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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population. The agency said it would require reporting of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has killed millions of piglets ...
In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is "persistent and pervasive", with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis. In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dermatologists tend to prescribe more expensive medications when they also give their patients drug samples, according to a new U.S. study. "If you're a patient who receives a sample, you may perceive that doctor is giving you better care because they gave you a ...
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Data showed that the procedure, laparoscopic power morcellation, could significantly worsen a patient's chance of long-term survival, the regulator said. (http://r.reuters.com/dug68v) Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, power morcellation involves the use of an electric device that minces the ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said on Thursday it is investigating Herbalife Ltd, joining other state and federal probes of allegations that the weight loss and nutrition company is running a pyramid scheme. Herbalife shares fell 0.3 percent to close at $55.10, ...
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The tablet, which is administered by placing it under the tongue, is to treat the short ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis. (http://r.reuters.com/nyg68v) The approval for Ragwitek comes days after U.S. regulatory approval for Merck's grass pollen allergy drug Grastek.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people are willing and able to get themselves off medications like sleeping pills once they're informed of the potential harms, according to a new Canadian study. "Even among patients who have been taking sleeping pills for 30 years, many of them in their 80s ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically? Four years after scientists discovered that the two species' genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists said on ...
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(Reuters) - Roughly 12 million adults who visit U.S. doctors' offices and other outpatient settings, or one in 20, are misdiagnosed every year, a new study has found, and half of those errors could lead to serious harm. The study by a team of Texas-based researchers attempted to estimate how often ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Direct to consumer marketing of tobacco products is reaching significant numbers of teens, as well as young adults, according to a new study. Young people who have seen the promotions are also more likely to take up smoking, the researchers found.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline - hit by bribery claims in five countries - is to employ hundreds more doctors as members of staff as it seeks to build a new sales model designed to eliminate sharp marketing practices. Following a decision to cut commercial ties with outside doctors, ...
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BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has backtracked on its policy of capping retail prices on medicines and will allow pharmaceutical companies to set prices for some drugs, after criticism that controls had caused a drug drought that derailed treatment for millions of patients. Beijing has been ...
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In March, a U.S. court invalidated a patent covering Celebrex, giving Pfizer's rivals a chance to sell cheaper versions. Pfizer had said it would appeal the ruling. The drug, which is used to treat arthritis pain and inflammation, generated about $2.92 billion in sales in 2013, according to ...
CONAKRY (Reuters) - An Ebola outbreak blamed for 135 deaths in West Africa in the past month was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a new strain of the disease, a study in a U.S. medical journal said, raising the specter of further regional epidemics. The spread of Ebola from a remote ...
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(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said it spent more than $100 million to cover a pricey new hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc in its first three months on the market, an amount that was "multiple" times what it had expected. UnitedHealth is the ...
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The 92-year-old billionaire doctor, who founded the privately held drugmaker that bears his name 60 years ago, died on Wednesday at his home, the company said late that evening. Servier died of old age, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.
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Galapagos tested drug GSK2586184 on 66 patients with chronic psoriasis and observed a 75 percent improvement in significantly more patients than in the placebo group. GSK, which owns the drug's commercial rights, will decide whether to proceed with clinical trials, Galapagos said in a statement.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show. Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 ...
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention center in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. Australian Immigration Minister ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California on Wednesday made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism, the latest in an ongoing series of actions by U.S. states to help families obtain the expensive therapies. In tightening its rules ...
The FSA said local authorities were being asked to test 300 samples from restaurants providing takeaway meals and report their findings to the agency. The sampling will start at the beginning of May. The agency said mislabeling of food could result in fines of up to 5,000 pounds ($8,400) and that ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists and drugmakers are pioneering a new kind of clinical trial that changes the way cancer drugs are studied, potentially cutting both the time and cost of bringing them to market. Instead of testing one drug at a time, a novel lung cancer study announced on Thursday will ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The time between football seasons may not be enough for players' brains to recover from hard hits to their heads during games and practices, suggests a new, small study. Researchers discovered changes in the white matter of 10 college football players' brains after one ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the United States, but the risks of complications from the blood sugar disease have declined since 1990, according to a new study. Better preventive care for adults with diabetes contributed to a 68 percent drop in their risk ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo. Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. But how they recognize each ...
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(Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the higher the chance they will develop resistance to the ...
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists have developed an experimental pill that helped protect ferrets from a measles-like virus, raising hope for a treatment to thwart the deadly infection in unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the virus, according to an international study released on ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-defense and empowerment classes designed to arm girls with tools to prevent rape reduced sexual assaults among Kenyan students, a new study shows. The number of rapes dropped 38 percent among adolescents living in high-crime Nairobi settlements 10 months after the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study. Based on analysis of medical records for more than a half million children, researchers found the chances a child will require mental health care ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - With taxes filed, Americans today are being asked to consider life's other certainty: death, and the myriad complications that often now accompany it. National Health Care Decisions Day, marked on this date for the seventh year, is one in which patients and health ...
(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday, but combined sales of its nutritional products, medical devices and generic medicines were slightly below Wall Street expectations. The company earned $375 million, or 24 cents a share, in the three ...
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(Reuters) - Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which gained final ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are carrying extra weight before pregnancy or early in gestation are at heightened risk of having their infants die shortly before or after birth, according to a new analysis of past research. The risk was greatest among the most obese women, the authors write ...
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The Food and Drug Administration approved for sale the Dynagen Mini and Inogen Mini ICDs and the Dynagen X4 and Inogen X4 CRT-Ds, Boston Scientific said. The Mini ICDs are up to 20 percent smaller by volume and up to 24 percent thinner than rival devices from other companies, Boston Scientific ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who add new romantic interests to their Facebook "friends" list while in a romantic relationship tend to have a lower level of commitment to their current mate, a recent study finds. The fact of having old flames on one's friend list, however, is ...
(Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday stopped Massachusetts from implementing a ban on the sale of Zogenix Inc's prescription painkiller Zohydro, saying federal law superseded the state's action. The company's shares climbed about 9 percent to $2.54 in after-hours trading.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Becoming a father may raise a young man's risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families. "We know a lot about mothers and maternal depression and the effect that it has on ...
(Reuters) - ConMed Corp, a surgical device maker that has been fighting off activist investors, is exploring a sale and has contacted large medical device companies to gauge their buyout interest, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Utica, New York-based ConMed, which has a market ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed patterns in TV smoking over more than 50 years and found that they ...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent appeals, said, "There are too many unresolved issues at this stage of the case" to warrant the grant of a preliminary injunction. Vascular Solutions filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific in May 2013, ...
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Tanzeum will carry a warning on its label that tumors of the thyroid gland were observed in rodent studies with some drugs belonging to the same class. However, it is unknown whether Tanzeum causes thyroid C-cell tumors, the FDA said on its website. (http://link.reuters.com/jyp58v) The regulator ...
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CONAKRY (Reuters) - The number of deaths caused by Ebola has slowed dramatically in Guinea and the outbreak is nearly under control, the country's health ministry said on Tuesday. The spread of Ebola from a remote corner of Guinea to the capital and into neighboring Liberia has killed about 130 ...
At least 132 cases of the contagious disease, which causes painful swelling of the salivary glands, have been linked to the university outbreak to date, Columbus Public Health said on Monday. The number of people hospitalized was not immediately known. The outbreak had initially been limited to ...
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(Reuters) - Americans used more health services and spent more on prescription drugs in 2013, reversing a recent trend, though greater use of cheaper generic drugs helped control spending, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a leading healthcare information company. Spending on medicines ...
The company, which developed the tablet with Denmark's ALK Abello, said it expects to launch the drug, approved for patients age 5 to 65, in the United States by late April. Immunotherapies work by boosting the body's immune system and making it less sensitive to allergens.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said on Monday. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Generic drug manufacturers on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a lower court ruling favoring them to take effect while the high court considers an appeal in a patent fight over Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug, ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who eat the most protein, especially from animal sources, are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to a study of European adults. The new study did not randomly assign participants to eat different amounts of protein, which would have ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In another blow to kids' pleas to watch more television before bed, a new study suggests increased TV time is linked to less sleep. What's more, black, Latino and other minority children slept less when they had TV sets in their bedrooms.
(Reuters) - Shares of Edwards Lifesciences Corp jumped 13 percent on Monday after a U.S. court temporarily halted sales of competitor Medtronic Inc's heart valve implant that uses a less-invasive procedure to spare patients from open-heart surgery. The ruling, by a U.S. District Court in Delaware ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lifestyle changes made by people at high risk of diabetes appear to reduce their chance of developing the disease over the next two decades, according to a study from China. The lifestyle changes, which included diet modifications and exercise, also helped lower death ...
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The European Commission will decide whether the matter should be pursued and financial penalties should be imposed. The process could potentially lead to hefty fines for the Swiss drugmaker for breaching EU rules but the agency gave no further details on its conclusions because the procedure is ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people with diabetes, one foot ulcer is very likely to lead to another, according to a new study that finds even minor lesions create a major risk of more severe foot wounds. The best defense, Dutch researchers say, is to treat even minor sores carefully and to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most medical devices that have been recently approved for use in pediatrics weren't actually tested on kids first, according to a new study. Almost all of the devices had only been tested on people age 18 and older, researchers found.
(Reuters) - Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat diabetes reduced the use of insulin at meal times in a mid-stage study of patients with type 1 diabetes, sending the company's shares up as much as 17 percent. Lexicon said the drug, codenamed LX4211, reduced the total ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the days lengthen and the weather warms and novice runners cast an eye outdoors, fitness experts suggest they take a slow start to find their outdoor rhythm and pace to avoid injuries. Jen Van Allen, a certified running coach and co-author of "The Runner's World Big ...
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(Reuters) - Within hours of the U.S. government's unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize. These lawyers earn their living bringing cases on behalf ...
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The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said it was suing the two global cigarette makers, as well as local market leader KT&G Corp, in a South Korean court. Only four tobacco lawsuits have ever been heard in South Korea, all by individuals or families, and there is no precedent of a ...
"Medical personnel have recorded one case of the coronavirus in Sanaa and the victim is a Yemeni man who works as an aeronautics engineer," the semi-official al-Thawra newspaper quoted Public Health Minister Ahmed al-Ansi as saying. "The ministry is working in effective cooperation ...
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The highly pathogenic H5 virus was detected through genetic testing of chickens at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture in the south, the ministry said on its Website. A total of 1,100 chickens have died and about 112,000 would be culled, media said.
(Reuters) - A drug being developed by Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc led to significant improvement in signs of a rare liver disease that primarily affects middle-aged women, likely reducing the risk of need for liver transplant and of death, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial ...
TEXARKANA, Arkansas (Reuters) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said on Friday he would appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans most abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most stringent such statutes in the United States. U.S. District ...
J&J had acquired the drug, PurTox, with its 2009 purchase of Mentor, a leading maker of breast implants for cosmetic augmentation and reconstructive surgery. "After careful consideration, our Mentor business has decided to discontinue its neurotoxin program, commonly known as PurTox, in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with asthma-related breathing problems may be at increased risk for bone loss, according to a new study. The study examined the records of more than 7,000 adults in Seoul, Korea, and found those with a certain characteristic of asthma had significantly lower bone ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people with diabetes, one foot ulcer is very likely to lead to another, according to a new study that finds even minor lesions create a major risk of more severe foot wounds. The best defense, Dutch researchers say, is to treat even minor sores carefully and to ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois judge on Friday ordered a disobedient patient with infectious tuberculosis to wear an ankle bracelet and stay home alone or be taken into custody. Christian Mbemba Ibanda, of Champaign, Illinois, failed to appear at a hearing for which Judge Chase Leonhard and his ...
(Reuters) - Texas is reconsidering whether to impose strict limits on Gilead Sciences' $84,000 hepatitis C treatment for patients on the state's Medicaid health plan for the poor, at the urging of outside advisers, a state official said on Friday. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who get treatment for alcoholism don't just improve their own health and wellbeing, they also transform their children's home life for the better, according to a recent study. Researchers found that families in which the father struggled with alcoholism experienced ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some forms of inflammatory bowel disease are a bigger threat to pregnancy than others, suggests a large new U.S. analysis. One of two major types of IBD, ulcerative colitis, was most strongly linked to serious pregnancy complications, researchers found in a study of ...
The cases follow Saudi Arabian reports this week that two deaths and nine other cases of infection had been reported there, including among hospital staff. WAM said the six were all first aid service personnel from the Philippines working with the UAE Interior Ministry in the city of al-Ain.
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China, home to some 300 million smokers, is the world's largest consumer of tobacco, and smoking is a ubiquitous part of social life, particularly for men. Cartons of cigarettes are commonly given as presents or provided at formal events. The Beijing government rules, currently in the proposal ...
LOS ANGELES/LONDON (Reuters) - Doctors at a key medical conference welcomed the prospect of more new drugs to treat the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, while agreeing that Gilead Sciences Inc continues to lead the effort. Gilead, under fire from insurers and legislators for the $1,000-a-pill ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's late king, Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, went there for heart surgery. The late United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided healthcare to ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday. Her departure removes one lightning rod for critics as Obama and ...
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It said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, U.S. budget director, would replace Sebelius. (Reporting by Breaking News Team; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four young women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were implanted with lab-grown versions made from their own cells, the latest success in creating replacement organs that have so far included tracheas, bladders and urethras. Follow-up tests show the new vaginas are ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is working on a way to legalize medical marijuana for treatment of children with seizure disorders after a bill to do so died in the Georgia legislature last month, he said on Thursday. Deal said he is discussing with the U.S. Food and Drug ...
Recordings of parent-child pairs when the child was driving found a little over half of the talk was driving related - much of it simple instructions or criticism - but parents rarely discussed deeper driving wisdom, like how to anticipate and avoid hazards. "The whole topic of how parents ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a survey of college students, nearly half of those who had ever sent a sexy text had lied while doing so. Shockingly, sexters aren't always wearing or doing what they say they are, according to the new study.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whiplash injuries can be enduring and painful, but new research finds that counseling on how to manage the disorder - along with a list of optional exercises - reduces pain as effectively as an intensive physical therapy program. The results contradict a "strong ...
A U.S. district court in Pennsylvania had found Varian infringed a patent owned by the university. The court first awarded $37 million to the university and then increased that amount to more than $100 million because it found the infringement to be willful, among other factors. The court also ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults have a high rate of complications after getting their tonsils removed, so plan for adequate recuperation after the surgery, researchers say. "Most of these are not life threatening problems, but people may not be back to work in a hurry," said Dr. David ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pharmaceutical industry trade group on Thursday defended the cost of Gilead Sciences Inc's new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, saying such treatments offer a priceless breakthrough for patients with the liver-destroying virus. "Their lives, in short, will be ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside over the next difficult phase of his healthcare law in the months before November congressional elections. Burwell, whose nomination ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Hospira has successfully overturned two patents on Roche's blockbuster breast cancer drug Herceptin in Britain, clearing the way for it to launch a cheaper copycat version in the country. A ruling handed down by the High Court in London on Thursday determined that both the 115 ...
Citing the local veterinary authority, MTI said the infected meat came from the village of Esztar. It went to the zoo in the city of Debrecen. Two lions, two leopards and a tiger ate from the infected meat, Istvan Tischler, director of the local veterinary authority told MTI. One of the lions ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Natco Pharma Ltd has formally asked the Indian patent office to deny U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc's new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi a patent in India, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. If successful, the move could clear the way for the Indian company ...
