FDA proposes graphic warnings on cigarette packages
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday rolled out a proposed rule to require tobacco companies to include graphic warnings on cigarette packages and tobacco ads with the aim of promoting “greater public understanding of the negative health consequences of smoking,” the agency said in a statement. Read more
Price of snakebite drugs still sky-high
About 20 years ago, the snake antivenin CroFab entered the market and dramatically reduced the adverse reactions associated with treatment, Dr. Steven Curry says. But the drug came with a sky-high price tag. In one case reported by NPR and Kaiser Health News, an Indiana hospital last summer charged nearly $68,000... Read more
More kids placed in foster care due to parents’ drug use
The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000, according to research published  in JAMA Pediatrics. Read more
Why is women’s Alzheimer’s risk higher than men’s?
Scientists are beginning to understand why Alzheimer’s disease affects more women than men and why the disease seems to progress more quickly in women’s brains. The explanation appears to involve social, biological and genetic differences, researchers reported Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles. Read more
Simple ways to prevent falls in older adults
As we age, the risk of falling increases and becomes increasingly perilous. A fall can be a real health setback for a frail, elderly person. And, more older adults are dying from falls today than 20 years ago. A recent study showed that more than 25,000 U.S. adults age 75 or... Read more

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