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Drug companies greet 2019 with U.S. price hikes

Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world's top-selling medicine, Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than last year.

Trump says he expects to see lower drug prices

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he expects to see a tremendous decrease in drug prices even as drugmakers have taken steps to raise the prices of their medicines starting this month.

One-floor living helps seniors 'age in place'

(Reuters Health) - Older adults are less likely to need to change residences if their homes have certain features, including no stairs, a new study found.

Cryotherapy malfunction results in burn, blisters

(Reuters Health) - Whole-body cryotherapy - a trendy procedure that exposes the naked body to subzero temperatures - isn't backed by evidence and can be risky, doctors say.

Handguns more lethal than rifles in mass shootings

(Reuters Health) - In public mass shootings in the U.S., victims shot with a handgun were more likely to die than in the events associated with a rifle, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Fitness affects stroke risk

(Reuters Health) - Low fitness levels have long been tied to higher risk for heart problems. Now researchers say men's cardiorespiratory fitness is tied to their risk for stroke as well.

New Jersey clinic sued after HIV infection warning

A former patient has filed the first lawsuit against a New Jersey surgery center that may have exposed nearly 3,800 patients to HIV and hepatitis due to poor sterilization and medication practices.

Leafy green neighborhoods tied to better heart health

(Reuters Health) - People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests.

More U.S. adults losing sleep in recent years

(Reuters Health) - One third of U.S. adults say they sleep less than six hours a night, which is 15 percent more than were getting too little sleep 15 years ago, researchers say.

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