PARIS (Reuters) - France is going out on a limb with a plan to push the use of cheap copies of biotech drugs, triggering alarm among companies in Europe's second-biggest pharmaceutical market behind Germany. The government quietly introduced the measure allowing pharmacists to substitute ...
The drug, Eloctate, was able to maintain low bleeding rates in children with hemophilia A - a rare genetic disorder in which a person's blood does not clot properly due to missing or reduced levels of a protein called factor VIII. The late-stage trial tested Eloctate in previously treated children ...
(Reuters) - A combination of two anti-viral drugs developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co cured 90 percent of previously untreated hepatitis C patients and 82 percent of those who failed to respond to prior therapy, according to results from a late stage study presented on Thursday. The Phase III ...
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Tracing people in a city of around 2 million who may have had physical contact with infected people is harder than in the epicenter of the outbreak, Guinea Forestiere some 900 km from the capital, the United Nations agency says. Seventy people have begun intensive training on contact tracing in ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said on Thursday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt. In a review of trial data on Tamiflu, and on GlaxoSmithKline's flu ...
(Reuters) - A two-drug combination being tested by Merck & Co to treat hepatitis C cured 98 percent of previously untreated patients without cirrhosis in a midstage clinical trial, providing the latest evidence that the U.S. drugmaker will be highly competitive in the fast evolving ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona lawmakers gave final passage on Wednesday to a bill that would allow state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another legislative victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A California bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay passed its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, the latest move by lawmakers nationwide aimed at persuading people to drink less soda pop. If enacted, ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said on Thursday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt. The row has drawn in the drugmaker as well as industry regulators ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a history of eating disorders were at higher risk of a range of pregnancy-related complications, a new study from Finland found. However, most of those women did not encounter problems during pregnancy or childbirth.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many doctors who are training to be dermatologists have committed errors or seen other doctors commit errors, according to a new study. What's more, those doctors-in-training, known as residents, don't often report the errors or speak up to prevent them, researchers ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with insomnia may have a higher risk of stroke than their well-rested peers, a new study shows. The link between insomnia and stroke was especially strong in young adults, who were up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke if they had insomnia.
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(Reuters) - Several leading U.S. and European heart doctors are calling for curbs, or even a moratorium, on using devices meant to lower blood pressure by zapping kidney arteries, following a surprising failure of the technology in a clinical trial. The views highlight a significant new hurdle to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Out-of-pocket expenses for diabetes treatment have gone down for many U.S. patients over the past decade, according to a new study. But nearly a quarter of people with diabetes still face high expenses. In particular, "(out-of-pocket) expenses declined in the ...
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction. The court said in a statement the ban breached the constitution, without going into ...
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The company's shares fell about 3 percent to $8.06 in trading before the bell. Halozyme said on April 4 that it had temporarily stopped the trial after the recommendation of an independent safety board, which was assessing a possible difference in the rate of blood clots found in patients ...
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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd plans to begin phasing out sales of generic drugs branded as Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd products in the United States, after completing a $3.2 billion takeover of its loss-making rival by the year end, sources with direct knowledge of the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization wants a "concerted effort" to drive down the cost of new hepatitis C drugs that offer a cure for the liver-destroying virus but are unaffordable for most infected people worldwide. The forthright comments from the UN agency on Wednesday ...
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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's market regulator will ask Ranbaxy Laboratories and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries for more information about their planned $3.2 billion merger and seek trading data from stock exchanges after shares in Ranbaxy surged in the run-up to the deal, a senior source at the ...
Two of the patients died, six have recovered, while three are undergoing treatment, the official Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the Jeddah health authority. The emergency department of King Fahd hospital in Jeddah was closed for disinfection after one health worker there tested positive for ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2012, south Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen received $20.8 million in Medicare payments, the highest amount the government health plan for the elderly and disabled paid an individual provider that year, according to a Reuters analysis of federal data released on ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low levels of the hormone cortisol may identify teen drivers with a high likelihood of getting into car accidents, suggests a small new study. Newly-licensed teens who produced high cortisol under stress were less likely to be involved in a crash or a near-crash, the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women at a high risk for the potentially fatal complication preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin after their first trimester, according to a government-backed panel. The draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is based on ...
Probiotic may not help colic
April 8th, 2014, 8:35 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a large Australian trial of a popular type of "friendly bacteria," colicky babies given the probiotic product cried or fussed more than babies who were given placebo drops. Despite smaller studies in the past suggesting that Lactobacillus reuteri might ease ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The more milk women drank in a new U.S. study, the less deterioration they experienced in their arthritic knees. It's not certain that milk was the reason for the slower arthritis progression, researchers said, and the effect was not seen in men. But the results add to ...
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Food companies and other producers who add sweeteners to honey have to alert consumers by labeling their products as a "blend," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday. Only manufactures that do not add sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners should label their products as ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences aims to license its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to three or four Indian generic manufacturers to allow sales of the medicine at lower prices in some 60 developing nations. Clifford Samuel, head of access operations and emerging markets at the U.S. drugmaker, ...
The virus is still spreading in three "hotspots" of Guinea Forestiere, a southeastern region some 900 km (560 miles) from Guinea's capital of Conakry, a city which has itself reported 20 cases to date, the United Nations agency said. But the WHO said it was not recommending any travel ...
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GUECKEDOU, Guinea, April 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hiccups, say doctors in this remote corner of Guinea, are the final tell-tale sign of infection by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 100 people since an outbreak began this year. Then come profuse bleeding, circulatory shock and ...
(Reuters) - Alkermes Plc said it planned to seek U.S. marketing approval for its experimental drug to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia after it succeeded in a late-stage study, sending the company's shares up as much as 11 percent. The company said it would apply for marketing approval for a ...
LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future. The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus - an organ central ...
SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said it would contest $6 billion in punitive damages imposed by a U.S. federal jury in a case alleging that Japan's largest drugmaker had concealed cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug. Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's ...
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SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said it would contest $6 billion in punitive damages imposed by a jury in the United States in a case that accused Japan's largest drugmaker of concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug. Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four men who had each been paralyzed from the chest down for more than two years and been told their situation was hopeless regained the ability to voluntarily move their legs and feet - though not to walk - after an electrical device was implanted in their spines, researchers ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased over the past 14 years, according to a study published on Monday, casting doubt on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade. The good news, ...
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced the Zohydro ban in late March, formally declaring a public health emergency stemming from the abuse of opioids in the state. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, follows an unanswered formal request to the Governor for a ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. health insurers said on Tuesday they still expected cuts in government reimbursements for privately managed Medicare health plans for the elderly next year even after the Obama administration rolled back the steepest reductions. The government agency that oversees Medicare said ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People's chances of getting a new primary care doctor vary depending on their insurance, according to a new study. Researchers calling doctors' offices and claiming to be a patient with private insurance had about an 85 percent success rate for getting appointments. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenage girls who eat more colorful fruits and vegetables are less likely to develop benign breast disease as young adults, according to a new study. Benign breast disease, or a group of lumps that can develop during adolescence or young adulthood, is not in itself ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The percentage of Americans without health insurance dipped to its lowest in nearly six years due in part to U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Some 15.6 percent of Americans lacked ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For young kids who are hard of hearing, the longer they wear a hearing aid, the better their speech and language skills, according to a new study. "Parents get some conflicting information, especially if their kids only have mild hearing loss: should they get ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to stop a lower court ruling from going into effect while the justices consider an appeal in a patent fight over Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone. On March 31, the high court agreed ...
The trial involved treating 193 newly diagnosed patients prior to surgery. About 39 percent of HER2 patients given a combination of neratinib and chemotherapy achieved a "pathologic complete response," compared with 23 percent of women treated with chemo and Herceptin. Pathologic ...
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The news comes less than a week after an advisory panel to the FDA recommended approving the treatment, Afrezza, but said longer-term studies would be required to gauge the risk of lung cancer and other potential side-effects. MannKind said on Monday the new review date of July 15 was set to give ...
(Reuters) - Specialty pharmaceuticals company Mallinckrodt Plc will buy drugmaker Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc for about $5.6 billion to gain access to its multiple sclerosis drug, Acthar Gel, which is set to hit sales of $1 billion this year. The acquisition is Dublin-based Mallinckrodt's second ...
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The world's largest maker of cancer drugs will pay Barcelona-based Oryzon $21 million in upfront and near-term milestone payments and could pay out more than $500 million if the company meets other goals, it said in a statement on Monday. The deal will give Roche rights to Oryzon's experimental ...
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The Basel-based company in a statement on Monday said it plans to file for U.S. approval of Bexsero as early as the second quarter of this year. Bexsero is widely seen as crucial to Novartis' vaccines business, which has struggled to catch market leaders GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Merck. The ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, already facing corruption accusations in China, is now investigating allegations of bribery in Iraq, the British company said on Sunday. The latest controversy centers on claims that the company hired government-employed physicians and pharmacists in ...
The girl was the first suspected case in Ghana of Ebola, which has killed more than 90 people in Guinea and Liberia. Another suspected case has been reported in Mali. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned of an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with weak health ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - An Indian drugs regulator is among the first to admit that oversight of the nation's huge pharmaceutical industry can be patchy. G.L. Singhal, chief regulator of northern Haryana state, a drugs manufacturing hub, says he needs double the number of inspectors if he is to properly ...
(Reuters) - An experimental drug being developed by Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc showed promising anti-cancer activity in a tiny Phase I study of patients with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to data presented on Sunday. Of seven patients available to be evaluated following a 28-day ...
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's experimental breast cancer drug in a clinical trial nearly doubled the amount of time patients lived without their disease getting worse, but overall survival was not yet shown to be statistically significant, researchers said. The Phase 2 study, which involved women with ...
(Reuters) - A traveler who flew back to the United States from West Africa was diagnosed with the rare and sometimes deadly Lassa fever, said health authorities who on Friday were trying to identify others on the plane who may have been exposed. In the first Lassa case in the United States in four ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved a portable device to treat painkiller overdoses that people without medical training can use in emergency situations, a move to combat the rise of deaths from the abuse of opioids, including heroin. The Food and Drug Administration said ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite a widespread belief that childhood eczema clears up by adolescence, a new study suggests the condition often lasts into adulthood. Researchers followed kids with eczema over time and found that at least 80 percent of those surveyed at every age had the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stress during pregnancy brought on by events like divorce, job loss or death of a loved one appears to be linked to an increased risk of asthma and eczema among children. These findings, Dr. Petra Arck told Reuters Health in an email, could "allow clinicians to ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three million lower-income Americans have enrolled in the Medicaid program for the poor so far during the rollout of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the administration announced on Friday. That brings to more than 10 million the number of people who have ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc wants to feed its controversial feed additive Zilmax to 240,000 U.S. cattle to prove it is safe. But there is a problem: giant meat processors like Cargill Inc don't want to touch animals fed with the drug. Merck plans to conduct the biggest ever test of its ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with higher levels of a marker of stress in their saliva took longer to get pregnant and were more likely to have trouble with infertility, according to new research. A previous study in the UK by the same authors reported similar findings on women's time to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some smartphone and tablet apps contain accurate information to help parents, coaches and athletic trainers tell when an athlete has a concussion, according to a new review of the tools. But concussion assessment apps vary widely, researchers found, so it's important ...
The company said the drug met the study's main goal of shrinking tumors, as it had previously reported, but did not meet the secondary goal of improving overall survival in patients with melanoma. The most common serious adverse events observed in the trial include disease progression, a bacterial ...
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BAMAKO/CONAKRY (Reuters) - Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighboring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa. More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity ...
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish generic drugmaker Meda AB rejected a takeover approach by U.S. rival Mylan Inc to create a combined company worth around $24 billion. The generic drugs sector has seen a wave of mergers recently as companies selling popular copycat versions of blockbuster medicines ...
The news will probably raise concerns among U.S. farmers who are battling the lethal disease, which has crimped hog supplies and sent prices to record highs. China will not issue more import permits for U.S. pigs until the two countries agree on testing protocol for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea ...
(Reuters) - Halozyme Therapeutics Inc halted a mid-stage trial testing an advanced version of its flagship drug delivery technology in patients with pancreatic cancer, sending its shares tumbling 32 percent. The biotechnology company said it halted enrollment and patient dosing as a ...
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Britain's biggest drugmaker declined to detail the move but confirmed it had stepped up monitoring of expenses claims, resulting in action being taken against some employees. The closer staff surveillance in China follows accusations by Chinese authorities in July that GSK funneled up to 3 billion ...
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LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The field of bidders for Danone's Medical Nutrition business has narrowed to German healthcare group Fresenius and Swiss food company Nestle, two people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. Talks over the business, which has been valued at 4 billion euros ...
More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services. Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some ...
One man died in February and the other two died in late March, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The men were all either 27 or 28 years old. They were among eight people who have contracted invasive meningococcal disease in 2014, the Public Health Department ...
The exact value of the deal is unknown but Mylan is likely to pay a "significant" premium to Meda's market value, a person familiar with the matter told the Financial Times. Meda's market valuation stood at 29.5 billion Swedish krona ($4.5 billion) at the end of trading on Thursday while ...
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than a year after Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, there is little hard evidence to prove the trailblazing move is worth emulating. Challenges to the stringent laws remain bogged down in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ...
Hickey was one of several witnesses who testified before a hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which monitors and investigates the national security implications of bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries. Armed with new legal authority and ...
New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) now backs use of Tarceva for people with non-small-cell lung cancer that has progressed after chemotherapy in wider circumstances than originally suggested. NICE said its decision to maintain Tarceva access ...
(Reuters) - Mylan Inc on Thursday sued Celgene Corp to stop the latter's effort to keep generic versions of two drugs that generate $4.5 billion of annual sales off the market. The lawsuit accuses Celgene of maintaining unlawful monopolies over Revlimid, which treats disorders caused by poorly ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with mentally challenging jobs, like air traffic controllers, doctors and financial analysts, tend to stay mentally sharper while on the job and following retirement, results of a new study suggest. "Working in a job that involves a lot of thinking, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Biking has plenty of health benefits, but riders also run the risk of an injury to the kidney or genitalia, according to a new study that found kids sustain about 10 times as many of these injuries as adults. Cyclists are often correctly encouraged to wear a helmet, but ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children. FDA Commissioner Margaret ...
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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of calls each month involving exposure to the liquid nicotine in the devices rose from one in September 2010 to 215 in February 2014. "This report raises another red flag about e-cigarettes - the liquid nicotine used ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Restrictions on work hours for surgeons-in-training may have backfired, according to a new review that found doctors performed worse on certification tests and believed patient safety declined after the rule change. Long shifts and lack of sleep among medical residents ...
The decision follows a move by the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to accept a new set of redacted documents submitted by AbbVie, along with the company's rationale for removing certain commercially confidential information. "A significant portion of data will be disclosed while ...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Alabama measures to extend an abortion waiting period and tighten rules for minors seeking the procedure are headed to the governor's desk, but a move to ban abortions based on evidence of a fetal heartbeat appears stalled in the legislative session that ends on ...
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Dialysis specialist Fresenius Medical Care said it expected sales to almost double to $28 billion by 2020, driven by growing patient numbers and as it aims to widen its services to medical fields related to kidney failure. The target is equivalent to an average annual ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved a portable device to treat painkiller overdoses that people without medical training can use in emergency situations, a move to combat the rise of deaths from the abuse of opioids, including heroin. The Food and Drug Administration said ...
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The probe's findings included possible destruction of evidence and the potential obtaining of patients' personal data by employees of the Japanese unit, Novartis Pharma K.K. said in a statement. Novartis said there was a possibility the investigation, which was commissioned by the company and is ...
