Health

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January 24, 2020 - 1:53 pm
(NEW YORK) -- What started off as a viral infection only in China in December is now spreading throughout Asia and has made its way to the United States. The novel coronavirus -- "2019-nCoV"-- in the same class as the SARS and MARS viruses, is now linked to the death of at least 26 people and has...
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January 24, 2020 - 11:48 am
(CHICAGO) -- A second U.S. case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in a patient in Chicago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient, a woman in her 60s and a Chicago resident, had traveled to Wuhan, China, in December. She was admitted to the hospital and is...
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January 23, 2020 - 5:16 pm
(WASHINGTON) -- A coalition of health insurers pledged $55 million to help manufacture generic prescription drugs at lower prices, as the skyrocketing cost of medication has triggered a national reckoning. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and 18 independently operated Blue Cross Blue Shield...
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January 23, 2020 - 5:07 pm
(WASHINGTON) -- Now: There are 616 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China, and 17 people have died from it. The majority of the sickened patients are in China, with Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States all confirming exported coronavirus cases. College...
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January 23, 2020 - 4:54 pm
(BOSTON) -- John Kapoor, the billionaire founder and former chairman of Insys Therapeutics Inc., was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme that contributed to the nationwide opioid crisis in the United States...
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January 23, 2020 - 3:45 pm
(MEDFORD, Ore.) -- A mother of four who died suddenly, just days after giving birth, donated 12 organs that could help save a dozen lives. On Dec. 29, Kathleen and Jesse Thorson of Medford, Oregon, welcomed their fourth child, a boy named Teddy. On Jan. 3, Kathleen was rushed to the hospital after...
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January 23, 2020 - 12:50 pm
(DENVER) -- A woman who shared a photo of her negative pregnancy test is inspiring others to keep fighting as they try for the baby they've always wanted. Tara Engelberg, 33, a "mama in waiting" from Denver, Colo., has often shared her infertility journey with over 2,000 followers. But it was her...
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January 23, 2020 - 11:46 am
(NEW YORK) -- Women who get pregnant and women who breastfeed may lower their risk of early menopause, according to a new study. "This is interesting because it connects what happens in a woman’s early reproductive life to something that goes on later," ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr...
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January 23, 2020 - 9:02 am
(NEW YORK) -- Elizabeth Raney had a wake-up call while on maternity leave with her youngest child that kicked off a 100-pound weight loss. "I had the whole summer off with my kids and it just kind of hit me that I wasn’t able to run around and play with them," said Raney, mom of a 5-year-old, 2-...
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January 23, 2020 - 8:23 am
(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Utah officially banned the controversial practice of conversion therapy on minors this week, ending a long battle between local LGBTQ activists and religious groups. The ruling, which went into effect Tuesday, outlaws the discredited practice grounded in the belief that being...
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