White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign.
Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan
WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs because “people need help right now.” “My commitment to Medicare for All is all the way,” Warren told reporters, responding to critics who’ve questioned the timing behind the release of her implementation plan.
Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won't cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big federally funded study found.
US approves new drug to manage sickle cell disease
U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups. The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis AG’s Adakveo for patients 16 and older.
Warren says getting to ‘Medicare for All’ will take 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that she would expand public health insurance during her first 100 days in office, but wouldn’t push for passage of a “Medicare for All” program until the third year of her presidency, a timeline that acknowledges how tough it will be to shift to a system of government-run health care.
White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.
Will you get dementia? Many may not understand their risk
Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests.
FDA warns Dollar Tree about flagged Chinese manufacturers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government regulators have again warned Dollar Tree’s parent company about importing drugs and cosmetics that could be tainted due to improper product testing during manufacturing.
Texas baby born without much of his skin finally goes home
HOUSTON (AP) — A baby boy born in Texas without much of his skin is finally at home after months of treatment involving grafts of skin grown in a lab from his own cells.
US panel backs wider use of fish oil to prevent heart attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health experts on Thursday recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems.
Vaping illnesses in US still rising, though at slower pace
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of vaping illnesses in the U.S. is still rising, but at a slower pace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said another 121 cases have been reported, bringing the total of confirmed and probable cases to 2,172.
Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries held without bail
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The website of a Virginia gynecologist describes his surgical skills as “unparalleled.” But federal prosecutors say many of the procedures Dr.
German lawmakers approve compulsory measles vaccine plan
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has passed a law requiring that children who attend school or daycare must be vaccinated for measles.
Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips for 3rd day
NEW DELHI (AP) — Schools in India’s capital are shut on Thursday and Friday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for holding an annual children’s race.
Overdoses possible in some student deaths on USC campus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police investigators are looking into drug overdoses as a potential cause of death among some of the nine students who have died this semester at the University of Southern California.
US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling
NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.
Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the U.S.
3 universities, medical center get $1B to teach and research
Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday.
Afghan capital's air pollution may be even deadlier than war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn't escape tragedy.
Philanthropists give $106M to fund brain research alliance
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Billionaire philanthropists Joan and Sandy Weill announced Tuesday they are donating $106 million to launch a research initiative at three West Coast universities aimed at finding treatments for brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.
Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi
NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick gray haze blanketed India's capital on Tuesday, with authorities attempting to reduce the pollution by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction.
Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital
DETROIT (AP) — Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.
Trump, 2020 Dem contenders tout efforts to boost veterans
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — On Veterans Day, President Donald Trump paid tribute to America's troops at a New York City parade as top 2020 Democratic candidates outlined their plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as naming a woman to run the agency for the first time.
Portland, Oregon, paramedics learn self-defense amid attacks
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trisha Preston was transporting a patient in a mental health crisis in the back of her ambulance when suddenly the woman undid her seatbelt, jumped off the gurney and began attacking the veteran paramedic, punching her and pulling her hair.
Cholesterol levels dropping in US, but many still need care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some good health news: Americans' cholesterol levels are dropping, and more people at especially high risk are getting treatment.