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HPV vaccinations for U.S. teens rise slightly: CDC

The percentage of U.S. teenagers vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increased slightly in 2014, but the rate lags behind other immunizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on…

Obese patients face long odds against returning to a healthy weight

(Reuters Health) – The odds are against obese men and women trying to get to a healthy weight, particularly if they are severely obese, a U.K. study suggests. Researchers followed…

CareFirst doubles cost savings by sharing rewards with U.S. doctors

Insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said on Thursday its cost savings on providing healthcare rose sharply last year in a program that rewards U.S. doctors for keeping patients out of the…

HIV status, knowledge low among heterosexual South African couples

(Reuters Health) – Less than half of men in a high-risk South African township knew whether their partners had ever been tested for HIV, and women weren’t much more informed,…

Cutting junior doctors’ hours may not lower risk of surgical deaths

(Reuters Health) – Restrictions on U.S. medical residents’ hours implemented in 2011 don’t appear to have significantly lowered the risk of death or serious injury from surgery, a recent study…

Health insurer Cigna says second-quarter medical costs stay low; profit beats

Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed last week to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion, said on Thursday that medical services use was low in the second quarter,…

CareFirst sees more than doubled savings on shared rewards with doctors

Insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said on Thursday its cost savings on providing healthcare rose sharply last year in a program that rewards doctors for keeping patients out of the hospital.…

Rio Olympic athletes risk serious illness from polluted water: AP

RIO DE JANEIRO Athletes risk serious illness from dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in sewage-contaminated waters at the swimming and boating venues being prepared for the 2016 Olympic…

Teva’s MS drug Copaxone has strong second-quarter sales

JERUSALEM Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA.N), which this week revealed plans to buy Allergan’s (AGN.N) generics drugs business in a $40.5 billion deal, said on Thursday sales of its branded multiple…

Toward a safe antiobesity drug that could block fat absorption

To help address the global obesity epidemic, scientists are developing a new class of compounds called “micelle sequestrant polymers,” or MSPs, that could prevent fat particles from getting absorbed in…