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  • When it comes to reducing hospital readmissions, financial penalties work

    December 27, 2016 10:31 PM 17

    Hospitals that were financially penalized for too many readmissions were more likely than non-penalized institutions to subsequently reduce readmissions for all conditions, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reducing readmissions has become a national priority

  • Carrie Fisher's death puts spotlight on women's heart disease

    December 27, 2016 10:03 PM 19

    Actress Carrie Fisher became a victim Tuesday of a threat to women that's bigger than cancer: Heart disease. Cancer does kill a lot of women. Four of every 10 women who die between ages 45 and 64 die of cancer. But more than 1 in 3 women — 43 million — are living with cardiovascular disease, many without knowing it. "Heart disease is the No. 1 killer

  • What caused the mysterious deaths of four bears? Officials now know

    December 27, 2016 4:30 PM 17

    Pennsylvania wildlife officials now know what caused the mysterious deaths of a bear sow and her three cubs in early December. On Dec. 6, the West Wyoming Police Department received a call about a dead bear cub, according to an early December Facebook post. Instead of one bear cub, officials found four dead bears, which had no signs of trauma. “At this time, the deaths

  • Greece reports H5N8 bird flu in wild swan: OIE

    December 26, 2016 10:31 AM 11

    PARIS Greece has reported a case of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus in a wild bird, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing official information from Greece. The virus was found in a wild swan in the Evros river delta in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food said on a report

  • Results confirm Ebola vaccine provides ‘high protection’ – WHO

    December 23, 2016 11:23 PM 22

    The World Health Organisation says an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea. “The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year,” WHO said in a press release

  • FDA approves Biogen drug for lead genetic cause of infant death

    December 23, 2016 9:53 PM 16

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it has approved Biogen Inc's drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of death in infants. The drug, nusinersen, which was discovered by Ionis Pharmaceuticals and licensed to Biogen, will be sold under the brand name Spinraza. It is the first FDA-approved medicine for spinal

  • 5-month-old boy from Chicago gets life as a ‘Christmas Miracle’

    December 23, 2016 5:02 PM 12

    5-month-old from Chicago boy suffering from Biliary Atresia, a liver disease gets donor in just 40 minutes as a Christmas Miracle Many of you heard about ‘Christmas Miracle’ and many have also heard the stories of Santa that he comes and gives presents to the most beautiful creation of god i.e. Kids. This year and this time people of Chicago witnessed

  • Guinea trial shows 'historic' success for Ebola vaccine

    December 23, 2016 1:32 PM 17

    LONDON – A vaccine developed by Merck is the first shown to be highly effective in preventing human infection with Ebola, according to final results from a clinical trial. Among 5,837 people who received the rVSV-EBOV vaccine in the trial in Guinea in 2015, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination, signaling 100 percent protection

  • First Ebola Vaccine Likely To Stop The Next Outbreak

    December 22, 2016 11:32 PM 10

    First Ebola Vaccine Likely To Stop The Next Outbreak A woman is vaccinated at a health center in Conakry, Guinea, during the clinical trials of a vaccine against the Ebola virus. When Ebola struck West Africa a few years ago, the world was defenseless. There was no cure. No vaccine. And the result was catastrophic: More than 11,000 people died. Nearly

  • Missouri hospital dresses up preemies as holiday gifts

    December 22, 2016 2:04 PM 19

    Families at a Kansas City, Missouri, hospital got the cutest gifts of all this year— photos of their preemies dressed up as holiday gifts. Volunteers from the March of Dimes went to St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and, with the nurses, dressed up 31 preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the festive outfits, complete with homemade