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Ask Well: Should You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?
Ask Well: Should You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?
Current cholesterol testing guidelines in the United States stipulate that fasting before a cholesterol test is �preferred.� But repeated studies have found no clinically significant differences between results from cholesterol tests done on a full sto...
The power of vaccinating pregnant women
The power of vaccinating pregnant women
Vaccinating pregnant women is crucial, and a way of plugging the "immunisation loophole" and protecting their unborn babies.
DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history
DNA 'tape recorder' to trace cell history
Researchers have invented a DNA "tape recorder" that can trace the family history of every cell in an organism.
Valeant's former CEO to receive $9 million severance payment, other fees
Valeant's former CEO to receive $9 million severance payment, other fees
Michael Pearson, the former chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, will receive a $9 million severance payment and agreed to a consulting agreement worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a document filed with re...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects patent appeal over Cubicin drug
U.S. Supreme Court rejects patent appeal over Cubicin drug
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc's bid to revive four patents for its antibiotic drug Cubicin, paving the way for rival Hospira Inc to introduce a generic version as soon as this year.
A Stronger Treatment System for Opioid Use Disorders
A Stronger Treatment System for Opioid Use Disorders
This Viewpoint proposes health care delivery and infrastructure reforms that would strengthen the US treatment system for opioid use disorders.
Doctors Getting �Pimped�
Doctors Getting �Pimped�
�Name the five brachial plexus roots,� a senior doctor commanded. I�d spent hours memorizing the anatomy of the arm and shoulder that week. But now � in front of a small audience of patients, nurses and medical students � I squeaked out just four.
Q&A: Will Senate COMPETES bill narrow partisan gap in Congress over U.S. research policy?
Q&A: Will Senate COMPETES bill narrow partisan gap in Congress over U.S. research policy?
As a conservative Republican from the West and a liberal Democrat from the Midwest, senators Cory Gardner (R�CO) and Gary Peters (D�MI) are separated by geography and ideology. But they see eye-to-eye on the need for the federal government to strengthe...
Cigarette plain packs to 'go global'
Cigarette plain packs to 'go global'
Plain packaging for cigarettes is about to "go global" in a move that will have a "huge impact" on health, the World Health Organization says.
Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Houston, Search for Signs of Zika
Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Houston, Search for Signs of Zika
Mosquito control is serious business in Harris County, Texas. The county, which includes Houston, stretches across 1,777 square miles and is the third most populous county in the U.S. The area's warm, muggy climate and snaking system of bayous provide ...
Teen cancer death rate causes alarm
Teen cancer death rate causes alarm
Too many teenagers and young adults are dying of some types of cancer, a Europe-wide report warns.
'Thousands miss out' on surgery for type-2 diabetes
'Thousands miss out' on surgery for type-2 diabetes
Thousands of people with type-2 diabetes in the UK are missing out on obesity surgery that would slash blood sugars and even lead to remission in some cases, a team of experts say.
Opioids Often Ineffective for Low Back Pain
Opioids Often Ineffective for Low Back Pain
People with chronic low back pain are sometimes prescribed opioids for pain relief, but a review of studies has found them generally ineffective.
FTC: Beware of companies peddling products to protect against Zika mosquitos
FTC: Beware of companies peddling products to protect against Zika mosquitos
That mint oil Mosquito Shield wristband you picked up last week to protect against Zika as mosquito season rolls into the United States? It�s not�going to cut it.
United States poised to approve major chemical safety overhaul
United States poised to approve major chemical safety overhaul
The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a major overhaul of the nation�s primary chemical safety law�marking one of the last steps in a decades-long reform effort. The House of Representatives on 24 May overwhelmingly approved the rewrite of the Toxic S...
Anti-cancer jab piloted in gay men
Anti-cancer jab piloted in gay men
A vaccine to reduce the risk of cancer is to be offered to homosexual men in England in a pilot scheme starting in June.
It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription
It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription
It has been more than 18 months since California's governor signed a law that allows pharmacists to distribute most types of hormonal birth control methods without a prescription.
Is 10,000-steps goal more myth than science? Study seeks fitness truths through our phones and more
Is 10,000-steps goal more myth than science? Study seeks fitness truths through our phones and more
Stanford cardiologist Alan Yeung has embarked on what may be the most audacious study of exercise in history. Using an app on those ubiquitous gadgets that many of us carry around 24/7 � our smartphones, fitness watches and other electronic devices � Y...