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WHO recommends one-hour maximum screen time per day for under-5s

Children aged two to four should not be allowed more than one hour of "sedentary screen time" per day and infants less than one year old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
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Novartis mulling $1.5 mln-$5 mln price range for SMA gene therapy

Novartis Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said on Wednesday that the Swiss drugmaker is examining a price range for its Zolgensma gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) of between $1.5 million and $5 million per patient.
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Drones to deliver vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana

Hundreds of drones will begin delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind, the global vaccine alliance GAVI said on Wednesday.
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After drug distributor charged, Trump sets speech on opioid fight

President Donald Trump is expected to tout his fight against opioid abuse in remarks in Atlanta on Wednesday, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives.
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Medical News Today: How ketamine can change the brain to fight depression

New research in mice pinpoints some of the key mechanisms that ketamine triggers in the brain to fight the symptoms and characteristics of depression.
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Medical News Today: Using small molecules to regenerate heart tissue

New research in mice uses gene-regulating molecules called microRNAs to repair heart tissue after an adverse cardiovascular event such as a heart attack.
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Australian formula maker Bellamy's gets a nod from China, shares leap

Infant formula maker Bellamy's Australia said on Wednesday it won approval to sell some products in Chinese stores, easing a regulatory roadblock that had beset the company for years and sending its shares soaring.
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Bellamy's Australia gets China nod for infant formula, shares soar

Bellamy's Australia said on Wednesday that it had won approval to sell some of its infant formula in Chinese stores, a boost to its plan to sell to the giant market directly, which prompted a 24 percent rally in the company's shares.
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Tencent-backed China online healthcare venture raises $250 million

China's Tencent Trusted Doctor, a venture backed by tech giant Tencent Holdings, said it has raised $250 million in a fundraising round, as investors pile into China's online private healthcare sector.
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Bellamy's Australia gets China regulatory nod for Victoria plant infant formula

Bellamy's Australia said on Wednesday that the Chinese market regulator had released three approvals for the company's infant formula produced at its ViPlus Dairy plant in Victoria.
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Medical News Today: Is this chest pain from GERD or a heart attack?

Both heartburn and heart attacks can cause pain in the center of the chest. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). As a heart attack is a medical emergency, being able to tell the difference between heartburn ...
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Medical News Today: How is the pancreas involved in diabetes?

The pancreas plays a strong role in diabetes because it produces insulin and helps regulate blood sugar levels. In this article, we look into the links between diabetes and the pancreas.
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AbbVie's Skyrizi drug to treat psoriasis wins U.S. approval

AbbVie Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Skyrizi drug as a treatment for plaque psoriasis at a time when its blockbuster psoriasis drug, Humira, faces patent pressures.
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Medicare offers to partially raise payment for cancer CAR-Ts

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will slightly increase coverage for expensive CAR-T cell therapies administered at certain large hospitals, and is considering other ways to pay more for the cancer treatments, the agency said on Tues...
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Walgreens, Rite Aid set minimum age to sell tobacco products at 21 years

Drugstore retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Rite Aid Corp will no longer sell tobacco products to customers who are below 21 years old, amid a crackdown on widespread teenage tobacco use.
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Some 156 people in 10 states infected with E. coli from ground beef: CDC

A total of 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants since the beginning of March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.
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Walgreens, Rite Aid to sell tobacco products to customers above 21 years

Drugstore retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Rite Aid Corp said on Tuesday they would sell tobacco products to customers who are at least 21 years old, amid a crackdown on teenage tobacco use.
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Drinking water might help kids limit soda

(Reuters Health) - One in five U.S. children and young adults don't drink any water at all on a typical day, and a new study suggests they consume almost twice as many calories from sodas and sugary drinks as young people who do drink water.
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Heart doctors recommend cardiac rehab for cancer patients

(Reuters Health) - Cancer patients and survivors are often at high risk of heart disease, so heart and cancer doctors should consider providing cardio-oncology rehabilitation as patients move through their cancer treatment, the American Heart Associati...
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Americans get more sedentary as computer use surges

(Reuters Health) - Most Americans spend at least two hours a day watching television or videos, and a new study suggests they're becoming more sedentary as they devote more remaining free time to sitting in front of computers.
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Medical News Today: What is a chocolate cyst?

