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U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.

Behavior therapy works over short term for young kids with OCD 24 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A family-based cognitive behavioral therapy markedly improves symptoms in children as young as five years old with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a new study.

Exclusive: Allergan approached Shire about takeover but rebuffed -sources 1:18am BST

NEW YORK - Allergan Inc approached Shire Plc in recent months about a possible takeover but was rebuffed, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest example of a U.S. drugmaker seeking to buy an overseas rival to lower its tax rate.

Utah sperm swap 'unacceptable' but still unexplained -university docs 24 Apr 2014

- A University of Utah committee investigating reports that a Salt Lake City fertility clinic worker artificially inseminated a patient with his own sperm called the action "unacceptable" on Thursday, but said it could not determine whether the switch was intentional.

Caregivers Are Key In Protecting Kids' Dental Health 24 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many kids on Medicaid are not receiving dental care, and those who do often first show up with a dental emergency, according to a new study.


Webby Awards honor mobile health and fitness apps 12:55am BST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As part of the 18th Annual Webby Awards, 11 mobile health applications ranging from personal wellness journals to allergen and symptom trackers were chosen as honorees.

Vaccines prevent more than 700,000 child deaths in the U.S.: CDC 24 Apr 2014

ATLANTA - A federal government program launched 20 years ago to increase vaccinations for low-income children in the United States will prevent more than 700,000 deaths, but measles remains a stubborn adversary, with more than 129 cases so far this year, a federal agency said on Thursday.

Salmonella cases decline, but other foodborne illnesses up 24 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There was little progress in reducing food poisoning rates in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientists discover new rare genetic brain disorder 24 Apr 2014

CHICAGO - International teams of researchers using advanced gene sequencing technology have uncovered a single genetic mutation responsible for a rare brain disorder that may have stricken families in Turkey for some 400 years.

FDA approves test to detect DNA of cancer-causing HPV strains 24 Apr 2014

- The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the use of a test for cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), clearing the way for replacement of the Pap smears used to screen most women for cervical cancer.