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Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation’s youth. In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of “vaping,” but said e-cigarettes aren’t harmless and too many teens are using them. “My concern … Continue reading Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat

Trump picks Price as HHS secretary; Democrats blast choice

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. A key Senate Democrat immediately criticized the choice. If confirmed by the Senate, Price would play a central role in Republican efforts to … Continue reading Trump picks Price as HHS secretary; Democrats blast choice

Famed Texas heart surgeon Denton Cooley died at 96

HOUSTON (AP) — Dr. Denton Cooley, the cardiovascular surgeon who performed some of the nation’s first heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart, died Friday. He was 96. A leading practitioner of the coronary bypass operation, Cooley contributed to the development of techniques to repair and replace diseased heart valves and was renowned … Continue reading Famed Texas heart surgeon Denton Cooley died at 96

Vitamin D deficiency is widely overestimated, doctors warn

Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it’s not the “we need more” news you might expect. Instead, they say there’s too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have. The nutrient is crucial for strong bones and may play a role in … Continue reading Vitamin D deficiency is widely overestimated, doctors warn

Pfizer lowers cost of Prevnar vaccine for some charity use

Drugmaker Pfizer says it’s reducing what it charges humanitarian groups for its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, ear and blood infections. Pfizer Inc.’s move to reduce Prevnar 13’s price to $3.10 per dose — but only for the groups’ use with refugees and in other emergency settings — follows pressure since 2009 by groups such as … Continue reading Pfizer lowers cost of Prevnar vaccine for some charity use

What Trump might really do with health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has said he may keep some parts of his predecessor’s signature health care overhaul. No final decisions have been made. Based on interviews with congressional Republicans, here’s a general idea of what goes, what may stay, and what’s in doubt: WHAT GOES -Mandates on individuals to get coverage or … Continue reading What Trump might really do with health care