Diseases and conditions

June 03, 2019 - 6:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has officially concluded coffee does not pose a "significant" cancer risk. State regulators gave final approval Monday to a rule that means coffee won't have to carry ominous warnings that the beverage may be bad for you. The state took the unusual move after a Los...
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June 03, 2019 - 5:12 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Newer drugs are substantially improving the chances of survival for some people with hard-to-treat forms of lung, breast and prostate cancer, doctors reported at the world's largest cancer conference. Among those who have benefited is Roszell Mack Jr., who at age 87 is still able to...
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June 03, 2019 - 9:02 am
GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a patient has died amid an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in a recently opened central Ohio hospital. Mount Carmel Health System says the patient who died Sunday was among the seven who had been diagnosed with the disease after being hospitalized at Mount...
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This March 26, 2018 photo provided by Ashley Atwater shows her mother, Sally Atwater, outside her home in the Georgetown area of Washington, a few days after leaving the hospital. Atwater's doctor spent two months on calls, messages and dozens of pages of forms to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine. (Courtesy Ashley Atwater via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 9:02 am
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. drug regulators are launching a project aimed at giving more cancer patients a chance to try treatments that are not yet on the market but that have shown some promise in early testing. Currently, when patients want what's called "compassionate use" access to an experimental...
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June 02, 2019 - 11:10 am
CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests that states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act eliminated racial differences in being able to quickly start on treatment after a diagnosis of advanced cancer. The law that is often called "Obamacare" let states expand Medicaid...
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June 02, 2019 - 10:21 am
DETROIT (AP) — A doctor accused of intentionally misdiagnosing epilepsy in children is facing the first of what could be many malpractice trials in the Detroit area. Jury selection begins Monday in a lawsuit against Dr. Yasser Awaad and his former employer, Oakwood Healthcare. He's being sued by...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 file photo, a patient has her blood drawn at a hospital in Philadelphia to monitor her cancer treatment. Companies are trying to develop blood tests that can look for signs of many types of cancer at once. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
May 31, 2019 - 8:32 am
A California company says its experimental blood test was able to detect many types of cancer at an early stage and gave very few false alarms in a study that included people with and without the disease. Many companies are trying to develop early detection "liquid biopsy" tests that capture bits...
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This 2011 digitally-colorized electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a clump of green-colored, spheroid-shaped, Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria on a purple-colored matrix. We share our bodies with trillions of mostly friendly microbes that are important for things like good digestion. Now scientists are learning how that microbial zoo can change in ways that one day might let them predict who’s at risk for brewing health problems. (NIAID via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — We share our bodies with trillions of microbes that are critical to staying healthy, but now scientists are getting a much-needed close look at how those bugs can get out of whack and spur disease. One lesson: A single test to see what gut bacteria you harbor won't tell much...
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Puzzles, stuffed animals and drawings adorn the open casket of 11-year-old Erick Altuve during his wake inside his home in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Erick died while he was waiting for a bone marrow transplant. The deaths of several Venezuelan children with cancer who were hoping for bone marrow transplants have ignited a bitter dispute between the government and opponents over who is to blame. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
May 28, 2019 - 5:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The family of an 11-year-old Venezuelan boy who died of cancer while waiting for a bone marrow transplant held an open-casket wake on Tuesday, giving visitors a chance to see him for the last time as they wondered whether the death could have been avoided. Erick Altuve lay...
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May 28, 2019 - 12:27 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization emphasized progress in the fight against Ebola in eastern Congo even as Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that efforts to trace new cases to previous ones are largely failing. WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan told reporters in Geneva that...
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