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Nursing home residents eligible for palliative care often don’t get it

(Reuters Health) – Many nursing home residents who might benefit from palliative care to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life don’t receive it, a small U.S. study suggests. Reuters: Health News

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Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuters) – Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. Reuters: Health News

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Roche gets $12 billion stock boost from positive cancer, hemophilia results

ZURICH (Reuters) – Roche shares were lifted on Monday by two trial wins for its new cancer and hemophilia drugs, potential blockbusters that the Swiss drugmaker is counting on to offset shrinking revenue from older medicines. Reuters: Health News

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Injured defector’s parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades. Reuters: Health News

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Astellas faces U.S. probe over patient assistance charity support

BOSTON (Reuters) – Astellas Pharma Inc has become the latest company to reveal it has become the subject of a U.S. probe into drugmakers’ financial support of charities offering assistance to Medicare patients seeking help to cover out-of-pocket drug costs. Reuters: Health News

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FDA clears nerve stimulator for opioid withdrawal symptoms

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday cleared for use an electrical nerve stimulator designed to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Reuters: Health News

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Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare plans so far: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 800,000 people signed up for Obamacare individual health insurance plans in the second week of open enrollment, U.S. government health officials said on Wednesday, bringing the total number of sign-ups to nearly 1.5 million so far. Reuters: Health News

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Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. Reuters: Health News

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FDA warns against using kratom for opioid addiction

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday waded once again into the hotly contested debate over the safety of kratom, a botanical substance that advocates say can help ease pain and reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but which critics say can lead to addiction and death. Reuters: …

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Legionnaires sickens 12 in California, including 9 at Disneyland

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Disneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened 12 people, nine of them guests or employees at the theme park in Anaheim, county health officials said on Saturday. Reuters: Health News