Health

Trump Proposes Cutting Planned Parenthood Funds. What Does That Mean?

The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program’s 4 million patients. Congress last year failed ...

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High risk of Ebola spread in Congo, WHO says

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The Ebola virus could spread exponentially now that it’s reached a big city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Health Organization officials said Friday. At least 45 cases have now been reported in the large, central African nation, with one confirmed ...

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FDA approves preventive migraine treatment

On Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Aimovig for the preventive treatment of migraines in adults with episodic or chronic migraines. Episodic migraine is when symptoms occur zero to 14 days each month; symptoms of chronic migraine occur 15 days or more a month. Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs ...

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Ebola Outbreak: How Worried Should We Be?

Enlarge this image On May 13, people suspected of having the Ebola virus wait at a treatment center in the village of Bikoro, where the outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. John Bompengo/AP hide caption toggle caption John Bompengo/AP What’s the worse-case Ebola outbreak? Public health officials would say it’s when the virus is spreading in a crowded ...

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Trump asked Bill Gates about the difference between HIV and HPV

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says that President Trump asked him in two different meetings if HPV and HIV are the same thing. “Both times he wanted to know the difference between HIV and HPV and so I was able to explain that those are things that are rarely confused with each other,” Gates recalled during an address to staffers at ...

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Trump just gave abortion foes a long-awaited win

President  Trump speaks to participants of the annual antiabortion March for Life event in January 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Abortion foes have been extraordinarily successful in the states in recent years at limiting access to abortion. At the federal level, though, not so much. Conservative Republicans have tried and failed for years to limit federal funds to women’s health-care clinics such as Planned Parenthood ...

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New Type Of Drug To Prevent Migraines Heads To Market

Enlarge this image Aimovig, a new kind of migraine drug, is injected once a month. The medicine reduced the number of migraines in clinical studies reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Amgen/AP hide caption toggle caption Amgen/AP The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-its-kind drug that reduces the number of migraines among people prone to these sometimes ...

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WHO Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency

W.H.O. Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency ImageHealth workers preparing to enter an isolation ward on Saturday in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo. Between April 4 and Thursday, 45 suspected Ebola virus cases were reported, the World Health Organization said.CreditMark Naftalin/UNICEF, via Associated Press By Nick Cumming-Bruce and Rick Gladstone May 18, 2018 GENEVA — ...

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WHO raises Ebola health risk to 'very high' in DR Congo, not yet international emergency

Vaccinations with ZMapp, an experimental biopharmaceutical drug developed to combat Ebola, could begin as soon as Sunday. Prior to the meeting, WHO raised the DRC’s Ebola health assessment risk to “very high.” Dr. Robert Steffen, the chairman of WHO’s Emergency Committee, said that 25 deaths have occurred and 45 cases have been reported, including three in health care personnel. Among ...

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