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Dementia caregiving takes toll on sleep

(Reuters Health) - Family caregivers for dementia patients don't sleep as long or as well as other adults of the same age, a new study suggests.

Companies file suit in Canada challenging new rules to lower drug prices

Five pharmaceutical companies said on Friday they have filed a complaint in a Canadian court challenging the constitutionality of new Canadian regulations meant to lower patented drug prices, setting up a fight with the federal government ahead of an Oct. 21 election.

VA facilities offering cochlear implants to vets are few and far between

(Reuters Health) - Even though American veterans are at high risk for the type of hearing loss that may be improved with cochlear implants, many of them live hours from a VA facility that provides cochlear implant services, a U.S. study suggests.

CDC flags one death and nearly 200 cases of lung illnesses in U.S, possibly tied to vaping

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had identified 193 potential cases of severe lung illness tied to vaping in 22 states as of Aug. 22, including one adult in Illinois who died after being hospitalized.

Parents can do better to keep their pot away from children

(Reuters Health) - As legal cannabis use becomes increasingly common in the U.S., most parents say they keep their pot out of children's reach, but fewer keep it locked away, a study in Colorado suggests.

Menopause with diabetes tied to more severe sleep problems

(Reuters Health) - Women with type 2 diabetes may face more sleep issues and more severe sleep troubles during menopause than peers without diabetes, a small study suggests.

Democrat Buttigieg targets mental illness, addiction in new plan

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg aims to prevent one million deaths by 2028 from addiction and mental illness under a plan he released on Friday aimed at tackling the country's opioid and substance abuse crisis.

Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo: WHO

Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and disinformation on social media, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

South Africa to roll out sweeping health reform in stages

A proposed move to universal health coverage in South Africa will be rolled out in stages as the budget improves, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost $2.2 billion per year by 2025/26.

GSK builds oncology pipeline as drug shown to help myeloma patients

GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental multiple myeloma treatment has shown a meaningful response in patients that have run out of three previous treatment options, in a boost for the British drugmaker's cancer drug business.

WHO says eradicating malaria 'can be done', but first aim is to control it

LONDON, Aug 23 - Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control it.

FDA pegs Edwards Lifesciences Sapien delivery system recall as severest

The U.S. health regulator on Thursday categorized the recall of Edwards Lifesciences Corp's Sapien 3 Ultra delivery system as extremely serious, highlighting health risks associated with its use, but the products will remain on the market.

Migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. face high violence risk

(Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. experience physical, psychological and/or sexual violence during their journey, a new study finds.

Retrophin scraps nervous system disorder study, shares dive

Retrophin Inc said on Thursday it was discontinuing the late-stage study for its rare neurological disorder treatment after it failed to improve patients' ability to conduct daily activities such as eating and walking, sending shares down 30%.

Hospitals treat patients without admitting them, to avoid penalties

(Reuters Health) - Hospitals appear to be treating Medicare patients in emergency departments (EDs) and observation areas to avoid readmissions and the financial penalties associated with them, according to a new U.S. study.

Gender minority college students at increased mental health risk

(Reuters Health) - Gender minority students in U.S. colleges and universities are four times as likely as other students to experience mental health problems, researchers say.

Nigeria's three-year milestone takes Africa towards polio eradication

Nigeria marked three years free of endemic wild polio on Wednesday, with health officials saying the nation's progress in fighting the crippling viral disease could result in the whole of Africa being declared polio-free early next year.

Exclusive: India proposes ban on e-cigarettes, with jail terms for offenders - government documents

India's health ministry has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes, documents seen by Reuters showed, potentially jeopardizing the expansion plans of big firms like Juul Labs and Philip Morris International.

Fewer U.S. teens participating in substance abuse prevention programs

(Reuters Health) - Fewer U.S. adolescents are participating in programs designed to prevent substance abuse, a study suggests.

Explainer: What are the obstacles to Bayer settling Roundup lawsuits?

Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company's Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement.

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