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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM PST

Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care

Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers provides protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his...

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM PST

NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness

NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness

Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new...

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 07:31 AM PST

Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy

Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy

The first face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic is providing a man from Wyoming a second chance at a normal life after he was disfigured by a gunshot in a suicide attempt a decade ago. He now has the face of...

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM PST

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since...

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 01:16 PM PST

Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences

Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences

Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday said more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work...

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 07:10 AM PST

China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic

China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic

So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said...

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 07:43 AM PST

Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?

Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?

Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job. In dozens of...

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 05:57 PM PST

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 04:42 PM PST

South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment

South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment

When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom. Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition,...

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 08:56 AM PST

Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say

Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say

Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians, which...

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