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HIV-infected organs transplant success
HIV-infected organs transplant success
HIV-infected organs have been successfully transplanted for the first time into patients with HIV in the UK.
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...
Scientists clone Zika for vaccine race
Scientists clone Zika for vaccine race
US scientists have cloned the Zika virus - an important step towards fast-tracking a vaccine against the disease.
Puerto Rico reports first Zika-related case of microcephaly
Puerto Rico reports first Zika-related case of microcephaly
Fetus showed severe brain abnormalities, health officials said.
CDC: Doctors should test for Zika in urine as well as in blood
CDC: Doctors should test for Zika in urine as well as in blood
Federal health officials are recommending that people suspected of having Zika infections get tested for evidence of the virus in their urine in�addition to undergoing blood tests.
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.
Shorter treatment 'will help tackle' drug-resistant TB
Shorter treatment 'will help tackle' drug-resistant TB
New international guidelines aim to halve the cost and time for treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
The Improvisational Oncologist
The Improvisational Oncologist
In an era of rapidly proliferating, recisely targeted treatments, every cancer case has to be played by ear.
An Old Idea, Revived: Starve Cancer to Death
An Old Idea, Revived: Starve Cancer to Death
In the early 20th century, the German biochemist Otto Warbug believed that tumors could be treated by disrupting their source of energy. His idea was dismissed for decades - until now.
Reducing Variation in the �Standard of Care� for Cancer Screening
Reducing Variation in the �Standard of Care� for Cancer Screening
This Viewpoint examines differences in the funding, quality, and reporting standards for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer screening.
Valeant CEO Papa plans to lower debt by more than $1.5 billion in 2016
Valeant CEO Papa plans to lower debt by more than $1.5 billion in 2016
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc plans to lower its debt by at least $1.5 billion this year, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said on Monday during his first large meeting with investors since taking the top job three weeks ago.
'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.
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...
Defective �breast cancer� genes aren�t just dangerous for women. They�re also linked to aggressiv...
Defective �breast cancer� genes aren�t just dangerous for women. They�re also linked to aggressiv...
Joe Scholten�s sister had already beaten breast cancer and was battling ovarian cancer when she tested positive for a genetic mutation linked to both. He responded by doing something unusual: He got tested, too.
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.
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.
Everything You Need To Know About The Theranos Saga So Far
Everything You Need To Know About The Theranos Saga So Far
In the beginning, Theranos was called Real-Time Cures. Corny? Sure. But Elizabeth Holmes was barely 19 when she came up with it, a Stanford dropout aspiring to upend personalized medicine. Besides changing its name, Theranos has come a long way: It�s r...
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.
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...
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.
Learning from the Lazarus Effect
Learning from the Lazarus Effect
Most clinical trials for cancer drugs are failures. But for a handful of patients, a drug proves to be nearly a cure. What can science learn from these "exceptional responders"?
Sanofi's executive VP for diabetes to leave company
Sanofi's executive VP for diabetes to leave company
The Sanofi executive in charge of diabetes and cardiovascular products, Pascale Witz, will leave the French drugmaker on June 1 as part of a management shake-up, the company said on Monday.
Yes, Zika will soon spread in the United States. But it won�t be a disaster
Yes, Zika will soon spread in the United States. But it won�t be a disaster
If history repeats itself, the U.S. media will make a whoop�dee doo out of the first confirmed case of Zika virus transmission that takes place in the United States from a mosquito to a person. So far, such �autochthonous� transmission hasn't happened,...
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.
Pakistan could beat polio in months, says WHO
Pakistan could beat polio in months, says WHO
Polio could be eradicated in Pakistan within months, health officials say, as a mass vaccination drive is launched.
Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss
Zika outbreak fuelled by mosquito control failure, says WHO boss
The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan.
Evidence-Based, Reality-Driven Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
Evidence-Based, Reality-Driven Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines
This Viewpoint discusses the need to account for clinician and patient adherence to colorectal cancer screening recommendations and barriers to implementation of screening programs in the choice of which tests to recommend in screening guidelines
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.
Walgreens makes overdose drug prescription-free in New Mexico
Walgreens makes overdose drug prescription-free in New Mexico
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Tuesday it would no longer require a prescription for the opioid antidote naloxone at all of its pharmacies in New Mexico.
Rating hospitals by the stars: The feds� latest plan to measure quality is the most controversial
Rating hospitals by the stars: The feds� latest plan to measure quality is the most controversial
Over the past decade, the federal government has devised 115 different ways to measure medical quality in hospitals, from assessing wait times in emergency departments and noise levels outside hospital rooms to tracking blood clots in surgical patients...
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...
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.
Microbes shape our world � and a new White House initiative will figure out how
Microbes shape our world � and a new White House initiative will figure out how
The little microbes are getting some big funding.
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.
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.
U.S. CDC updates Zika diagnostic testing guidance
U.S. CDC updates Zika diagnostic testing guidance
The CDC has updated Zika diagnostic testing guidance.
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 ...
Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time'
Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time'
Everyone has their own personal range of bacteria living on their skin that stays largely unchanged over time, a US study suggests.
Here�s what men need to know about the Angelina Jolie �breast-cancer gene�
Here�s what men need to know about the Angelina Jolie �breast-cancer gene�
Should men worry about the "Angelina Jolie breast-cancer gene?" A few years ago, Jolie had her breasts and ovaries removed after she found out she had a breast-cancer gene mutation that sharply increased her risk of cancer. Her decision encouraged many...