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Australia zoo urges people to catch deadly spiders as antidote runs low

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian zookeeper on Tuesday urged people to catch and donate deadly funnel-web spiders, to help replenish stocks of antidote running low after a spate of spider bites. Learn More


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Britain confirms bird flu case in Lancashire, to cull infected poultry

(Reuters) - The H5N8 bird flu strain has been found in a flock of farmed pheasants in Preston, Lancashire, Britain's agriculture department said on Tuesday. More »


Trump health pick favors insurance for people with prior illness

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's nominee to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told a U.S. panel on Tuesday that he wants to ensure people with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance, though he did not specify how. More »


U.S. fund managers betting Trump fails to rewrite Obamacare

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some prominent U.S. fund managers are betting that former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will not undergo the widespread changes that President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. More »


Healthy babies don't need apps to monitor vital signs

(Reuters Health) - Smartphone applications paired with sensors to monitor babies' vital signs may appeal to parents anxious to make sure infants sleep safely through the night, but there's no medical evidence proving these products work, a new paper suggests. More »


The risk of death from cancer may depend on where you live

(Reuters Health) - Cancer death rates are surging in some regions of the U.S. even as fatalities steadily decline nationwide, a new study suggests. More »


New bird flu virus type confirmed on German turkey farm

HAMBURG (Reuters) - A bird flu outbreak in north Germany this week was of a new subtype called H5N5, the first time the strain has been confirmed on a German farm, the country's national animal disease center said on Tuesday. More »


Aetna, Humana to consider all options after court blocks merger

(Reuters) - Aetna and Humana would consider all available options for their proposed $34 billion merger, the two U.S. health insurers said on Tuesday, a day after a court ruled against the deal due to fears it would lower competition. More »


Federal program cuts disparities in HIV/AIDS care

(Reuters Health) - When Gina Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1994, she considered it a death sentence, but nearly 23 years later, she’s living a full life in New Orleans, thanks largely to the federally funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. More »


U.S. blocks health insurer Aetna's $34 billion Humana acquisition

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked on Monday health insurer Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion acquisition of smaller peer Humana Inc, raising the stakes for rival Anthem Inc as it battles to close a $54 billion deal to buy Cigna Corp. More »


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