Health News

Berkeley, California orders free pot for poor patients


BERKELEY California - A California college town known for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinal marijuana dispensaries give away free a small amount of their pot to the poor.

Exclusive: Roosters' fertility problem hits U.S. chicken supply, lifts prices

- The world's largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.

U.S. 09 Jul 2014

New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer finds

NEW YORK - In one of the largest tests of a novel way to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced on Thursday that 1.1 million people receiving care through its "patient-centered medical homes" last year were hospitalized less often and stayed for fewer days compared to patients in traditional fee-for-service care.

U.S. 12:07am EDT

U.S. House Republicans seek CDC documents on anthrax scare

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to provide documents related to last month's anthrax scare at a U.S. lab, where more than 80 people were initially feared to be exposed to the deadly pathogen.

Politics, U.S. 09 Jul 2014

Man diagnosed with rare pneumonic plague in Colorado

DENVER - A Colorado man diagnosed with pneumonic plague, a rare form of the disease that is also the most life-threatening, is the state's first confirmed human case of the illness in a decade, officials said on Wednesday.

09 Jul 2014

Washington state approves first producerĀ of pot edibles

SEATTLE - A Seattle-based company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and candies has become the first business in Washington approved to make edible pot products for the state's newly opened stores, officials said Wednesday.

U.S., Oddly Enough, 09 Jul 2014

Doctors should do more to encourage flu shots during pregnancy: study

NEW YORK - (Reuters Health) - Most doctors do not recommend flu shots to their pregnant patients, who are more likely to develop serious complications if they do get the flu, according to a new report.

09 Jul 2014

Weight associated with diabetes risk differs by ethnicity

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black and Asian adults may be at risk for developing diabetes at a lower weight than whites, according to a new study.

09 Jul 2014

Regeneron drug tames eczema in study

PARIS/NEW YORK - An experimental drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc significantly reduced skin lesions and itching in adult patients with atopic dermatitis, a chronic form of eczema that is poorly controlled by standard drugs, the companies said on Wednesday.

09 Jul 2014

Older adults and their children move closer together after health issues

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Seniors who have a stroke or heart attack are more likely to end up living closer to their adult children afterward, according to a new study.

09 Jul 2014