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CDC's flu tracking program to continue if U.S. government shuts down

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 8:56am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue its work tracking one of the worst flu seasons the United States has seen in several years even if the federal government shuts down on Saturday, senior administration officials said on Friday.

U.S. government shutdown would shutter CDC's flu tracking program

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 5:12am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - If the U.S. Senate fails to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be forced to suspend its seasonal flu program as the nation faces one of the worst flu seasons in several years.

Parent reading workshops can help low-income kids learn

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 4:21am
(Reuters Health) - Even in communities where many people lack a high school degree, reading workshops for parents can give their kids a leg up on learning in preschool, a study in Brazil suggests.

Sound therapy may train the brain to ignore tinnitus

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 2:38am
(Reuters Health) - A sound-emitting device worn in the ear during sleep may train the brain to ignore an annoying chronic ringing in the ears, a new study suggests.

Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 2:24am
(Reuters) - Delaware on Friday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing corporations of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic, suing a wide range of companies involved in making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers.

Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 2:09am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years.

Trump decries 'permissive' U.S. abortion laws at rally

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 20, 2018 - 12:21am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend "the right to life."

Surfers may be swallowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 11:45pm
(Reuters Health) - Surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to have potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts than non-surfers, new research from the UK shows.

U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 11:37pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

Self-guided course helps women manage menopause symptoms at work

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 10:09pm
(Reuters Health) - A self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program combined with relaxation techniques can ease working women’s menopausal symptoms, according to a British study.

U.S. health agency to issue religious objection regulations

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 9:56pm
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 - China Daily

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 6:21am
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country's statistics bureau.

FDA plans more restrictive policy for bulk drug compounding

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 4:15am
(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it is preparing a new, more restrictive policy targeting what drugs compounding pharmacies can produce that do not go through the agency's approval process.

Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 4:04am
TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed "torture."

One surprising reason for more positive pregnancy tests this month

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 3:49am
(Reuters Health) - - Lots of couples in predominantly Christian countries may be looking at positive pregnancy tests this month at least in part because of cultural forces that encourage mating around major holidays like Christmas, suggests a recent study.

Denial of abortion leads to economic hardship for low-income women

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 2:43am
(Reuters Health) - - Women who want an abortion but are denied one are more likely to spend years living in poverty than women who have abortions, a new study suggests.

Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 19, 2018 - 2:32am
(Reuters Health) - - For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say.

Being around natural greenery may cheer up even adolescents

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 18, 2018 - 11:54pm
(Reuters Health) - - Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new U.S. study finds the same may be true for teenagers.

Canada's Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 18, 2018 - 10:44pm
(Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market.

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

Health News-RSS Feeds - January 18, 2018 - 10:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

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