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Study: One in Three Antibiotic Prescriptions 'Unnecessary'

1-3 Anti biotics unnecessaryNearly one in three antibiotic prescriptions doled out in the United States is "inappropriate," said a study Tuesday that called for improved stewardship of this important medicine. Experts say overuse of antibiotics leads to more antibiotic-resistant infections — affecting two million people and killing 23,000 each year in the United States alone, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The study found that in the United States in 2011, 262 million outpatient antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed — almost one for each of the nation's 300 million people.

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How a tiny city in New York became a beacon for transgender healthcare

Oneanta, NY health care for transgender patientsFour times a year, Jill Williams, 62, climbs into the cab of her 2010 Toyota pickup and heads from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to a doctor’s office two-and-a-half hours away.

Williams, who is transgender, has grown used to the drive. With the majority of medical professionals knowing little about how to provide care to transgender people, countless trans individuals across the country face incredibly restricted health care options. Williams is one of thousands of people willing to go far – usually to a major city – to see a doctor who has experience in transgender health care, or at least is not openly hostile.

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talcum powder cancer case

Johnson and Johnson to pay $55mJohnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer after using baby powder -- the second such verdict in less than three months.

Gloria Ristesund, 62, said she used the talcum powder for decades and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.

The company knew about the possible health risks linked to the product and failed to warn consumers, her lawyers argued.

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Court: NFL Must Reveal Concussion Documents

Concussion documents must be revealedNational Football League executives may for the first time have to testify about what they knew of concussion risks after a judge cleared the way for questions from insurers who are suing to avoid paying more than $1 billion in costs for lawsuits over head injuries.

A New York state judge on Friday said the league must make its officials and doctors as well as relevant documents available to the insurance companies. The league has previously argued that doing so would undermine its $765 million settlement with thousands of retired players.

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Cost for new oral cancer drugs skyrocketed in last decade

Cost of oral cancer drug sky rocketedA new drug for cancer introduced in 2014 costs about six times the price of a new drug in 2000, with the cost of many other drugs to treat the disease increasing in price significantly during that time, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina found the skyrocketing prices line up with changes in health insurance making patients responsible for more of the cost and potentially put people in the position of not being able to afford treatment.

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Mumps cases hit 40 as Harvard begs students: Stop infecting each other

Mumps cases hit 40 in HarwardA mumps outbreak that began two months ago at Harvard University is getting worse.  More than 40 students and staff have been struck, despite efforts to isolate patients.

The university's Health Services Director Paul J. Barreira told the Harvard Crimson newspaper that the rise in cases is worrying.

"I'm actually more concerned now than I was during any time of the outbreak," he said. "I'm desperate to get students to take seriously that they shouldn't be infecting one another."

The rapid spread of mumps could even affect graduation ceremonies and other end of school year events, Barreira said.

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30 years later, Chernobyl disaster could trigger more cancer, deaths

Chernobyl 30 years laterThree decades after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded and sent a plume of radiation as far away as the United Kingdom, fears remain that the world's worst nuclear disaster could still trigger cancer, illness and more deaths.

The initial accident on April 26, 1986, killed at least 28 people when an explosion during a routine test destroyed reactor No. 4 at the plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, then part of the former Soviet Union. The reactor was later entombed in a sarcophagus of steel and concrete to contain the radiation, but it started leaking. A new cover for the reactor is due to be completed in 2017.

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