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Amgen said it would take over the marketing of the drug, sold under the brand name Prolia, in most areas under the agreement, including the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Russia and Mexico, by December 31. GSK will continue to market the drug in Australia, Amgen said in a regulatory filing. ...
France maintains close relations with several former colonies in the region, with immigrants and the employees of French multinational firms travelling frequently back and forth. An outbreak of the disease - which has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent - originated in Guinea two months ago and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns and some evidence that fertility treatments increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer, a large, long term study finds no added risk. Nearly 10,000 women who received drugs to stimulate ovulation were no more likely to develop breast cancer ...
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than a year after Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, there is little hard evidence to prove the trailblazing move is worth emulating. Challenges to the stringent laws remain bogged down in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ...
Industry payments to doctors have come under increased scrutiny following a number of scandals over sales practices, notably in the United States, and concerns that such ties could put commercial interests ahead of the best outcome for patients. The figure, announced by the Association of the ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding to improve public health and cut the number of child smokers, a government minister said on Thursday, dismaying the industry and delighting anti-smoking campaigners. The government said it ...
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The Basel-based firm has filed infringement proceedings and is seeking an injunction against Biocon at Delhi's High Court to try to stop the Indian company launching a generic version of Galvus, also known as vildagliptin. In a hearing that took place on March 28, the Delhi court ordered that ...
Drugs made at the plant, based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, will be detained without physical examination because the factory did not meet the FDA's good manufacturing practices, the agency said on its website on Wednesday. The ban excludes Riluzole, a drug used to treat amyotrophic ...
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release on April 9 massive amounts of data on more than 880,000 individual doctors and other health professionals in all 50 states who participate in Medicare's Part B fee-for-service program, which covers physician fees and out-patient ...
LONDON (Reuters) - The party drug ketamine could one day be used to help some people suffering from severe depression, according to British scientists who gave infusions of the narcotic nicknamed "special K" to patients. Researchers who tested the drug on 28 people with major depressive ...
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court sided with abortion rights advocates on Tuesday in temporarily blocking Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a preliminary ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Extremely loud noise on the job, as well as hearing loss from noise exposure, may cause workers to miss danger warnings, a Canadian study suggests. They found that workers regularly exposed to noise levels of 100 decibels - about the volume standing next to a lawnmower ...
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CONAKRY/GENEVA (Reuters) - Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84. The West African nation's government said four new suspected cases of one of ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the key players rolling out Obamacare to the American public say their work on the program is just beginning, as the real-world effect of the law throws up new questions and problems. More than 7 million people signed up for new health coverage under President Barack ...
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The estimate, released by the Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, reflects enrollment activity among 35 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 47 of the 50 states, including plans sold by WellPoint Inc, from October 1 through February 1. That data could help shed light on the integrity of ...
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," for use within seven weeks' gestation. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The longer you can run when you're young, the faster your mind is likely to be operating in middle age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that better cardiac fitness in young adults translated to better brain fitness 25 years later, adding to a growing body of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People taking care of a family member who's had a stroke are happier when they maintain control of their own lives and continue to enjoy their interests and hobbies, according to new Canadian research. "In the caregiving field, a lot of the studies have focused on ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kaiser Permanente, the biggest U.S. health maintenance organization, said it is using Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, even though its $84,000 treatment price is "outrageous." The medication is widely viewed as a breakthrough that can cure a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The rate of serious head injuries among professional mixed martial arts competitors is potentially twice that of professional football players, according to U.S. researchers. With the sport growing in popularity, especially among youth, new rules may be needed to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two-thirds of Americans say drug abusers need access to treatment to address their addiction rather than criminal prosecution that could lead to jail time, according to a poll released on Wednesday that highlights the public's shifting attitude toward illegal drugs in ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Wales could become the first part of the United Kingdom to ban electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces due to fears their use could "re-normalize" smoking conventional cigarettes. Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the rapid spread of e-cigarettes could ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Men who start smoking before the age of 11 risk having sons who are overweight, British researchers have found, adding to evidence that lifestyle factors even in childhood can affect the health of future offspring. The scientists said the findings, part of ongoing work in a ...
The new money follows a pledge by 13 drugmakers two years ago to donate medicines to tackle 10 parasitic and bacterial infections - such as river blindness, Guinea worm and sleeping sickness - that threaten one in six people worldwide. Microsoft founder Gates and international agencies announced ...
The problem was even worse among retired players with 39 percent saying they were affected. "Symptoms relating to depression and anxiety are highly prevalent among professional footballers," said FIFPro in a statement as it announced the findings.
The panel on Tuesday voted 13-1 to recommend approval for patients with type 1 diabetes and unanimously backed it for those with type 2, adding that longer-term studies would still be required to gauge the risk of lung cancer. Analysts said that while the drug was likely to receive approval, ...
Analysts said the drug, Afrezza, is likely to win approval in its third attempt, but noted that MannKind would still have to conduct postmarket studies to demonstrate its long-term safety profile. "If approved, Afrezza will require quite extensive post-marketing surveillance to monitor lung ...
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An estimated 12.2 percent of South Africa's population was infected with the HIV virus in 2012, compared with 10.6 percent in 2008, according to a survey of 38,000 people carried out by the country's Human Sciences Research Council. The percentage rise was partly due to 400,000 new HIV cases in ...
Stallergenes has said it sees a potential U.S. market of nearly 3 million patients that will eventually be worth $1 billion in annual sales for these types of drugs. "That's very positive news as the group is considerably expanding its market," Gilbert Dupont analysts wrote in a note.
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VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in the number of people developing cancer like after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said on Wednesday. In a major study, the United Nations ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) has stopped a high-profile clinical trial using a novel vaccine to fight lung cancer after deciding it will not be possible to find a sub-group of patients who might benefit. The decision comes less than two weeks after GSK said the MAGE-A3 therapeutic ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a prominent Republican critic of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, unveiled legislation on Tuesday to make sure Obamacare would not add to the deficit by compensating insurance companies for possible losses. The 2010 healthcare law includes ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Call them the "Cinderella customers" - those who tried to enroll in coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law but were unable to do so when midnight tolled on April 1. Tens of thousands of Americans are in that position after 2014 Obamacare enrollment ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A review of 50 years of studies on the risks and benefits of yearly mammograms has tied them to a 19 percent drop overall in breast cancer deaths, but whether a woman benefits depends on factors such as age and family history, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. A report ...
The drug is a fast-dissolving tablet to be placed under the tongue that contains extracts from five grass pollens: sweet vernal, orchard, perennial rye, timothy and Kentucky bluegrass. It harnesses the immune system to alleviate allergies and is an alternative to current injectable ...
ViiV Healthcare, which is majority owned by the British drugmaker, said the agreement covered dolutegravir, a new antiretroviral medicine, for use in both adults and children with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. The move is a further victory for the new Medicines Patent ...
Speaking at a hearing before a U.S. House of Representatives health subcommittee, Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA's top pharmaceuticals official, said the move is needed to "create parity" between branded and generic drug makers regarding labeling changes. Generic drugmakers are not ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Norwegian mothers-to-be who maintained "prudent" eating patterns during pregnancy were less likely to have preterm births compared to women who ate a more typically "Western" diet, according to a new study. Both prudent and traditional Scandinavian ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, said on Tuesday he would make a decision about his political future around this time next year. "For me, the choice in 2016 will be whether I run for re-election and serve in the Senate ...
HYATTSVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) - U.S. health advisers on Tuesday recommended approval of MannKind Corp's inhaled diabetes drug, and said the experimental treatment could help some patients, especially those wary of needles typically used with traditional insulin therapy. The Food and Drug ...
(Reuters) - The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday. The outbreak had been limited to the university and those connected ...
CONAKRY (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Tuesday played down the extent of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus suspected to have killed over 80 in Guinea, a day after medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned of an unprecedented epidemic. Countries in West Africa - ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the first Obamacare enrollment period comes to a close, U.S. insurers are already anticipating the need to raise prices for 2015 and fear that it will put them at the center of the political blame game over President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The Obama administration ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When researchers evaluated a dozen websites meant to inform patients about colon cancer screening, most were written at too high a reading level and lacked important risk and benefit information. This isn't a new problem. Researchers have known for at least 20 years ...
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that a drug ingredient manufactured at a GlaxoSmithKline Plc plant in Ireland was contaminated and said the company did not take sufficient action to resolve the problems. GSK said the ingredient was paroxetine, used to make its ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults with healthy blood pressure go on to have better thinking and memory skills in midlife than their peers with higher blood pressure, according to a new analysis. Previous studies have linked poor fitness and heart health in middle age to declining mental ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cigna Corp has enrolled between 75,000 and 100,000 people in Obamacare health plans for 2014, Chief Executive David Cordani said on Tuesday at the Reuters Health Summit. Among those, about two-thirds signed up through the public exchanges created as part of President Barack ...
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top research body on Tuesday accused the lead writer of stem cell papers hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology of misconduct involving fabrication, but the scientist called the findings unacceptable. Two papers published in the scientific journal Nature ...
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GE Healthcare recalled 223 of the U.S.-produced warmers after uncovering a potential safety issue that could restrict oxygen supply to the child, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) said in a statement on Tuesday. The cot-like warmers are used in hospitals to regulate the body ...
By a vote of 64-35, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, approved last week by the Republican-led House of Representatives, to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The bill would give doctors a one-year reprieve from a 24 percent cut set to kick in this week under the Medicare payment ...
The regulations, which go into effect on Tuesday, would require any medicine used to induce an abortion to be administered strictly according to protocols issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and instructions on the label. Planned Parenthood and the Tucson Women's center sued to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave favorable reviews on Monday to two new medications to treat acute bacterial skin infections. The panel voted unanimously that Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc's tedizolid and Durata Therapeutics Inc's dalbavancin ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - How parents monitor the television and video game habits of their children is tied to the kids' performance in school, their relationships with peers and their weight, according to a new study. "It's a fairly small effect, but what's interesting about this study is ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A nine-month after-school exercise program helped young kids lose body fat and improve heart and lung strength compared to kids who didn't do the program, according to a new trial. It's clear that activity is good for kids, lead author Naiman A. Khan told Reuters ...
The panel voted unanimously in favor of the drug, dalbavancin, paving the way for its approval. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its expert panels but typically does so. The intravenous drug, which would be sold under the brand name Dalvance if approved, is designed to be given in ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A smoker's coronary artery disease is likely to be as advanced as that of a non-smoker who is 10 years older when both show up at the hospital with a heart attack, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 14,000 patients hospitalized with blockages in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The 12th annual "Spring Allergy Capitals" report was released today by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). For the third time in the report's history, Louisville, Kentucky was ranked number one (up from fifth place last year). Other cities in ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A longstanding practice of giving steroids to patients during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery to reduce inflammation failed to help patients and actually increased the risk of heart attacks, according to results of a large clinical trial. "This study shows that ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adopting healthier behaviors after a diabetes diagnosis may do as much as medication to prevent heart problems, according to a new study from the UK. People newly-diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were four times more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac ...
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that are far apart, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Monday. The warning from an organization with experience of tackling ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up preliminary appeals brought by Roman Catholic groups that want an exemption from part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring employers to provide insurance that covers contraception. The cases were brought by ...
"There are some interesting potential signals in the secondary endpoints but an awful lot about what we've got here is going to depend on what we see on the second study," Andrew Witty told Reuters. "I think it is still an open question as to whether we've got something (that works) ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the end of March, the president said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bariatric weight loss surgery on obese patients with type 2 diabetes helped many get their blood sugar to healthy levels and to no longer require any diabetes medicines, including insulin, three years after the procedure, according to data presented at a major medical ...
The British company said it was disappointed by the findings of the further analysis, which came after it found the drug caused an improvement in progression-free survival in its Phase III study. GSK, which had applied for approval in Europe, said it would also not continue to develop the drug for ...
The drugmaker's shares rose as much as 13 percent in morning trading on the Nasdaq. Enrolment for the study was halted after the death of a patient with advanced breast cancer, who experienced acute liver failure about a month after the drug, codenamed CUDC-427, was discontinued.
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(Reuters) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plans to invest up to 130 million pounds ($216 million) in Africa over the next five years as chronic diseases become more common among the continent's swelling urban middle classes. The decision reflects the draw for the pharmaceutical industry of the ...
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The EU Commission cleared the use of the drug, also known as riociguat, for the treatment of chronic-thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). U.S. authorities approved the drug for the same uses in October.
The New Drug Application for the vaccines, H5N1 "Takeda" and "Takeda", was submitted in March 2013. Takeda had entered a development, licensing and technology transfer agreement with Baxter International Inc in 2010 in which Baxter licensed exclusive rights to its cell ...
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis has ended a late-stage clinical trial of a chronic heart failure drug early, following strong interim results, giving the Swiss drugmaker a boost after recent setbacks to another heart failure medicine. The Basel-based firm said on Monday an independent committee had ...
MONROVIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday that Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 70 people in Guinea. The outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola, which in its more acute phase, causes vomiting, ...
CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) - AstraZeneca, which will complete its move to Cambridge by 2016, is already putting down roots in the ecosystem of the university city as it seeks to revitalize its drug research. Britain's second-biggest pharmaceuticals group said on Monday it had struck an unique ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A non-surgically implanted heart valve meant to delay open heart surgery in children with congenital heart defects worked well for all but a few patients during a year of follow-up observation, in line with favorable results seen in original clinical trials of the Medtronic ...
The ancient medicine, colchicine, which has also been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory agent for acute gout, was tested against placebo in a 240-patient pericarditis trial. The rate of recurring pericarditis was nearly halved for those taking colchicine compared with placebo, according ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new type of heart drug being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, which failed the main goal of a Phase III study of patients with chronic but well-treated heart disease, showed signs of potential benefit, the trial's co-leader said. The results presented at the American College ...
While the results are unlikely to be seen as decisive, given the size and limited scope of the study, they could provide the Edwards sales force with a valuable marketing tool as the two companies vie for market share with their competing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems. Both ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's embattled U.S. healthcare law, having survived a rollout marred by technology failures, reaches a milestone on Monday with the end of its first enrollment wave, and with the administration likely to come close to its goal of signing up 7 million ...
DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - Senegal closed its land border with Guinea on Saturday to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, which Guinean authorities say is suspected of killing 70 people in what would be the deadliest outbreak in seven years. The discovery of 11 people suspected to have ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amgen Inc's drug from a high profile new class of experimental medicines lowered "bad" LDL cholesterol by 55 percent to 66 percent compared with a placebo in a trio of late-stage clinical trials, according to data presented on Saturday. Amgen had previously said ...
(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc, under fire for pricing a new hepatitis C drug at $1,000 a pill, has discount agreements with a number of health insurers, a company executive said in an interview. The medication, Sovaldi, has a list price of $84,000 for a 12-week course of therapy and is seen as a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Switching over to daylight saving time, and losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 percent, compared to other Mondays during the year, according to a new U.S. study released on Saturday. By contrast, heart attack risk ...
PROVIDENCE, RI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Patients treated by renal artery denervation were no more likely to see their blood pressure decline than those who received a fake therapy in a major clinical trial, calling into question a therapy used in more than 80 countries to treat hypertension that ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Diet drinks may increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other heart problems in postmenopausal women, according to an informal study that could take some fizz out of enjoyment of the popular beverages. Compared to women who never or seldom consume diet drinks, those ...
