Cigna Closes $54 Billion Purchase Of Express Scripts Cigna Closes $54 Billion Purchase Of Express Scripts
Cigna Corp on Thursday closed its $54-billion deal to buy Express Scripts Holding Co, creating one of the biggest providers of pharmacy benefits and insurance plans in the United States, a combination it says will help it improve healthcare coordination and cut costs.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Indian Regulator Orders J & J to Stop Using Raw Material to Make Baby Powder in India-source Indian Regulator Orders J & J to Stop Using Raw Material to Make Baby Powder in India-source
India's drugs regulator has ordered Johnson& Johnson to stop manufacturing its Baby Powder using raw materials in two of its Indian factories until test results prove they are free of asbestos, a senior official said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist News Source Type: news

Keep Off Teething Necklaces, FDA Urges Parents After Reported Death Keep Off Teething Necklaces, FDA Urges Parents After Reported Death
Stay away from necklaces and bracelets used to relieve teething pain in infants, the U.S. health regulator warned parents and caregivers on Thursday, after reports of a death and several serious injuries.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dental & Oral Health News Source Type: news

More Programs Offering Global-health Education for Pediatric Residents More Programs Offering Global-health Education for Pediatric Residents
An increasing number of training programs are offering global-health education for pediatric residents, but gaps remain, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Influenza Vaccine Halves Risk of Hospitalization Influenza Vaccine Halves Risk of Hospitalization
Vaccination halved the risk of influenza-associated hospitalization among US adults during the 2015-2016 flu season, new data show.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

U.S. FDA Approves New Protocol for Study on Bayer's Essure Birth Control Device U.S. FDA Approves New Protocol for Study on Bayer's Essure Birth Control Device
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new protocol for a post-marketing study of Bayer AG's Essure birth-control device, as the regulator seeks more information on the device's safety.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Alert Source Type: news

Battling'biopiracy,' Scientists Catalog the Amazon's Genetic Wealth Battling'biopiracy,' Scientists Catalog the Amazon's Genetic Wealth
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Sierra Leone Fruit Bats Infected With Ebola-like Marburg Virus Sierra Leone Fruit Bats Infected With Ebola-like Marburg Virus
Scientists in Sierra Leone have found live bats infected with Marburg virus, a deadly hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola and so far undetected in West Africa, a U.S. government statement said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

As Ebola Threatens Mega-cities, Vaccine Stockpile Needs Grow As Ebola Threatens Mega-cities, Vaccine Stockpile Needs Grow
Doubts are growing about whether the world's emergency stockpile of 300,000 Ebola vaccine doses is enough to control future epidemics as the deadly disease moves out of rural forest areas and into urban mega-cities.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Golimumab Is Detectable in Fetal Circulation Golimumab Is Detectable in Fetal Circulation
Golimumab was detected in the circulation of a fetus whose mother was being treated with the drug for ulcerative colitis, according to a case study from France.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist News Source Type: news

Infertility Rates'Far Higher' in Military Women Versus Civilians Infertility Rates'Far Higher' in Military Women Versus Civilians
Alarmingly high infertility rates and challenges in other reproductive health areas documented in a new report.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Distributor Recalls All Its Roche CoaguChek Test Strips Distributor Recalls All Its Roche CoaguChek Test Strips
The recall applies to all lots of the product the company distributed in the United States, and comes in the wake of Roche's own recent Class I recall of multiple lot numbers of the same product.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

Four-drug Combo Pill for HIV an Option in Chronic Dialysis Patients Four-drug Combo Pill for HIV an Option in Chronic Dialysis Patients
A daily single-tablet regimen of coformulated elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide, approved in the U.S. and elsewhere for HIV-1-infected patients with mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease, may also work well in those with end-stage renal disease on chronic hemodialysis, a new study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Insulin, Sulfonylureas Raise Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Insulin, Sulfonylureas Raise Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes
Real-world data also show no cardiovascular harm from newer glucose-lowering agents, but less benefit than was seen in randomized trials of patients with type 2 diabetes and established CVD.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

EXCLUSIVE-Ravaged by Ebola and War, Congo Named Most Neglected Crisis of 2018 EXCLUSIVE-Ravaged by Ebola and War, Congo Named Most Neglected Crisis of 2018
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Sharp Rise in Deaths of Homeless People in England and Wales, Official Data Shows Sharp Rise in Deaths of Homeless People in England and Wales, Official Data Shows
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

