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UK: Cosmetic clinics to assess mental health before offering Botox

April 2019 theguardian;Cosmetic clinics will begin assessing patients’ suitability for Botox in an attempt to spot those whose desire to alter their appearance is due to mental health problems. The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), a trade body, has decided that member clinics will introduce new practices designed to …

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USA:What is kratom and what’s it made from? Increasingly popular herbal drug tied to over 90 fatal overdoses

April 2019 Yahoo news; The over-the-counter herbal drug kratom has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths, federal health officials said this week. Kratom was a cause of death in at least 91 fatal overdoses in the United States from July 2016 to December 2017, and 152 tested positive for the substance …

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USA: Drug companies greet 2019 with U.S. price hikes

January 2019 Yahoo news; 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 …

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KENYA:Cuban doctors head home, leaving Brazilian towns with no care

November 2018 Yahoonews; The first of thousands of Cuban doctors began to return home on Thursday after criticism by Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prompted Cuba’s government to sever a cooperation agreement, leaving millions of Brazilians without medical care. Bolsonaro said the Cuban doctors were being used as “slave labor” …

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