Diagnosis and treatment

This undated X-ray image provided by the BMJ in August 2019 shows dentures stuck in the throat of a 72-year-old patient. They became lodged in his throat during surgery and weren’t discovered until eight days later. (BMJ via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 6:31 pm
Here's why it's best to remove false teeth before surgery: You just might swallow them. A medical journal is reporting the case of a 72-year-old British man whose partial dentures apparently got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren't discovered for eight days. The man knew his dentures were...
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File-In this July 13, 2019 file photo, health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient isolated in a plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo. Health authorities in Congo have halted an Ebola treatment study early with good news: Two of the four experimental drugs seem to be saving lives. More than 1,800 people have died in the African country’s yearlong outbreak. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
August 12, 2019 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of four experimental Ebola drugs being tested in Congo seem to be saving lives, international health authorities announced Monday. The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in the African country, where...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma speaks during a news conference in Washington. Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Aug. 7, it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient’s own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Verma said the decision will provide consistent and predictable access nationwide, opening up treatment options for some patients "who had nowhere else to turn." (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
August 07, 2019 - 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Wednesday it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient's own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Officials said Medicare will cover CAR-T cell therapies for certain...
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Thomas Uhle, grow manager, tends to marijuana plants growing at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Today was the first day the marijuana, which was grown for medical purposes, was processed and shipped to patients in Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
August 06, 2019 - 8:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Marine veteran struggling with PTSD and a woman fighting cancer became some of the first people to purchase medical marijuana in Louisiana on Tuesday, as the state became the first in the Deep South to dispense therapeutic cannabis, four years after state lawmakers agreed...
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This photo provided by Novartis shows their gene therapy medicine Zolgensma. U.S. regulators want to know why Novartis didn't disclose a problem with testing data until after they approved the Swiss drugmaker’s $2.125 million gene therapy. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration said the questionable data involves testing of the therapy, Zologensma, on animals, not on patients. (Novartis via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 6:24 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators want to know why Novartis didn't disclose a problem with testing data until after the Swiss drugmaker's $2.1 million gene therapy was approved. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the manipulated data involved testing in animals, not patients, and it's...
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August 06, 2019 - 5:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is clarifying a policy change that will limit the prescribing of opioid painkillers to federal workers. The Labor Department issued a statement Tuesday saying the limitations will apply to employees injured on the job and covered under the government's workers'...
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August 06, 2019 - 1:55 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, will begin shipping out the product to Louisiana's...
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Nathan Adrian, a swimmer from the United States, smiles during an interview at the swimming complex of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Adrian is competing at the Pan American Games just months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He has decided to continue training with the goal of competing at Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
August 05, 2019 - 11:33 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Nathan Adrian says that his success won't be on his mind at the end of his life. Maybe that would have been him some years ago. But not now, not since his latest race against the clock to beat cancer. "It has completely changed my outlook...
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Protesters, including Carol Lorento, center, gather outside a courthouse on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Boston, where a judge was to hear arguments in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over its role in the national drug epidemic. Organizers said they wanted to continue to put pressure on the Connecticut pharmaceutical company and the Sackler family that owns it. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 02, 2019 - 5:21 pm
BOSTON (AP) — They came bearing oversized images of the sons and daughters they lost to drug overdoses and signs demanding justice from the pharmaceutical company they hold most responsible. The parents and their supporters rallied outside a Boston courthouse Friday as a judge heard arguments in...
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In this Jan. 7, 2019 photograph provided by Action for Defenceless People Foundation, Hungarian doctors Gergely Pataki, left, and Andras Csokay pose together with Rabeya and Rukaya, two Bangladeshi girls who were born conjoined at the head in Budapest, Hungary. Two Bangladeshi girls who were born conjoined at the head have been successfully separated by a medical team led by 35 Hungarian doctors and were in a stable condition after the 30-hour procedure ended Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at a military hospital in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.(Miklos Bemer/Action for Defenceless People Foundation via AP)
August 02, 2019 - 11:27 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Two Bangladeshi girls who were born conjoined at the head have been successfully separated by a medical team led by 35 Hungarian doctors. The 3-year-old sisters, Rabeya and Rukaya, were in a stable condition after the 30-hour procedure ended Friday at a military hospital in...
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