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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 08:27 PM EDT

25 Californians Charged With $150M in Health Care Fraud

25 Californians Charged With $150M in Health Care Fraud

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles announced Wednesday that 25 people -- including 14 doctors or medical professionals -- are accused of billing Medicare and other health plans for $150 million in fraudulent...

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 07:19 PM EDT

Trump Admin. Reverses Decision Ending Immigrant Medical Relief

Trump Admin. Reverses Decision Ending Immigrant Medical Relief

The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a...

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 05:12 PM EDT

Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses Climb to 530 Cases, 8 Deaths

Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses Climb to 530 Cases, 8 Deaths

An outbreak of a deadly vaping-related lung disease has sickened 530 people — mostly young men — and killed eight, federal health officials said Thursday, adding that investigators still haven’t found a...

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 03:03 PM EDT

US to Spend $3 Million to Study If Marijuana Relieves Pain

US to Spend $3 Million to Study If Marijuana Relieves Pain

The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. Nine research grants announced...

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 11:23 AM EDT

Al Roker Is Up and Walking One Day After Hip Surgery

Al Roker Is Up and Walking One Day After Hip Surgery

A day after undergoing hip replacement surgery, Al Roker is already back on his feet! The TODAY co-host and meteorologist checked in from his room at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Thursday morning...

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 10:43 AM EDT

Transgender Man Can Sue Catholic Hospital Over Hysterectomy

Transgender Man Can Sue Catholic Hospital Over Hysterectomy

A California appeals court has ruled that a transgender man can sue a Catholic hospital for cancelling his hysterectomy.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 07:28 AM EDT

Instagram Cracks Down on Weight Loss, Cosmetic Surgery Ads

Instagram Cracks Down on Weight Loss, Cosmetic Surgery Ads

Instagram will be rolling out new policies to combat ads that promote weight loss products, especially for users who are known to be minors. Instagram users under the age of 18 will no longer see posts...

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 07:56 PM EDT

Novartis Halts Distribution of Zantac Over Contaminant Fear

Novartis Halts Distribution of Zantac Over Contaminant Fear

Novartis AG's Sandoz unit said on Wednesday it was halting distribution of its versions of the drug commonly known as Zantac in all its markets, including the United States and Canada, after contaminants were...

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 11:47 PM EDT

A 9th Person Has Contracted EEE in Massachusetts This Year

A 9th Person Has Contracted EEE in Massachusetts This Year

The potentially deadly virus EEE was detected in a ninth person in Massachusetts this year, state health officials said Wednesday. The person, a man in his 70s, is from Essex County. Risk levels were raised to...

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 at 01:53 PM EDT

Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes a Day After New York

Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes a Day After New York

Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation. The...

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