Dinwiddie kindergarten student diagnosed with Scarlet Fever

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. – A Dinwiddie County student has been diagnosed with Scarlet Fever, a bacterial illness involving a distinctive pink-red rash. School officials say they learned about the case on Thursday and a letter from the health department was send home to the parents of more than 50 students who are in the same class or ride the same bus as the diagnosed student. The student has been identified as a kindergarten student at Southside Elementary School, according to School spokesperson Christie Clarke. Clarke says the child’s case first…

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Diabetes drug may cause infection that destroys genitals, study warns

A certain type of drug used to treat diabetes may help manage the disease, but a new study advises physicians to look for troubling signs of a dangerous flesh-eating infection in patients taking that drug—one that could even kill. Per USA Today, the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined ties between sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, used in Type 2 diabetes treatment, and a genital infection called Fournier gangrene, an “extremely rare but life-threatening” disorder, per the Food and Drug Administration, which looked at 55 cases of patients with the infection. All of…

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Former Purdue Pharma president called addicted people ‘victimizers’ in emails

The former chairman and president of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma once called people who are addicted to drugs “victimizers” and lamented not being able to publicly blame users for the pitfalls of addiction, according to emails submitted as evidence in a lawsuit filed by the Connecticut attorney general. The former chairman and president of pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma once called people who are addicted to drugs “victimizers” and lamented not being able to publicly blame users for the pitfalls of addiction, according to emails submitted as evidence in a lawsuit…

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Trump administration to require drug prices in TV ads

Drug makers will have to start including the list price of medications in their television ads, the Trump administration announced Wednesday. The move is the first rule implemented from the administration’s blueprint to lower drug costs, which was released a year ago. “Requiring the inclusion of drugs’ list prices in TV ads is the single most significant step any administration has taken toward a simple commitment: American patients deserve to know the prices of the healthcare they receive,” said Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Lowering drug prices has been a…

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Drug campaign touts ‘female Viagra’ in the name of equality

Studies have never defined a “normal” level of sexual desire. Despite that, there’s a website and an online quiz to help you decide if you’ve got a problem. Called “Right to Desire,” it brands libido as a feminist “right,” and its home page offers the defiant, in-your-face prompt: “Yes, I want my desire back.” Click a few boxes and you’re instantly directed to a remedy (and an online doctor to prescribe it): a pill called Addyi from Sprout Pharmaceuticals. “This particular product should not have been approved by FDA, but…

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Federal judge strikes down physicians-only abortion law in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — A Federal judge has struck down a state law that says only physicians can perform first-trimester abortions. On Tuesday,  he ruled that requiring a doctor to perform most abortions in the Commonwealth is unconstitutional. His opinion would have the effect of increasing access to abortions by allowing more medical providers to perform the procedure. The ruling is a victory for abortion rights advocates who argue that first-trimester abortions are safe enough to be performed without a physician. In the past, the state has argued unsuccessfully that there…

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Rapid Technology helps save woman who suffered stroke driving home from church

RICHMOND, Va. — Beverly Hill doesn’t remember much in the moments leading up to her stroke. “It was Super Bowl Sunday and I was driving home from church,” Hill recalled. “There was a man behind me who saw I was in trouble and he stopped.” Hill said it was the quick action of paramedics getting her to the hospital that probably saved her life. “The kind of stroke I had, it’s about a 20% survival rate,” she said. Physicians at Johnston Willis Hospital quickly found the blood clot in Hill’s…

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New wonder drug could cure a horrible disease – for $2 million per treatment

A new wonder drug is coming for babies with a crippling, often fatal disease. Expected price tag: $2 million per treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. Novartis AG is expected to begin selling Zolgensma, a possible cure for spinal muscular atrophy, after the FDA approves it this month. Novartis executives say Zolgensma’s ability to curb SMA—a muscle-wasting disease that often kills babies before age 2—explains the eye-popping price. But it is controversial: “A therapy is useless if no one can afford it,” says a health-insurance industry spokeswoman. Insurance companies are also uneasy…

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Tyson, one of the world’s biggest meat producers, will start selling a plant-based protein

How big is the plant-based protein craze? Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest poultry, beef and pork producers, plans to start selling a meat substitute this summer. The product will first enter the market “on a fairly limited basis,” CEO and president Noel White said during an analyst call discussing the company’s second-quarter earnings on Monday. He added that Tyson plans to roll out its meat substitute “on a much larger scale” this fall. The plant-based fake meat trend is growing rapidly. Demand is being fueled by consumers choosing healthier…

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