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Flu season may peak in coming weeks, FDA chief says

The flu may peak in coming weeks after a particularly bad season, said Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. div > > p:first-child”> “I want to be careful. About a week ago we said it had peaked, and now it looks like we have a couple more weeks. It should peak around February,” Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” ...

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Sleep apnea after stroke heightens risk of another stroke; death

LOS ANGELES, — Stroke survivors, especially Mexican-Americans, whose sleep is interrupted by pauses in breathing (sleep apnea) are more likely to die or experience another stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians. Until this analysis of ...

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Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards will step down from abortion rights, contraception group

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards reportedly will step down from her post after more than a decade of heading the group, a leader in the abortion and contraceptive rights movement. div > > p:first-child”> Richards’ planned departure, which <a class="inline_asset" href="" title="https:… Health Care

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WSU study to test sleep technology in chronic insomnia

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you spend your nights staring at the bedroom ceiling, you’re not alone. About a quarter of U.S. adults suffer from insomnia, which significantly impacts their quality of life. Estimates put the burden of insomnia on the U.S. economy at a whopping $ 63 billion per year in lost productivity, increased health care expenses and costs associated ...

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New York City sues drug companies over opioid epidemic

New York City on Tuesday sued eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for a deadly epidemic afflicting the most populous U.S. city. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the lawsuit seeks $ 500 million of damages to help fight the epidemic in the city, which kills more people annually than homicides and car accidents combined, including more ...

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