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  • Nurses help sneak dying man's dog into hospital for final goodbye

    November 10, 2017 4:39 PM 28

    An ailing grandfather died on Wednesday after battling cancer for several years, but not before his team of nurses and grieving relatives hatched a plan to sneak his beloved pooch into the hospital so that he could say a final goodbye. Ellie Miguel, David King’s granddaughter, shared the plan and photos her grandfather and his dog, Lil Fee, on Twitter

  • Death toll from Legionnaires' disease in Lisbon hospital up at four

    November 10, 2017 2:58 PM 31

    LISBON (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a large Lisbon hospital doubled to four on Friday, Portugal’s health authority DGS said, but the number of new cases being discovered appeared to subside. The severe form of pneumonia has made another 40 people sick since it was detected on Oct. 31 at the São Francisco Xavier

  • Tourists say they contracted Hepatitis A on San Diego trip

    November 10, 2017 7:22 AM 39

    Two tourists from Utah who visited San Diego this summer say they believe they contracted hepatitis A on their trip. Mike Johnson and Josh Oviatt told the San Diego Union Tribune that they were in San Diego in August. They both were diagnosed with the liver-damaging virus a month later. The 44-year-old Oviatt was hospitalized for four days. A third friend

  • U.S. drug agency to toughen stance on illicit fentanyl

    November 9, 2017 6:32 PM 30

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Thursday it will schedule all illicit versions of fentanyl on an emergency basis, making it easier for prosecutors to go after criminals who try to circumvent the law by manipulating the chemical structure of opioid drugs. The Justice Department said that once the DEA’s new order

  • New Delhi residents offered masks as city chokes on smog

    November 9, 2017 1:29 PM 93

    Volunteers took to the streets of India's capital on Thursday and placed green pollution masks over the mouths of willing residents to make a statement about the city's choking smog. Authorities have closed schools and stopped most trucks from entering New Delhi this week as they try to mitigate what officials are calling a public health emergency

  • FDA OKs Merck drug that prevents infection post-stem cell transplant

    November 9, 2017 1:15 PM 45

    (Reuters) - Merck & Co Ltd’s drug to prevent serious infection in patients who undergo a type of stem cell transplant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the drugmaker said on Thursday. Merck said the drug, which is expected to be available from December, was approved both as a tablet and an injection. The list price for the tablets

  • Christmas music is bad for your mental health, British psychologist says

    November 9, 2017 1:04 PM 95

    An expert said the continuous playing of Christmas music in the car or at stores reminds people of all the things they need to do before the holiday arrives. (AP) Stressing before Christmas? Listening to the cheerful, jolly music will not help you relax, a British psychologist said. In fact, listening to Christmas music could harm a person’s mental health

  • Governor says voters wrong to approve Medicaid expansion

    November 8, 2017 2:58 PM 64

    Maine's governor says residents of his state made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid, and he is hesitant to implement it at all. Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed five different attempts by the state Legislature to expand the program. But Maine voters decided the issue at the polls Tuesday, approving a Medicaid expansion

  • Woman gives birth in car after husband crashes en route to hospital

    November 7, 2017 1:57 PM 44

    Hongwei Zhang crashed into a concrete barrier while trying to get his wife, who was in labor, to the hospital. (iStock) A newborn baby girl and her mother are said to be "wonderful” after a middle-of-the-night dash to a San Diego hospital for the delivery nearly ended in tragedy. Hongwei Zhang was trying to get his pregnant wife, Ying Shi, to the hospital

  • FDA approves Roche drug for rare type of blood cancer

    November 6, 2017 5:26 PM 28

    (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG won U.S. approval to market its skin cancer drug Zelboraf for certain patients with Erdheim-Chester Disease, a rare type of blood cancer. The Food and Drug Administration approved Zelboraf to treat patients with Erdheim-Chester Disease whose cancer cells have a genetic mutation known as BRAF V600. It is the first FDA-approved