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U.S. shuts high-security labs over concerns about air hose safety

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has closed down its highest security biosafety laboratories after discovering that hoses that supply air to scientists wearing special protective suits were never approved for that use, the agency said on Friday. Learn More

 

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Hard to detect, China bird flu virus may be more widespread

BEIJING (Reuters) - Bird flu infection rates on Chinese poultry farms may be far higher than previously thought, because the strain of the deadly virus that has killed more than 100 people this winter is hard to detect in chickens and geese, animal health experts say. More »

 

Top Senate Republican: Will move on healthcare when support coalesces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Leader McConnell said he expects to move on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as his there are enough votes to pass the Republican-controlled chamber. More »

 

UnitedHealth sued by U.S. government over Medicare charges

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc that claims the country's largest health insurer and its units and affiliates overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars, a law firm representing the whistleblower said on Thursday. More »

 

Prescription-drug monitoring cuts doctor-shopping for painkillers

(Reuters Health) - State programs that require physicians to check drug registries before writing prescriptions appeared to slash the odds of doctor-shopping for opioid pain relievers, a new study found. More »

 

Tai chi tied to reduced fall risk in older adults

(Reuters Health) - Seniors who practice tai chi - a Chinese meditation practice that combines deep breathing and slow, fluid movements - may be less likely to fall than their peers who don't do this type of exercise, a recent study suggests. More »

 

Does penis length recover after prostate removal?

(Reuters Health) - After prostate removal for cancer, men sometimes complain to their doctors that their penis shrank, but a new study from Japan suggests they should not lose hope. More »

 

Trump says he'll submit healthcare reforms in early or mid-March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would be submitting planned reforms to the Affordable Care Act in early March or mid-March. More »

 

Trump's pick to lead health agency calls EpiPen issue 'disturbing'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to lead an important health agency said on Thursday that the way pharmaceutical companies classify products as generic or branded needs to be reviewed in order to help hold down government spending, as she cited Mylan NV's EpiPen emergency allergy treatment. More »

 

In China, consumers seem to shrug off deadly bird flu outbreak

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Four years ago, a bird flu outbreak in China killed at least three dozen people, triggered mass poultry culling, put masks on millions of Chinese faces and hammered shares in fast food and travel companies. More »

 

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