A chocolate cyst is an ovarian cyst filled with blood. These growths form in people with endometriosis, usually when the condition is severe. Here, learn about the treatments for chocolate cysts and their potential effects on fertility.
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Medical News Today: What to know about hair follicle drug tests

Hair follicle drug tests involving taking a small hair sample to determine whether a person has been using illicit drugs or misusing prescription medications within the past 3 months. Learn more about how these tests work here.
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Medical News Today: Is it safe to mix Flagyl and alcohol?

Doctors advise people to avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotic Flagyl. This is because serious drug interactions and side effects can occur. Learn more here.
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U.S. brings first criminal case against major drug distributor over opioids

The U.S. government on Tuesday filed its first criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives over their alleged roles in fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by putting profits ahead of patients' safety.
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Medical News Today: Can a blood pressure drug protect the brain from Parkinson's?

At blood levels that are typical in humans, an approved high blood pressure drug was able to clear toxic proteins of Parkinson's disease from mouse brains.
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Walgreens to restrict tobacco product sales to customers under 21 years

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Tuesday its drugstores will sell tobacco products to customers who are at least 21 years old under a new policy, effective September.
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Walgreens to restrict tobacco product sales to customers under 21 years

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Tuesday its drugstores will sell tobacco products to customers who are at least 21 years old under a new policy, effective September.
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In many states, pregnancy invalidates a woman's DNR

(Reuters Health) - Most states have statutes that invalidate a woman's advance directive if she is pregnant, a U.S. study finds. And because those statutes are often not clearly outlined in the DNR form, women filling out an advance directive most like...
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Medical News Today: Cancer: Highly personalized therapy can improve outcomes

A new test-of-concept study suggests that using personalized combination therapy could improve the outcome for people with stubborn metastatic cancer.
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Teva stops testing its migraine drug as cluster headache treatment

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Tuesday it would stop developing its migraine drug, Ajovy, for treating cluster headaches after the company found the treatment was unlikely to meet the main goal of a late-stage trial.
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Medical News Today: Plant-based diet cuts heart failure risk by over 40 percent

New research examines how five major dietary patterns may affect the risk of developing heart failure among people without heart disease.
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Teva scraps cluster headache program

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Tuesday it would stop developing its migraine drug, Ajovy, for treating cluster headaches.
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Medical News Today: Study identifies a hormone that may hinder weight loss

A recent mouse study uncovers a new hormonal player in the body's metabolic response to weight loss. It appears to have a similar role to leptin.
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Medical News Today: Using stem cells to combat osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common condition without a cure. A recent small-scale pilot study concludes that stem cell therapies could offer some hope.
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Updated pediatric blood pressure guidelines catch more kids at risk for heart disease

(Reuters Health) - Pediatric blood pressure guideline changes issued in 2017 increase the number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure, a new study finds.
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Swine fever will hurt Brazil soy exports, lift China meat sales: minister

Brazilian soy exports to China will definitely decline this year as African swine fever in the world's No. 2 economy cuts demand for the animal feed, but potential growth in meat exports would offset this, Brazil's agriculture minister said on Monday.
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Soft bedding top cause of suffocation death for sleeping babies in U.S.

(Reuters Health) - Most sleep-related suffocation deaths among babies less than one year old happen because infants' airways got blocked by things like pillows, blankets, couch cushions or adult mattresses, a U.S. study suggests.
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Voice analysis software may help diagnose PTSD in veterans

(Reuters Health) - Voice analysis software can help detect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans based on their speech, a study suggests.
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Voice analysis software may help diagnose PTSD in veterans

(Reuters Health) - Voice analysis software can help detect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans based on their speech, a study suggests.
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Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report

Medicare's hospital insurance fund will be depleted in 2026, as previously forecast, and Social Security program costs are likely to exceed total income in 2020 for the first time since 1982, according to a government report released on Monday.