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Ministry of Public Health recalled seven pharmaceutical products that contain ingredient valsartan, manufactured by Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical L T, on the suspicion of containing a carcinogenic flaw. The Ministry of Health wants to reassure the public that the Valsartan products on the Barbados market are not affected by the recall. The FDA points out that not all products containing valsartan are being recalled.
  • Mosquito Control: West Nile Virus detected, active in Butte County

    Mosquito Control: West Nile Virus detected, active in Butte County

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    Mosquito populations around Huron have been significantly reduced through citywide spraying, but people are reminded to remain vigilant because Culex tarsalis, the carrier of West Nile virus, is now present in higher numbers. The 2018 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials.
  • Outrage from Advocates as the U.S Freezes Funds for Obamacare Payments

    Outrage from Advocates as the U.S Freezes Funds for Obamacare Payments

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    If you're been buying insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, here's more news you need to know. "Applicants will also be encouraged to demonstrate how they provide information to people who may be unaware of the range of available coverage options in addition to qualified health plans (QHPs), such as association health plans, short-term, limited-duration insurance, and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)", CMS said.
  • Health Canada recalls some drugs containing valsartan due to potential carcinogen

    Health Canada recalls some drugs containing valsartan due to potential carcinogen

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    Health Canada says the medications were supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals of China and that the valsartan used in the affected products contains an impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). You should not stop taking your valsartan medicine unless you have been told to do so by your doctor or pharmacist. Valsartan is a medicine used for the treatment of hypertension to prevent related cardiovascular complications.
  • Trump blasts 'fake' NYT story on United States opposition to breastfeeding measure

    Trump blasts 'fake' NYT story on United States opposition to breastfeeding measure

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    This is what triggered inquiries to the USA government to review the language. The Ecuadorian delegation, for instance, was expected to introduce the resolution but was weaned off the idea after the U.S. The code urges countries to stop the inappropriate marketing of formula and other substitutes as better for babies and aims to ensure breastmilk substitutes are used safely - according to the directions, without diluting the formula - when necessary.
  • Babies who are introduced to solid foods earlier tend to sleep better

    Babies who are introduced to solid foods earlier tend to sleep better

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    All the babies were breastfed, but about half started getting certain solid foods in addition to breast milk from age 3 months or somewhat later, but before they were 6 months old. "There was an extremely strong relationship between mother's quality of life and infant sleep, which you anticipate", he added. There's also the question of whether longer sleep is actually a good thing for babies - although it clearly can be helpful for parents, Kim noted.
  • Polar Flow Fitness App Exposed Locations of Spies and Military Personnel

    Polar Flow Fitness App Exposed Locations of Spies and Military Personnel

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    It allows users to track their fitness and sleep activity, analyze their progress, set fitness targets and get guidance, and connect with other fitness enthusiasts. As part of its response, Polar seems to have shut down its Explore API for the time being and has promised to "raise the level of privacy protection and heighten the awareness of good personal practices when it comes to sharing Global Positioning System location data".
  • Trump slashes funding that helps people sign up for Obamacare

    Trump slashes funding that helps people sign up for Obamacare

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    Under the risk adjustment program, insurers with healthier patients pay those with sicker patients. "In light of this analysis, the Government can not lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments", the White House said after ending the payments in October 2017 .
  • Winners and losers of Trump’s decision to halt ObamaCare payments

    Winners and losers of Trump’s decision to halt ObamaCare payments

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    Under the risk adjustment program, insurers with healthier patients pay those with sicker patients. "The executive order the president signed, not long after he got to the White House after the [Inaugural] Parade was effectively, 'We're declaring war on the Affordable Care Act .'" Whitlock says, the goal has been to make the marketplace as inhospitable as possible for participating plans, and this is just one more step in that direction.
  • Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

    Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

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    Top contenders have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh , Raymond Kethledge , Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman . Kavanaugh was also a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy , and he was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W.
  • HIV vaccine that can protect people shows promising results

    HIV vaccine that can protect people shows promising results

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    This is one of only five vaccines to have made it to this stage of testing in the 35 years since the HIV/AIDS epidemic started. While there have been HIV vaccines that have been approved for human trials in the past, only one was shown to provide protection against the disease, and it's rate of protection was considered too low to be implemented more widely.
  • European canines replaced New World’s ancient breeds

    European canines replaced New World’s ancient breeds

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    It appears that native dog populations could have been wiped out through a number of causes, including disease, persecution and Europeans' desire to raise their own breeds. The Atlantic's Ed Yong writes that these dogs were the first to be bred for a specific goal, namely pulling their humans' sleds. In a paper published Thursday in Science , an worldwide team of archaeologists and geneticists report that.
  • Dozens of drunk seagulls found on beaches in Southern England