(Reuters) - Biogen Idec Inc has won U.S. approval for its long-acting hemophilia B treatment Alprolix, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. Hemophilia B is a rare, inherited disorder in which a person's blood does not clot properly, which can lead to prolonged bleeding and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults hospitalized with mild head injuries have almost double the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared to similar people with no history of head injury, according to a new UK study. It's not clear whether lifestyle before and after a head injury is to blame for ...
The FDA said the initial shipments would help but not resolve shortages of 0.9 percent sodium chloride injection, also known as normal saline. The drug is widely used to treat patients with dehydration and other medical conditions. The FDA said it is continuing to work with Baxter Healthcare Corp, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Marijuana smokers' behavior is more important than the potency of their pot or how much of the psychoactive ingredient THC they take in for predicting who will become dependent, according to a small new study. Researchers have debated whether smokers of high-potency ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials in Massachusetts have blocked sales of Zogenix's controversial but U.S.-approved painkiller Zohydro, prompting the drugmaker to criticize what it called an "unprecedented action." The state's ban "only serves to unfairly restrict patient ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission seeks a settlement of $1 billion or more from pharmaceutical companies it has sued for delaying the sale of cheaper medicines after patents on brand-name drugs may have expired, an FTC official told a legal conference on Friday. The ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a study of more than 1,000 Chinese women, those who ate the most cruciferous vegetables had substantially less inflammation than those who ate the fewest. Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower, and eating ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dr. Guillaume Charpentier believes a smartphone app he is testing on people with diabetes in France works best when it alerts doctors that frustrated patients need help managing their disease. The Diabeo mobile phone program, which recommends insulin dosages, helped ...
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The move, announced on Friday, mirrors the British company's strategy in India, where it recently increased its stake in local units. GSK has paid 465 billion rupiahs ($40 million) to Sarasvati Venture Capital for the 30 percent of the Indonesian consumer healthcare operation it did not previously ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A review of MannKind Corp's experimental inhaled insulin device by U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff raised questions about its safety and effectiveness but was less damning than some investors had expected. The company's shares initially rose as much as 10.6 percent ...
The company's shares rose as much as 22 percent in early trading on the Nasdaq on Friday. Idera said the drug, codenamed IMO-8400, reduced the severity of skin lesions in patients with plaque psoriasis, compared with a placebo.
GN Store Nord obtained at least 20 percent more new costumers in the United States in the first two weeks of March compared to same period in February, thanks to their launch of Resound Linx late February. Resound Linx is a hearing aid packed with bluetooth-like technology that installed in the ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Banning smoking in public places has helped to cut premature births by 10 percent, according to new research from the United States and Europe. A study in The Lancet medical journal found that while the impact of anti-smoking laws varies between countries, the overall effect on ...
(Reuters) - A drug made by Novartis AG to treat acute heart failure should not be approved because there is insufficient evidence it improves symptoms, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Thursday. The panel's vote was unanimous. The FDA is not obliged to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Keywords related to self-injury were searched more than 42 million times in the past year, according to a new study, but what those searches turned up was mostly myths and misinformation. Researchers cataloged and analyzed websites related to nonsuicidal self-injury - ...
A panel of outside experts advising the Food and Drug Administration voted 10-0 to recommend approval of the Cologuard screening test made by Exact Sciences Corp. The company said a large clinical trial found that its test detected 92.3 percent of colorectal cancers in average-risk patients based ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. The milestone gives ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who live the farthest from liver transplant centers may be less likely to get on a waiting list, and ultimately to get a liver, than those who live closer, according to a new U.S. study. The findings illustrate some of the potential unintended consequences of ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as one in 68 U.S. children have autism, a 30 percent increase in just two years, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, but experts think the rise may simply reflect that parents and doctors are getting better at recognizing and diagnosing the disorder. Experts were ...
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Wednesday said that 25 out of 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics used in livestock feed for growth enhancement have agreed to follow new guidelines that will make it illegal to use their products to create beefier cattle, heftier hogs and other outsized ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a sunny disposition may also have an easier time adopting healthy habits, according to a new study. Researchers found that women who were more optimistic were better able to follow healthy eating guidelines, both when they were instructed to do so and when ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Almost 40 years after the Ebola virus was identified in humans by scientists in a microbiology laboratory in Belgium, pharmaceutical researchers have yet to develop an effective drug or vaccine to fight it. Part of the problem is that the deadly virus is rare and its victims are ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have had reconstructive surgery for a knee ligament tear develop wear-and-tear arthritis in the injured knee three times more often than in the uninjured knee, according to a new study. About 200,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries happen each year ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood will open a $5 million surgical abortion facility in San Antonio in a few months as other providers have been forced to close because of stringent restrictions passed by Texas lawmakers last year. The facility is expected to be completed by September, when new ...
CONAKRY/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Bushmeat - from bats to antelopes, squirrels, porcupines and monkeys - has long held pride of place on family menus in West and Central Africa, whether stewed, smoked or roasted. A visit to a traditional market in the region assails the senses with a huge variety of ...
(Reuters) - A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Two years after ...
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The new hearing aid is especially targeted at the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), a government-led program for U.S. military veterans, which currently makes up about 20 percent of all hearing aid units dispensed in the U.S. "There is a demand for it in the U.S. market, especially within ...
The move, which is similar to Abbott Laboratories' spinoff of AbbVie Inc at the beginning of 2013, is part of a trend among healthcare companies to divest businesses that are not part of their primary operations. Baxter said its biotech business, which includes plasma-based proteins to treat ...
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The British group, which believes that some supplies may not contain authentic Alli, is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the retailer-level recall. News of the tampering first emerged on Wednesday.
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NEW DELHI, March 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Health Organisation declared India free of the crippling polio virus on Thursday, making the country's almost two-decade-long, multi-billion-dollar effort one of the biggest public health achievements in recent times. India's last case ...
Alimera said it had provided a safety update and responded to questions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised in October, when it rejected marketing approval fo the treatment for a third time. The FDA asked for a new trial of the drug-device combination, but Alimera's partner, Psivida Corp, ...
GENEVA (Reuters) - Australia asked five countries challenging its tobacco policies on Wednesday to stop delaying the progress of their cases at the World Trade Organization and took the unusual step of speeding up one of the complaints against itself. Indonesia, Ukraine, Cuba, Honduras and ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - An analysis of government data on hospital safety, including how likely patients are to die of avoidable surgical complications, shows that hospitals vary markedly on these measures and that patients are at higher risk in some nationally-known facilities than at tiny hospitals ...
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The Basel-based drugmaker's LDK378 has been declared a "breakthrough therapy", a designation created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 to help speed drugs to market that treat serious or life-threatening conditions and are deemed likely to work better than existing ...
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The newspaper did not say why the country's insurance watchdog had ordered People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) and Ping An Insurance Group to cease sales of the coverage. The country's worsening air quality is at the top of the list of concerns of China's leaders, anxious to douse potential ...
TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Arizona regulations that would limit the use of the most popular abortion-inducing drug risk harming women seeking to end their pregnancies, attorneys for a women's health provider argued in federal court in Tucson on Wednesday. The controversial regulations would ...
LONDON (Reuters) - British healthcare cost agency NICE is to take a broader view of the value offered by new medicines under proposals that may make it more likely that it will say "yes" to novel drugs in future. Chief Executive Andrew Dillon told Reuters that wider uptake would only ...
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline is linking with two top bioscience centres on an open-access research project to tap into "big data" generated by gene research, in a move highlighting how drug companies are learning to share. The new public-private Centre for Therapeutic Target ...
The administration late on Tuesday granted an extension until mid-April to people who say they have started to apply for coverage through the HealthCare.gov website but are unable to complete the process before the deadline. "We expect there to be increasing numbers as the deadline ...
The two drugmakers said their decision, first reported by Bloomberg News, is based on uncertainty about whether insurance programs offered under the Affordable Care Act are governed by federal laws that ban kickbacks to businesses. To cap rising healthcare costs and give consumers more incentive ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Wednesday said that 25 out of 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics used in livestock feed for growth enhancement have agreed to follow new guidelines that will make it illegal to use their products to create beefier cattle, heftier hogs and other outsized ...
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Consumers have reported that about 20 bottles bought in stores in seven mostly Southern states contained products other than the drug, GlaxoSmithKline said. The company said the affected bottles from five lots of the drug could contain tablets and capsules of different shapes and colors. The ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers say they have uncovered key abnormalities in some of the layers of the brains of children with autism, an indication that the foundation for the problem is laid early in fetal development. Using a unique collection of molecular tags applied to the brains ...
The Milan-based company has developed the NGR-hTNF molecule to treat mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos, and expects to announce results of the trials by the end of June, Claudio Bordignon told Reuters. "There is no competitor, there is no drug for the cure of mesothelioma," ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A mobile app aimed at keeping people recovering from alcohol abuse sober appears to cut down on the number of days they drink, according to a new study. More recovering alcohol abusers also reported total abstinence from drinking when using the app, which has guided ...
The new federal guidelines apply to consumers in the 36 states served by the federal health insurance marketplace and its website, HealthCare.gov. Monday is the cut-off date for choosing a health plan in 2014. "Just like Election Day, if you are in line when the polls close you get to vote. ...
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Retired federal workers will pay more of their supplemental health costs under an agreement with the Canadian government intended to align the public sector with the private sector, Treasury Board President Tony Clement said on Wednesday. Retirees' contributions will rise to 50 ...
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea said on Wednesday it had stopped an outbreak of deadly Ebola fever from spreading beyond the country's remote southeast, although the number of deaths from suspected infections rose to at least 63. U.N. agencies and medical charities such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) ...
GENEVA (Reuters) - Australia asked five countries challenging its tobacco policies on Wednesday to stop delaying the progress of their cases at the World Trade Organization and took the unusual step of speeding up one of the complaints against itself. Indonesia, Ukraine, Cuba, Honduras and ...
LONDON (Reuters) - A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body - work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease. In two major studies published in the journal Nature, the ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday that the state's execution procedures were unconstitutional because they do not allow inmates proper access to the courts when it comes to the drugs used in lethal injections. County district court judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the ...
(Reuters) - Insmed Inc's shares plunged after its experimental drug to treat a form of bacterial lung infection failed the main goal of a trial, but the stock clawed back much of its early losses after analysts said positive secondary data was more relevant. Insmed's shares were down 12 percent in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - On any given day, one in 25 hospitalized patients - 4 percent - is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That translates to more than 600,000 ...
NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Baxter International Inc is exploring a sale of its vaccines business, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest healthcare company to look at divesting non-core assets to focus on key strengths. The medical equipment and pharmaceuticals company is ...
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Boehner, a Republican, told reporters the legislation sparing Medicare doctors from a pay cut for another year had been agreed between himself and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat. Boehner said the short-term fix does not preclude any work from being done on a longer-term solution to ...
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish venture capital firm Sunstone is considering whether to list its partly owned biotech company Santaris Pharma in the United States, and will probably make a decision this year, Sunstone told Reuters on Wednesday. Santaris, which was founded through a merger of two ...
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Consumers reported that some bottles bought in stores in seven states contained products other than the drug, the company said on Wednesday. The company said the affected bottles could contain tablets and capsules of different shapes and colors. The actual drug is turquoise. The bottles also could ...
The drug received a positive recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January. GSK said it expects to launch albiglutide in several countries in Europe in the third to fourth quarter this year.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If girls and women of all ages adopted healthier lifestyle behaviors and the highest-risk women took preventive drugs like tamoxifen, the authors of a new report say fully half of breast cancers in the U.S. might be avoided. "We really need to go back and work at ...
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(Reuters) - A spate of regulatory warnings for India's generic drug manufacturers will add a new emphasis on the quality of such medicines in an industry long dominated by the ability to deliver treatments as cheaply as possible, analysts say. In the short term, that is expected to benefit larger ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who have their breasts removed because of cancer may benefit from receiving radiation if they still have traces of cancer in their lymph nodes, suggests a new analysis. Radiation reduced the risk of death and of cancer returning among women who had cancer cells ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black and Latina breast cancer patients were more than twice as likely as white women to have lingering medical debt and to skip treatments because of costs, according to a new U.S. study. Based on surveys of 1,500 women diagnosed with mostly early-stage breast cancers, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Replacing standard packaging with single-serve packaging may help some overweight people to consume less food, according to a small new study. Although the research wasn't specifically looking at people who were trying to lose weight, it "indicates that ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenage boys who played football, basketball or both were about twice as likely as other boys to have recently abused their girlfriends in a new study from California. Researchers say the "hypermasculine" attitudes encouraged in some sports may foster ...
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The city has increasingly restricted places where regular cigarettes can be smoked over the last decade under the Smoke-Free Air Act. Last year, the city council expanded those laws to include e-cigarettes, a measure that took effect in December. The group behind the lawsuit, New York City ...
(Reuters) - The maker of Four Loko has agreed with 20 U.S. state attorneys general and the city of San Francisco to a series of reforms to resolve allegations that it improperly marketed flavored malt beverages to young people and encouraged alcohol abuse. Phusion Projects LLC, which is based in ...
CVC did not say how much it paid for Synsam, which had sales of around 3 billion Swedish crowns ($467 million) in 2013 and employs some 2,600. Alipes, which is focused on investments in the Nordic consumer and retail sectors, had owned Synsam since 2007. It launched an earlier abortive attempt to ...
MONROVIA/CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African nations scrambled on Tuesday to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus suspected to have killed at least 59 people in Guinea, with symptoms of the disease reported in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia as well. The spread of Ebola, one of the most ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. food prices are expected to rise more rapidly this year after a very tame 2013, led by gains in beef, poultry and egg prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The food price inflation outlook assumes normal weather, the USDA said, adding that the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday it may allow corporations to mount religious objections to government action, possibly paving the way for companies to avoid covering employees' birth control as required under Obamacare. During a 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes ...
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The medicine, which received U.S. approval in 2011 for lung cancer patients who have a specific gene mutation, had shown in a previous Phase III trial that it significantly delayed disease progression among those who have already undergone chemotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer, the most ...
Batra will succeed Robert Yates, who has decided to leave the German company to take on a new job outside of Merck, it said on Tuesday. Uta Kemmerich-Keil, who currently heads Merck's allergy treatment unit Allergopharma, will succeed Batra to lead the Consumer Health unit, which makes ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Peter Piot was 27, newly qualified and working in a microbiology lab in Antwerp when he received a flask of human blood contaminated with a mysterious pathogen that had been killing people in the forests of Zaire. If he'd known then what he was to discover - that inside was ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A drug to treat acute heart failure made by Novartis AG should not be approved because there is insufficient evidence to show it improves symptoms, according to an initial review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The review, posted on the FDA's website on Tuesday, ...
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NEUVILLE-SUR-SAONE, France (Reuters) - Sanofi expects final clinical results for its vaccine against dengue by late September, the French drugmaker's project leader has told Reuters, and has already gambled on starting production despite some disappointing early trials data. Sanofi has invested ...
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The Hangzhou government said on Tuesday the curbs would take effect while it canvassed public opinion on details of the move. It is proposing limiting sales to 80,000 units every 12 months, to be split evenly over that period, the government said on the city's official website ...
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese citizens are feverishly snapping up face masks as worsening air pollution fuels a multi-million dollar industry where many products fail to provide even basic protection, drawing calls for better oversight and standards. The country's worsening air quality is at the ...
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli medical device maker Brainsway expects strong growth following the launch of its treatment of depression and hopes to access new markets once its system finishes trials in treating a number of other diseases. Brainsway developed a helmet that shoots magnetic pulses ...
