- FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss Updated: Jul-28-15 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators say they have approved an inflatable medical balloon that helps patients lose weight by filling up space in the stomach.
- Skin doctors urge under-18 ban on tanning beds Updated: Jul-28-15 5:20 pm
BOSTON - Dermatologists who treat skin cancer patients urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar anyone under age 18 from using tanning beds, but salon owners accused critics of overstating the risks.
- Gilead beats Street 2Q forecasts on surge in sales, profit Updated: Jul-28-15 5:15 pm
Blockbuster hepatitis C medicine Harvoni lifted Gilead Sciences' second-quarter profit by 23 percent as total revenue for the biotech drugmaker jumped 26 percent and it raised its 2015 sales forecast for the second time.
- Health care spending to accelerate, US report says Updated: Jul-28-15 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON - The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.
- 1 more case of rare infectious disease confirmed in ND Updated: Jul-28-15 4:53 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota health officials have confirmed one more case of tularemia, a rare infectious disease that humans can catch from animals and insects.
- 4 cases of West Nile virus reported so far this year in SD Updated: Jul-28-15 4:28 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota health officials have confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus disease so far this year.
- US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu Updated: Jul-28-15 4:10 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.
- Central Indiana county launching needle-exchange next week Updated: Jul-28-15 2:10 pm
ANDERSON, Indiana - A central Indiana county that won state approval last month to run a needle-exchange program will launch its push next week to combat the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users.
- Drugmaker Pfizer tops Street 2Q forecasts, raises forecast Updated: Jul-28-15 1:38 pm
Pfizer Inc. beat Wall Street's second-quarter expectations and raised its 2015 forecast, as soaring sales for a few key products helped inoculate the world's second-largest drugmaker against a $1 billion revenue hit from foreign exchange rates and its last wave of cheap generic competition hurting former big sellers.
- Mumps outbreak centered at U of Illinois Updated: Jul-28-15 12:20 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - More than two-thirds of the state's 73 known cases of mumps are in Champaign County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Maryland governor: Losing hair, killing cancer cells Updated: Jul-28-15 12:13 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's lost hair but is killing cancer cells "like crazy."
- Merck tops Street 2Q forecasts despite lower sales, profit Updated: Jul-28-15 10:16 am
Merck & Co.'s second-quarter profit plunged by two-thirds, hammered by the sale of its consumer business, unfavorable currency exchange rates, lower sales of some key drugs and hefty one-time charges.
- Litvinenko judge slams 'charade' of suspect's testimony bid Updated: Jul-28-15 8:02 am
LONDON - The British judge investigating the radioactive poisoning death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko on Tuesday accused Russian authorities or a key suspect of interfering with his inquiry.
- South Korea sees end of MERS threat after outbreak killed 36 Updated: Jul-28-15 6:07 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.
- 6 University of Missouri students confirmed with mumps Updated: Jul-28-15 5:06 am
COLUMBIA, Missouri - Lab results have confirmed that six University of Missouri students came down with the mumps, while a seventh suspected case came back negative.
- Wildlife officials ask for reports of dead sage grouse Updated: Jul-28-15 5:05 am
CASPER, Wyoming - Wyoming wildlife officials are asking the public to report dead sage grouse so they can be tested for West Nile virus.
- Meningitis vaccine required for some Illinois students Updated: Jul-28-15 4:08 am
MARION, Illinois - Starting this school year, students entering grades six and 12 in Illinois will need to have had a vaccine to prevent meningitis.
- Health Department issues advisory about Hepatitis C increase Updated: Jul-28-15 3:34 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Department of Health wants residents to become more aware of Hepatitis C, saying the rate of acute cases in the state has more than tripled in the last seven years.
- Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh has brain tumor removed Updated: Jul-27-15 7:28 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh underwent brain surgery Monday for removal of a benign tumor, and her husband said her prognosis for recovery is good.
- Banks' estranged wife says he had dementia when signing will Updated: Jul-27-15 6:23 pm
CHICAGO - A court filing by the estranged wife of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks contends the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with dementia days before he signed a will benefiting his caretaker.
- Rhode Island health officials warn of suspected measles case Updated: Jul-27-15 4:22 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Department of Health is warning of a suspected case of measles in an infant from Barrington, but says there is no public health threat because everyone who came into contact with the child has been treated.
- Hundreds get buzz cut to support 5-year-old boy with cancer Updated: Jul-27-15 4:19 pm
MONTICELLO, Iowa - Hundreds of people volunteered this weekend to have their heads shaved in an effort to set a world record and show their support for a 5-year-old boy who lost his own hair during treatment for cancer.
- 2nd West Nile case of 2015 reported in Mississippi Updated: Jul-27-15 3:07 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Health officials in Mississippi say the state's second West Nile virus case for 2015 has been reported in Adams County.
- DEQ lowers standard for E. coli in small Wyoming streams Updated: Jul-27-15 1:06 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has reclassified small streams throughout the state to allow higher levels of E. coli bacteria.
- Montgomery No. 1 in nation for STDs Updated: Jul-27-15 11:10 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Montgomery is the most sexually diseased city in the nation.