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Gene therapy gets FDA approval -- and a $2 million price tag

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment Friday for a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy that causes infants' muscles to waste away, potentially killing them before age 2.

Food expiration labels are confusing. The FDA wants to change that

Americans have struggled with the many food labels and their meanings for years. Sell by, best by and best if used by -- what are the differences?

Health officials considered banning individuals from flying to prevent measles transmission

State and local health officials have consulted with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recent months about the possibility of preventing individuals from flying to prevent measles transmission.

These doctors risked their careers to expose the dangers children face in immigrant family detention

Dr. Scott Allen and Dr. Pamela McPherson were used to working behind the scenes, quietly documenting the devastating things they'd seen.

Colorado is the first state to cap skyrocketing insulin co-pays

The skyrocketing prices of insulin are a nationwide issue and Colorado has become the first state to pass legislation that tackles the problem.

European doctor defies orders to stop sending US women abortion pills by mail

Aid Access, which provides abortion pills by mail to the United States, is defying an order to stop from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Yiddish translation of New York's measles message riddled with errors

Late last year, officials at the New York State Department of Health knew they had to act fast to stem the tide of a growing measles outbreak in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.

Spike in banned ozone-eating CFC gases linked to China in new research

A mystery source of banned, ozone-destroying chemicals has been pinpointed to eastern China.

Algeria and Argentina are officially malaria-free, says World Health Organization

Malaria has been eliminated from Algeria and Argentina, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, an important milestone in fighting the mosquito-borne disease.

Flu-related illness stops intake at Texas border patrol center

A Customs and Border Patrol station in south Texas has stopped taking detainees in for processing because some people have displayed signs of flu-related illness.

Operating rooms test positive for mold at Seattle Children's Hospital

Several operating rooms have been shut down in a Washington children's hospital because of mold.

Vermont Attorney General files suit against Sackler family for deceptive marketing

Vermont's attorney general is suing eight members of the Sackler family, alleging they personally oversaw Purdue Pharma's deceptive marketing of opioids.

Study finds CBD effective in treating heroin addiction

Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says. Given to patients with heroin addiction, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety.

Alabama doctors want patients to know they're still providing abortions

Providers at the only three clinics in Alabama that offer abortion services want patients to know their doors are still open.

Dr. Gupta: If you see someone struggling with mental illness, don't turn away

On the morning of September 25, 2000, when Kevin Hines looked out from the Golden Gate Bridge, it must have been a magnificent sight. The sun bouncing off the coastline of Marin County to the left and backlighting the coast of San Francisco to the right, with Alcatraz straight ahead. There were probably boats of different types and sizes in the glittering water and an occasional sea lion breaking the surface.

The DNA diet: How knowing your genes can help you fit into your jeans

"One man's food is another man's poison." - Lucretius (99-55 B.C.)

How to be an ally to your LGBT friends, relatives and co-workers

Pride Month offers numerous events where members of the LGBT community can celebrate who they are.

The hidden health crisis that kills 200 people a day

Snakebites kill more than 200 people a day around the world, but Thai firefighter Pinyo Pookpinyo was one of the lucky ones.

Women need twice as many toilets as men, say public health experts

Toilet provisions for women in the UK must be boosted so there are two female toilets to every male one, according to a new report on the state of public facilities.

Red wine's resveratrol decreases blood pressure in mice: Could it do the same in human heart patients?

Mice that were fed large quantities of resveratrol, a compound present in red wine, experienced a significant drop in blood pressure, a new study showed. Could the same effect happen in humans?

Women have abortions for many reasons aside from rape and incest. Here are some of them

The reasons why women get abortions are varied and personal. For some, it was because they were victims of rape or incest. Some were in abusive relationships and others weren't ready to be mothers.

Nurse graduates from NYU, years after he worked there as a janitor

Frank Baez got his first healthcare experience as a teenager, mopping floors and cleaning patients' rooms as a hospital janitor at New York University.

What little kids need to know about sex

I live in the Bay Area, where, according to my very unscientific estimate, approximately 8 out of 10 parents self-identify as enlightened. These are the moms and dads who broach thorny topics like race, poverty and sexism with their young children, undeterred by their complexity and high stakes.

Elementary school students gave their 83-year-old custodian a retirement ceremony fit for a king

Chants of "Mr. John! Mr. John!" drowned out Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" as 83-year-old school custodian John Lockett stepped into a corridor lined with adoring kids.

Vincent Lambert put back on life support as French right-to-die debate takes eleventh-hour turn

Hours after they began the process of allowing him to die, French doctors were ordered to restore the life support of a man in a vegetative state whose controversial case has divided his family and the public.

US kids aren't eating enough seafood, study says; here's how to add more

The humble tuna sandwich, once a lunchbox staple, is making less frequent appearances in school cafeterias across the nation. American children are eating relatively little fish and shellfish in comparison to meat, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Jurors punish Monsanto with a record $2 billion verdict over Roundup weedkiller. But the story's not over

A jury said Roundup gave a California couple cancer. So it gave them the largest award of any personal injury case this year and the 8th biggest in US history.

Sugary drink sales plummeted in Philadelphia after soda tax

Implementing a sales tax may help get Americans to stop drinking sugary drinks, if a new study about Philadelphia soda consumption is any indication.

Bullying can cause both short- and long-term damage

Bullying is many things: teasing, name-calling, stereotyping, fighting, exclusion, spreading rumors, public shaming and aggressive intimidation. It can be in real life (IRL) or online.

Nerve stimulation therapy lessens disability in stroke patients, research finds

There may be new hope for stroke patients: An experimental nerve stimulation therapy helped reduce disability, new research finds.

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