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Premier Li Keqiang "declared war" on pollution in a major policy address this month, but China has long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and keeping up economic growth. China is still too slow in reforming its resource-intensive economy, the Ministry of ...
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin launched a program to improve the physical fitness of Russians on Monday, using funds from the Winter Olympics to revive a Soviet-era plan. Speaking at a meeting with officials in the Kremlin, Putin said that reinstating the plan, first introduced in the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Playing violent video games may be linked to violent thoughts and behavior among kids, according to a new study. The report, based on data from Singapore, found that kids who often play violent video games end up showing more aggression later on, and more often believe ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small U.S. study raises new questions about whether using electronic cigarettes will lead people to quit smoking, adding to the debate over how tightly the products should be regulated. The study, which looked at the habits of 88 smokers who also used e-cigarettes, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mold exposure in the home raises the risk of asthma symptoms in middle age, according to a new study from Australia. The more mold participants reported having seen in their homes, the greater their asthma symptoms, researchers found. Men were especially vulnerable with ...
(Reuters) - Some 63 cases of mumps have been reported in Ohio in an outbreak that started at Ohio State University in Columbus but has spread to people without ties to the school - a "disturbing development," say public health officials. Forty-five of those infected are Ohio State ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Deliveries of tobacco to retailers in Australia rose slightly last year for the first time in at least five years, even after the introduction of plain packaging aimed at deterring smokers, according to industry sales figures released on Monday. Australia, which in December 2012 ...
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RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - Virginia's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, and the state's Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Monday failed to reach an agreement over Medicaid expansion during the first day of a special session called in hopes of reaching a budget deal. The impasse ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - From yoga with leaps and jumps to Pilates that packs a punch, fitness experts say the craze for short, intense workouts has resulted in some odd pairings. While these hybrid routines may seem strange, they can be an efficient way to boost the heart rate and increase calorie ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday for the second time did not announce whether it would hear an appeal by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in a patent fight with generic competitors over a top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The case is closely watched because, if the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of physical activity mothers get is linked to their children's activity levels, according to a new study from the UK. Researchers found that the exact relationship between mother and child physical activity depended on certain lifestyle factors, however.
The patent covers BrainStorm's stem cells induced to secrete elevated levels of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Pending approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the company is preparing for its upcoming mid-stage Phase II trial in the United ...
The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), issued on Monday, is now subject to consultation. "We are disappointed not to able to recommend this drug, but we have to be confident that its benefits justify its considerable cost," said NICE Chief ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 32,000 children worldwide become sick each year with a drug-resistant "superbug" strain of tuberculosis, according to new estimates by U.S. researchers that for the first time quantify rates of this difficult-to-treat form of TB. Overall, as many as 1 ...
DAKAR, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists tackling an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea believe they have identified the virus as the Zaire strain, the most lethal of all that "raises the already high level of concern", according to France's Institut Pasteur. At least 59 people ...
(Reuters) - An experimental Johnson & Johnson drug for moderate to severe psoriasis proved significantly better at clearing the scaly, uncomfortable skin patches associated with the disease than a placebo, according to data from a midstage study presented on Saturday. The J&J biologic ...
Guinean health officials have registered 49 cases of infection in three southeastern towns and the capital Conakry since the outbreak was first reported on February 9. While the exact type of the fever, which is characterized by bleeding, has yet to be identified, a senior official in Guinea said ...
The results of the Phase III studies presented at the American Academy of Dermatology in Denver showed how effective secukinumab was in clearing patients' skin when administered with a pre-filled syringe or autoinjector pen. Both methods of delivery allow patients to self-administer the drug at ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will soon issue new Obamacare guidelines allowing people to enroll in health coverage after a March 31 deadline, but only under certain circumstances, according to sources close to the administration. The sources said the new federal guidelines for ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The amount of pork in U.S. cold storage warehouses in February reached a record high for a third straight month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly cold storage report issued on Friday. Friday's USDA report showed February total pork inventories at 653.8 ...
Sakoba Keita, in charge of the prevention of epidemics, said preliminary results from tests carried out in France to identify the disease were so far inconclusive. "However, we are narrowing it down to Ebola and Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever (MHF)," Keita said.
CAIRO/LONDON (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences, facing mounting criticism over the high price of its new hepatitis C pill Sovaldi, has offered to supply the medicine to Egypt at a 99 percent discount to the U.S. price. While the drug will still cost $900 for a 12-week course of treatment, that is a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regularly using adult day care services for a family member with dementia may help reduce stress for caregivers, a new study suggests. "Caring for someone with dementia often involves high levels of daily stress," Steven H. Zarit said. "This amount of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A trial in Mexico suggests probiotics may help protect kids from the mild, but seemingly constant, illnesses they pick up in daycare. Preschoolers given a daily probiotic for three months had markedly fewer respiratory infections and bouts of diarrhea compared to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the largest cities in the U.S., death rates from breast cancer have dropped across the board over 20 years, but far less so for black women than whites, according to a new analysis. The widening survival gap is likely due to differences in the quality of healthcare ...
(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Friday approved a Celgene Corp drug to treat psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis associated with the skin disease psoriasis that causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. The drug, known chemically as apremilast, will be sold under the brand name Otezla. ...
Ken Goulet, speaking to investors, said the company is working with regulators and drug manufacturers to bring these prices down to a "reasonable" level. He said that as of mid-February the company had filled 100 prescriptions for commercial members.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Good news: people with heart disease dreaming of a vacation to a high-altitude destination can most likely make the trip safely. Still, when venturing to high elevation, patients with heart conditions should follow some basic safety guidelines to help avoid and respond ...
(Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc to explain the $84,000 price tag of its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, which is encountering resistance from health insurers and state Medicaid programs. The news pushed shares of Gilead down as much as 6 percent on Friday and sparked a ...
Data from two late-stage trials of Boehringer's nintedanib showed the drug improved patients' lung function, but one trial fell short of meeting its key secondary goals of improving overall health and delaying a disease flare up. Nintedanib and InterMune's pirfenidone are aimed at treating ...
(Reuters) - Endocyte Inc's shares more than doubled after the company said its cancer drug was recommended for conditional approval in Europe for ovarian cancer and that the drug improved survival rates in lung cancer patients. Analysts said investors were not really expecting European regulators ...
The green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for J&J's Olysio, also known as simeprevir, follows U.S. approval for the treatment in November. The drug, which was developed in collaboration with Sweden's Medivir, is one of several that is vying for a share of a major new market in ...
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Hemophilia B, a rare inherited disorder in which the ability of a person's blood to clot is impaired, affects some 4,000 people in the United States and roughly 25,000 worldwide. Biogen is developing the drug in partnership with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB. It is expected to be approved in the ...
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The Basel-based drugmaker said the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) had recommended that infants from two months of age be vaccinated with Bexsero to help protect against "MenB", a bacterial infection that can kill in 24 hours and poses the greatest risk to ...
AB Science had been seeking conditional authorization of the drug, also known as masitinib mesylate, for the second-line treatment of malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumor. The company said it now intended to file for full approval with data from an ongoing confirmatory Phase III study.
No deaths have been reported, but food and drug safety for toddlers is a highly sensitive issue in China after at least six children died and thousands were sickened in 2008 from drinking milk contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical. Local governments have been ordered to inspect ...
(Reuters) - Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to stem an increase in the use of the drugs that have sent scores of people to hospitals with dangerous reactions to toxins, officials said on Thursday. In recent weeks, more than 100 people have ...
The U.S. and Canadian hog industries have recently developed partnerships to research what role, if any, feed or feed ingredients have had in the transmission of PEDv, the National Pork Board said earlier this week. The report from USDA's NAHLN does not include test results from feed samples. No ...
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it into law. The measure makes it legal to possess only a prescribed medical grade extract known as ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A treatment program incorporating mindfulness meditation is better over the long term than traditional approaches at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse, according to a new study. One year after treatment for substance abuse, far fewer participants who got ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study suggesting laziness could be tapped as a tool for healthier eating, people reached for low-calorie apple slices more often than buttery popcorn when the apples were within easier reach. "There are the little things that we can do to just make our ...
(Reuters) - New Mexico on Friday withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a U.S. government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February, state regulators said. Seventeen workers at the Carlsbad-area "waste isolation pilot project" (WIPP) ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect. Scientists studying the breadth of people's sense of smell said on Thursday the human nose can discern far more than the 10,000 different odors long cited as the outer limit of our olfactory abilities.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Blocks, puzzles and other hands-on toys that have long been mainstays of children's play are still best at teaching some skills needed for success, according to a research review. Although so-called "screen-based" entertainment - including computers, video ...
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(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Thursday won a reversal by the Arkansas Supreme Court of a $1.2 billion judgment imposed after a jury concluded that the drugmaker improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. The penalty had been imposed in April 2012, one day ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents who spank their babies are at greater risk of eventually having Child Protective Services called in to protect their kids than parents who do not spank, according to a new study. "A few other studies have shown that parents that spank their children are ...
BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) - Recent manufacturing problems in India suggest some makers of generic drugs will struggle to compete in the face of a rising quality bar, pointing to a likely a shake-out in the low-cost sector, according to Novartis. Chief Executive Joe Jimenez said the Swiss ...
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BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) - Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez is taking a hard look at the drugmaker's smaller businesses as he reshapes the company for what he expects to be a "brutal" new era in healthcare spending. At least one of the three sub-scale units - animal health, ...
The halt announced on Thursday was for enrollments in a trial sponsored by Mayo Clinic, and comes a week after the FDA ordered Geron to cease company-sponsored trials of the drug over similar concerns. Imetelstat is Geron's only remaining drug and was touted as the company's savior after curing 22 ...
The HDM SLIT-tablet, which just entered third phase in the development program in North America, could be the most important of three allergy tablets the company is developing in association with American healthcare company Merck, Alk's Chief Executive Jens Bager said in an interview. "It is ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Half a million people fell sick with dangerous superbug strains of tuberculosis (TB) in 2012, but fewer than one in four were diagnosed, putting the rest at risk of dying due to the wrong medicines or no treatment at all. Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), ...
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(Reuters) - An experimental cancer vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has failed in a second test - this time against lung cancer - but the British company said it still hoped to identify a sub-group of patients in which it would work. Thursday's news that the MAGE-A3 therapeutic vaccine did not help ...
The drug, also known as miltefosine, is already approved for sale in Europe, the Indian subcontinent and Central and South America. Leishmaniasis occurs primarily in people who live in the tropics and subtropics. Most U.S. patients acquire the disease while traveling overseas.
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina's Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, moving the state closer to becoming the latest to limit access to the procedure. State representatives ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - New guidelines on heart health that sparked fierce debate among U.S. cardiologists last fall could lead 12.8 million more Americans to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The new estimate would mean 56 million people, or nearly half of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Shaving even a minute off the time between the onset of a stroke and initial treatment may add to the amount of "healthy" days people have afterward, suggests a new study. Researchers found that stroke patients gained about two days of healthy life for every ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs designed to prevent obesity in children may help lower kids' blood pressure, according to a new review of past studies. Researchers found that programs targeting both diet and physical activity were more effective than programs that focused on one or the other.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Terminally ill cancer patients who received chemotherapy in the last months of life were more likely to die in an intensive care unit than those who did not receive chemo, according to a new study. Many advanced cancer patients receive chemotherapy that is only meant to ...
Do you 'like' how I look?
March 19th, 2014, 4:15 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Social media that emphasizes sharing and commenting on photos and other images may feed the anxieties of young women with eating disorders, according to U.S. researchers. In experiments with a group of female college students, those who logged into their Facebook ...
China's new leadership has identified pollution, long a source of public discontent, as one of its top challenges, and vowed to more strictly police firms that get free rein to pollute from local governments eager to maintain jobs and revenue. Last March, thousands of dead pigs dumped into a river ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court could dodge the contentious question of whether corporations have religious rights when it weighs objections to an Obamacare requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception. The court, which hears oral argument in two ...
Under the agreement, Sanofi will make an up-front payment of $23 million to SK Chemical Co, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Both companies will co-invest in the development of the vaccine project and, if successful, SK Chemical will produce the vaccine at its production facility located in ...
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The pooled analysis of data, involving more than 29,000 patients from 38 countries, was funded by the Swiss drugmaker which hopes the findings will reassure governments about the value of its flu drug following criticism from some doctors. Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam of the University of Nottingham ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Spending too much time in front of a television, computer or other devices with screens may signal problems in a child's family and personal wellbeing, according to a new study. Based on data for more than 3600 children in eight European countries, researchers found ...
(Reuters) - A mumps outbreak at The Ohio State University has grown to 28 cases and officials are concerned the number could rise with students returning from spring break, a city health department spokesman said on Tuesday. He said those infected include 23 students and a staff member at the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. Some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, however.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obesity prevention efforts directed at infants may not work if cultural differences in childcare are not taken into account, suggests a new U.S. study. Researchers found specific practices thought to promote childhood obesity - from putting infants to bed with bottles ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stimulant medications, rather than the childhood ADHD they are used to treat, could be linked to weight gain during the teenage years, according to a new analysis of medical records. As of 2011, 11 percent of U.S. kids ages four to 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD, ...
The plan should help save 400 million kuna ($72.74 million) over the next three years, Health Minister Rajko Ostojic said Tuesday while presenting the document. "We are 20 years late with this plan," Ostojic said.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Rival firms are racing to develop injectable biotech asthma drugs for patients with severe disease who don't respond well to traditional inhalers, in pursuit of a new market worth a possible $7.5 billion. Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, the leader in asthma treatments since launching ...
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Biogen, which was expecting to launch the drug, Plegridy, by mid-2014, said the FDA did not ask for additional studies. Plegridy, is an injectable drug designed to reduce the dosing schedule of standard interferon drugs such as Biogen's own Avonex, which are typically dosed at least once a week.
Elbit Medical Technologies, which has a 30.8 percent share in Gamida, said the offer includes a "significant immediate payment and additional future payments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars". Israel's Globes financial daily reported that the interested buyer was Swiss drugmaker ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Cases of tuberculosis are falling in Europe but a failure to properly diagnose and treat dangerous drug-resistant strains of the contagious disease means it is far from under control, health experts said on Tuesday. Every day, almost 1,000 people across the 53 countries of the ...
The company, which said last month it was exploring its strategic options, said U.S. sales of Jetrea were 20.2 million euros ($28.1 million) in 2013. The drug, only launched in January, secured first-half sales of 12.2 million euros in the United States. The group has a marketing agreement with ...
Ipsen said that there had been a mean reduction of more than 75 percent in urinary incontinence episodes for trial patients suffering from neurogenic detrusor overactivity, a chronic condition involving abnormal bladder contractions linked to an underlying neurological condition such as multiple ...
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some U.S. doctors are becoming concerned about the quality of generic drugs supplied by Indian manufacturers following a flurry of recalls and import bans by the Food and Drug Administration. India supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs used ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said it would shift its strategy for winning Senate confirmation of its choice for the next U.S. surgeon general after President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats helped sink another of his nominees this month. White House spokesman Jay Carney told ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers pay close attention to how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games tend to weigh less, according to a new study. Researchers found that mothers who were more active in their media supervision had children who were thinner at age ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The types of fat people get in their diet may not be as closely related to their risk of heart disease as previously believed, a new review of past studies suggests. Guidelines from the U.S. federal government and recommendations from the American Heart Association call ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 5 million people have enrolled in private health insurance under the law known as Obamacare since open enrollment began on October 1, the Obama administration said on Monday. With the March 31 enrollment deadline only two weeks away, a top administration official ...
