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Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 07:00 PM CST

In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S.

In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S.

In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported. Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought...

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM CST

Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug

Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug

Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a drug used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time belittling a group of Australian students...

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 11:52 AM CST

World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education

World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education

Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness...

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 07:26 AM CST

'Magic Mushrooms' May Ease Anxiety, Depression: Studies

'Magic Mushrooms' May Ease Anxiety, Depression: Studies

The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer,...

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 08:22 PM CST

Texas Reports Its First Locally Transmitted Zika Case

Texas Reports Its First Locally Transmitted Zika Case

Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Health officials say that the woman who was infected in Texas is a resident of Brownsville, located...

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 10:41 PM CST

Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin

Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin

Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and...

Friday, Nov 25, 2016 at 01:21 PM CST

Boy Disfigured by Chimps in Africa Thrives After US Surgery

Boy Disfigured by Chimps in Africa Thrives After US Surgery

A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is marveling doctors with his resiliency a year after he was brought to New York to undergo reconstructive surgery. Nine-year-old Dunia...

Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 at 06:03 PM CST

US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades: CDC

US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades: CDC

The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control...

Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 at 06:11 AM CST

Zika-Caused Birth Defect May Become Clear Only After Birth

Zika-Caused Birth Defect May Become Clear Only After Birth

Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies. The...

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 at 11:24 AM CST

Zika Birth Defect May Appear Months After Birth: CDC

Zika Birth Defect May Appear Months After Birth: CDC

Babies whose mothers are infected with the Zika virus may develop small heads months after birth, meaning the birth defect may still affect infants who don't immediately present with it, according to new...

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