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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.

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.

This man has seen nearly 100 doctors. No one knows what's wrong with him.

September 26, 2019

Bob Schwartz suffers from insomnia, large shifts of body fluids when he stands or lies down, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, muscle wasting on one side of his body, and exhaustion—and the nearly 100 doctors he has seen have no idea why.

She received a face transplant 6 years ago. Now, it's failing.

September 25, 2019

Six years ago, Carmen Blandin Tarleton became one of the first patients to receive a face transplant, but doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital recently discovered underlying tissue damage is causing the transplant to fail, highlighting a fallibility of the cutting-edge technique.

9 days after a mosquito bite, he was 'brain dead.' Is this an emerging threat to public health?

September 24, 2019

A man from Michigan died last month after contracting the rare Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus from a mosquito earlier in the summer, and now health experts are saying the instance could highlight an emerging medical threat in the northeastern United States.

This pill combines 4 drugs to lower heart disease risk. But does it have a place in US medicine?

September 24, 2019

A single pill that contains four drugs that treat cardiovascular risk factors was tied to a reduced risk of heart disease among at-risk low-income patients, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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