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    RSPCA officers in Somerset have been responding to a number of calls regarding gulls seemingly suffering from the effects of alcohol . Rescue of seagulls began in mid-June and all birds have been showing the same symptoms. "The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand". The RSPCA is urging breweries and other alcohol producers to make sure their waste isn't being left where wild animals can get to it.
  • Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

    Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

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    Maya, four, takes her first steps as her family watches on. Maya Tinsdale has cerebral palsy . "First steps - 4 years, 10 months I can't even put into words how we are feeling", a post on the "Mighty Miss Maya - Will to Walk" Facebook page said.
  • Evacuation order lifted after 'inadvertent' TB release

    Evacuation order lifted after 'inadvertent' TB release

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    This is an ongoing investigation. Tuberculosis resurfaced in developed countries like the United States since 1985 due to the spread of the HIV . "Although we believe that this was a one-time event with no risk to anyone on campus, we take this event seriously and will conduct a thorough review of existing procedures, retrain staff and make any other needed improvements", Willis said.
  • Study Suggests Pap Test's Days Could Be Numbered

    Study Suggests Pap Test's Days Could Be Numbered

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    Testing for cancer-related human papillomavirus ( HPV ), which causes 99.7 percent of cervical cancer , outperformed the effectiveness of Pap smears in women over the age of 30. "The ASCCP [American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology] pointed out that just doing the HPV testing would miss some people, and so they advocated for co-testing".
  • Planning To Have A Baby? Include More Nuts In Your Diet

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    The results of the experiment were presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology taking place this week in Barcelona. This was a randomized trial where sperm parameters were measured in the study participants over a 14 week study.
  • Hot dog eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Famous 2018 competition

    Hot dog eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Famous 2018 competition

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    Or at least he swallowed them after dipping them in water. That smashes the record of 72 that he set past year. The video is below, but be warned - it's hardly ASMR. What time does the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest start? The defending champion won his 11th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. "Seventy-four hot dogs - I've earned it", he said after the event in an interview with ESPN .
  • 4th of July 2018 fireworks

    4th of July 2018 fireworks

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    Smyrna - Fireworks may only be used within the town limits July 3-July 5 and December 31-Jan. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Pre-registration for softball is required, but people can register for bean bag, cribbage or kubb tournaments at 5:30 p.m.
  • Fish pedicure blamed for woman's lost toenails

    Fish pedicure blamed for woman's lost toenails

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    According to Gizmodo , Lipner can't reveal where the woman got her pedicure in order to protect the patient's identity, but she said the patient has no other medical history that would cause her nail shedding. It's a typical byproduct of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, a viral infection common in children that appears as a rash on the hands and feet, so it's unclear how the infection was spread through the fish pedicure.
  • Coffee is good for you, more science shows

    Coffee is good for you, more science shows

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    Among the most striking findings in the study: It didn't matter whether you drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, and it didn't matter whether you drank instant or brewed coffee. "It's hard to believe that something we enjoy so much could be good for us". Other studies have suggested that substances in coffee may reduce inflammation and improve how the body uses insulin, which can reduce chances for developing diabetes.
  • Oppressive Heat and Humidity, Localized Downpours

    Oppressive Heat and Humidity, Localized Downpours

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    On Sunday , a 30-year-old man died after he collapsed on a mountain trail while running a race in Wilmington, New York, the Essex County coroner said . Temperatures on Friday remain in the lower 90s but before the front comes through the humidity could push back up into the more than oppressive range, making it feel close to 100 on the Heat Index chart.
  • Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

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    And it also doesn't matter what version of the "coffee gene" people have. The study covered people who drank instant, ground and decaffeinated coffee. More than half a million people volunteered to give blood and answer detailed health and lifestyle questions for ongoing research into genes and health.
  • Terrifying moment woman is dragged under water by shark

    Terrifying moment woman is dragged under water by shark

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    After she was pulled back onto the boat, the 34-year-old found out her finger was still attached. 'I think the shark was in shock as much as I was, ' she said. Tawny sharks are normally placid creatures, but will bite defensively if they feel threatened. "This is not a shark attack, this is just a blonde doing a stupid thing".
  • Amazon just put the entire pharmaceutical industry on notice

