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Elderly in U.S. emergency depts often can't afford medicines
26 Jun 2019 at 8:01am
(Reuters Health) - Older adults who come to U.S. emergency rooms often have trouble affording medications, a study shows.
Glyphosate use will eventually end, Merkel says
26 Jun 2019 at 5:47am
Use of Bayer's contested weedkiller glyphosate, the subject of more than 10,000 lawsuits in the U.S. over claims it causes cancer, will eventually die out, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the country's lower house on Wednesday.
Afghanistan records tenth polio case in 2019 as security worsens: officials
26 Jun 2019 at 5:30am
Afghanistan, one of the last countries in the world where polio is still endemic, has registered its 10th case this year, with most coming in southern regions where Taliban militants have wide control, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
Fate of opioid litigation hinges on government 'police power'
26 Jun 2019 at 4:21am
The fate of thousands of lawsuits seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic hinges in part on a thorny legal question: Can a company use a bankruptcy to stop lawsuits from cities and states?
Switzerland aims to legalise medical marijuana
26 Jun 2019 at 2:49am
The Swiss government aims to make it easier for patients to get medical marijuana, proposing on Wednesday to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions.
Juul loses home turf as San Francisco bans e-cigarette sales
25 Jun 2019 at 10:11pm
San Francisco will become the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes as officials look to control the rapid uptick in teenage use of nicotine devices made by companies such as Juul Labs Inc.
U.S. pork lobby says regulatory changes needed after Trump biotech order
25 Jun 2019 at 6:59pm
The U.S. pork lobby said on Tuesday that more must be done to simplify regulations for genetically altered livestock, weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to streamline the review process for agricultural technology.
Opioid use booming as tramadol crisis emerges in Africa - U.N. drug report
25 Jun 2019 at 3:02pm
Synthetic opioid use is booming, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a worldwide drug report that showed deaths in the United States from overdoses still rising and a "crisis" of tramadol use emerging in parts of Africa.
Tobacco, vape shops sell more to minors than other retailers
25 Jun 2019 at 1:53pm
U.S. regulations require retailers to check ID for everyone under age 27 who tries to buy tobacco products, but half of tobacco and vape shops don't do this, a 2018 study of California retailers suggests.
Yes, counting steps might make you healthier
25 Jun 2019 at 12:47pm
People who track their daily steps may not only be more active, they may also be less likely to develop health problems that lead to events like heart attacks or broken bones, a new study suggests.
Unproven stem cell therapies often peddled by doctors without training
25 Jun 2019 at 12:44pm
At U.S. clinics advertising unproven stem cell treatments, roughly two-thirds of the clinicians may be physicians, but a new study suggests these doctors are often trained in specialties unrelated to the services they provide.
Akorn gets FDA warning letter for another manufacturing plant
25 Jun 2019 at 11:15am
Akorn Inc said on Tuesday it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding its manufacturing facility in New Jersey, the latest in a string of setbacks for the generic drugmaker.
Illinois joins 10 other U.S. states in legalizing recreational marijuana
25 Jun 2019 at 11:15am
Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that also provides for the removal of certain previous drug convictions and will generate new revenue for the financially troubled state.
Vitamin deficiencies may be the only sign of celiac disease
25 Jun 2019 at 9:46am
(Reuters Health) - Adults with undiagnosed celiac disease often have nutrient deficiencies as the only sign of the condition, researchers say.
Migraine in pregnancy linked with complications for mothers and babies
25 Jun 2019 at 9:14am
(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women with migraine headaches are more likely to develop complications, and their babies are at higher risk for complications early after birth, too, a large study from Denmark suggests.