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Texas doctor accused of giving fake diagnoses, faces $240 million health care fraud case

Fri, 18 May 2018 15:55:58 GMT

A 70-year-old McAllen Texas resident, Maria Zapata, went to see Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada because one of her knees was bothering her. The rheumatologist told her she had arthritis and that he'd give her injections "to strengthen the cartilage" in her knee, she said. After years of treatment that didn't help, she went to another doctor who told her she didn't really have arthritis. Zapata was not the only patient to be misdiagnosed, according to a joint federal and local investigation. The task force investigating Zamora-Quezada announced Monday that he was being indicted in a $240 million medical fraud case. The Department of Justice said Monday he had given patients chemotherapy and toxic treatments they didn't need, all to fund his "lavish" and "opulent lifestyle."

We have a vaccine for Ebola. Will it work?

Fri, 18 May 2018 15:56:54 GMT

As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo spreads, there is a new tool that could be key in controlling the virus: an experimental vaccine.

Florida man dies in e-cigarette explosion, police say

Tue, 15 May 2018 20:16:50 GMT

An explosion from an electronic cigarette killed a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to authorities. His body was found with a wound to his face and some burns.

Twins treated for genetic disorder in the womb

Fri, 18 May 2018 08:45:56 GMT

Corinna already had one child with a genetic disorder that left him unable to sweat or grow teeth normally.

Where your hair extensions come from

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:38:31 GMT

Aye Aye Thein, 55, cuts hair for a living at Insein market in the north of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.

Wherever you are, time is running out to treat gonorrhea

Tue, 15 May 2018 15:43:06 GMT

Mark King has had the clap so many times he's renamed it "the applause. "

California judge overturns End of Life Option Law

Wed, 16 May 2018 18:23:07 GMT

A California superior court judge on Tuesday overturned a 2016 state law that allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill adult patients.

More illnesses reported as salmonella outbreak traced to eggs grows

Sat, 12 May 2018 12:52:43 GMT

A salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of 207 million eggs has worsened -- with 35 people reported ill in several states, federal health officials said.

Teen develops 'wet lung' after vaping for just 3 weeks

Thu, 17 May 2018 13:05:00 GMT

An 18-year old woman working as a hostess in a rural Pennsylvania restaurant decided to try e-cigarettes, perhaps another of the innumerable bistro workers hoping to calm frayed nerves with a smoke -- or in this case, a vape.

Ozone-destroying emissions are on the rise and scientists don't know why

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:15:43 GMT

Banned chemicals which can cause holes in the ozone layer are on the rise, according to a new report, and no one knows who the culprit is.

Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to a city, raising concerns over its control

Thu, 17 May 2018 22:23:44 GMT

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has now entered a "new phase," after the first urban case was confirmed in Mbandaka city, the country's health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said Wednesday.

Is your pharmacist under a 'gag rule' about drug prices?

Fri, 11 May 2018 23:53:04 GMT

Is your pharmacist barred from telling you that you might be able to get a cheaper price on your prescription?

Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%

Mon, 21 May 2018 07:29:35 GMT

Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study.

Why Americans are having fewer children

Thu, 17 May 2018 15:56:53 GMT

US birthrates hit "another record low" in 2017, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Why is Melania Trump still in the hospital?

Fri, 18 May 2018 23:01:11 GMT

First lady Melania Trump has been in the hospital for four days, with no word on exactly when she will be released.

Scientists have transplanted memory from one snail to another. So, what does it mean for humans?

Thu, 17 May 2018 15:12:40 GMT

It's the kind of study science fiction dreams are made of: A team of neurobiologists at UCLA successfully "transplanted" a memory from the nervous system of one snail into another.

Christianity and depression: It's complicated

Sun, 20 May 2018 09:47:44 GMT

Air Justins? Runner with cerebral palsy inspires Nike line

Wed, 16 May 2018 15:21:41 GMT

For many with cerebral palsy, the mere thought of running -- let alone running a half marathon -- would seem like an impossible dream. However, for Justin Gallegos, that dream became a reality on April 29 as he crossed the finish line at the 2018 Eugene Half Marathon in Eugene, Oregon.

Science can explain why some people hear Laurel and others hear Yanny

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:40:57 GMT

As if we needed another thing to divide America.

Ebola health risk raised to 'very high' in DR Congo

Fri, 18 May 2018 16:24:08 GMT

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the Ebola health risk assessment to "very high" in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ahead of an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the worsening outbreak.

These high schoolers were tired of lawmakers' inaction. So, they wrote their own gun control legislation

Fri, 18 May 2018 14:09:00 GMT

Like many schools across the nation, the halls of Alhambra High School, just outside Los Angeles, were buzzing with questions following the school shooting in Parkland.

A name for grief that goes on and on

Wed, 16 May 2018 07:34:43 GMT

Grieving is natural and healthy, but are there cases when it can occur too long or in an unhealthy way? Experts weigh in on what is called complicated grief, which impacts up to 10% of bereaved people.

Vermont legalizes importing cheaper Canadian drugs, needs federal approval

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:08:36 GMT

Vermont is the first state in the country to pass legislation that could allow the importation of less-expensive prescription drugs from Canada.

Former USC doctor accused of inappropriately touching students

Thu, 17 May 2018 00:39:06 GMT

Complaints about Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist for students at the University of Southern California, went back decades. Now, the university is acknowledging them.

FDA approves preventive migraine treatment

Fri, 18 May 2018 19:09:37 GMT

The FDA approved a preventive treatment option for migraine patients that should be available within a week and is expected to cost $575 monthly or $6,900 annually.

A 'confidence code' for girls: 5 ways to build up our daughters

Mon, 21 May 2018 07:37:16 GMT

If there's one quality I want my girls to have more than any other, it is confidence.

Classics on the rise on list of most popular US baby names

Fri, 11 May 2018 19:30:08 GMT

It looks like the name Emma will not go out of style any time soon.

Parasites and bacteria may be lurking in hotel pools, hot tubs, CDC warns

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:02:31 GMT

Hotels set the stage for nearly a third of all disease outbreaks in the United States linked to chlorinated or treated water -- such as pools and hot tubs -- between 2000 and 2014, according to a new government report. During that 15-year period, a total of 493 outbreaks linked to treated recreational water were reported in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the report indicates.

Travel snacks, as picked by nutritionists

Fri, 18 May 2018 08:36:29 GMT

Traveling can wreak havoc on our diets, but packing a nutritious snack or meal before heading out the door can get us started on the right healthy eating track and perhaps give us a bit of wiggle room for indulgences before arriving at our destination.

25 people hospitalized in New York from what police suspect was synthetic marijuana

Sun, 20 May 2018 08:29:59 GMT