As Spain Readies Euthanasia Law, Dying Sclerosis Victim Senses Hope As Spain Readies Euthanasia Law, Dying Sclerosis Victim Senses Hope
Painfully aware that his advancing illness will eventually leave him on life support, Spaniard Mariano Lopez has his hopes pinned not on a cure but on a parliamentary bill that would allow him to meet death on his own terms.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

AFM Has Doctors, Families Trying'Whatever Works'AFM Has Doctors, Families Trying'Whatever Works '
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been on the national radar only since 2014 and remains a mystery. There is little to no consensus on what causes it, how to diagnose it, or how to treat it.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

AAP Recommends Broader Care for Kids With Special Needs AAP Recommends Broader Care for Kids With Special Needs
In new guidance, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises pediatric primary care and medical home teams to include psychosocial assessments and risk-mitigation strategies in care plans.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Torrent Pharma Recalls Two Lots of Tainted Losartan Tablets Torrent Pharma Recalls Two Lots of Tainted Losartan Tablets
In the next chapter of the ongoing tainted-ARB saga, the recall covers certain lots of losartan potassium tablets found to contain what were called trace amounts of the probable carcinogen NDEA.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Sign-ups for 2019 Obamacare Insurance Fall to 8.5 Mln People Sign-ups for 2019 Obamacare Insurance Fall to 8.5 Mln People
The number of Americans who signed up for 2019 insurance plans created by the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, fell by about 4 percent to 8.5 million people from 2018, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

TV Ads Influence Little Kids' Craving for Sugary Cereal TV Ads Influence Little Kids' Craving for Sugary Cereal
Young children are more likely to demand specific sugary cereals for breakfast when they have seen television ads for these products, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Judge Blocks New York From Enforcing Opioid Tax on Companies Judge Blocks New York From Enforcing Opioid Tax on Companies
A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday blocked New York state from enforcing a recently-enacted law that aimed to collect $600 million from drug manufacturers and distributors to defray the costs of combating the opioid addiction epidemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist News Source Type: news

Evening Workouts May Be Best for Men With High Blood Pressure Evening Workouts May Be Best for Men With High Blood Pressure
Men being treated for hypertension may find that exercising at night, rather than in the morning, helps reduce their blood pressure readings, a small experiment suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Serious Infections From Unapproved Stem-Cell Treatments Identified in Multiple States Serious Infections From Unapproved Stem-Cell Treatments Identified in Multiple States
Unapproved use of stem cells caused bloodstream and joint infections.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma
With this approval, patients with advanced/metastatic MCC will now have another treatment option.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

FDA Warns of Aortic Aneurysm Risk With Fluoroquinolones FDA Warns of Aortic Aneurysm Risk With Fluoroquinolones
The agency is advising healthcare providers avoid prescribing the powerful antibiotics in certain patients, citing nearly twice the risk of aortic aneurysm.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

Most Don't Meet CV Primary Prevention Targets: EUROASPIRE V Most Don't Meet CV Primary Prevention Targets: EUROASPIRE V
Fewer than half of patients taking appropriate meds achieved control of blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol levels, and not even two thirds of diabetic patients reached HbA1c targets, the survey found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

After Chemo, Risk of Tx-Related Blood Cancer Higher Than Thought After Chemo, Risk of Tx-Related Blood Cancer Higher Than Thought
Risk of therapy-related blood cancers is exponentially higher than previously supposed, says researchers from the National Cancer Institute.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

FDA Warns Genetech Over Unapproved Stem-Cell Products FDA Warns Genetech Over Unapproved Stem-Cell Products
Twelve patients who received Genetech's unapproved products subsequently became ill from blood infections and other infections caused by a number of bacteria, including E coli.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics News Alert Source Type: news

FDA Warns Genentech Over Unapproved Stem-Cell Products FDA Warns Genentech Over Unapproved Stem-Cell Products
Twelve patients who received Genentech's unapproved products subsequently became ill from blood infections and other infections caused by a number of bacteria, including E coli.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics News Alert Source Type: news

