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U.S. Navy triples maternity leave to 18 weeks for women

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth.

Exclusive: Hospira wins French biosimilar drug tender at 45 percent discount

PARIS - A major French hospital group has chosen a cheap copycat version of a top-selling drug for treating its patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and psoriasis in a victory for a new type of medicine known as biosimilars.   

03 Jul 2015

Weight-loss surgery edges out lifestyle changes for type 2 diabetes

(Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes who have weight loss surgery are more likely to have significant improvements in their diabetes three years compared to diabetics who try lifestyle changes, a small new study suggests.

03 Jul 2015

Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight

(Reuters Health) - Weight screenings in high school were not enough to get overweight and obese kids on track toward a healthier weight, a recent U.S. study found.

03 Jul 2015

Overweight U.S. women need better pre-pregnancy counseling: study

(Reuters Health) - Better care and counseling is needed to teach overweight women hoping to become pregnant about the health dangers of their excess weight and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, a new U.S. study concludes.

03 Jul 2015

Change in LGBT health sparked 50 years ago in Philadelphia

(Reuters Health) - On July 4, 1965, with protest signs raised above their heads, 40 marchers outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall showed many people their first glimpse of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans.

03 Jul 2015

Thailand's first MERS case to leave hospital

BANGKOK - An Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand's health minister said.

03 Jul 2015

Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years

SEATTLE - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday.

U.S. 02 Jul 2015

For first time, gene therapy shows promise in cystic fibrosis

LONDON - Scientists conducting a major trial of a therapy that replaces the faulty gene responsible for cystic fibrosis say the treatment has showed significant benefit for the first time in patients' lung function.

02 Jul 2015

Treat 'whole person' by bringing behavioral health into primary care: docs

(Reuters Health) - In a new position paper, the American College of Physicians (ACP) lays out six strategies for bringing mental health and substance abuse care into primary care to better treat each patient as “a whole person.”

02 Jul 2015