Health News

India risks backsliding on success against HIV-U.N. envoy


NEW DELHI - New HIV infections in India could rise for the first time in more than a decade because states are mismanaging a prevention program by delaying payments to health workers, the United Nations envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific said.

California to enact comprehensive medical marijuana regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif./LOS ANGELES - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state's first comprehensive regulations of medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled a wild west of disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug.

U.S., 09 Oct 2015

Sientra suspends sales of medical implants made by Brazilian contract partner

- Breast implant maker Sientra Inc said it has placed a temporary hold on sales of medical implants made by a Brazilian contract manufacturer, sending its shares down 11 percent in extended trading.

09 Oct 2015

Tai chi can help build strength, relieve pain

(Reuters Health) - For people with chronic illnesses ranging from cancer to arthritis, Tai chi exercises may improve walking, build strength and reduce pain, according to a new analysis of past research.

09 Oct 2015

Fidgeting while you work might be good for you

(Reuters Health) - People who can’t resist fidgeting while they work may want to stop trying to kick the habit, because a new study suggests all that toe tapping and pencil rapping may be good for their health.

09 Oct 2015

Cigna drops mail-order requirement for HIV drugs in settlement

- Health insurer Cigna Corp on Friday agreed to drop its requirement that patients with HIV/AIDS get some of their medications exclusively through its mail-order pharmacy, settling a consumer lawsuit.

09 Oct 2015

FDA expands lung cancer approval for Bristol-Myers' drug

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded its approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy drug Opdivo for patients with an additional form of advanced lung cancer.

09 Oct 2015

Many babies exposed to unnecessary pain in research

(Reuters Health) - Babies often suffer unnecessary pain in clinical studies, potentially breaching international standards for ethical research, according to a new review of the medical literature.

Brazil 09 Oct 2015

Boston Scientific mesh verdict slashed to $10 million

NEW YORK - A Delaware judge on Friday said Boston Scientific should only have to pay $10 million to a woman originally awarded $100 million by a jury who found she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of thousands of lawsuits.

U.S., 09 Oct 2015

Eye-tracking devices may help ICU patients communicate

(Reuters Health) - Eye-tracking devices might help some patients communicate even when mechanical ventilators make it impossible for them to speak, a small pilot project suggests.

09 Oct 2015