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U.S. blocks health insurer Aetna's $34 billion Humana acquisition 5:50pm EST

A U.S. judge blocked on Monday health insurer Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion acquisition of smaller peer Humana Inc, raising the stakes for rival Anthem Inc as it battles to close a $54 billion deal to buy Cigna Corp. | Video

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Exclusive: Canada seeks warnings on prescription painkillers amid rising deaths

As deaths from powerful painkillers continue to rise, Canada is pursuing unprecedented measures to curb their use, including requiring cigarette-style warning stickers on every prescription, Health Minister Jane Philpott told Reuters.

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Republicans propose giving U.S. states option to keep Obamacare

WASHINGTON Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare medical insurance program if they like, with one also saying she was confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program.

Politics, Election 2016, 9:13pm EST
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Investors gird for impact of Trump healthcare measures

An order by President Donald Trump that could scale back enforcement of some Obamacare provisions is unlikely to sink health insurance stocks, but shares of hospitals and Medicaid providers could be under pressure over fears more poor people would lose coverage, analysts said.

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World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic: WHO

GENEVA The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic.

3:47pm EST

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