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Family behind Purdue Pharma pushed opioid marketing, Massachusetts says1/16/2019 6:03:11 AM Members of the wealthy Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma LP pushed it to boost sales of OxyContin and other opioids even as questions emerged about the extent its painkillers were being abused, Massachusetts' attorney general alleged on Tuesday.It's never too late to quit smoking before lung surgery1/16/2019 3:08:13 AM - Smokers who'll be having surgery for lung cancer should quit smoking before the operation, and the sooner the better, a new study shows.U.S. attorney general nominee open to reconsidering healthcare position1/16/2019 2:48:51 AM President Donald Trump's pick to be the next U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, told a Senate panel on Tuesday he is willing to reconsider the Justice Department's current position of not defending the country's healthcare law, commonly called Obamacare, in court.One in five U.S. women delay birth control, increasing unwanted pregnancies1/16/2019 2:40:20 AM - One in five American women don't start using birth control when they first start having sex, increasing their risk of unwanted pregnancies, a U.S. study suggests.Gay fathers face stigma as parents1/16/2019 1:02:11 AM - Even as parenting by same-sex couples becomes more common in the U.S., many gay men and their families still experience discrimination and are stigmatized by relatives, neighbors, salespeople and other members of their communities, a study suggests.Walgreens and Microsoft partner to develop digital healthcare services1/15/2019 11:46:51 PM Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday they have entered a seven-year agreement to research and develop new methods of delivering healthcare services through digital devices.European nations weigh impact of Brexit on drug supplies1/15/2019 11:16:32 PM Germany's drug safety regulator has concluded that Brexit will not put its patients at risk of losing access to essential drugs, while Ireland has drawn up a list of 24 medicines whose supply would be most vulnerable if Britain fails to conclude a divorce deal.Hundreds of FDA staff return to work amid shutdown: Commissioner1/15/2019 10:56:58 PM About 400 U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffers have returned to their posts from furlough, including some food inspectors and support professionals, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a tweet on Tuesday.Drug companies greet 2019 with U.S. price hikes1/15/2019 10:39:22 PM Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world's top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than last year.Just one or two experiences with marijuana may alter teen brains1/15/2019 10:23:28 PM - Teens who use pot just one or two times may end up with changes to their brains, a new study finds.French court cancels Monsanto weedkiller permit on safety grounds1/15/2019 8:43:28 PM A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business.eSwatini to ease ban on South African meat after foot and mouth outbreak1/15/2019 7:00:38 PM The Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, said on Tuesday it would partially lift a ban on some meat and dairy products from South Africa after its neighbor took steps to contain an outbreak of highly contagious foot and mouth disease.Edward Lifesciences pays Boston Scientific $180 million to end patent row1/15/2019 5:20:59 PM Edwards Lifesciences Corp has paid rival Boston Scientific Corp $180 million as part of a settlement to end long-standing patent disputes between the two medical device makers.China has culled more than 900,000 pigs due to African swine fever1/15/2019 2:40:10 PM China has culled 916,000 pigs after around 100 outbreaks of African swine fever in the country, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, as the disease continues to spread to new regions and larger farms.Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules1/15/2019 3:29:51 AM A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new rules allowing employers to obtain exemptions from an Obamacare requirement that they provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.U.S. lawmaker launches investigation into pharma drug pricing1/15/2019 3:29:03 AM A top U.S. lawmaker launched an investigation into pharmaceutical industry pricing practices on Monday, less than a week after he and fellow Democrats introduced legislation aimed at lowering medicine prices.Parents often don't know when teens have suicidal thoughts1/15/2019 3:07:29 AM - Three in four parents are unaware when their teens have recurrent thoughts about suicide, and a big part of the problem may be that adolescents often deny feeling this way, a U.S. study suggests.Lung cancer screening complications may be higher than expected1/15/2019 1:32:37 AM - Invasive follow-up tests to examine abnormalities found with lung cancer screening may lead to more complications and extra healthcare costs than doctors previously thought, a U.S. study suggests.Medicare changes could have some patients paying more for drugs1/15/2019 12:27:50 AM - A proposed shift in Medicare coverage for medicines administered by doctors may help reduce total drug spending, but a new study suggests it may also lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for some patients.U.S. substance abuse helpline largely unknown1/14/2019 9:06:47 PM - The U.S. government's toll-free substance abuse helpline, which provides free referral services to those looking for treatment, gets little publicity, a new study finds.