Imperial, California - A new report published by Ameriprise Financial shows that retirees will need an average of about $230,000 per household for out-of-pocket health care costs in their old age, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Washington, DC - Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk of complications who develop flu.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new use for Jakafi (ruxolitinib) to treat patients with polycythemia vera, a chronic type of bone marrow disease. Jakafi is the first drug approved by the FDA for this condition.

West Lafayette, Indiana - A neurotoxin called acrolein found in tobacco smoke that is thought to increase pain in people with spinal cord injury has now been shown to accumulate in mice exposed to the equivalent of 12 cigarettes daily over a short time period.

Thousand Oaks, California - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Blincyto (blinatumomab) to treat patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-cell ALL), an uncommon form of ALL.

Sacramento, California - Prescription medication abuse and misuse is a national epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.