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  • How dogs are saving diabetics' lives

    Can a dog’s nose save a diabetic’s life? Man’s best friends are known to sniff out bombs, drugs and even bedbugs, but can they smell trouble for type 1 diabetics? A new study done in the UK shows that the diabetic “alert” dogs were able to detect 70 percent of episodes of abnormal blood sugar, incidents which can be dangerous, even deadly, for type 1 diabetics. How do they do it? Dogs that are noted to have a better sense of smell (such as golden retrievers) than their counterparts are the...

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  • Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

    Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply. The announcement came Friday from the Centers

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  • Companies disproportionately target black, Latino youth in TV ads for unhealthy foods

    Extreme weight gain in children is a dangerous mental and physical health epidemic in the United States, and public health officials have implored children and their parents to lay off the sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food and unhealthy snacks. But according to a report released this week by

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  • Promising new drug for aggressive stage IV breast cancer encounters setback

    Federal approval of a highly anticipated breast cancer drug was delayed by the Food and Drug Administration this week. The drug, sacituzumab govitecan, which is produced by Immunomedics, was previously designated a "breakthrough therapy" by the FDA “based on preliminary evidence that it

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  • Facility where comatose woman had baby faces new abuse claim

    A long-term care facility where an Arizona woman in a vegetative state was raped and gave birth last month is looking into another abuse allegation. Hacienda HealthCare officials said Friday that a female patient accused a registered nurse and a certified caregiver, both women, of abuse

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  • Family of premature baby struggles to change insurance due to shutdown

    Joseph Daskalakis’ son was born New Year’s Eve, a little over a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected.

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  • 3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

    Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead,

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  • Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

    The legal pressure on the family behind the painkiller OxyContin intensified this week and is likely to grow. The Sackler family came under scrutiny when a legal filing in Massachusetts detailed how family members and other Purdue Pharma executives sought to push prescriptions for the drug

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  • UN health agency: Rising misconduct reports are 'positive'

    The World Health Organization says it is seeing increasing reports of misconduct reported by staffers within the U.N. health agency, describing the trend as "a positive thing." WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Friday the agency has been investigating misbehavior for "years and decades,"

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  • German brewers to print calorie content on beer bottles

    Two German brewers associations are recommending that their members start printing the number of calories contained in their beers and shandies on the label. The German Brewers Association and the Association of Private Breweries in Germany said Friday it hopes other industries, such as

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  • In the #MeToo age, APA has new guidelines for psychologists talking about masculinity

    New American Psychology Association guidelines offer psychologists new ways to talk about masculinity with male patients.

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  • Trump administration proposes higher 'Obamacare' premiums

    The Trump administration on Thursday announced proposed rule changes that would lead to a modest premium increase next year under the Affordable Care Act, potentially handing Democrats a new presidential-year health care issue. The roughly 1 percent increase could feed into the Democratic

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  • Dispute over rules riles California's legal pot market

    California has finalized its rules governing the nation's largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults. But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the

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  • Patients who may have contracted hepatitis at NJ surgical center file lawsuit

    Two patients from a New Jersey surgical center have tested positive for hepatitis, their attorney said Thursday.

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  • Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

    The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family's ties to OxyContin and the painkiller's role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted

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  • Tech companies release slew of gadgets aimed at health concerns

    If the scores of personal health care devices at the Consumer Electronics Show last week are any indication, it’s clear that the Apple Watch has kicked off a rush.

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  • Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

    Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect. When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it's called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery. Roughly

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  • The Latest: WHO confirms internal misconduct probe underway

    The Latest on misconduct allegations at the World Health Organization (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The World Health Organization has confirmed it is investigating allegations of misconduct following an Associated Press story that revealed its chief ordered an internal probe to examine

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