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Second coronavirus case confirmed in US
jarun011/iStock (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 late December. She was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition, according to Illinois health officials.The patient called her doctor ahead of time before seeking treatment and has not taken public transportation or attended any large gatherings, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health said Friday."This is a single travel-associated...
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Does wearing a mask while traveling ward off illness? Here's what experts say
tulcarion/iStock (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 infected hundreds more worldwide as it continues to spread.Transportation has been shut down in Wuhan, China, and neighboring cities. Five major U.S. airports have started mandatory screenings for direct and indirect flights from Wuhan including John F. Kennedy in New York, Los...
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These insurance companies pledged $55M to lower generic drug prices amidst national crisis
Darwin Brandis/iStock (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 companies announced Thursday they were partnering with the nonprofit generic drug manufacturer Civica Rx to create a subsidiary dedicated to "lowering the cost of select generic drugs," according to a joint statement.The new subsidiary is being formed "in response to the impact of high drug costs on the health of Americans and the overall affordability...
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College student quarantined in Texas with suspected coronavirus case
wellesenterprises/iStock (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 student quarantined in TexasHealth authorities in Texas are investigating a suspected coronavirus case in a Texas A&M student, according to the local health department.The student, who recently traveled to Wuhan, went to an emergency department yesterday with a cough and congestion."The patient we're tracking had very mild symptoms," Dr. Eric Wilke, of the Brazos...
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Insys founder John Kapoor sentenced for role in fraud, bribery scheme that contributed to opioid crisis
Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (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.Kapoor, 76, is one of the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executives to face trial and prison time amid the U.S.'s opioid epidemic.In May 2019, a federal jury in Boston found Kapoor guilty of federal racketeering conspiracy charges for his role in an elaborate nationwide scheme to bribe doctors...
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Mom of 4 who died after giving birth donates 12 of her organs: 'We're all proud of her'
Jesse Thorson (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 suffering intracerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding inside her brain. Her husband said she appeared otherwise healthy and that the cause was unknown.Doctors performed a craniotomy, a surgical operation to the skull, but Kathleen died a few days later. She was 34.Although Kathleen's family is grieving, her husband told...
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Photo of negative pregnancy test after '1,200 days of trying' hits home for thousands
nazdravie/iStock (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 post on Jan. 13 that hit home for thousands more after being shared by the lifestyle brand, Motherly."It's OK to cry, to be afraid, pray, hope and believe in miracles," Engelberg told Good Morning America. "Your feelings and emotions are so valid and there's so many women and men...
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Pregnancy, breastfeeding may lower risk of early menopause: Study
Adene Sanchez/iStock (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. Jennifer Ashton, a board-certified OBGYN, said Thursday on Good Morning America about the study.Here is more on what women should know about the impact pregnancy and breastfeeding may have on their bodies as they age.What did the study find?The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study looked at more than 100,000...
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Wake-up call prompts mom of three to lose more than 100 pounds
vadimguzhva/iStock (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-year-old and 1-year-old. "I had no energy and it got to the point where I wasn’t giving my kids what they needed."That realization prompted Raney, who weighed nearly 300 pounds, to start making healthier choices right away. She resisted doing yet another...
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Utah becomes 19th state to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy
nktwentythree/iStock (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 LGBTQ is unnatural. Conversion practices sought to convince a person who felt otherwise to identify as heterosexual or, in the case of transgender persons, to identify with their birth genders. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, announced the decision in November, saying it could go into effect as early as Jan. 22. His office...
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WHO weighs declaring new coronavirus international public health emergency
World Health Organization Headquarters Building in Geneva, Switzerland - mseidelch/iStock (GENEVA) -- Authorities in Wuhan, the city at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak, are shutting down public transportation beginning on Thursday, according to CCTV, China's state television network.Barring emergencies, residents of the 11-million-person city will be prohibited from leaving the city or using buses, subways or ferries.So far, 17 people have died from the new coronavirus and more than 440 have been sickened. There been additional cases reported among travelers from countries outside of China, including a patient in the United States.The travel suspension, meant to stem the...
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Sunscreen can be absorbed in the bloodstream -- but more testing needed
bymuratdeniz/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect against the sun's potentially dangerous ultraviolet rays, yet the effects of its ingredients on our body is still unknown. But a new study published in the medical journal JAMA finds that certain active ingredients can be absorbed into the bloodstream after use."Results from our study released today show there is evidence that some sunscreen active ingredients may be absorbed. However, the fact that an ingredient is absorbed through the skin and into the body does not mean the ingredient is unsafe," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of...
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