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CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

FDA’s tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a decision expected to test the Trump administration’s approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

CDC’s flu tracking program to continue if U.S. government shuts down

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue its work tracking one of the worst flu seasons the United States has seen in several years even if the federal government shuts down on Saturday, senior administration officials said on Friday. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

Trump decries ‘permissive’ U.S. abortion laws at rally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend “the right to life.” Reuters: Health News  Read More »

U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Friday they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 – China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country’s statistics bureau. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

U.S. government to shield health workers under ‘religious freedom’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the “conscience and religious freedom” of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

Exclusive: Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor’s orders. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

Novartis gets U.S. priority review for Kymriah for adults with lymphoma

ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis has been ā€¨granted priority review for its cell therapy Kymriah for adults with a form of lymphoma by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand use of the treatment in multiple blood cancers. Reuters: Health News  Read More »

Greater screen time linked to worsening sleep quality in early childhood

(Reuters Health) – Higher use of electronic media is tied to poorer sleep quality in children as young as three, a new study from Germany suggests. Reuters: Health News  Read More »
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