weight

Supply of weight loss drug Wegovy expected to improve in next few months, company says

Wegovi, the maker of the popular weight-loss drug. Said Wednesday it is ramping up production of the drug. Which is in short supply at pharmacies across the United States. The drug faced massive shortages . last year due to its growing popularity, executives at drugmaker Novo . Nordisk said in a call with investors on […]

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Obesity

Obesity can cause changes in the brain similar to Alzheimer’s, study suggests

Brain scans show patterns of shrinkage. In areas involved in learning, memory and judgment. Experts hope that losing weight can reverse some of the damage. Being overweight in midlife has been linked to an increased. Risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. And a new study shows that brain changes in obese people mirror. some […]

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CDC

CDC warns that a brand of eyedrops may be linked to drug-resistant bacterial infections

At least one person has died, and others have gone blind. After using over-the-counter artificial tears, the CDC said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One person has died and at least three others have lost permanent vision. Because of a bacterial infection possibly linked to a brand of over-the-counter eyedrops. Most […]

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Covid

Costs for Covid tests and treatments may rise after federal emergency declarations end in May

The White House has announced an end date for national. And public health emergencies related to the coronavirus. Which have been in place since early 2020. Covid testing and treatment may no longer be free for all. After the federal government’s emergency declaration ends in May. But most people still don’t have to pay for […]

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Hong Kong Bans CBD, Forcing Businesses to Shut or Revamp

Hong Kong has banned CBD as a “dangerous drug” and imposed stiff fines for its possession. Forcing runaway businesses to close or restructure. HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong has banned CBD as a “dangerous drug.” And imposed stiff penalties for its possession Wednesday. Forcing runaway businesses to close or reorganize. Proponents say CBD, or […]

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Smoking

Data Shows Drop in Maternal Cigarette Smoking While Pregnant

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy declined among mothers. Of all populations from 2016 to 2021, a new report shows. The number of mothers who smoked cigarettes at any point during pregnancy fell by 41% from 2016 to 2021. With the largest proportional decline among mothers under 20. And Asian mothers, according to new research. Based on […]

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maternal

Black maternal deaths and disparities increase in Mississippi

Deaths from pregnancy complications have become more prevalent inMississipp. And racial disparities in the health of those who give birth have widened in recent years. According to a maternal report released Thursday by the state Department of Health. The Mississippi Mortality Report shows that the maternal mortality. Rate increased by 8.8% between 2013-2016 and 2017-2019. […]

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Covid

FDA pulls authorization for AstraZeneca’s Covid antibody drug Evusheld

The Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn emergency. Use approval of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail Evusheld because. The treatment is not expected to neutralize. The currently dominant XBB.1.5subvariant of Omicron.  The FDA restricted the use of IvuShield earlier this month for the same reason. And the company’s Thursday announcement sent U.S. shares of London-based AstraZeneca […]

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Medicare

Medicare negotiating drug prices will likely save the U.S. billions, study says

A provision in the Inflation Reduction Act that allows Medicare to negotiate. The price of the most expensive prescription drugs. Each year would. Likely save the U.S. billions of dollars — unless the drug industry intervenes, according. To a study published Friday at the JAMA Health Forum. Beginning in 2026, Medicare will begin price negotiations […]

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Virginia

Abortion pill manufacturer sues over West Virginia ban

VirginiaAbortion pill maker GenBioPro filed a lawsuit Wednesday arguing that West Virginia’s sweeping. Ban on the procedure is unconstitutional — one of several Virginia cases testing the legality of medication. Abortions in the post-Roe legal landscape. GenBioPro manufactures mifepristone, the first pill in. A two-drug regimen used for medical abortion. Medication abortion has become a […]

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