LONDON (Reuters) - British archaeologists have found what they say is the world's oldest complete example of a human being with metastatic cancer and hope it will offer new clues about the now common and often fatal disease. Researchers from Durham University and the British Museum discovered the ...
Want a cookie? Play Tetris instead
March 17th, 2014, 4:12 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Playing a game of Tetris can reduce the strength of food and nicotine cravings, according to a new study. "Craving is a common problem for people trying to quit junk food, smoking or other drugs," coauthor Jackie Andrade told Reuters Health in an email.
The lens — Visian Toric implantable lens — can correct both nearsightedness and blurry vision associated with astigmatism. Analysts at Canaccord Genuity said they expect regulatory approval for the lens in the second half of 2014, adding that "the positive FDA panel is the first of ...
(Reuters) - Amgen Inc said its experimental new type of cholesterol-fighting drug met the primary goal of a late-stage trial by slashing "bad" LDL cholesterol levels in patients with a genetic tendency towards high levels of the artery-clogging fat. Amgen said on Monday patients given ...
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(Reuters) - A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general is urging chief executive officers of five major retailers, including Walmart, to stop selling tobacco products, saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services. The companies receiving a letter on ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time, money and the Internet are changing where Americans work out, fitness experts say. Time-pressed fitness fans seeking short, focused workouts are flocking to boutique studios specializing in everything from indoor cycling to boot camp, and the no-frills gyms that ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teens who've been in cars with impaired drivers may be more likely themselves to get behind the wheel drunk or drugged, a recent study suggests. And the more times they're driven around by an impaired driver, the more risky their own driving habits become. While other ...
The drug, obeticholic acid (OCA), is designed to treat primary biliary cirrhosis, a disease in which bile ducts in the liver become damaged, allowing harmful substances to build up and scar liver tissue. Symptoms include dry eyes, fatigue, jaundice, pain in the abdomen, swollen feet and ankles, ...
PARIS (Reuters) - French artificial heart maker Carmat will not carry out any more human transplants until it has determined the cause of the death of the first patient fitted with its device, one of the company's co-founders said on Sunday. Carmat's first patient, a 76-year-old man, died on March ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say. When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lead agency for President Barack Obama's healthcare reform announced on Friday that it would require, rather than merely encourage, insurers that sell Obamacare policies to accept funds from a federal program that helps people with HIV-AIDS pay health insurance ...
(Reuters) - An experimental Amgen Inc cancer vaccine used to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, proved effective in a late-stage study in shrinking tumors in a way that suggests the drug triggered the intended systemic immune response, according to data presented on ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Married gay couples will be eligible for a family health policy under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, beginning in 2015, the U.S. government said on Friday, encouraging insurers to begin offering coverage this year. The Department of Health and Human Services ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breastfeeding is credited with a long list of benefits, but one downside of extended and intensive breastfeeding may be a higher risk of cavities in baby's first teeth, according to a new study. The more frequently a mother breastfed her child beyond the age of 24 ...
By Meredith Davis and Christine Stebbins (Reuters) - Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor, suspended hog slaughter at its Tar Heel, North Carolina, plant on Friday because of the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) which has tightened hog supplies, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren't aware of the injury, according to a new study. Most U.S. states have passed laws intended to prevent high school athletes from having a concussion go ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous activity levels, according to a new study. Kids who played the active video games also lost more weight than children who only followed the weight ...
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Nobel Prize-winning head of a Japanese institute whose scientists' work on stem cells was hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology called the lead researcher's handling of the data "extremely sloppy" and "irresponsible". Two papers ...
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The sources did not name the managers. Earlier this month, Italy's antitrust authority said Roche and Novartis colluded to try to stop cancer drug Avastin from being used to treat a serious eye disease and fined the companies 182.5 million euros ($254.2 million).
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Earlier this month, Italy's antitrust authorities said Roche and Novartis colluded to try to stop cancer drug Avastin from being used to treat a serious eye disease and fined the companies 182.5 million euros ($251 million). A Novartis spokesman had no immediate comment, while a Roche spokesman ...
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The five-year project by biologists Neil Lobo and Nicole Achee aims to show the effectiveness of a new method of mosquito control, called spatial repellency, in quelling the illnesses, the university said in a statement this week. According to the World Health Organization, 207 million cases of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke have a higher rate of miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal deaths, a new study suggests. "We often think of the diseases that secondhand smoke causes as diseases of older people," ...
That brings the total number of farm birds slaughtered to 10.16 million, close to a record 10.2 million during an outbreak in 2008, according to data from the agriculture ministry. No human infection has been reported, but a dog tested positive for bird flu antibodies, suggesting it had been ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to accelerate access to ground-breaking drugs for serious conditions under a new early-access plan that the government hopes will benefit both patients and pharmaceutical companies. The initiative, which has similarities with a U.S. scheme that has speeded the ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. health experts recommended that a test for cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) be approved to replace Pap smears in screening most women for cervical cancer, but the plan met with some skepticism within the medical community. Roche Holding AG is ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who keep small poultry flocks may be at an increased risk for salmonellosis, but the infections are preventable, researchers say. The growing local foods movement has sparked a rise in the number of people keeping small flocks of chickens or ducks at home, and a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal in Congress to spare doctors from recurring Medicare pay cuts was in jeopardy on Thursday, as Republicans ignored protests from physicians and moved forward with legislation that would use the so-called "doc fix" to undermine Obamacare. Hundreds ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Disparities between rich and poor in who survives major cancer surgeries may have more to do with the hospitals where they're treated than with individuals' wealth or lack of it, a new study suggests. Researchers found that even the wealthiest patients at hospitals ...
Virginia has reported positive samples of the virus in the environment, but not yet in a hog herd, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network. Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 274 in the week ending March 8, bringing ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration is still considering whether a proposed genetically engineered fish is safe for consumers, the agency's top official said on Thursday. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said it was examining as many as 35,000 comments about the application on ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday defended the agency's approval of Zohydro, a powerful prescription opioid made by Zogenix Inc, saying it offers a "unique" option to treat pain despite concerns about potential abuse. The FDA's approval of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Looking to cut cravings? A recent study suggests the key may be attaining a sense of detachment from them through a form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. Practicing mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes identifying and distancing oneself from certain thoughts - ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some intrauterine devices (IUDs), already a long-term birth control option, are effective for even longer than recommended, according to a new review of past studies. The older women are when certain IUDs are inserted, the longer they can leave them in, the review found.
LONDON (Reuters) - Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and prevent American football, rugby and ice hockey players returning to the field in danger. In findings from a study of ice hockey players, the researchers said ...
South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Long Island, near New York City, said patients may have received insulin from a pen reservoir - not a single-use disposable needle - that could have been used on more than one patient. "The risk of infection from this is extremely low," ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned imports from Indian generic drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's plant at Karkhadi in the western state of Gujarat, in the latest quality blow for India's drug sector. The FDA has imposed a rash of regulatory ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Oxytocin, a brain chemical known as the "love hormone", is showing promise as a potential treatment for people with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, according to research by British and Korean scientists. In studies of anorexic patients, researchers found oxytocin ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with blood pressure that is elevated but not enough to be considered "high" are still at an increased risk for strokes, according to a new analysis of past studies. Researchers found that having so-called prehypertension was linked to a 66 percent ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There will be no delay in the penalty most Americans face under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law if they fail to obtain health coverage this year, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday. Sebelius also said there would be no ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Preschoolers who sing, tell stories and eat dinner with their families tend to be emotionally healthier and better adjusted socially than kids who don't have such routines, a recent study has found. Researchers examined the number of daily routines that more than 8,500 ...
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Pfizer shares closed down 1.4 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. Pfizer said it would appeal the ruling, made by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which invalidated a patent covering how Celebrex is administered to treat osteoarthritis.
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In one study, the treatment, mepolizumab, showed statistically significant reduction in the frequency of exacerbations in patients of severe eosinophilic asthma compared with a placebo, GSK said on Wednesday. The second study showed that patients on mepolizumab achieved greater reduction in their ...
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TV time linked to less sleep for kids
March 12th, 2014, 4:30 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The more television children watch, the less total sleep they're getting, according to a small Spanish study. Researchers found that a nine-year-old who watched five hours of television a day, for example, slept an average one hour less a night than a nine-year-old who ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smokers who kick the habit appear to benefit from an improved mood, according to a new review of past studies. On average, quitting smoking was associated with improvements in mental health similar to taking an antidepressant drug, a team of UK researchers found.
The company said the FDA verbally notified them about the hold, which will affect all trials of the treatment, including its thrombocythemia and multiple myeloma mid-stage studies. The experimental blood cancer drug was touted as a saviour for the company in November, after a number of trial ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurers are struggling to set prices for their Obamacare plans in 2015 and decide which regions to return to before the deadlines for submitting those plans to regulators. Some insurers already expect to lose money this year following the rocky launch of President ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hearing-impaired adults are more likely to be depressed than those with excellent hearing - and than those who are fully deaf -according to a large U.S. survey. Higher rates of depression were most common among women and among the middle aged, compared to people over ...
Shares of tiny Oxigene, which had been halted prior to announcement of the trial results, more than doubled in extended trading. The drugs, which use different mechanisms to deprive tumors of blood supply and oxygen needed to grow, met the primary goal of the study by demonstrating a statistically ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Before doctors use technology to evaluate every "letter" in a person's DNA to detect or diagnose medical conditions, several hurdles must be overcome, according to a new study. Researchers found that sequencing a person's whole genome - all three billion or so ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doing chores and errands in the course of caring for a disabled husband makes older women a bit happier than just doing housework for its own sake, a new study finds. In the survey of middle-aged and older Americans, husbands did not seem to experience any improvement ...
Called Dario, the meter plugs directly into a smartphone and has a software application that gives real time recording and analysis of blood sugar readings. The product is initially being launched in New Zealand, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom. It will at first be available for Apple's ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whether heterosexual couples decide to use condoms during sex may be determined more by the nature of the relationship than by aspects of the individual men or women involved, according to a new Dutch study. When researchers looked at who used condoms regularly versus ...
Senomyx shares jumped as much as 26 percent to their highest in nearly seven years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined Sweetmyx to be Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Sweetmyx, not a sweetener itself, works by enhancing the ...
Myriad's shares fell 12 percent before the bell on Tuesday. Myriad's problems started last June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the company could not patent naturally occurring human genes, curbing the company's monopoly over a type of gene-based cancer testing.
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MUMBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd is in talks with at least two companies on sourcing ingredients for a generic version of AstraZeneca Plc's heartburn drug Nexium, a source said, to ensure the pills can be sold in the United States. Washington in January ...
Nexavar, or sorafenib, is made by Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and is already approved to treat advanced kidney cancer and liver cancer that cannot be surgically removed. Bayer is testing the drug, taken orally, as an additional treatment for liver cancer patients who had no detectable disease ...
The two companies would share costs and profits on a 50:50 basis, Sanofi said in a statement on Tuesday. UCB will be entitled to initial upfront, preclinical and clinical development milestone payments from Sanofi that could exceed 100 million euros ($139 million), Sanofi added.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious dispute over the Obamacare contraception mandate, advocates on both sides are trying to set the court straight on the science. The case, to be heard on March 25, is one of the most closely watched of the year, partly ...
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The influential American Society of Clinical Oncology, in a report released on Tuesday, cited estimates that cancer will become the leading killer in the United States by 2030 as the population ages, while treatment costs reach new heights. The group is calling on the U.S. Congress to help ...
DHULIKHEL, Nepal, March 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sangita Shrestha desperately waits in a hospital bed to see the baby girl she has just delivered. In the next room, a nurse applies a gel to the stump of the newborn's umbilical cord, wraps her in cloth and places her in a cot next to her ...
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By Julie Steenhuysen LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - When President Bill Clinton announced in 2000 that Craig Venter and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Human Genome Research Institute had succeeded in mapping the human genome, he solemnly declared that the discovery would ...
(Reuters) - La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co said its lead experimental drug to treat chronic kidney disease met the main goal of improving kidney function in a mid-stage study, sending the company's shares up about 40 percent in extended trading. The company said the trial tested two doses of the drug, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Almost 100,000 people in the U.S. are sent to emergency rooms every year for low blood sugar or errors related to a common diabetes drug, according to a new government study. What's more, about a third of those people end up being hospitalized, the researchers from the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors may be less likely to make medication changes for patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure who are also depressed, according to a new study. So-called clinical inertia is when doctors don't intensify treatment - upping the dose of current drugs or adding ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - School children who are bullied are more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves and to make suicide attempts as their peers who aren't bullied, according to a new analysis. Researchers also found that cyberbullying, such as harassment over the Internet, ...
TORONTO (Reuters) - New smartphone apps that link to hearing aids are helping people with impaired hearing to pump up the volume on their devices or to use them as headphones to stream phone calls, YouTube videos and music. About 36 million American adults have some hearing loss, according to the ...
TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - A Japanese scientist called on Monday for his own headline-grabbing study on stem cells to be withdrawn from publication, saying its findings had now been thrown into too much doubt. The research - hailed when it came out in January as a breakthrough that could herald a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some parents pay more attention to their mobile devices than the kids they're supervising during meals, according to a new analysis. Researchers found that among a small number of adults they observed eating at fast food restaurants with children, about 40 percent of ...
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(Reuters) - Germany has granted Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug in the country, the company said, and its stock jumped as much as 36 percent. The tiny U.S. biotech received a special "hospital exemption" in Germany, allowing ...
LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. biotech company pioneering tablets containing edible embedded microchips that can tell if patients have taken their medication is to establish its first international manufacturing site in Britain. Privately held Proteus Digital Health, which is working with drugmakers ...
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As part of that campaign, Holder reiterated the Obama administration's call for more law enforcement agencies to train and equip personnel with an overdose-reversal medication called naloxone. The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy issued a similar plea to police ...
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TAMPA, Fl. (Reuters) - A pregnant woman and her family were hospitalized this week after eating steak bought from a Wal-Mart that local authorities believed was laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, according to the medical examiner's initial test results. A blue balloon announcing "Baby ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration, in an abrupt about-face, said on Monday it would drop proposed changes to Medicare drug coverage that met wide opposition on grounds they would harm health benefits for the elderly and disabled. Late last week, more than 370 organizations ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, reeling under a flurry of regulatory rebukes due to manufacturing quality concerns, has recalled more than 64,000 bottles of the generic version of a cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States after doseage mix-up was ...
Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 252 in the week ending March 1, bringing the total number to 4,106 in 26 states, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network. While one case can represent an individual animal or an ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Decorative flourishes normally reserved for high-end restaurants can make healthy foods seem more appealing anywhere, researchers say. They tested the same meals presented differently to diners in a fine restaurant, and the foods seemed to taste better to participants ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - At least one percent of Americans are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus, which over time can severely damage the liver, according to a new study. "Hepatitis C has a severe impact on the health and well-being of millions of Americans, especially baby ...
(Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration has asked Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA to assess potential neurocognitive side effects of their experimental cholesterol drug, Sanofi said in its annual report on Friday. Amgen Inc, which is developing a similar drug, said it has also ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have trouble sleeping tend to have less volume in certain regions of the brain than those without sleep problems, a new study of Persian Gulf War veterans suggests. "People discount the importance of sleep. So many things seem so much more important than ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Tuberculosis is becoming concentrated among immigrants, drug addicts, and the poor and homeless in Western Europe's big cities despite progress in reducing national rates of the disease, experts said on Friday. The contagious lung infection, once known as the "white ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Both the quality and quantity of nurses on a hospital staff have significant influence on the chances patients will die following even simple surgery, according to a large new study. Researchers found the proportion of staff nurses with a bachelor's degree and the number of ...
