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Walgreens to pay $50 million to resolve prescription case

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc will pay $50 million to resolve a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of violating federal law by providing beneficiaries of government healthcare programs discounts and other incentives to fill their prescriptions at its pharmacies.

Infectious diseases A-Z: Identifying meningitis

It’s the height of flu season but not all symptoms of the flu virus point to influenza. Sudden fever and headache also may be symptoms of early meningitis, which often mimics the flu.

CDC considers lowering threshold for lead exposure

NEW YORK — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering lowering its threshold for elevated childhood blood lead levels by 30 percent, a shift that could help health practitioners identify more children afflicted by the heavy metal.

California tests electronic database for end-of-life wishes

CONCORD, Calif. — Mary De Freze, who has heart problems, chronic lung disease and a history of falling, knows she may not have too many years left. And she’s clear about what she wants — and doesn’t want — at the end of her life.
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Home remedies: Gas, belching and bloating

Bloating, burping and passing gas are natural and are usually caused by swallowed air or the breakdown of food through digestion. You may experience gas and gas pains only occasionally or repeatedly in a single day. When gas and gas pains interfere with your daily activities, there may be something wrong. Find out how to reduce or avoid gas and gas pains, and when you may need to see your doctor.

Keep burnout at bay

The pace of life today is crazy. Many people juggle multiple responsibilities — work, home life, caregiving and relationships. How many times have you felt like the demands, expectations and time pressure are exhausting and relentless?

Sealed chamber brings wonders of nature to hospitalized kids

At North Carolina Children’s Hospital, immune-compromised kids can experience the natural environment while getting around hospital rules — digging in dirt, poking into pitcher plants and observing other wonders of nature otherwise prohibited — thanks to a new device called the WonderSphere.

St. Jude halts pacemaker implants due to data, battery issues

Medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc said on Friday it has notified doctors to stop implants of one of its cardiac pacemakers, citing reports of problems with electronic data reporting caused by a battery malfunction that could put patients at risk.

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis.