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Stroke survivors in U.S. may be getting less healthy

Stroke survivors are doing better at managing their blood pressure and cholesterol today than a generation ago, but a growing number now have poor eating and exercise habits that carry a risk of repeat strokes, a small U.S. study suggests. To minimize the risk of another stroke, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends seven key things: not smoking, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in check, and eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein with limited sweets and fats.

Aurobindo Pharma to recall 80 lots of blood pressure medicine valsartan in the U.S.

A U.S. unit of Indian generic drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma Ltd will recall 80 lots of medicines containing blood pressure drug valsartan that were found to have a probable cancer-causing impurity, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The impurity N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) was detected in quantities above the acceptable limit in certain tablets containing valsartan, the FDA said.

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. The industry has been under pressure by the U.S. President Donald Trump to hold their prices level as his administration works on plans aimed at lowering the costs of medications for consumers in the world's most expensive pharmaceutical market.

In Yemen, world's worst cholera outbreak traced to eastern Africa

Scientists have found that a strain of cholera causing an epidemic in Yemen – the worst in recorded history – came from eastern Africa and was probably borne into Yemen by migrants. Using genomic sequencing techniques, researchers at Britain's Wellcome Sanger Institute and France's Institut Pasteur also said they should now be better able to estimate the risk of future cholera outbreaks in regions like Yemen, giving health authorities more time to intervene.

Missed cancer screenings linked to earlier death from non-cancer causes

Adults who skip recommended cancer screenings may be more likely than those who don't skip them to die prematurely from causes unrelated to malignancies, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers think skipping screenings may be a marker for more generally neglecting one's own health.

Military women may face barriers to contraception

Female soldiers on active duty may struggle to get contraception, a small U.S. study suggests. Although unintended pregnancies are more common in the military than among U.S. women in general, military treatment facilities and Tricare, the military health insurance program for active duty service members, only offer abortions in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment, researchers note in the journal Military Medicine.

Woman first to claim infection after surgery at New Jersey facility

A former patient at a New Jersey surgical facility that state health officials said may have exposed thousands of patients to HIV and other blood-borne pathogens has tested positive for hepatitis B, one of her lawyers said on Thursday. The unidentified 58-year-old Brooklyn woman, a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed on Monday, is the first of 3,778 former patients at HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, known to claim she or he became infected because of faulty sterilization and medication practices at the facility.

African swine fever hits huge, foreign-invested Chinese farm

China reported an outbreak of deadly African swine fever on a huge pig farm part-owned by a Danish investment fund, showing the spread of the virus to modern industrial farms expected to have the best levels of disease prevention. The outbreak occurred on a farm in Suihua city with 73,000 pigs in northeastern Heilongjiang province, owned by the Heilongjiang Asia-Europe Animal Husbandry Co Ltd, a company established in 2016.

Most U.S. patients not using online medical portals

Most people in the U.S. with health insurance don't use the patient portals that are increasingly provided by doctors for online communication, a new study suggests. In a nationally representative survey, researchers found that nearly two-thirds of insured participants had not used an online medical portal in the past 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. Trump made the comments during a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House that included U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar. According to documents seen by Reuters, nearly 30 pharmaceutical companies have taken steps to end their self-declared halt to price increases this year.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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