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Common non-prescription painkillers causing heart failure: study

A study out of Italy suggests prescription and non-prescription pain killers called NSAIDS might best be avoided. The study found that their use can lead to a greater risk of heart failure.

Startup designed to sell Obamacare is quitting Obamacare

Harken Health Insurance, a startup and part of UnitedHealthcare that offered low-cost health plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, is leaving the marketplace.

Dispute in Canadian court over raw milk

Toronto - In Canada a group of farmers are locked in a legal dispute with officials over the right to produce and sell raw (unpasteurized) milk.

Canadian study — Pertussis vaccine only effective for three years

Researchers have found that the current Pertussis or whooping cough vaccine is highly effective for the first three years after it is administered, but its effectiveness starts to wane over the next few years, leaving little protection.

Nicotine enters the body via the skin as well as lungs

For tobacco smokers, and those who favor e-cigarettes, nicotine not only enters the body via the lungs but also through the skin, according to new research.

Op-Ed: Outrageous EpiPen prices drive some people to make their own

There is one sure way to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit in people. All you have to do is say "it can't be done." Social media sites, including Twitter and YouTube, are awash with instructions on how to make your own EpiPen, and that is dangerous.

Rapid test for Salmonella in chicken developed

Microbiologists and technologists have joined forces to come up with a rapid and easy-to-use method to detect Salmonella in food such a chicken. The device contributes to contamination control.

Will there be an emerging black market in 3D printed organs?

3D printing technology continues to advance and progress is being made with producing a fully functioning organ, like a heart or a kidney. What would happen if this became a root in for illegal trade in printed organs?

Rare mosquito vector disease found in Haiti

Virologists have identified previously undetected mosquito carried disease from a patient in Haiti. The disease has not previously been detected within any Caribbean nation.

New evidence in favour of gingerol’s anti-cancer properties

Does the eating of chili peppers increase cancer risk; and can ginger, in turn, counteract this? New evidence suggests that an active ingredient in ginger can block any potentially harmful effects from chili.

FDA launches app competition to tackle opioid abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a competition for app developers to come up with software to address the growing epidemic of opioid overdose.

Looking for Narcan? There will soon be an app for that

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are launching a contest that is intended to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States.

Saskatchewan doctors — public health emergency over HIV/AIDS

Saskatoon - A doctor's group working directly with HIV-positive patients in Saskatchewan is calling on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency because of the increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases.

Bayer's Essure trial is approved again after FDA re-evaluation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded its investigation on Essure's pivotal trial. Bayer, the company that manufactures the controversial contraception method, has been, in fact, accused of manipulating data to inflate the device's safety.

2016 Flu season — a few new things you need to know this year

The flu season in the United States often begins in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. This means we should be thinking about getting our annual flu shots.

First Miami zone of local Zika spread now 'clear': officials

Miami - Health authorities Monday lifted a travel warning for the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood -- site of the United States' first local Zika outbreak -- after the governor declared no evidence of active transmission of the virus there in the last 45 days.

Giving antibiotics to children increases allergy risk

Prescribing antibiotics to children may raise the risk of children going on to develop allergies in later life, a new study suggests.

Alzheimer's stemmed but not stopped, say experts

Paris - Soaring rates of population growth and ageing have long been seen as portending a global explosion of Alzheimer's, the debilitating disease that robs older people of their memory and independence.But an unexpected, and hopeful, trend may be emerging.

Is another mosquito-borne virus emerging in the Caribbean?

Researchers from the University of Florida have identified a patient with a serious mosquito-borne virus never before seen in Haiti. Called the Mayaro virus, there is concern over it becoming a new and emerging disease in the Caribbean region.
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