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Health Highlights: March 2, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Jim Kelly's Cancer Returns

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says his oral cancer has returned.

In a statement released Thursday, Kelly did not provide any details about the diagnosis other than to say the cancer was found following a test, CBS News/Associated Press reported.

Kelly, 58, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2013. Part of his jaw was removed after the initial diagnosis and he was declared cancer-free, but the cancer returned in 2014.

The former Buffalo Bills player then underwent chemotherapy and radiation, and was again diagnosed as cancer-free in September 2014, CBS/AP reported.

Due to the cancer and treatments, Kelly has difficulty speaking, can no longer produce saliva and has no sense of taste.


New Uber Service Takes Patients to Medical Appointments

Uber says a new service will take patients to medical appointments in all it's U.S. locations.

Under its Uber Health business, the company will provide patient transport that is booked by a doctor's office or other health care provider. The medical provider will be billed for the service, the Associated Press reported.

Rides can be booked a few hours or days in advance. Patients do not require a smartphone to use the service.

"There are a lot of people out there who are not going to the doctor simply because they can't physically make it there," according to Uber Health executive Jay Holley, the AP reported.

Company executives said federal government data suggests that lack of transportation results in more than 3 million people not getting medical care.

In testing since last summer, Uber's new service now has a client list of more than 100 hospitals, clinics, physical therapy centers and other health care providers, the AP reported.

A similar service is offered by Uber rival Lyft.

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Posted: March 2018