Tells the Truth in Court-Ordered Ad

Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette. Ads with these statements hit the major television networks and...

Sunday, Nov 26, 2017 at 05:25 PM EST

Veterans Are Key as Surge of States OK Medical Pot for PTSD

Veterans Are Key as Surge of States OK Medical Pot for PTSD

It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov....

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 at 10:27 PM EST

Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots

Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots

About 50 employees of Essentia Health, an upper-Midwest hospital chain, didn’t go to work Wednesday. But it wasn’t an early start to the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They were fired for refusing to get flu...

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 04:33 PM EST

VA Study Shows Parasite From Vietnam May Be Killing Vets

VA Study Shows Parasite From Vietnam May Be Killing Vets

A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite...

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM EST

Big Tobacco's Anti-Smoking Ads Begin After Decade of Delay

Big Tobacco's Anti-Smoking Ads Begin After Decade of Delay

Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend - but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be...

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 02:37 PM EST

Opioids Haunt Users' Recovery: 'It Never Really Leaves You'

Opioids Haunt Users' Recovery: 'It Never Really Leaves You'

Businessman Kyle Graves shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit. Ex-trucker Jeff McCoy threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn't hand over his fentanyl...

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 09:53 AM EST

More Consumers Finding Free or Cheap 'Obamacare' Coverage

More Consumers Finding Free or Cheap 'Obamacare' Coverage

Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on...

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