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Is there a doctor on board? Managing medical emergencies at 30,000 feet

Gray-haired and gray-faced, the woman grasps a friend’s hand for support and shuffles toward the airplane’s bathroom. A few minutes later, she wobbles back to her seat and a voice comes over the PA: “Is there a medical professional on the plane? A passenger needs assistance.”<p>“I’m a doctor,” answers …

What last weekend's rave looked like to ER doctors

The pace is rarely slow at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center during weekends.<p>But it was heart-poundingly faster when Live Nation Entertainment's Hard Summer music festival came into town, with ambulances sending overdosing concertgoers from the Los Angeles County fairgrounds.<p>Dr. Bradford …

Sleep on your side to ward off Alzheimer's disease: New study

Sleeping on one's side, as opposed to other positions such as on one's back or stomach may more effectively remove brain waste, reducing the chances …

Want to Change Anti-Vaxxers’ Minds? Show Them the Horrors of Disease

Scientific facts won’t change anti-vaxxers’ minds. But illustrating the horrific effects of diseases like measles and mumps might, according to new …

Dogs used to detect prostate cancer in new trial

The UK's first clinical trial into prostate cancer detection by dogs has been given the go ahead<p>The NHS is to take part in the first ever UK trials using dogs to detect cancer.<p>Samples from prostate cancer patients will be used as part of national research to see if the method is more accurate than …

Weight-loss balloons get FDA approval

For many struggling with their weight, a new device has been approved that will give them another medical alternative to treatments like prescription drugs and surgery.<p>It involves inserting a small balloon into the stomach through the mouth. The saline-filled balloon is meant to be a temporary …

The Medical Specialties That Pay The Best

All doctor salaries continue to rise with primary care doctor compensation outpacing specialists slightly last year. Primary care physicians reported $241,273 in media compensation in 2014 and specialists reported $411, 852, according to the MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) 2015 report …

Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines

Africa will mark one year without polio on Tuesday. The last case was in Somalia in 2014.<p>But last week, a polio vaccination campaign in Kenya faced an unlikely opponent: The country's Conference of Catholic Bishops declared a boycott of the World Health Organization's vaccination campaign, saying …

CVS: 'all bets are off' for new cholesterol drug contracts

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No 2 manager of drug benefit plans for U.S. employers and insurers, will wait until a second new cholesterol-lowering drug is approved by regulators before negotiating for price discounts or adding either of the much pricer new drugs to its list of covered …

Pharma

Novavax hopes to crack elusive vaccine for common respiratory virus

(Reuters) - A Maryland-based biotech company believes it can solve a riddle that has baffled Big Pharma for decades: how to protect against a virus that infects almost every American child.<p>If mid-stage trial data proves positive, Novavax Inc will be closer than any drug developer to a vaccine for …

AstraZeneca bags another cancer drug deal, this time with Inovio

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has clinched its third deal in less than a week to bolster its strategically important cancer drug pipeline by signing up rights to an experimental immune system-boosting medicine from Inovio Pharmaceuticals.<p>A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, …

Cancer

Depressed adolescents face increased heart disease risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents with major depression or bipolar disease face an increased risk of early heart disease and may need early intervention to prevent it, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).<p>“We expect that the statement itself will come …

Teens

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Downplay Diet's Role In Obesity

Coca-Cola is funding a new nonprofit that blames obesity on lack of exercise, not on bad diets. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anahad O'Connor of <i>The New York Times</i> about the group's controversial message.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>The Global Energy Balance Network is a nonprofit concerned with …