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Where Dentists Are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care

Poor oral health is rampant among American Indian communities. The Swinomish Tribe in Washington opened a clinic on their land to expand access to treatment.
Source: NYT > Health

Funding cuts 'put pharmacies at risk'

Thousands of local pharmacies in England are at risk of closure because of cuts by the Department of Health, a campaign group says.
Source: BBC News - Health

Call for more support for cancer carers

The number of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK has risen to almost 1.5 million, according to a cancer charity.
Source: BBC News - Health

Pro-fat dietary advice 'irresponsible'

Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly, Public Health England's chief nutritionist says.
Source: BBC News - Health

U.S. states on Zika's frontline see big gaps in funding, expertise

(Reuters) - In Mississippi, a small team of entomologists has begun the first survey of mosquito populations in decades. Experts do not believe the kind of mosquitoes most likely to carry the Zika virus are active in the state, but they cannot know for sure.
Source: Reuters: Health News

Australia watchdog appeals $1.2 million Reckitt Benckiser fine as too light

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's competition watchdog has filed an appeal against a fine of A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) imposed on British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser for misleading consumers on painkiller marketing, arguing that it is too light.
Source: Reuters: Health News

China's drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation.
Source: Reuters: Health News

Inquiry points to maker and lab in fatal French drug trial: reports

PARIS (Reuters) - An official investigation into a clinical drug trial that left one person dead and five others hospitalized in France in January pointed to both the laboratory and the maker for committing errors in the testing process, two dailies said.
Source: Reuters: Health News

Brexit 'could damage NHS', warns chief

The health service could suffer if Brexit puts the economy at risk as "when the British economy sneezes, the NHS catches a cold", chief executive of NHS England warns.
Source: BBC News - Health

C.D.C. Is Monitoring 279 Pregnant Women With Possible Zika Virus Infections

The agency said on Friday that 122 of the women are from Puerto Rico, where the mosquito-borne virus is most common so far in the United States.
Source: NYT > Health

Obama pushes for more Zika funding

President Obama criticises the US Congress for failing to fully back his request for a $1.9bn (Ģ1.25bn) fund to combat the Zika virus.
Source: BBC News - Health

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades

For each of the past three years, opioid prescriptions have declined in the United States, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996.
Source: NYT > Health

World Bank launches $500 million insurance fund to fight pandemics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - - The World Bank on Saturday said it was launching a $500 million, fast-disbursing insurance fund to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries, creating the world's first insurance market for pandemic risk.
Source: Reuters: Health News

F.D.A. Finishes Food Labels for How We Eat Now

Nutrition labels have been revamped by the Food and Drug Administration to more closely match the reality of the modern American diet.
Source: NYT > Health

Costa Rica confirms microcephaly birth, possible Zika link

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A Salvadoran woman suspected of being infected with the Zika virus has given birth in Costa Rica to a baby girl that tested positive for microcephaly, a rare birth defect, authorities said on Friday.
Source: Reuters: Health News

Wrist-band device for alcohol monitoring wins U.S. prize

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco-based company has won a U.S. government-sponsored competition with an alcohol monitoring devices that can be worn on the wrist, the latest milestone in the development of wearable technologies that monitor and diagnose medical conditions.
Source: Reuters: Health News

Major change in U.S. food labels is likely to help healthiest the most

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The biggest overhaul of U.S. food nutrition labels in more than two decades is likely to help improve the diets of the most health-conscious consumers, but others may need more convincing.
Source: Reuters: Health News

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