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A US judge approved CVS Health Corp’s merger with health insurer Aetna, ruling that the agreement was legal under antitrust law, Reuters reported. According to the article, Judge Richard Leon of US District Court for the District of Columbia had been examining a government plan to allow the merger on the condition that Aetna sell its Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans Inc. Leon had previously requested a hearing from critics of the deal, but finally decided to grant the motion to approve the agreement, the article reported.
Michigan is taking steps to become the first state to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, The Associated Press reported. According to the article, Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules that will prohibit the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, including to adults, and the misleading marketing of e-cigarettes. Retailers will have 30 days to comply with the rules once they’re filed, the article reported.
A new study indicates that young men with a lower level of cardiovascular fitness may have a higher risk of developing migraines, The American Journal of Managed Care reported. According to the article, the researchers examined records of 1.8 million young men between 1968 and 2005 who had been drafted in the Swedish military. Overall, the findings showed that lower fitness levels increased the risk of migraine across all groups, regardless of body mass index and blood pressure, except among underweight men or those with high diastolic blood pressure, the article reported.