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This year’s flu vaccine is doing well, but deaths are still high

This season’s flu vaccine is about 50 percent effective, meaning it reduces chances of going to a doctor’s office by about half, according to figures released Thursday. But data also shows that as many as 16,000 people have died from flu so far in a relatively mild season. Health

Breast surgeons say all breast cancer patients should be offered genetic testing

Current guidelines are too restrictive and may be missing people with mutations that could affect prevention and treatment, the surgeons group says. Health

‘Bring back our #ChildHoodDiseases:’ White House communications director’s wife criticizes vaccines

Darla Shine, the wife of White House communications director Bill Shine, said on Twitter that childhood disease, such as measles, “keep you healthy & fight cancer.” Health

Black-white cancer disparities narrow sharply amid progress against common malignancies

Black Americans historically have died of cancer at a higher rate than whites. That’s still true, but the gap is narrowing, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society. Health

Three teen suicides in the last eight months have ‘devastated’ this rural Midwest village

Keith Smith never thought he’d see it where he lives and works — not in his “Norman Rockwell-esque, all-American small town.” Health

Immunotherapy may help patients with the kind of cancer that killed John McCain

Glioblastoma is one of the deadliest of cancers, killing almost all its victims, who have included Ted Kennedy, John McCain and Beau Biden. But a new, early phase study offers a sliver of hope that drugs that rally the immune system may help some patients live longer. Health

The crisis in America’s maternity wards

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States is rising, and black women face a higher risk. Health

FDA launches tougher oversight of supplements

The Food and Drug Administration goes after dietary supplements that claim to treat Alzheimer’s and says it will take more steps to protect consumers from unsafe products and to beef up oversight of the $ 50 billion industry. Health
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