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NIH director sees solving data puzzle as key to U.S. precision medicine

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - One of the earliest tasks in President Barack Obama's $215 million "precision medicine" program will be finding a way to piece together data from a hodgepodge of existing studies, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

Ohio State to require vaccinations for incoming students

- Incoming students at Ohio State University's Columbus campus will be required to provide proof of vaccinations for measles and a number of other communicable diseases starting in August, a school spokesman said on Friday.

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West Virginia bans abortions after 20 weeks over governor's veto

- The Republican-controlled West Virginia legislature on Friday banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, overriding the governor's veto and joining 11 other states in prohibiting abortion at that point.

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Final round of six-way kidney swap begins at San Francisco hospital

- Doctors at a San Francisco hospital began a final round of kidney transplant surgeries on Friday in a rare organ-transplant chain from living donors that will result in healthy kidneys going to six sick people.

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Diabetics can avoid problems with attention to heart risks

Even if they haven't been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetics with classical heart-risk factors like smoking and elevated “bad” cholesterol are at heightened risk of serious heart-related “events” and death, according to a new study.

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FDA issues mobile app to search for drug shortages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week issued a mobile app specifically for searching for information about drug shortages.

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Novartis wins approval for first U.S. biosimilar drug

- U.S. regulators on Friday gave a green light to sales of the country's first "biosimilar," or copied version of a biotechnology drug, by approving Novartis' white blood cell-boosting Zarxio.

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US FDA approves Astellas drug for invasive fungal infections

- U.S. health regulators on Friday approved Japanese drugmaker Astellas Pharma Inc's drug for the treatment of two rare, often fatal invasive fungal infections that target patients with blood cancers.

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For upper-body warm-ups, stretch multiple muscles at once

Stretches that work several muscle groups at once are great for upper-body warm-ups before a workout, an Australian study finds.

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March Madness ‘gambling holiday’ risky for compulsive gamblers

It’s an office tradition that can create camaraderie, boost morale and provide escape from daily routine. March Madness pools are estimated to attract more than 50 million workers to bet on brackets as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins this month. But for the approximately five million people with a gambling addiction, the next few weeks can present temptation, or torture.

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