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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis.

17 Apr 2014

Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth

LONDON - The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.

17 Apr 2014

FDA warns common uterine fibroid surgery can spread undetected cancer

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that a common surgical procedure used to remove uterine fibroids could spread undetected uterine cancer.

17 Apr 2014

About 12 million U.S. outpatients misdiagnosed annually : study

- Roughly 12 million adults who visit U.S. doctors' offices and other outpatient settings, or one in 20, are misdiagnosed every year, a new study has found, and half of those errors could lead to serious harm.

17 Apr 2014

Free dermatology drug samples come at a cost

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dermatologists tend to prescribe more expensive medications when they also give their patients drug samples, according to a new U.S. study.

17 Apr 2014

Merck's ragweed pollen allergy drug gets U.S. approval

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Merck & Co's pollen allergy drug Ragwitek.

17 Apr 2014

Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

NEW YORK - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?

Science 17 Apr 2014

Info may prompt seniors to taper off sleeping pills

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people are willing and able to get themselves off medications like sleeping pills once they're informed of the potential harms, according to a new Canadian study.

17 Apr 2014

UnitedHealth: New hepatitis C drug costs far more than forecast

- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said it spent more than $100 million to cover a pricey new hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc in its first three months on the market, an amount that was "multiple" times what it had expected.

17 Apr 2014