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Women suing J&J await their day in court after the company failed to get talc cases moved to bankruptcy court

Thousands of lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson's talc-based baby powder caused cancer. The company's attempt to move those suits to bankruptcy court has been rejected.
Johnson's baby powder stocked at a supermarket shelf in Alhambra
Johnson's baby powder stocked at a supermarket shelf in Alhambra

People are zapping their brains at home to improve focus and clear brain fog. But is it safe?

At-home brain stimulation is flourishing among a group of enthusiasts, who say it gives them a mental edge. The science behind why it may work is still in the early stages.
Illustration of a person pouring a cup of coffee as a sparking plug plugs into the back of their head.
Illustration of a person pouring a cup of coffee as a sparking plug plugs into the back of their head.

A Washington woman with tuberculosis refuses treatment, so authorities got court orders

When a person with active tuberculosis does not accept medication, public health officials can take legal action as a last resort.
NEW YORK- NOVEMBER 27:  A doctor examines the x-rays of a tuberculosis (TB) patient at a TB clinic Novmeber 27, 2002 in Brooklyn, New York. Healthcare workers around the country oversee patients in a program called Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) that ensures carriers of the tuberculosis bacteria take their medication. Tuberculosis is a contagious disease of the lungs that is spread through the air and kills around 2 million people annually, mainly in third world countries. It is relatively easy and affordable to treat, with a six-month series of drugs costing around 10 dollars. While the number of TB cases in the United States has dropped in recent years, the disease is still particularly strong among the foreign-born, the homeless and impoverished contributing to the deaths of thousands of Americans yearly. As of 2000, over 16,000 Americans have contracted tuberculosis.
NEW YORK- NOVEMBER 27:  A doctor examines the x-rays of a tuberculosis (TB) patient at a TB clinic Novmeber 27, 2002 in Brooklyn, New York. Healthcare workers around the country oversee patients in a program called Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) that ensures carriers of the tuberculosis bacteria take their medication. Tuberculosis is a contagious disease of the lungs that is spread through the air and kills around 2 million people annually, mainly in third world countries. It is relatively easy and affordable to treat, with a six-month series of drugs costing around 10 dollars. While the number of TB cases in the United States has dropped in recent years, the disease is still particularly strong among the foreign-born, the homeless and impoverished contributing to the deaths of thousands of Americans yearly. As of 2000, over 16,000 Americans have contracted tuberculosis.

Could messaging your doctor cost you money?

Some major healthcare systems in the U.S. are now charging patients to email doctors about questions they may have. NBC News’ Kristen Dahlgren has more details on the potential impact to Americans’ wallets and how it could benefit doctors.
Could messaging your doctor cost you money?
Could messaging your doctor cost you money?
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Trans physician uses life savings to keep clinic open after insurers deny reimbursements

A Louisiana doctor said three insurance companies had refused for nearly two years to reimburse her for care that she provided after she transitioned and changed her name.
Image: Dr. Tiffany Najberg
Image: Dr. Tiffany Najberg

Weight loss drugs like Wegovy access limited by insurance and Medicare coverage

Weight loss drugs such as Wegovy could be life changing for those living with obesity, however most insurance companies as well as Medicare don't cover the cost for these types of drugs for this treatment. NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk explains more.
Weight loss drugs like Wegovy access limited by insurance and Medicare coverage
Weight loss drugs like Wegovy access limited by insurance and Medicare coverage

As weight loss drugs soar in popularity, many who could benefit can't get them

Most health insurance companies won't cover the cost of Ozempic and Wegovy, leaving groups with the highest rates of obesity without access.

CDC warns that a brand of eyedrops may be linked to serious drug-resistant infections

"Stop using" EzriCare Artificial Tears, the CDC warned, after one person died and other people were blinded after they used the over-the-counter product.
EzriCare Artificial Tears
EzriCare Artificial Tears

Eyedrops linked to bacterial infections and vision loss have been recalled by manufacturer

At least five people have had vision loss, and one person died, after using EzriCare Artificial Tears.
EzriCare Artificial Tears
EzriCare Artificial Tears

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How Tennessee axed millions in HIV funds amid scrutiny from far-right provocateurs

Tennessee decided to scrap $8.3 million in federal grants to combat HIV after right-wing personalities targeted gender dysphoria treatment for minors in the state.
Matthew Walsh, a commentator for the right-wing news outlet "The Daily Wire," during a rally against gender-affirming care in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 21, 2022.
Matthew Walsh, a commentator for the right-wing news outlet "The Daily Wire," during a rally against gender-affirming care in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 21, 2022.
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Heating up: Bipartisan duo Manchin and Cruz pitch bill to defend gas stoves

The powerful senators will roll out the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act, which would bar the Consumer Product Safety Commission from using federal funding to ban new or existing gas stoves.
Five lit blue gas rings
Five lit blue gas rings