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California could be 1st state to sell own prescription drugs

California could become the first state with its own prescription drug label under a proposal that Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday in a bid to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic market. Newsom wants the nation’s most populous state, home to nearly 40 million people, to contract with generic drug companies to make

Young women still may be getting unnecessary pelvic exams

Pelvic examinations and cervical cancer screenings are no longer recommended for most females under age 21 during routine health visits, but a new study has found that millions of young women are unnecessarily undergoing the tests, which can lead to false-positive testing, over-treatment, anxiety and needless cost. Researchers at UC San Francisco and the Centers

Al Roker Can Be 'Short' With Special Needs Son, Wants to 'Be More Patient'

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Can brain injury from boxing, MMA be measured?

For boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, is there a safe level of exposure to head trauma? A new study shows different effects in the brain for younger, current fighters compared to older, retired fighters. The study is published in the December 23, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American

Vaping 'could be WORSE than smoking for lung disease', study finds

Vaping is just as likely as smoking to cause persistent lung infections ‘because e-cigarette vapour causes bacteria to become more harmful’ E-cigarette vapour containing nicotine caused harmful bacteria to form, grow  Researchers found it had similar effect on bugs as traditional cigarette smoke  Warn devices could be even more harmful as users take deeper, longer

Holding intubated infants in ICU found to be safe, beneficial

(HealthDay)—Holding intubated infants in the intensive care unit is well tolerated and does not increase adverse events, according to a study published in the December issue of Critical Care Nurse. Laura Ortmann, M.D., and Anne Dey, D.N.P., R.N., from the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Omaha in Nebraska, examined the safety of a holding intervention

Why exercising outside may be bad for you

Why exercising outside may be bad for you: Poor air quality from pollution could have bigger effect when you breathe more deeply A recent study from South Korea suggests we may be better working out indoors Research said limiting time exercising on busy streets might reduce hair loss Studies found poor air quality may be

Toxic algal blooms may be key to slowing neurodegenerative disease

Toxic algal blooms can be devastating to natural waterways, robbing them of oxygen, creating dead zones, and sickening people and animals. However, they may also be beneficial, potentially helping combat the progression of neurodegenerative disease, a URI College of Pharmacy study is showing. Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Matthew Bertin is teaming up

Exam stress may not be fun, but it can help you get better grades

Two-thirds of young people experience levels of exam stress that mental health organization ReachOut describes as “worrying.” Research shows high levels of exam stress can interfere with attention and reduce working memory, leading to lower performance. Early experiences of anxiety and stress can also set a precedent for mental-health problems in adulthood. But how we

Artificial blood can be transfused regardless of blood type

Artificial blood made in the laboratory could be transfused into ANY patient – regardless of their blood type, claim scientists When tested on 10 rabbits with severe blood loss, six of them survived This is reportedly comparable to if the animals were treated with real blood  Patients currently have to go to hospital where doctors

Your energy-efficient washing machine could be harboring pathogens

For the first time ever, investigators have identified a washing machine as a reservoir of multidrug-resistant pathogens. The pathogens, a single clone of Klebsiella oxytoca, were transmitted repeatedly to newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit at a German children’s hospital. The transmission was stopped only when the washing machine was removed from the hospital.

Men can be spared radiotherapy after surgery

Men with prostate cancer can be spared radiotherapy after surgery, according to late breaking results from a study led by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. These findings, from the largest ever trial of postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer, are being presented today (Friday 27 September) at the 2019 ESMO Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.