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The fascinating history of hiccups

If you've ever had a friend try to scare your hiccups away, you know how annoying and useless it is. A few years ago, it even proved deadly for a Texas man when a buddy who claims he was just trying to startle the victim ...

Feb 16, 2017
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Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal

Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

Feb 14, 2017
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When sex development goes awry: Is it a girl or a boy?

Few conditions underscore the importance of bedside manner quite like differences and disorders of sex development (DSD). Doctors faced with DSD patients must collaborate to recommend tailored and timely management plans ...

Feb 01, 2017
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Brexit uncertainty hangs over EU medicines agency

Tasked with giving new medicines the go-ahead across the EU, the European Medicines Agency is likely to have to relocate from its London base after Brexit—a prospect that is worrying its chief Guido Rasi.

Jan 26, 2017
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Finalists named to lead under-fire WHO

The World Health Organization on Wednesday picked three finalists for the role of its next director-general, a high-stakes choice for the powerful agency described as facing an "existential crisis".

Jan 25, 2017
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Novartis to buy back $5 bn in shares

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced Wednesday a $5.0 billion share buyback even though competition from generics ate away at sales and earnings last year.

Jan 25, 2017
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The ethics of tracking athletes' biometric data

(Medical Xpress)—Whether it is a FitBit or a heart rate monitor, biometric technologies have become household devices. Professional sports leagues use some of the most technologically advanced biodata tracking systems to ...

Jan 18, 2017
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CDC: Influenza vaccine 48 percent effective overall

(HealthDay)—This year's influenza vaccine is a fairly good match for the circulating viruses, according to research published in the Feb. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality ...

D.C. Zika tests were flawed

(HealthDay)—Two women in Washington, D.C., were incorrectly found to be negative for Zika virus last year due to flawed testing, health officials said Thursday.

Experts warn of health threats from climate change

(HealthDay)—More heat waves, food shortages, and the rapid spread of some infectious diseases may occur in the future due to climate change, experts warned at the Climate & Health Meeting, held on Feb. 16 in Atlanta.

Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those ...

Bringing evidence to health screening debates

Whether to screen? How often? At what age? At what cost?—seem to readily breed conflicting opinions and public confusion. What's needed is rigorously produced evidence. That's where Constantine Gatsonis, chair of the Department ...

Mapping a path to better oral health

Dentists aren't the only people who influence how we take care of our teeth; our friends and family play a big role, too. That is the conclusion of Brenda Heaton, an assistant professor of health policy and health services ...

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