The study involves more than 300 patients newly diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, the most serious form of brain cancer. The main goal of the trial is to determine if the medicine, DCVax-L, can delay progression of the disease when taken on top of standard treatment. Shares of Northwest ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For 33-year-old video editor and hemophilia patient Travis Roop, being able to get life-saving infusions of a blood clotting agent every two weeks, instead of rushing to treat a bleeding episode, meant he could jog for the first time. Roop was enrolled in a clinical trial ...
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Jakavi is already approved to treat myelofibrosis, a form of blood cancer, and was tested in a Phase III trial for patients with polycythemia vera, an incurable cancer associated with the overproduction of blood cells. When compared with the best available therapy, the drug was able to maintain ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Caring for aging parents can be a burden for anyone, but poor women are more likely to need to take it on and to enter a financial downward spiral as a result, a recent study suggests. Women with better financial resources can afford paid healthcare for an aging parent, ...
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LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - When President Bill Clinton announced in 2000 that Craig Venter and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Human Genome Research Institute had succeeded in mapping the human genome, he solemnly declared that the discovery would "revolutionize" the treatment ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exercise and strengthening may not be the best approach for all kinds of neck- and whiplash-related pain, according to a new analysis by Canadian researchers. The results directly contradict a 2008 recommendation by the Neck Pain Task Force in Canada. Instead, the new ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting adults to be more active on visits to children's playgrounds could be as simple as removing the temptation to sit, a small new study suggests. Inspired during his daily lunchtime walks by the sight of parents sitting on playground benches, a U.S. researcher has ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A lifetime's worth of acquisitions and mementos may bring comfort to older adults, but this "material convoy" can also become more burdensome with age, U.S. researchers say. Based on a national survey, a new study finds that after age 50, people become less ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Future global warming could lead to a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America unless disease monitoring and control efforts are increased, researchers said on Thursday. In a study of the mosquito-borne disease that infects ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A study published on Thursday found an association between smoking and e-cigarette use among adolescents but didn't answer a pressing public-health question on whether e-cigarettes acted as a gateway to smoking. Published in JAMA Pediatrics, the study found that among those ...
The company's shares rose 4.6 percent in premarket trading. The regulator rejected the treatment last May, saying that the company needed a better plan to manage risks associated with the long-acting drug that contains testosterone and castor oil.
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday voiced concern over protection of patents on safer and more effective next-generation medicines in India amid fears that authorities are considering allowing more Indian firms to make new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on ...
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Marijuana regulators issued Washington state's first business license for recreational cannabis on Wednesday to a grower who said he expects to have blooming pot plants ready to harvest within eight weeks. Washington state and Colorado residents alike voted to ...
That child is the second case, following an earlier instance in Mississippi, in which doctors may have brought HIV in a newborn into remission by administering antiretroviral drugs in the first hours of life, said Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatrics specialist with the Johns Hopkins School of ...
(Reuters) - Three environmental and public health groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, seeking to press it to move forward with rules that would require public disclosure of certain pesticide ingredients. The Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and ...
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(Reuters) - Treating HIV patients first with a chemotherapy drug improved their response to an experimental gene-modifying technique for controlling the virus, according to Sangamo BioSciences. The company presented new data from a small early-stage trial of its treatment, SB-728-T, on Thursday at ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After American Indians built casinos on California tribal lands, their incomes rose and their children's obesity rates fell, according to a new study. The study's authors sought to highlight the merits of investing in communities to prevent disease. They found that an ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would allow health insurers to extend plans that fail to comply with its signature health law for an additional two years, a move Republicans quickly condemned as a politically motivated delay. In a release of new guidelines to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly half a million elderly Americans likely died from Alzheimer's disease in 2010, a figure almost six times higher than previous estimates of annual deaths, according to a new study released on Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated ...
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Acknowledging a major shift in societal attitudes toward marijuana, a key committee of the Florida legislature voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve medical use of a "non-euphoric" marijuana extract that has shown promising results in treating ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay for one year the tax penalty Americans will pay under President Barack Obama's healthcare law if they decline to enroll in health coverage. The vote, part of a Republican election-year attack ...
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ZURICH/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust authorities said Swiss drugmakers Novartis and Roche colluded to try to stop cancer drug Avastin being used to treat a serious eye disease, and fined the companies 182.5 million euros ($251 million). In a statement on Wednesday, Italy's regulator accused ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Two women's healthcare providers have filed a federal lawsuit in Arizona to block new regulations that would limit the use of the most popular abortion-inducing drug in the state, officials disclosed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may put children at higher risk of becoming obese in adolescence, a new study suggests. Although previous reports have linked ADHD and obesity, it hasn't been clear exactly what explains the relationship or whether ...
(Reuters) - United States drug developer Xoma Corp said it would not proceed with late-stage studies of its lead drug, an antibody called gevokizumab, as a treatment for a form of arthritis of the hand after two mid-stage studies showed the drug was not effective enough. With one estimate of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks like Amp, Red Bull or Rockstar could be a telltale sign of other problems for high school students, according to a Canadian study. The more often students reported drinking energy drinks, the more likely they were to also ...
(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co and partner Boehringer Ingelheim said U.S. regulators have declined to approve their experimental diabetes drug empagliflozin, citing previously observed problems at a facility where it would be made. The drugmakers, in a joint release on Wednesday, said the U.S. Food ...
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Issuing new draft sugar guidelines, the United Nations health agency said its recommendations were based on "the totality of evidence regarding the relationship between free sugars intake and body weight and dental caries". Free sugars include monosaccharides and disaccharides that are ...
In a statement on Wednesday, the Italian regulator accused the two Basel-based companies of striking an alliance to prevent distribution of Roche's Avastin as a treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in favor of the more expensive drug Lucentis made by Novartis. It fined Novartis ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children's arteries - increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday. The research, which lends weight to campaigns for ...
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurers are seeking help from state health officials to foot the bill for a new generation of hepatitis C treatments that could cost the nation $200 billion or more in the next five years. Several insurers, including Molina Healthcare, which administer health plans for ...
Company executives spooked investors in January by saying they were not yet planning a late-stage trial that would combine its experimental medicine, nivolumab, and an approved melanoma treatment called Yervoy as a treatment for lung cancer. The company's cautious timetable suggested to some ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Putting a television in a child's bedroom may be setting them up for excess weight gain over the next few years, suggests a new study. Researchers found that children who slept in bedrooms with TVs gained more weight each year over the next few years, than kids without ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cut in funding for the U.S. meat and poultry inspections contained in the Obama administration's 2015 budget proposal does not mean less attention to food safety, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday. "The bottom line is - we are not compromising ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among high-performing doctors who are also researchers, women tend to spend more time on domestic responsibilities and fewer hours career-building than men, according to a new study. The authors conjecture that this unequal division of home labor may explain why fewer ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moving out of impoverished neighborhoods has different effects on the mental health of boys compared to girls, and those repercussions need to be better understood before tinkering with housing policy, according to a new study. Researchers found boys had higher rates of ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation's second-largest city. A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who want to become mothers have long been told to heed the ticking of their biological clocks. Now a large Scandinavian study adds to evidence that men need to wake up and pay attention too. Based on millions of children born in Sweden since the 1970s, researchers ...
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LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Craig Venter, the U.S. scientist who raced the U.S. government to map the human genome over a decade ago and created synthetic life in 2010, is now on a quest to treat age-related disease. Venter, 67, has teamed up with stem cell pioneer Dr. Robert Hariri and X ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans who abuse prescription pain killers get them free from friends or family, but a new study released on Monday shows that addicts who use these opiates most frequently gravitate toward doctors or dealers to get their fixes. U.S. government researchers found that ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Education campaigns that aim to inform people about the benefits of vaccines do little to increase the intent of parents to vaccinate their future children, according to a new study. Furthermore, researchers found that among a group of parents who were least likely to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A program that provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income families may be linked to improved well-being among children, according to a new study. Researchers found that children in households who participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ...
PARIS (Reuters) - The first patient fitted with an artificial heart made by the French company Carmat has died, the hospital that had performed the transplant in December said on Monday. The 76-year-old man died on Sunday, 75 days after the operation, the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study. "Earlier studies of older participants showed that the smokers had structural differences in various brain regions," ...
The scientists have been studying one woman's response to HIV infection from stored samples of her blood and isolated the antibodies that she developed, said Lynn Morris, head of the virology unit at the NICD. The study, by a consortium of scientists from the NICD, local universities and the U.S. ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Lupin Ltd is seeking new partnership agreements as it moves into the promising fields of inhaled lung drugs and copies of biotechnology drugs, its managing director said. The United States and Japan were the most interesting regions for so-called ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitness warriors eager to step out of the gym at the first sign of spring should exercise caution, fitness experts say, noting that hitting the open road is more taxing than running on a treadmill, and mountain trails are bumpier than a spinning class. Even conditioned people ...
ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG has halted a study of an experimental lung cancer drug because it failed to help patients with the disease, a blow for the drug which had been seen as a potential big seller as treatment options for the disease are limited. Roche, the world's largest maker of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If a so-called white noise machine is kept at full volume in a room with a sleeping baby, it may be potentially hazardous to the child's hearing, suggests a new study. The study cannot say exposure to the machines' noises is actually impairing children's hearing - just ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Generic drugmakers are furiously campaigning against a proposed U.S. rule that would require them to change the prescribing information on their products if they receive new safety information, which they say would open them to product liability lawsuits. The rule would ...
(Reuters) - A new federal program aims to standardize inspection procedures for pet food and farm animal feed produced in the United States, making them safer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. The Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards comprise a series of new voluntary ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Based on two dozen clinical trials, U.S. researchers find that expensive mattress covers make no difference in reducing dust mite allergies or their symptoms. Up to 40 percent of the world population has allergies, and dust mites are thought to be one of the most common ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Less than half of German people who are told they have cancer through a set and accepted protocol for breaking bad news are satisfied with the conversation, according to a new study. Researchers found that may be due to gaps in what patients considered important during ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Inexpensive splints worn nightly can reduce the pain of hand osteoarthritis, a chronic ailment that affects a majority of older adults, a new study shows. "It's a well-tolerated, safe and cheap intervention," rheumatologist Dr. Fiona Watt told Reuters Health.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small experiment to see whether uninfected ticks could "diagnose" a lingering Lyme infection in people produced modest results, researchers say. DNA from the Lyme parasite, but not live parasites themselves, were transmitted to the ticks from just two people ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday to apply new restrictions on abortions that lawmakers said are aimed at protecting women's health but opponents say are designed to shut down clinics. The legislation includes a provision ...
He added that Bayer's Adempas and Xofigo drugs would likely reach peak sales somewhat later. Earlier on Friday, Bayer lifted its estimate of the peak sales potential of its five most important drugs to at least 7.5 billion euros ($1.03 billion), up from more than 5.5 billion euros previously.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980. The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick has not stopped insurers from increasing up-front charges for the expensive drugs needed to control chronic illnesses from leukemia to multiple sclerosis. Actuarial studies of plans ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Orthopedic surgery patients go in and out of the operating room "blind" to the cost of their procedures, researchers say, but the patients often assume doctors are making much more than they really do. The misperceptions among spinal surgery patients are ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - U.S. teenagers who use indoor tanning devices are more likely to take part in other risky behaviors, according to a new government study. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that using indoor tanning devices was linked to binge ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who use multivitamins and other nutritional supplements tend to lead healthier lives overall, so taking supplements can be seen as a positive sign, suggests a new review of past research. More than half of American adults use supplements such as multivitamins, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Complicated elbow fractures could be added to a growing list of heightened health risks for obese children, according to a recent analysis. Obese kids were nine times more likely to suffer an elbow fracture with multiple fracture lines in the same arm, or with the bone ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of addiction experts, physicians and others is urging U.S. health officials to reverse course and block the launch of a powerful painkiller called Zohydro, expected to hit the market next month. The opioid drug, manufactured by Zogenix Inc, contains a potent ...
A fast track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) speeds up regulatory review of drugs that aim to treat serious diseases and fill unmet medical needs. Actelion said the FDA was also designating Cadazolid as a treatment for infectious diseases, which means the drug would get ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat ...
(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc sees close to 50 opportunities for mergers or acquisitions, its chief executive said on Thursday, as it aims to become one of the world's five biggest pharmaceutical companies. The company, Canada's largest listed drugmaker and maker of ...
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The disease has not been found on Polish farms, the agriculture ministry has said, but pork prices have fallen in Poland because of consumer concerns that it could spread from wild boars to farmed pigs. The ministry did not confirm that China had suspended Polish pork imports.
Exparel, currently used to manage post-surgical pain at the site of an operation, was tested to numb a major adjacent nerve. This expands the use of the drug to cases where it is difficult to inject a painkiller directly into the area of pain. The study, which evaluated 183 patients who received ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain proposed new regulations on Thursday that would make it the first country in the world to offer "three-parent" fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. The move was praised by doctors and but feared by ...
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer said it would buy privately held Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co, a maker of traditional herbal Chinese medicines (TCM), as the German drugmaker pushes to become the world's largest non-prescription medicines group. With China's healthcare spending forecast to nearly ...
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(Reuters) - Alaska voters will decide this summer whether America's Last Frontier will become the third U.S. state to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana for adults under a proposal that officially qualified on Wednesday for a statewide ballot. Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead ...
(Reuters) - Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group. Azodicarbonamide, also ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of kids and teens are obese, rates that haven't changed much in a decade, researchers say. Only preschool-age children show signs of a turnaround, with their obesity rates nearly halved in the same period, according to a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Heath) - Ten percent of pediatricians say they have seriously considered no longer providing vaccines due to concerns about their cost, according to results from a 2011 survey. That number is actually somewhat encouraging, said coauthor Megan Lindley, from the Centers for Disease ...
Evening workouts don't disturb sleep
February 26th, 2014, 7:02 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Couch potatoes looking for a reason to forgo working out in the evening may no longer be able to use difficulty sleeping afterward as an excuse, according to a recent study. Researchers found that people who exercised in the evening reported sleeping just as well as ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among older couples, physical illnesses can strain a marriage, but maintaining a healthy sex life could make a difference in how happily both partners cope, a new study suggests. Researchers have long known the illnesses that come with age are linked to poorer marriage ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people who take blood pressure medications had more serious injuries from falls than those not taking medications, according to a new study. The added risk with blood pressure meds for falls that cause serious injury has been suggested before, but older people ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU politicians voted for a new anti-tobacco law on Wednesday that forces cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings on packets and for the first time regulates electronic cigarettes. Campaigners say the vote marked a turning point for public health, but that ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten years ago, cash-strapped biotechnology company Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc was down to three employees and one week from closing its doors when a financial backer came forward at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. By 2007, that backer, Linda Powers, had become ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Increased attention given to patients in primary care practices organized into so-called medical homes may not improve quality of care or reduce health costs as reformers of the U.S. healthcare system had hoped, researchers said on Tuesday. Thousands of primary care doctors in ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's top Medicare official on Tuesday defended proposed changes to the popular Part D drug benefits program for the elderly and disabled that are fiercely opposed by a broad network of drugmakers, insurers, healthcare providers and patient ...
