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Opioid overdoses leading to more ICU admissions and deaths

/  17.08.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters Health) – A growing number of Americans are needing intensive care for opioid overdoses and dying after receiving treatment for serious complications, a U.S. study suggests.

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Trump will make August cost-sharing payments to health insurers

/  16.08.2017  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will make cost-sharing payments to insurance companies under Obamacare for the month of August, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.

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U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

/  16.08.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

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Belgium to seek damages over contaminated egg scandal

/  16.08.2017  /  Health 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium will seek damages over a contamination scandal that saw millions of chicken eggs pulled from supermarket shelves there and in other countries, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Risk of disease as hundreds line up to identify Sierra Leone mudslide victims

/  16.08.2017  /  Health 

FREETOWN, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Freetown residents queued on Wednesday to identify relatives killed in a mudslide on the edge of the Sierra Leone capital, as aid workers warned of an impending health crisis caused by nearly 400 corpses.

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Texas governor signs bill to limit insurance coverage for abortions

/  16.08.2017  /  Health 

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Republican governor of Texas signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will restrict insurance coverage for abortions, compelling women to buy a supplemental plan if they want coverage for the procedure.

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Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals

/  15.08.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters Health) – Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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South Carolina sues OxyContin maker Purdue over opioid marketing

/  15.08.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have contributed to a national opioid addiction epidemic.

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Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

/  15.08.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters Health) – Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest.

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Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

/  15.08.2017  /  Health 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span.

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