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Medicine

New Oregon law might make cigarettes prescription only
Trying to quit smoking? You might want to move to Oregon. A new bill would classify cigarettes as a Schedule III controlled substance, making them illegal to purchase without a doctor’s prescription.

24.01.2013 21:39

Antibiotic Armageddon: Drug resistant diseases could trigger UK apocalypse
The proliferation of drug resistant diseases is as grave a national security threat as a major terrorist attack or global warming and should be added to the national risk register, England's senior medical officer warns.

24.01.2013 20:25

‘Hurry up and die’: Japanese minister bemoans cost of prolonged life
The elderly should be allowed to finish their days without artificially sustaining their lives, says Japan’s finance minister. The social security system is being crippled by support for people over 60, already constituting a third of the nation.

22.01.2013 08:29

Senators give Big Pharma huge present at taxpayers' expense
The bill that averted the fiscal cliff included a largely unnoticed section that granted world’s largest biotechnology firm a two-year delay in regulations of its drugs – even though the firm has just pleaded guilty in a federal fraud case.

21.01.2013 17:32

Cancer survivor says she was fired for medical leave
After taking leave to get a mastectomy, a breast cancer survivor was fired from her job the day before she was scheduled to go back to work, allegedly because she had taken too much medical leave.

18.01.2013 21:59

FDA urges action as US sees doubling of energy drink-related hospital visits
Energy drinks have been labeled a “rising public health problem” in the US, as youth consumption of the high-caffeine beverages has doubled the number of people seeking related emergency medical treatment.

16.01.2013 17:10

Quebec euthanasia bill may bypass Canadian law
Quebec is pushing ahead with a euthanasia bill that Canada’s federal government has decried as illegal and tantamount to assisted suicide. The move comes after recommendations from legal experts, claiming the bill does not violate Canadian law.

16.01.2013 15:56

US Military suicides continue to climb, reaching record in 2012
The US Military’s suicide rate grew a startling 15 percent in 2012. The Pentagon, which has put great effort into lowering military suicide rates, has acknowledged that battle casualties are no longer the primary reason for soldiers’ deaths.

15.01.2013 10:10

Veterans' hospital exposes hundreds to HIV and hepatitis
A New York veteran’s hospital may have exposed more than 700 of its patients with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C by mistakenly reusing its insulin pens, which are used to inject diabetes patients with a hormone produced by the pancreas.

14.01.2013 20:58

‘We won’t sell our healthcare’: Madrid rallies against privatized medical (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Thousands swarmed the streets of Madrid enraged at a bill to privatize public hospitals as part of sweeping cuts. The ‘white tide’ of protesters slammed the measure as ‘politically motivated’ and putting the Spanish health system in jeopardy.

14.01.2013 10:44

NY declares public health emergency due to flu epidemic
New York State has become the latest US region to declare a health emergency due to a flu epidemic, with the number of confirmed cases already four times higher than last year.

13.01.2013 16:40

Diet drinks linked with higher depression risk – research
Sweet beverages, and especially diet versions, could make you 30 per cent more depressed. Coffee, however, saves the day according to research by US scientists.

10.01.2013 09:31

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