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Experts: California vaccine bill would prevent new outbreaks

June 30, 2015 9:22 am | by JULIA HOROWITZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

If California's strict school vaccine bill becomes law, experts believe it could help prevent another outbreak like the one that occurred at Disneyland. The bill was introduced after a measles outbreak traced to the theme park in December infected over 100 people....

Cannabis RX — legalized marijuana by the numbers

June 22, 2015 8:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

In recent years, medical marijuana has been transformed from a flashpoint in America’s culture...

Court overturns conviction in synthetic drug case

June 18, 2015 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A unanimous Supreme Court says people accused of selling synthetic drugs can't be convicted...

House ready to repeal pieces of healthcare law

June 18, 2015 11:19 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite White House veto threats, the House is ready to vote to repeal taxes on medical devices...

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Senator probes retailers on brain supplements

June 18, 2015 10:54 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is probing retailers and online companies about sales of dubious dietary supplements, especially those promising seniors protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related problems.

West Virginia tops overdose list

June 17, 2015 11:42 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing three-year statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report found that overdose deaths in West Virginia occurred at a rate of about 34 per 100,000 residents in 2011-13.

Study: Medical marijuana laws don't lead to more teen usage

June 16, 2015 11:36 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Some opponents of medical marijuana have said that legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana could send a message to young people that smoking pot is no big deal.


India, China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady

June 16, 2015 11:03 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a new report.

Pot shop patients sue California city over police raid

June 16, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clients of a California marijuana dispensary filed a lawsuit Monday accusing police officers of excessive and unconstitutional actions during a raid last month.

Colorado court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

June 15, 2015 11:46 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The case has big implications for employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.

Data warehouse raises healthcare overhaul privacy concerns

June 15, 2015 11:41 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government data warehouse stores personal information forever on millions of people who seek coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including those who open an account on but don't sign up for coverage.

Walgreens recalls bottles of women's multivitamins

June 12, 2015 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. is recalling a line of women's multivitamins because the packaging is not child-resistant.


Novartis gains FDA approval for childhood blood disorder drug

June 12, 2015 11:08 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

ITP affects as many as 5 in 100,000 children each year and is characterized by a low platelet count.

GOP-controlled panel backs medical marijuana laws

June 12, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

Health officials tell U.S. doctors to watch for MERS

June 12, 2015 10:55 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea.

Oregon women can get a year's supply of birth control

June 12, 2015 10:51 am | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state has enacted a first-of-its-kind insurance law that will allow them to obtain a year's worth of birth control at a time, instead of the 30- or 90- day supply available now.

Uncertainty over execution drug requires review

June 12, 2015 10:47 am | by KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a Georgia woman on death row say apparent uncertainty about what caused cloudiness in a lethal injection drug strengthens their argument that she not be put to death until a judge determines her rights won't be violated.


South Korea reports 10th death from MERS virus

June 11, 2015 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.

Murder charge dropped against woman who induced abortion with pills

June 11, 2015 11:32 am | by KATHLEEN FOODY, RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards dismissed a malice murder charge against 23-year-old Kenlissia Jones, who spent about three days in jail after seeking help at a hospital.

Monitoring legal pot: How do we know if it works?

June 11, 2015 11:26 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organizers say it's crucial to get a better handle on what data are being collected about the impacts of legalization and to consider what further research is needed.

Spike in heroin overdoses having pschological effect on Ohio town

June 11, 2015 10:59 am | by MITCH STACY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The usual handwringing over the heroin problem turned into panic in this small city in May when a supercharged blue-tinted batch from Chicago sent more than 30 overdose victims to the hospital and two to the morgue in a 12-day stretch.

FDA panel backs first-in-class cholesterol drug

June 10, 2015 11:55 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers recommended approval for a highly anticipated cholesterol drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, but with the caveat that more data is needed about its long-term ability to reduce heart attacks.

South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

June 9, 2015 11:34 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed seven people and infected nearly 100 in the country.

Obama: Congress can fix health law if court rules against it

June 9, 2015 11:32 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama places the burden on the Republican-controlled Congress to fix the law if the high court wipes out insurance for millions of Americans.

Health officials tracing path of woman with rare TB

June 9, 2015 11:07 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The woman has an extremely drug-resistant form of the disease, which is impervious to most TB drugs.

Policy favors ending nonmedical vaccine exemptions

June 9, 2015 11:04 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's largest doctors' group says parents should not be able to refuse to have their kids vaccinated for personal or religious reasons.

Christie aims to revive enforcement of federal marijuana law

June 8, 2015 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'd revive enforcement of federal marijuana law in states that have legalized recreational use of the drug if he were president.

Georgia can't explain cloudy execution drug

June 8, 2015 11:16 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia prison officials pointed to cold storage temperatures as "the most likely cause" of the cloudiness in a lethal injection drug that halted an execution — but testing may indicate otherwise.

Family behind 'Right to Try' looks beyond the bill

June 8, 2015 11:11 am | by MARTIN SWANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gabe Griffin lobbied his first bill at the age of 9. It became law when he turned 10. He'll be in a wheelchair when he turns 12. Without the right drugs, his parents say he'll be dead in a decade.

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