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AstraZeneca’s lung cancer drug obtains China’s approval

AstraZeneca’s lung cancer drug obtains China’s approval

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca Plc’s lung cancer pill Tagrisso has finally obtained Chinese authorities’ approval.

Tagrisso has been developed to help cancer patients with certain deadly genetic mutations that are quite common in China, the world’s most populous country. It is the first cancer drug approved by the China Food & Drug Administration’s precedence review pathway.

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U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

The United States’ white working class has bucked the global trend of improved mortality rates in past few years as factors like increasing incidents of suicide and addiction to opioids claimed more lives.

Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University wrote in a 2015 research paper that the white working class in the U.S. were experiencing growing mortality rates, while other groups including white Americans with college degrees were having falling mortality rates. Now, they have expanded on that research to better understand that trend.

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Trump trying to reach health care deal

Trump trying to reach health care deal

President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are trying their best to win over House conservatives for their ObamaCare replacement bill ahead of a crucial vote on Thursday.

At press time on Wednesday, it appeared that the Republicans lacked the votes required to replace ObamaCare, but late-breaking developments indicate that a deal could be possible.

A commitment from Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Ky. who serves as Senate majority leader, also brought key conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on board.

Study finds sharp increase in colorectal cancer among young American adults

Study finds sharp increase in colorectal cancer among young American adults

A new study by the American Cancer Society (ACS) revealed an alarming increase in colorectal cancer among young adults in the United States.

The researchers found an unprecedented rise in the number of colon as well as rectal cancers among young American adults, rates of the deadly diseases among older Americans declined.

According to the study, the risks of colon cancer and rectal cancer among young Americans in their mid-20s now has doubled and quadrupled from forty years ago.

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Deadly drug-resistant fungal infection ‘Candida auris’ spreading fast

Deadly drug-resistant fungal infection ‘Candida auris’ spreading fast

The deadly drug-resistant fungal infection "Candida auris" has been spreading in the United States and the world as a whole. Since June last year, nearly three dozen Americans have been diagnosed with this infection.

Candida auris infections have been reported in five continents of the world since it was detected in 2009, when it was discovered in an ear infection in Japan. Since then, it has been reported in Colombia, Kenya, India, the U. S., Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela, and the UK.

Two people fall critically ill after consuming toxic tea in San Francisco

Two people fall critically ill after consuming toxic tea in San Francisco

The San Francisco Department of Public Health confirmed on Friday that two people were hospitalized after they fell critically ill within an hour of sipping a toxic herbal tea.

City public health officials said in a statement that in two separate incidents occurred in February and March, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 30s fell critically sick after they consumed tea made from leaves that they had bought from the Sun Wing Wo Trading Co., an herbalist located at 1105 Grant Avenue in Chinatown.

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Bird flu detected on Tennessee chicken farm

Bird flu detected on Tennessee chicken farm

Thousands of poultry birds will be culled to prevent the spreading of a strain of bird flu virus that has been detected in a flock of chicken breeder on a Tennessee farm, officials have confirmed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) detected on the Tennessee farm is contracted to American food giant Tyson Foods Inc.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that HPAI can cause 100 per cent mortality in poultry birds within 48 hours.

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CDC points out hand sanitizers’ potential dangers to kids

CDC points out hand sanitizers’ potential dangers to kids

Hand sanitizers play a key role in keeping children germ-free, but a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) pointed out that such products can potentially be dangerous.

According to the newly-released CDC report, there have been several incidents of children suffering eye irritation, abdominal pains, and vomiting after coming into contact with hand sanitizers.

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Milton teacher uses personal tragedy to educate students on eating disorders

Milton teacher uses personal tragedy to educate students on eating disorders

Milton High School teacher Michael Dorn usually teaches students mathematics but nowadays he is teaching students about eating disorders and how to spot the signs.

Dorn lost his daughter to an eating disorder, and he wants to use his role as a teacher to help other children learn how they can avoid falling victims to eating disorders.

The high school teacher’s daughter, Maria, died after battling anorexia for nearly three years. She started suffering the illness in her freshman year.

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Excess use of sugar can cause Alzheimer’s disease: researchers warn

Excess use of sugar can cause Alzheimer’s disease: researchers warn

A new study has warned that the progressive disease of Alzheimer’s, which destroys memory and other functions of the patient’s brain, could be caused by excess use of sugar.

A team of researchers from the University of Bath Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, and King’s College London, unraveled the “tipping point” link between high level of sugar glucose in blood and the Alzheimer’s disease after they found that people with high sugar diets were at a greater risk of developing the disease.

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