Category Archives: CNN – Health

Alabama says it wants to protect life. How does that claim stack up outside the womb?

Alabama’s governor signed the “Human Life Protection Act” Wednesday to effectively ban abortion, making good on what some state lawmakers describe as a promise to protect life from the moment of conception. But, pushing aside the issue of abortion, how is their state measuring up when it comes to protecting life outside the womb? Pre-conception:…MORE

British people get drunk more often than anyone else, survey finds

British people get drunk more than any other nationality, according to a new global survey. The results of the 2019 Global Drug Survey, published Thursday, revealed that British respondents get drunk more times per year than people from anywhere else. Adam Winstock, an addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, said British respondents…MORE

Judge rips insurance company for ‘immoral, barbaric’ cancer denials

A federal judge blasted UnitedHealthcare last month for its “immoral and barbaric” denials of treatment for cancer patients. He made the comments in recusing himself from hearing a class-action lawsuit because of his own cancer battle — and in so doing thrust himself into a heated debate in the oncology world. At issue is a…MORE

The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family, makers of OxyContin

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art says it no longer will take donations from the Sackler family, principal owner of Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin. The Met said in a statement Wednesday that it decided to end the relationship with the Sacklers because of the company’s “production of opioids and the ensuing health crisis surrounding…MORE

North Carolina sues Juul, claiming deceptive marketing and targeting youth

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced Wednesday that the state has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer Juul, claiming that its marketed its products to children and misled the public about risks associated with those products. “As a result of Juul’s deceptive and unfair practices, thousands of North Carolina kids are at risk of…MORE

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. In 2017, Philadelphia became the second US city to put a tax on sugary drinks and soda. In the wake of the tax, sales on those beverages dropped by a whopping…MORE

Light-activated bio-glue that moves with beating heart has potential for human use

Uncontrolled bleeding during surgery can cause death. What if, instead of slow surgical stitching, you could rapidly glue a wound together? A new “bio-glue” — an experimental adhesive gel that is activated by a flash of light — has been proven to stop high pressure bleeding in the hearts of pigs. Additional research confirming the…MORE

FDA can’t regulate death penalty drugs, Justice Department says

The Food and Drug Administration does not have jurisdiction over death penalty drugs, the Justice Department said in an opinion. “We conclude that articles intended for use in capital punishment by a state or the federal government cannot be regulated as ‘drugs’ or ‘devices’ under the (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act),” Steven A. Engel,…MORE

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