Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News A spike in the number of children with a rare neurological disease that causes polio-like symptoms has health officials across the country scrambling to understand the illness. Yet, more than four years after health officials first recorded the most recent uptick in cases, much...
JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Two years after the Food and Drug Administration allowed manufacturers to add folic acid, a crucial B vitamin that prevents terrible birth defects, to their corn flour, very few have done so. A new research report found that only 10 percent of corn masa flour and...
Foreign Direct Investment across the globe fell by 41% to $470 billion in the first half of 2018 from $794 billion in during the same period in 2017, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Monday. A report by the agency cited large repatriations by US-based companies...
An inch-long bloodsucker on the hunt for a meal. Ben Seese/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Michael Reiskind, North Carolina State University After Hurricane Florence, reports started rolling in of “giant mosquito” sightings – and bitings – throughout North Carolina. What’s going on with these mega mosquitoes that can be as big as a quarter? As...
Charlotte Huff, KHN The young man held the medication in his hand — and considered using it to end his life. But then he “put it down and said, ‘No. I need help,’” before heading to a Laredo, Texas, emergency room, said Kimberly Gallegos, who at the time earlier this year...
Venezuela, reeling under one of the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in history, will have its worries escalate further as the International Monetary Fund projected the inflation levels in the country to reach 10 million per cent in 2019. IMF predicted that the economy will contract 18% in 2018 and...
Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News Everyone has seen the ads or the products on the shelves. A dietary supplement that promises to make consumers skinny, without dieting or exercise. Or the one that will bulk them up and turn them into the envy of other weightlifters at the gym. Not to...
Hurricane Michael that struck coastal areas of Florida on Wednesday with winds of 155mph (250km/h) has left a trail of destruction, claiming at least six lives. It weakened to a storm as it moved inland towards the north-east. Michael, ranked category 4 in Saffir-Simpson scale, was one of the strongest storms to...
Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News After two years of double-digit price hikes, the average premium for individual health coverage on the federal health law’s insurance marketplace will drop by 1.5 percent for 2019, the Trump administration said Thursday. The announcement marked the first time average...
Susan Jaffe, KHN For years, most pharmacists couldn’t give customers even a clue about an easy way to save money on prescription drugs. But the restraints are coming off. When the cash price for a prescription is less than what you would pay using your insurance plan, pharmacists will no longer...

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