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Researchers might be closer to finding a cure for the common cold

October 1, 2019

Researchers have found a protein that can help prevent certain viruses from spreading through the body, putting scientists a step closer to finding a cure for the common cold, according to a study published last month in Nature Microbiology.

CDC: Most cases of mysterious lung illness are linked to vaping THC

September 30, 2019

Federal and state health officials last week said their investigations into a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products show a majority of patients used products containing the marijuana compound, tetrahydrocannabinol—but investigators said they are not yet narrowing the scope of their probe.

FDA will not regulate fitness tracker apps, other healthy lifestyle software

September 30, 2019

FDA last week released guidelines clarifying how the agency will regulate digital health products, such as mobile apps and tools that use artificial intelligence to help doctors make clinical decisions.

Suicide rate has spiked among active-duty servicmembers, DOD finds

September 30, 2019

The U.S. military suicide rate among active-duty servicemembers rose by 34% from 2013 to 2018, according to the Department of Defense's first annual suicide report released last week.

NIH awards nearly $1B in funding for research to tackle the opioid epidemic

September 30, 2019

NIH last week announced the agency awarded nearly $1 billion to fund research to address the opioid epidemic by improving chronic pain treatments, reducing opioid use disorders, and helping patients achieve long-term recovery from opioid misuse.

Does your sick child need to stay home? Probably not, according to this pediatrician.

September 30, 2019

While minor ailments such as pink eye and sore throats seldom need prescription treatment, many day cares unwisely urge all sick kids to stay home and seek medical attention, Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

As vaping illnesses spike to 805 cases, Congress launches hearings

September 27, 2019

Congress this week held public hearings on the risks of vaping, as the latest CDC data show the number of cases of a mysterious illness that is linked to e-cigarettes and vaping rose to 805 and the number of deaths related to the illness rose to 12.

Bayers teams up with MGH, Brigham and Women's to tackle chronic lung disease

September 27, 2019

German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Brigham and Women's Hospital this week announced that they are collaborating to establish a lab in Boston that will focus on finding new treatments for chronic lung diseases.

In the states: Patrick Conway resigns as Blue Cross North Carolina CEO, Massachusetts bans sales of all vaping products, and more

September 27, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Are diet fads making Americans eat healthier? Maybe.

September 26, 2019

The American diet is slightly healthier than it was 20 years ago, but low-quality carbohydrates such as sugary foods, refined grains, and starchy vegetables continue to make up more than 40% of U.S. adults' daily calorie intake, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA.

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