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Flavored cigars appeal to youth: study

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavored cigars, according to a new study.

Exclusive: Biogen prices hemophilia drug on par with older therapies

- Biogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly-approved long-acting hemophilia drug to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually.

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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

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

Politics, U.S., 17 Apr 2014

Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

(This story from April 15 corrects name of researcher to Breiter, instead of Beiter, throughout story)

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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

USDA will require reporting of killer piglet virus PEDv

WASHINGTON - In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population.

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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