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Medical errors could cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year, study shows

Medical errors could cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year, study shows

Medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States, enough to make them the nation’s third-leading cause of death if...
Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs

Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs in Australia

Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting...
These 3 existing drugs might fight Zika

These 3 existing drugs might fight Zika

Several drugs already in the pharmaceutical arsenal have potential to fight Zika virus infections, tests with lab-grown human cells reveal. In the journal Nature Medicine,...
Huge out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients with cancer

Huge out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients with cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a serious financial hardship for many elderly and disabled patients on Medicare, with annual out-of-pocket costs ranging from $2,116...
How health insurance binds neighbors together

How health insurance binds neighbors together

Access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers. The study, published...
In a hurry to have sex, cocaine users may skip condoms

In a hurry to have sex, cocaine users may skip condoms

Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but scientifically rigorous evidence of the link has been hard to...
These cells may explain why smoking causes lung cancer

These cells may explain why smoking causes lung cancer

Years of painstaking tissue analysis have lead researchers to basal stem cells as the likely culprits that trigger a major lung cancer closely tied...
Ebola vaccine is 100% effective after 10 days

Ebola vaccine is 100% effective after 10 days

An international group of researchers associated with the World Health Organization published its final report on the Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea, finding that...
U-M pathologist: Why we need you to donate blood now

U-M pathologist: Why we need you to donate blood now

The act of giving blood is quick, relatively painless and can offer a crucial lifeline to a person in need. A nationwide blood shortage, however,...
The fish we eat could soon be eating more mercury

The fish we eat could soon be eating more mercury

A highly toxic form of mercury could jump by 300 to 600 percent in zooplankton—tiny animals at the base of the marine food chain—if...