    Amazon just put the entire pharmaceutical industry on notice

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    Echoing that sentiment, Morningstar senior analyst Vishnu Lekraj called the stock's tumble after the Amazon news a "huge overreaction", in an interview after the call. "We wouldn't be surprised to see pharmacies in Whole Foods at some point", he told the news service. "While we can argue that PillPack's scale is minuscule and it is hard to envision it being particularly relevant broadly for the foreseeable future it just won't matter frankly".
  • USA charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

    USA charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

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    Justice Department history, according to the department and HHS Office of Inspector General . One case involved a pharmacy chain in Texas with fraudulent orders of more than one million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills and selling them for millions of dollars to drug transporters.
  • California reports 5 additional human West Nile virus cases

    California reports 5 additional human West Nile virus cases

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    This week, 12 additional samples tested positive for the disease, bringing the total to 16. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. About 80 percent of people who are infected will not show any symptoms. Symptoms include fever, headache, drowsiness, nausea and rash. "No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available", the CDC website states.
  • Sea Lice Reported On Florida Beach

    Sea Lice Reported On Florida Beach

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    Lifeguards at a Florida beach have posted purple flags up early on Tuesday to warn beach-goers about sea lice. Purple flags were flying at beaches along the Florida coastline Wednesday to indicate that potentially hazardous marine life could be lurking in the water .
  • Walgreens plays down Amazon pharmacy entry, but investors spooked

    Walgreens plays down Amazon pharmacy entry, but investors spooked

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    Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. PillPack is an online pharmacy which operates in all 50 U.S. states and offers pre-sorted dose packaging and home delivery. Amazon and PillPack said they expected to close the deal by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval. FILE PHOTO: The Walgreens logo is seen outside the store in Times Square in NY, U.S., July 5, 2016.
  • Montana health department launches new website highlighting HIV testing sites

    Montana health department launches new website highlighting HIV testing sites

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    In 2017, studies showed that people living with HIV who were able to maintain an undetectable viral load through antiretroviral medication (ARVs) did not pass on HIV through sex. Despite these limitations, the investigators concluded that "eliminating missed opportunities for testing and diagnosis in health care settings may reduce HIV transmission especially among high-risk groups".
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta honored by U.S

    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta honored by U.S

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    Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids and the DMC Children's Hospital of MI in Detroit ranked nationally in six and three categories, respectively. TeleMSE, a medical screening evaluation program, allows physicians to work remotely with ED staff to help triage patients in a timely manner, allowing patients to be seen by specialists faster and more efficiently.
  • The Problem With Going Down the Slide With Kids in Our Laps

    The Problem With Going Down the Slide With Kids in Our Laps

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    For the record, she says, there's no proper way to hold a child on a slide, because you simply shouldn't be doing it. A mother has shared a picture of the moment that her daughter's leg broke as a warning to others about the dangers of going down a slide with their child.
  • Prospects for GE's spun-off health unit said to be strong

    Prospects for GE's spun-off health unit said to be strong

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    Furthermore, GE can not sell more than 15% of the company to a single entity without conflicts committee approval for three years beyond July 2019. Tuesday's moves clear the path for the company to reduce debt by $25 billion, and allow it more flexibility in terms of de-risking in the future, the release said.
  • Flight attendants exposed to greater risk of cancers

    Flight attendants exposed to greater risk of cancers

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    More than 5,000 flight attendants participated in the study. Over 7 percent of female flight attendants had been diagnosed with those cancers, compared to just under 2 percent of other women. The Harvard University scientists behind the work came to their conclusion by examining data from more than 5,300 US-based flight attendants who filled out an online survey between December 2014 and June 2015 as part of the larger " Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study ".
  • Airline crews at greater risk of cancer says study

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    The authors found an association between each five years of time spent working as a flight attendant and non-melanoma skin cancer among women. "This study is the first to show higher prevalences of all cancers studied, and significantly higher prevalences of non-melanoma skin cancer compared to a similarly matched United States sample population", said lead study author Eileen McNeely of the Harvard T.H.
  • U.S. approves Epidiolex, first marijuana-derived drug

    U.S. approves Epidiolex, first marijuana-derived drug

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    In one study of 120 children and young adults with Dravet syndrome , cannabidiol reduced the median frequency of convulsive seizures to 5.9 a month from 12.4 before treatment, while patients getting a placebo saw minimal reductions, according to results published past year in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • US OKs marijuana-based prescription drug for seizures

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    A new drug derived from marijuana just became the first of its kind to get the green light from the United States government. As a result, Epidiolex's launch remains at the discretion of the DEA, which must now evaluate the drug and consider reclassifying it as a substance that has medical properties, so as to allow GW to begin selling it.