Health News

Legal marijuana begins in Washington, D.C. as 'green rush' is on


WASHINGTON - Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday, launching a pot "green rush" despite a face-off between local officials and the Republican-led U.S. Congress over the new standards. | Video

Data from largest U.S. tobacco study shows high use of multiple products

- Preliminary results from the largest U.S. survey of tobacco consumption show a high number of people use multiple products, adding key data to the debate on the role of e-cigarettes in reducing harm from tobacco.

26 Feb 2015

U.S. military ends Ebola mission in Liberia

MONROVIA - The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning.

26 Feb 2015

Emergency responders investigate possible Virginia Ebola case

WASHINGTON - Medics, firefighters and a hazardous materials team investigated a possible case of the deadly Ebola virus in a Virginia suburb of Washington on Thursday, an official said.

U.S. 26 Feb 2015

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

WASHINGTON - A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday.

26 Feb 2015

Sanofi's diabetes drug Toujeo gets U.S. approval, label disappoints

- French drugmaker Sanofi SA's new Toujeo diabetes drug won U.S. regulatory approval, but with wording on its prescribing label that analysts say could make marketing difficult.

26 Feb 2015

Food supplements crucial to reduce child malnutrition

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The addition of highly nutritious foods and supplements to the diets of poor mothers could help reduce child mortality and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia, food experts said on Thursday.

26 Feb 2015

UnitedHealth places tighter controls on hysterectomies

- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest health insurer in the United States, is placing tighter controls on its coverage of hysterectomies after a device called a morcellator was linked to the spread of undiagnosed cancer cells.

26 Feb 2015

More U.S. children doing yoga, taking sleep supplements

(Reuters Health) – - A growing number of American children are bending into downward dog and other yoga poses, according to a new report on complementary health practices.

26 Feb 2015

Dyslexia needn’t hold doctors back

(Reuters Health) - - Failing kindergarten was the first of many school struggles for Blake Charlton. Diagnosed with dyslexia, he was relegated to remedial classes that he barely passed. Now, at 35, reading still poses a challenge. He’s a self-described “crummy” speller who manages written communications by relying on abbreviations. People who recall his academic difficulties are often surprised at the abbreviation that now follows his name: M.D.

26 Feb 2015