The Medical Blog

CVS Health fourth-quarter profit, revenue rise

Drug-store giant CVS Health’s fourth-quarter net income rose 13% to $1.5 billion and its net revenue rose 11% to $41.1 billion, compared to the same period a year earlier. The company’s fourth-quarter earnings per share, excluding one-time items, were $1.53, equaling S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates. CVS got a revenue boost from the completion in August of […]

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If more women breast-fed for longer, 820,000 babies a year could be saved

If all women breast-fed their babies longer, 820,000 babies a year and 20,000 women would not die. These striking estimates are from a report 18 months in the making and that UNICEF is presenting to its 190 partner countries this week. An international group of researchers studied some 1,300 reports, including 22 commissioned specifically for […]

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Bacteria ‘see’ like tiny eyeballs

Biologists say they have solved the riddle of how a tiny bacterium senses light and moves towards it: the entire organism acts like an eyeball. In a single-celled pond slime, they observed how incoming rays are bent by the bug’s spherical surface and focused in a spot on the far side of the cell. By […]

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No safe way to suntan, new NICE guidance warns

There is no safe or healthy way to get a tan from sunlight, new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has warned. The health watchdog’s latest guidance also says an existing tan provides little protection against sun exposure. It recommends using at least factor 15 sun cream, with adults urged […]

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Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes

Mutant sperm-factories spread in men’s testicles as they age to increase the risk of children with genetic diseases, researchers have shown. Millions of spermatogonia produce a constant supply of sperm in the testes. But the University of Oxford study showed mutant spermatogonia gain a “tumour-like” competitive edge, leading to a greater proportion of sperm becoming […]

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Flashes of light may stop jet lag

Exposure to short flashes of light at night could help sleeping travellers adjust to new time zones and avoid jet lag, according to US scientists. The light beams travel through the eyelids and this tells the brain to re-set the body’s inner biological clock, the Stanford researchers believe. They tested the method in 39 volunteers […]

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A life choice: 6 more years or 6 good months?

The choice took less than a minute. In 2009, the doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, told Michael Manning his leukemia was in remission. He was ready for a bone marrow transplant. “They told us we could roll the dice and see how the remission went or we could have the transplant,” his wife, Donna Manning, […]

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Chipotle to live tweet all-staff food safety meeting

Everyone is invited to attend Chipotle’s all-staff meeting on food safety Monday — via Twitter andPeriscope. The fast-casual restaurant chain is opening stores four hours late in order to host a discussion with all of its employees about its recent health scares and efforts to improve food safety going forward. The meeting, which about 50,000 employees […]

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Here’s how millennials could change health care

Daniel Martinez surveys the floor of a Reno restaurant on a Friday evening, his nicely pressed suit evoking the kind of sharp-dressed man that rockers ZZ Top sing about. Surrounded by multicolored lights and the familiar din of slot machines, Martinez quickly handles multiple queries about kitchen operations and hotel room service without skipping a […]

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California doctor gets 30 years to life for three patient prescription drug deaths

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients apologized in court Friday but that did little to sway the judge, who sentenced her to 30 years in prison and said she seemed to care more about money than the health of those she treated. The […]

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