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Richard Knox

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Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.

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A Diplomat Infected A Doctor, As Ebola Spreads In Nigeria

Friday, September 05, 2014

The diplomat violated a quarantine. The doctor became ill but still saw patients. Now Africa's most populous country is scrambling to find more than 200 people who could have Ebola.

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A Few Ebola Cases Likely In U.S., Air Traffic Analysis Predicts

Thursday, September 04, 2014

What are the chances somebody with Ebola will fly to the U.S. by late September? One team of scientists says it could be as high as 18 percent. And the risk is even higher for the U.K.

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Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

People under stress are more likely to have health problems, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. That's true for caregivers, too.

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For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family

Monday, July 07, 2014

Half of Americans say they've had a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Here's how it hurts.

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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The study is the first to test an oral vaccine in the middle of an outbreak โ€” in Guinea in 2012. And it offered a remarkable degree of protection against this deadly disease.

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How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Health officials say online restaurant reviews can turn up unreported foodborne illness outbreaks. In New York City, Yelp reviews led officials to three restaurants with food handling problems.

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To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill

Friday, May 16, 2014

The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are very expensive, but they cure hepatitis C in most cases. The government and insurers are concerned about these costs; three million Americans have hepatitis C, most of whom don't know they have it.

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Medicare Eases Restrictions On Pricey Hepatitis C Treatment

Friday, May 16, 2014

This policy change would pay for treatment with a combination of new, expensive drugs for patients who haven't responded to older treatment regimens and are approaching or have cirrhosis of the liver.

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Medicare Backs Down On Denying Treatment For Hepatitis Patient

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two new drugs for hepatitis C can save lives. They are also wildly expensive, costing $66,000 to $84,000 per person. Insurers face paying billions for treatment, or explicitly rationing vital care.

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Medicare Won't Always Pay For Boomers' Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

Monday, May 12, 2014

As many as 5 million Americans have hepatitis C, and new drugs can cure almost all of them. But patients worry they won't get these expensive treatments in time.

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WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

About 150 million people worldwide have hepatitis C, and all should be assessed and treated, the World Health Organization says. The cost of screening and drugs means that won't happen soon.

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Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New advice to reduce heart attacks and strokes could more than double the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statins to 56 million. The expansion could cost as much as $7 billion a year.

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Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best

Monday, March 03, 2014

States are legalizing marijuana even though there's no clear understanding of its impact on health. The drug hasn't been subjected to the kind of rigorous medical research that would find that out.

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Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A new virus in the Middle East has sickened more than 180 people and killed an alarming 43 percent of them. But scientists haven't been sure where the virus originates or how people catch it.

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Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from, and they've underestimated the viruses' connection to horses. The dogma is that new viruses always incubate in wild migratory birds first, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals โ€” especially pigs and humans.

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Judge Dismisses Assisted Suicide Case Against Pennsylvania Nurse

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Barbara Mancini was charged with assisting her father's suicide by providing him with a lethal dose of morphine. A judge's decision in her favor is the latest in a series of developments signaling a reluctance of courts and state legislatures to criminalize medical care that may hasten death.

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Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas

Friday, February 07, 2014

The U.S. recently approved a drug that can quickly cure hepatitis C in many patients. But its high price means the treatment is out of reach for millions of people in the developing world. Now the pill's manufacturer is talking with Indian producers to reduce the treatment cost to $2,000. But critics say the price drop won't be enough.

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Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Men who take testosterone supplements double their risk of heart attacks, a study finds. That was true for men over 65 and for younger men with heart disease. Testosterone supplements have become increasingly popular as a way to counter flagging libido.

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Worries About Bird Flu Curtail Chinese New Year Feasts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Serving chicken, pigeon or duck for the holiday may be harder this year for some families in China and Hong Kong. As the deadly H7N9 virus continues to spread, officials in China have closed many live poultry markets, while agricultural workers in Hong Kong plan to cull thousands of chickens this week.

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