WHO prequalifies first Ebola vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said it had prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time, hailing a "critical step" towards its licensing, access and roll-out in countries most at risk of outbreaks. "This is the fastest vaccine...

J&J’s Remicade losing ground in Quebec health plan despite court victory

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade, a blockbuster drug that treats autoimmune disorders, has steadily lost market share among patients enrolled in the Canadian province of Quebec’s public drug program, even after a court ruling reinstated full coverage in...

Michigan boy, 17, gets double lung transplant after damage from vaping

(Reuters) - A 17-year-old Michigan boy facing “imminent death” from vaping injuries has undergone a double lung transplant, the first in a patient suffering from the effects of e-cigarettes, a Detroit hospital said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A man uses...

How to protect yourself against superbugs and antibiotic resistance

Health Canada suggests the best way to prevent antibiotic resistance among some infectious bacteria is to reduce the necessity of taking antibiotics in the first place, while one expert believes the best approach would come out of government policy.  On...

UK’s Labour pledges 26 billion pound boost to healthcare spending

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party will pledge on Wednesday to spend an extra 26 billion pounds ($33 billion) on healthcare if it wins the Dec. 12 election, including recruiting thousands more staff, rebuilding facilities and providing new equipment....

Insomnia symptoms tied to increased risk of heart attack and stroke

(Reuters Health) - People who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than individuals who don’t have any sleep difficulties, a recent study suggests. Researchers followed 487,200 people in...

ER visits jumped after valsartan blood pressure medication recall, study says

An increase in visits to the emergency department after a recall of some blood pressure medications suggests better co-ordination between Health Canada, doctors and pharmacists when a recall is announced, a study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences says....

Patients just as satisfied when surgeons give fewer opioids for pain

(Reuters Health) - When surgeons cut their prescribing of opioids for pain by more than 50%, their patient-satisfaction scores didn’t suffer, a small U.S. study found. As reported in JAMA Surgery, the study team analyzed patient satisfaction results for 11...

Black, Hispanic mothers report more pain after delivery but get less pain medication

(Reuters Health) - White mothers may receive more pain assessments after delivery and have better access to painkillers than women from other racial and ethnic groups, two new studies suggest. For one study, researchers examined data on postpartum pain scores...

National parks a boost to mental health worth trillions: study

Spending time outdoors is long understood to offer mental health perks, including reduced stress, improved sleep and enhanced cognition. But these public spaces might also benefit the global economy, new research suggests. Visits to national parks around the world may...
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