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U.S. cancer death rate falls 20% since 1980, but clusters of high mortality persist

U.S. cancer death rate falls 20% since 1980, but clusters of high mortality persist

The rate of mortality due to cancer continues to steadily rise in some parts of the United States in grim contrast with the falling death rate across the nation as a whole, a county-by-county analysis of the deadly malignancy revealed.

As per the new research, the death rate linked to various kinds of cancer slipped 20 per cent between 1980 and 2014. During that period, the number of deaths to cancer dropped from 240.2 in 1980 to 192 in 2014 per 100,000 individuals.

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that support abortion

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that support abortion

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a controversial policy that prohibits the granting of American foreign aid to health providers abroad who consider the procedure of abortion as a family-planning option.

The U.S. law already prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion services, even in countries where abortion is legal. But Trump’s executive order expanded the prohibition by freezing aid to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in poor nations if they offer abortion counseling or advocate the right to seek abortion.

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that pet rats were the cause of recent virus outbreak which sickened 8 people in Illinois and Wisconsin.

CDC said the victims in the two states worked at rat-breeding facilities and got infected with Seoul virus that is not typically found in the nation.

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Hair Loss Among Men Could Help Predict Risk of Prostate Cancer: Research

Hair Loss Among Men Could Help Predict Risk of Prostate Cancer: Research

Hair loss could be linked to risk of prostate cancer among men, according to a research conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto. The research team evaluated cases of male pattern baldness and found a strong link between hair loss and prostate cancer risk. The Canadian research team added that high level of testosterone is considered as a reason behind hair loss and prostate malignancy. However, men facing hair loss should not start worrying about the results of this study.

Sunscreen offers better protection compared to Umbrella: Study

Sunscreen offers better protection compared to Umbrella: Study

Many people avoid sunscreen even when they are on beach holidays. Medical experts have supported use of sunscreen during sunny days for everyone with light skin. Some people avoid using sunscreen when they are under beach umbrella. A new research has found that 78 percent of people who used only an umbrella to protect themselves from sun, suffered sunburns. However, only 25 percent of people who used sunscreen, suffered sunburn after a day at beach. The study team added that sunscreen offers much better protection compared to umbrella and none of the method was 100 percent effective.

Robotic sleeve physically keeps flabby heart beating during heart failure

Robotic sleeve physically keeps flabby heart beating during heart failure

A team of American scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that might be able to save patients’ lives by physically keeping their heart beating in case of heart failure.

Developed by scientists from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital using artificial muscles, the thin silicone-made robotic sleeve can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze it to keep it pumping.

The thin silicon sleeve alternately compresses, twists as well as relaxes in synchrony with the heart tissue beneath.

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Kaleo Prices EpiPen Alternative at $4,500 for Insurance Companies: Report

EpiPen Alternative Will be Available for Free for Many People: Reports

EpiPen has been associated with controversy due to its high price but an alternative for EpiPen, Auvi-Q will be provided free for many people, new reports suggest. Auvi-Q will be covered by insurance providers for many patients and they won’t have any out-of-pocket expenses. Auvi-Q manufacturer Kaleo informed that the device will be available for households with income less than $100,000 for free if they don’t have insurance. Privately-held Kaleo informed that the emergency allergy auto-injector will cost insurance companies $4,500.

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare

As President-elect Donald Trump is all set to sworn in as the president of the United States, House Democrats have vowed to fight one of his top priorities -- repealing Barack Obama’s signature health care law called Obamacare.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday touted Democratic events organized across the nation to highlight support for Obamacare, which provided health insurance coverage to millions of previously uninsured people.

Former President George H.W. Bush admitted to ICU

Former President George H.W. Bush admitted to ICU

Former U. S. President George H. W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) Houston at Methodist Hospital on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the family has confirmed.

In a fresh post on Twitter, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath wrote that Mr. Bush, 92, had to be admitted to ICU after he suffered a pneumonia attack. Initially on Saturday, he was hospitalized for shortness of breath, but doctors moved him to ICU after he suffered an acute respiratory problem due to pneumonia.

Abortion rate in U.S. drops to lowest level since 1974: report

Abortion rate in U.S. drops to lowest level since 1974: report

The annual rate of the controversial procedure of abortion in the United States has slipped to its lowest level since 1974, according to research group Guttmacher Institute’s latest report.

The report counted a total of 926,200 abortions during 2014. The total number of abortions from 2014 represented a decline of 12.5 per cent from the research group’s previous survey that tallied nearly 1.06 million abortions in 2011.

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