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Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Lead to a Public Health Disaster

0SHARESShare Seven million people died prematurely in 2012 from air pollution caused by fossil fuel combustion, according to a 2014 report by the World Health Organization. So President Trump’s decision to halt U.S. compliance with the 2015 Paris climate agreement  is a blow not just to climate science and international diplomacy — it’s also a looming disaster for public health. “It’s a ...

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U.S. state, local government lawsuits over opioids face uphill battle

0SHARESShare A used needle sits on the ground in a park in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., May 30, 2017, where individuals were arrested earlier in the day during raids to break up heroin and fentanyl drug rings in the region, according to law enforcement officials. REUTERS/Brian Snyder 0SHARESShare Click here to Read from the source

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Pfizer hikes U.S. prices of 91 drugs by average 20 percent in 2017: Financial Times

0SHARESShare Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) has hiked the price of nearly a hundred drugs by an average of 20 percent so far this year in the United States, the Financial Times reported on Friday. The U.S drugmaker raised the list price of 91 medicines – including that of its erectile dysfunction treatment, Viagra, and its pain drug, Lyrica – on June ...

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Childhood cancer survivors have fewer long-term side effects: study

0SHARESShare By Julie Steenhuysen | CHICAGO Better treatment strategies for pediatric cancers are helping survivors live longer, with fewer serious health problems related to their treatment, U.S. researchers said on Friday. The finding, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago, is based on analysis of data from 23,600 participants in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study funded ...

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South Korea raises bird flu alert after confirming first case since April

0SHARESShare South Korea said on Saturday it will raise the bird flu alert level to the second highest after small flocks of farm birds tested positive for the H5N8 virus, the first in the country since early April. Asia’s fourth-largest economy has been hit hard by the spread of the highly contagious avian influenza since the first case in the ...

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High school boys fear looking 'weak' if they report concussions

0SHARESShare By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – Male and female high school athletes have moderate levels of knowledge about concussion symptoms, but the boys are much more likely to not report concussions for fear of seeming weak, a small U.S. study suggests. The reasons boys gave for not wanting to report a concussion tended to center around not wanting coaches ...

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Pregnancy after breast cancer doesn't raise recurrence risk-study

0SHARESShare By Julie Steenhuysen | CHICAGO Women who have had breast cancer often forego pregnancy for fear that it will increase the chances of their cancer coming back. But a study of more than 1,200 women, presented on Saturday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, now shows they may be able to have a baby ...

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Loxo's targeted drug helps variety of advanced cancers in small study

0SHARESShare By Bill Berkrot Three quarters of patients with a wide variety of advanced cancers responded to a Loxo Oncology Inc therapy that targets a specific genetic defect, according to data from a small study presented on Saturday at the year’s most important oncology meeting. The drug, larotrectinib, directly targets an acquired rather than inherited genetic defect called TRK fusions. ...

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Early use of J&J's Zytiga extends prostate cancer survival

0SHARESShare By Deena Beasley | CHICAGO Adding Johnson & Johnson’s Zytiga to standard hormone therapy reduced by nearly 40 percent the chance of death for men newly diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer that had spread to other parts of the body, according to new trial results. The data, which supports expanding the drug’s use to earlier stages of prostate cancer, ...

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Grail passes early test in quest to find cancer in blood

0SHARESShare By Julie Steenhuysen | CHICAGO An early stage trial of an ultra-sensitive “liquid biopsy” that scans blood samples for traces of cancer DNA showed it was able to pick up at least one cancer mutation in most of the patients with advanced cancers that were studied. The findings, presented on Saturday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting ...

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