NEW YORK - Aetna Inc has decided not to reinstate or extend individual health insurance plans that are being canceled with the advent of the U.S. Affordable Care Act because the time frame is too short.
SACRAMENTO, California - Public health officials in California said on Thursday they had sought permission from the federal government to use a vaccine not approved for use in the United States against an outbreak of meningococcal disease among students in a California college.
- A panel of experts advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said an oral drug made by Merck & Co was effective in treating grass pollen allergy but expressed concerns about the drug's safety in children.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with an irregular heartbeat may also be at increased risk of being depressed, suggests a new study from Germany.
WASHINGTON - Attorneys general from 28 U.S. states have asked the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of the powerful painkiller Zohydro ER, which Kentucky's top law enforcement official said could start an epidemic of abuse.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - College students who consume energy drinks tend to drink more alcohol and having both in the same day may lead to more negative consequences, a new study says.
ATLANTA - Flu shots reduced the number of U.S. flu cases and hospitalizations last year by an estimated 17 percent, highlighting the need for increasing vaccination rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
LONDON - The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened its grip in developing nations struggling to treat an illness driven by Western lifestyles.
- A nipple fluid test is not an effective screening tool for breast cancer, U.S. regulators warned on Thursday, noting that mammography is the best way to detect the disease in its earliest, most treatable stages.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with eczema are especially vulnerable to allergic reactions to certain preservatives in lotions and creams, according to a new study.