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Sanofi pulls Zantac off the US market amid cancer concerns

October 22, 2019

French drugmaker Sanofi last week announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in the United States and Canada as a "precautionary measure," after U.S. and European health regulators linked the drug to a probable cancer-causing impurity.

Kombucha, CBD oil, and more: Do these 5 popular wellness products actually work?

October 21, 2019

Wellness products such as kombucha, CBD oil, and even "activated charcoal," have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their purported health benefits, but do these products actually do what they claim to do? The New York Times investigated five popular wellness products to find out.

Why this 82-year-old man couldn't stop itching

October 21, 2019

After seeing several dermatologists, an 82-year-old patient visited allergy specialist Melissa Iammatteo to identify the allergen causing skin irritation—but a close examination of the patient's medical records led Iammatteo to a different diagnosis.

As vaping-related illnesses near 1,500 cases, CDC is exploring a new theory

October 18, 2019

Federal health officials yesterday announced they are expanding the scope of their investigation into a mysterious lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping as the number of cases of the illness, dubbed EVALI, continue to grow.

'The flu shot isn't about you,' nurse explains in a viral post

October 18, 2019

In a viral Facebook post, nurse Amanda Bitz explains that people who are on the fence about the flu vaccination should get the shot "not ... for you," but "for those around you" who have diseases and conditions that might make them more susceptible to the virus.

Ancestry will offer health DNA tests. Here's how they differ from 23andMe.

October 17, 2019

Ancestry, the genealogy-focused genetics testing company, this week announced two new products that will provide consumers with health information based on DNA test results—a move that places the company "in direct competition with 23andMe."

Why Amazon is steering its employees to LA for cancer care

October 16, 2019

To reduce health spending, Amazon is now paying for employees with cancer to travel to Los Angeles to see leading specialists at City of Hope health system.

He finally quit cigarettes after smoking for 50+ years. But vaping might have killed him.

October 16, 2019

John Steffen had been smoking traditional cigarettes since the 1960s and turned to e-cigarettes about five years ago to help kick his habit, but he died this spring—and doctors believe e-cigarettes are to blame.

CDC gives vaping-linked illness a new name

October 15, 2019

CDC on Friday released new guidance for clinicians to use to evaluate and treat patients with a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and gave the illness a new name.

Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019

Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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