USPSTF Targets Opioid Abuse Prevention USPSTF Targets Opioid Abuse Prevention
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is reviewing evidence on ways to prevent opioid use disorder as a key first step in a multiyear process of issuing a recommendation statement.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Red Wine Tops List of'Common Triggers' for Migraine Red Wine Tops List of'Common Triggers' for Migraine
Alcohol is often viewed as a migraine trigger and has a substantial effect on alcohol consumption in patients — leading to about 1 in 4 adults abstaining from alcohol, new research reports.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Exercise Ups Cancer Survival; A Little Goes A Long Way Exercise Ups Cancer Survival; A Little Goes A Long Way
Regular physical activity just one to two times a week can significantly improve cancer survival compared with inactivity, even in veteran couch potatoes who are overweight, smoke, and have advanced disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Bad Review Online? Social Media Presence May Lessen Effects Bad Review Online? Social Media Presence May Lessen Effects
Physicians who enhance their online presence may reduce the number of negative reviews that appear on the first page of a Google search, researchers found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse Spike in the US Benzodiazepine Use, Misuse Spike in the US
Although benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed to older adults, new research shows that midlife adults have surpassed seniors in number of benzodiazepine prescriptions — and misuse is common.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Baby Treated in World's First Commercial Drone-Delivered Vaccine Baby Treated in World's First Commercial Drone-Delivered Vaccine
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Melatonin'Should Be a Last Resort' in Tackling Sleep Issues Melatonin'Should Be a Last Resort' in Tackling Sleep Issues
Individuals with disturbed sleep patterns should look at light exposure and sleep behaviors before reaching for melatonin, say experts who suggest a series of recommendations for taking the hormone.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

No Increased Risk of Psychiatric Illness With Naltrexone No Increased Risk of Psychiatric Illness With Naltrexone
New findings dispel the prevailing view that blocking opioid receptors with XR-NTX may trigger or worsen symptoms of anxiety, depression, or insomnia.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Healthcare Is Where the Jobs Are. But What Kind of Jobs? Healthcare Is Where the Jobs Are. But What Kind of Jobs?
More Americans are now employed in health care than in any other industry, and although new jobs are being created, it's hard to know for sure what kinds of jobs they are.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Over Half of Deaths Among Youths Preventable in US Over Half of Deaths Among Youths Preventable in US
Vehicle crashes and firearms deaths drive the disparities. Reversing the trend will require a shift to viewing'accidents'as preventable, authors and an editorialist say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

HHS Advises Coprescribing Naloxone and Opioids HHS Advises Coprescribing Naloxone and Opioids
Coprescribing naloxone to patients at high risk for an overdose is a key element of a national effort to reduce overdose deaths, federal health officials say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Few Elderly Patients Record Treatment Preferences Before Surgery Few Elderly Patients Record Treatment Preferences Before Surgery
Only one in four U.S. seniors with chronic health problems prepare documents detailing their treatment preferences ahead of undergoing risky surgery, a study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Pseudopolyps Not Associated With Greater Colorectal Cancer Risk Pseudopolyps Not Associated With Greater Colorectal Cancer Risk
Post-inflammatory polyps (PIPs) are not associated with colorectal neoplasia (CRN) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to new findings.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Physicians Try CrossFit, Volunteerism to Aid Patient Fitness Physicians Try CrossFit, Volunteerism to Aid Patient Fitness
Physicians are seeking ways to persuade more patients to get regular exercise, seeking to combat a national epidemic of obesity.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

New Zealanders to Vote on Legalizing Recreational Cannabis in 2020 New Zealanders to Vote on Legalizing Recreational Cannabis in 2020
New Zealanders will decide whether to legalize cannabis for recreational use in a referendum held during the 2020 general election, the country's justice minister said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Indivior Plans Cheaper Opioid Addiction Drug if Rivals Launch Copycats Indivior Plans Cheaper Opioid Addiction Drug if Rivals Launch Copycats
Indivior Plc said on Tuesday it could launch a cheaper version of its blockbuster opioid addiction treatment, Suboxone, if rivals release generic versions of the drug.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

U.S. FDA Panel Backs Prescribing Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Along With Painkillers U.S. FDA Panel Backs Prescribing Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Along With Painkillers
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, along with addictive painkillers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Xeroderma Pigmentosum Prevalence Vastly Overestimated Xeroderma Pigmentosum Prevalence Vastly Overestimated
Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is not nearly as prevalent as suggested by the frequency of known pathogenic mutations in large exome-sequence databases, according to researchers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Survival Improving for Kidney Cancer Patients With Brain Metastases Survival Improving for Kidney Cancer Patients With Brain Metastases
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) yields similar survival rates for kidney cancer patients with and without brain metastases, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news