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Health Sep 14To prevent identity theft, government will issue new Medicare cards
While the first mailings of new cards begin next April, Congress has set an April 2019 deadline for all beneficiaries to have received one.
Health Aug 30U.S. clears first ‘gene therapy’ for tough childhood leukemia
Opening a new era in cancer care, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.
Health Oct 27Bid to speed transplants with hepatitis C-infected kidneys
WASHINGTON — Some patients facing a years-long wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They're agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.
Health Sep 06Doctors urge flu shots, not nasal spray, this year
WASHINGTON — Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version of the vaccine isn't working as well as…
Health Feb 25NIH taking first steps to huge precision medicine project
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is moving ahead with a major project to learn how to better tailor treatments and preventive care to people's genes, environment and lifestyle.
Health Jan 26Research begins for possible vaccine against Zika virus
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America.
Health Jan 06Not just scribbles: How tots start learning text is symbolic
WASHINGTON — Celebrate your child's scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize that a written word symbolizes language in a way a drawing doesn't — a developmental step on the path to…
Health Dec 22Study: Some cardiac arrest victims ignore warning symptoms
Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.
Health Sep 22Study: Most people will receive a wrong or delayed diagnosis at least once
Most people will experience at least one wrong or delayed diagnosis over their lifetime, a report predicts, calling diagnostic errors a blind spot in modern medicine that sometimes causes devastating consequences.
Health Mar 04Flu winds down as FDA aims for better vaccine next winter
WASHINGTON — The miserable flu season is winding down but not quite over yet, health officials said Wednesday, even the government picked what it hoped would be a better vaccine recipe for next fall and winter.