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A subtype of thyroid tumor isn’t cancer after all

Thyroid tumor not cancer after allPeople diagnosed with a particular type of thyroid cancer and aggressively treated for it actually didn’t have cancer after all.

That’s the conclusion of 24 endocrinology pathologists from seven countries empaneled by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to reconsider the diagnosis and treatment of Encapsulated Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma.

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Ex-NFL Players Rally Behind Medical Marijuana

NFL players back medical marijuanaThirty ex-NFL players have teamed up with a cannabis company in California to test medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and depression. The move comes in the wake of increasing reports on the physical and mental anguish retired football players face, including a potentially debilitating brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Is this the answer they’ve been looking for?

Leading the player side of the trial is Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, an organization founded by a former NFL star to spread awareness about the effectiveness of the drug. Longstanding marijuana extract maker Constance Therapeutics will provide the extracts and oils that players will use to treat their pain.

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Obamacare to launch new payment initiative

Obamacare planSix years after President Obama’s health reforms became law, officials in his administration told POLITICO they are launching the largest-ever initiative to transform primary care in America, an effort to give doctors more flexibility and reward them for producing better results for their patients.

The experiment the administration will announce today, a program called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, is intended to shake up the way 20,000 doctors and clinicians treat more than 25 million patients when it goes into effect in January 2017.

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Study: Life-saving health care in poor nations would cost $5 per person

Life saving health costs five dollarsThe cost of health care that could save the lives of millions of children and their mothers every year would be less than $5 per person, researchers report.

The money would expand basic health services -- such as birth control, nutritional supplements and medication to treat serious illnesses such as pneumonia and malaria -- in 74 low- and middle-income countries. Those countries account for more than 95 percent of mother and child deaths each year, according to the study published April 9 in The Lancet.

The researchers reported that, worldwide, in 2015 nearly 6 million children under age 5 died, as did more than 300,000 women from pregnancy-related causes.

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Huge leap to mass produced platelets

Mass produced plateletsScientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets - the part of the blood that forms clots.

The NHS and University of Cambridge team have discovered how to grow the body's platelet factories in the laboratory.  It could provide a new source of platelets to stop heavy bleeding, for example after a car crash.

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Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections

Zika virus Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus.

Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections - including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis - in people exposed to Zika.

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Missouri senate moves to hold Planned Parenthood president in contempt

Missouri goes after Planned Parenthood documentsSenators in Missouri are moving to hold the president of a St Louis-area Planned Parenthood affiliate in contempt of court – under threat of jail time – for refusing to submit private medical documents.

The move comes after the state general assembly’s interim committee on the sanctity of life subpoenaed documents from Mary Kogut, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, in an investigation into her organization.

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