(Reuters) - Anika Therapeutics Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its drug to treat pain and improve joint mobility in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, more than four years after it first filed for approval. The company's shares rose about 33 percent to $45.98 in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. medical advisers are considering whether there is scientific justification for allowing human studies of a controversial procedure known as "three-parent in vitro fertilization (IVF)," a technique supporters say could prevent horrific genetic defects but that ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children born to women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy may be at increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and similar behavioral problems, new findings suggest. The study does not show that prenatal exposure to the medication causes ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Handling receipts may increase the body's level of a chemical that has been linked to reproductive and neurological problems, suggests a new small study. The researchers write in JAMA that bisphenol A - commonly known as BPA - typically enters the body when people eat ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of kids and teens are obese, rates that haven't changed much in a decade, researchers say. Only preschool-age children show signs of a turnaround, with their obesity rates nearly halved in the same period, according to a ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. health insurers including Humana Inc said on Monday that the government's proposed cuts to privately run Medicare programs appear to represent a funding decline of around 4 percent, less than the possible cuts of 7 percent or deeper that analysts had been expecting. Shares of most ...
Shares of the company, which reported quarterly results on Monday, fell as much as 15 percent in early trade on Tuesday. Analysts and investors had expected the company to address concerns that the drug, once seen as a potential blockbuster, has not lived up to expectations after 18 months on the ...
The condition, known as generalized lipodystrophy, involves fat buildup in the blood and organs such as liver and muscle and can lead to diabetes, pancreatitis and fatty liver disease. The FDA said it required seven post-marketing studies on the drug, Myalept. (http://r.reuters.com/jam27v)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older men and women whose partners died within the past month are at an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study from the UK. Researchers found the chance of having a heart attack or stroke doubled within the 30 days after people lost their ...
(Reuters) - Drugs used to treat low testosterone should carry strong warnings about the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said on Tuesday. The group has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to add a black box warning, ...
(Reuters) - An experimental once-weekly medicine for type 2 diabetes developed by Eli Lilly and Co proved as effective in lowering blood sugar as Victoza from Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk in an eagerly anticipated late stage study. The Lilly drug, dulaglutide, achieved the primary goal of the ...
The latest trial data brings the world's biggest drugs market closer for InterMune's pirfenidone, a medicine already in use in Europe, Canada and Asia. Pirfenidone was rejected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2010, citing lack of data to prove its effectiveness in treating ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rare and mysterious polio-like illness may have afflicted up to 25 children in California, several of whom have suffered limb paralysis, and health experts were struggling to identify the cause of the ailment, medical researchers said on Monday. Since 2012, between 20 ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There is not enough evidence to recommend that people take multivitamins or single or paired nutrients to prevent cancer or heart disease, according to a government-backed panel. But there is enough evidence to recommend that people do not take beta-carotene or vitamin ...
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Vegetarian diets may lower blood pressure
February 24th, 2014, 9:06 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who eat a vegetarian diet tend to have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians, according to a new review of past studies. Researchers said for some people, eating a vegetarian diet could be a good way to treat high blood pressure without medication.
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(Reuters) - U.S. health insurers including Humana Inc said on Monday that the government's proposed cuts to privately run Medicare programs appear to represent a funding decline of around 4 percent, less than the possible cuts of 7 percent or deeper that analysts had been expecting. Shares of most ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who are gay, lesbian or bisexual tend to die earlier in communities where citizens are less accepting of same-sex relationships, according to a new study. "The size of the relationship between anti-gay prejudice and mortality was large," Mark ...
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In a report on obesity levels in the 53 countries of the WHO's European Region, the United Nations health agency said up to 27 percent of 13-year-olds and 33 percent of 11-year-olds are overweight. "Our perception of what is normal has shifted; being overweight is now more common than ...
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Monday that Prevnar 13, its blockbuster vaccine against childhood infections, prevented pneumonia outside of hospitals in people age 65 and older, in one of the largest drug trials ever conducted. The 85,000-patient study, called CAPiTA, also showed that Prevnar 13 ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) still says kids shouldn't get their primary care from clinics at retail outlets. But it acknowledges that the clinics have become more popular and many people choose them anyway. Retail medical ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitness websites are proliferating, offering a wide range of workout options from group classes to virtual personal training, and experts call the online venues especially inviting for the young, the time-pressed and the gym-averse. And despite the lack of hands-on contact, ...
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LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - Arkansas lawmakers will try once again this week to provide funding for the state's Private Option medical insurance plan that has drawn interest from lawmakers in other states as an alternative to Obamacare. The Arkansas Senate approved the $915 million appropriation for ...
North Korea's Ministry of Agriculture said in state news agency report on Saturday at least 3,200 pigs had been infected with foot-and-mouth and some had died but most were slaughtered. The outbreak, which began on January 8, had caused economic losses and was spreading because of shortages of ...
OSLO (Reuters) - Global warming will fail to reduce high winter death rates as some officials have predicted because there will be more harmful weather extremes even as it gets less cold, a British study showed on Sunday. A draft U.N. report due for publication next month says that, overall, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A broken water heater flue pipe caused a carbon monoxide leak inside a restaurant at a mall on New York's Long Island that killed one person and injured 27, a fire official said on Sunday. Terence McNally, chief fire marshal for the town of Huntington, said the malfunctioning ...
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(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday proposed a cut in payments to private health insurers for 2015 Medicare Advantage plans, a move Republican lawmakers said would hurt benefits for the elderly and disabled. The proposal, released in a document by a division of the U.S. Department of Health ...
The proposal, released in a document by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, lays out a benchmark amount of reimbursement that insurers use to help set prices on private Medicare plans. Insurers including UnitedHealth Group Inc, Humana Inc and Aetna Inc manage private ...
Night eating disorder needs more study
February 21st, 2014, 9:49 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A fairly rare eating disorder whose signature is excessive eating - though not necessarily binging - at night needs further study since it may signal other mental health issues, researchers say. They analyzed eating disorders and mental health history in more than 1,600 ...
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Hookah is not harmless, experts say
February 21st, 2014, 8:32 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking hookah can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. "The cooled and sweetened flavor of hookah tobacco makes it more enticing to kids and they falsely believe it's less harmful," Tracey E. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight and obese women who gain too few pounds, or even lose weight, during pregnancy may be putting their unborn child at risk, a new study suggests. "While many people recommend that weight loss in pregnancy, particularly for very obese women is ok . . . ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Group meetings and preventive home visits helped octogenarians maintain their health, independence and a positive outlook, according to a first-of-its-kind study in Sweden. Gerontologist Gwen Yeo told Reuters Health she was "amazed" that researchers at the ...
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to how it regulates over-the-counter drugs from aspirin to allergy medications to make it easier to react to new information on a product's safety or recommended use. The agency's current rules for ...
Ariad shares rose 3 percent to $8.98 in early trading. The company said Alexander Denner - investor Carl Icahn's former healthcare lieutenant and Sarissa's chief investment officer - will assume one of the seats.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said four of the drugs recommended for approval were intended to treat the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that typically affects smokers, while another two were for asthma and COPD. Israeli drugmaker Teva received the nod ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ambivalent hearts may be at higher risk for heart disease, according to a new study of married couples with mixed feelings for one another. "The most intriguing finding was that within a couple, only if both of them felt ambivalent towards their partner did you see ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Hardest hit this U.S. flu season are adults, from younger to middle-aged, in part because fewer have been vaccinated, a federal health agency said on Thursday as the season enters its final weeks. An estimated 60 percent of those who have died from influenza this season were 24 ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Simple at-home exercises could help seniors regain mobility and independence after recovering from a broken hip, according to a new study. Participants who followed the six-month home exercise program showed significant improvements in their ability to get up and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dr. Linda Quan lost count of the number of children she watched slowly die from drowning. But she will never forget the pain on the faces of her patients' parents when she broke the news to them. That pain spurred the Seattle emergency room pediatrician to advocate for ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies have been beating a path to the White House, hoping to prevent the administration from imposing strict, and possibly costly, rules on the burgeoning $2 billion industry. In November and December, more than 35 organizations ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older men considering taking testosterone for low libido, fatigue, irritability or muscle loss should be made aware of the heart-related risks of testosterone therapy, according to a statement from the Endocrine Society. Drug companies tout testosterone as a near ...
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The drug is a combination of UMEC, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, and VI, a long-acting beta agonist, in a single inhaler. It is expected to generate sales of more than $2 billion a year by 2018, according to the average estimate of six analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Recommendations for ...
Raptor's shares were up about 16 percent at $17.27 in early trading on the Nasdaq. The drug, codenamed RP103, slowed the progression of muscle spasms, eye and hand movements and loss of balance compared to a placebo, Raptor said.
KATHMANDU, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When pregnant Nepali teenager Reena Pokharel began labor in her remote village, her family consulted a soothsayer, pressed her stomach and told her to cough to force the baby out. After four days of painful labor, the 17-year-old delivered a girl. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High school students who discussed condoms or another form of birth control via text or other technology were almost four times as likely to use condoms when they had sex, a new study shows. "Not all technology use is necessarily harmful," the study's lead ...
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NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - A handful of consumer and healthcare companies including Bayer AG and Novartis are exploring a deal for Merck & Co Inc's consumer healthcare business, as they seek to gain scale in a fragmented industry, according to several people familiar with the matter. Reckitt ...
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Can avatars bring out the good in gamers?
February 19th, 2014, 8:30 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking on the role of a game avatar like the benevolent Superman or villainous Voldemort may influence a person's behavior after the game is over, according to a new study. Games might even be designed with "prosocial" behavior modification in mind, the ...
(Reuters) - The New York Attorney General and the U.S. units of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd have settled claims that an agreement between the two drugmakers unlawfully restricted competition. Shares of both companies rose after they agreed to pay $150,000 each ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regardless of how much time older Americans spend being active, those who sit for more hours each day are more likely to be disabled, according to a new study. Researchers found that every hour people 60 years old and older spent sitting daily was tied to a 46 percent ...
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German diversified healthcare group Fresenius is considering making a bid for the medical nutrition unit of France's Danone in what could be a 4 billion euro ($5.5 billion) deal, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The business, which Reuters reported last week ...
Poor sleep linked to widespread pain
February 19th, 2014, 4:18 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regularly feeling tired and worn out after a night's sleep was the strongest predictor of also developing widespread pain in a new study of UK adults over the age of 50. "In older adults widespread pain, that is pain that affects multiple sites in the body, is ...
(Reuters) - An experimental cancer drug developed by Eli Lilly and Co, touted by some to be the company's next blockbuster, significantly improved survival rates in lung cancer patients, sending the company's shares up 3 percent in early trading. Lilly needs new drugs to offset declining sales of ...
Japan's health ministry filed a criminal complaint against Novartis's local unit in January, saying it may have violated the law when it cited studies based on allegedly manipulated data. Novartis said at the time that it had implemented corrective measures. In a brief statement on Wednesday, it ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California's drought has put 10 communities at acute risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days, and worsened numerous other health and safety problems, public health officials in the most populous U.S. state said on Tuesday. Rural communities where ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bans on smoking in public parks are still fairly rare in the United States, despite more than half of states having indoor smoking restrictions, researchers say. Just 355 counties out of 3,143 across the nation have smoke-free park policies - typically they're areas ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When picking a new doctor, most people factor the reviews left on rating websites into their decision, according to a new study. Researchers found 59 percent of people said those physician-rating sites were at least "somewhat important" when choosing a doctor.
Extra weight may add to elderly fall risk
February 18th, 2014, 9:16 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For Australians over age 65 included in a new study, being obese raised the risk of experiencing a fall by 31 percent. "Falls are one of the most common causes of injury for older individuals and as the world population ages, the number of fall-related injuries are ...
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The 76-year-old man is eating normally, no longer needs constant respiratory assistance and is able to walk a little further every day thanks to physical therapy, the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris said in a statement on Tuesday. "The Carmat bioprosthesis continues to function ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A pacifier-activated recording of mother singing may improve a premature baby's feeding, which in turn could lead to its leaving the hospital sooner, according to a new study. One reason premature babies sometimes have to stay in the hospital for a while is that they ...
The EMA had said current safety data on the vaccine, Heplisav, was too limited to rule out a risk of "less common serious adverse events. Heplisav is the company's most advanced produced under development.
(Reuters) - Shares of Prana Biotechnology Ltd rose as much as 31 percent after the company said its experimental brain disorder drug improved cognitive function in a study on patients with Huntington's disease. The mid-stage trial tested two doses of the drug, PBT2, in 109 patients with the ...
MUMBAI (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for more collaboration among regulators to improve drug quality and safety as she wrapped up a visit to India after recent import bans on drugs from a handful of plants in the country. In recent months the FDA has ...
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FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's plan to publish price discounts agreed with drugmakers poses a risk to profits in the industry, which fears the information could be used to drive down prices elsewhere. Germany, Europe's biggest market for medicines, is already one of the toughest for ...
The European approval comes less than six months after the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Sanofi added in a statement. "We have just started roll-out in the U.S. and can now launch in Europe and other regions in the world," Merial Chief Executive Carsten Hellmann ...
LONDON (Reuters) - British brain scientists have identified the first biomarker, or biological signpost, for clinical depression and say it could help find boys in particular who are at risk of developing the debilitating mental illness. In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Norwegians who started using snus before age 16 were more likely to become cigarette smokers than those who started using snus later in life, according to a new study. Snus is moist smokeless tobacco developed in Sweden. It's contained in a small pouch, and unlike ...
Soaring sales of e-cigarettes, metal tubes with batteries which heat nicotine-laced liquids into a vapor, have caught the eye of some of the world's biggest tobacco companies including BAT, Altria Group and Imperial Tobacco. Advertisements for BAT's Vype e-cigs will use the strap line "pure ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have had a knee or hip replacement reap the benefits of intense rehab months after they've returned home, according to a new analysis. "If you can get patients to a certain threshold level, they can do the rest of the rehabilitation on their own," ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study. Researchers found that teens who had been bullied in the past and those currently being bullied tended to have a lower ...
The Swiss drugmaker said the move follows increasing evidence pointing to the role of the immune system in controlling cancer. (Reporting By Katharina Bart; Editing by John Stonestreet)
The annual report was from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), an organization of medical professionals. SART's 379 member clinics, which represent more than 90 percent of the infertility clinics in the country, reported that in 2012 they performed 165,172 procedures involving ...
The FDA said the company is voluntarily recalling eight lots of the supplement. The agency said it has received "several adverse event reports associated with Medisca's L-citrulline product." "Health care professionals should discontinue dispensing from these lots, contact patients, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After a desperate mother in South Wales, UK, posted a video of her baby having a seizure on Facebook, one of her friends provided the diagnosis that had eluded the boy's doctor. The discovery that Evan Owens suffers from reflex anoxic seizures, a rare but treatable ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young men know even less about emergency contraception than young women do, which may be limiting access to an effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancies, researchers say. "The big finding in our study is that young men had a lot less knowledge about ...
Matchmakers can get a happiness boost, too
February 14th, 2014, 5:54 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fixing up your single friends this Valentine's Day might pay off for them, and it could make you happier too, according to a new group of studies. "We are all matchmakers in some sense, and even if we don't self-define as one, we know at least one chronic ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The pain of a short soak in ice water is supposed to cure the longer-lasting discomfort of sore muscles, but researchers say it may not make enough difference to be worthwhile. Compared to their peers who soaked in warmer water or didn't soak at all, amateur athletes ...
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FDA rejects wider use of Xarelto drug
February 14th, 2014, 1:47 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators have again declined to approve proposed wider uses of Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson's lucrative blood clot preventer Xarelto, the drugmakers said on Friday. The companies had sought approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market ...
The blood-clot preventing drug is already approved for use in multiple indications. J&J's unit Janssen Research & Development was seeking approval for using the drug to reduce the risk of heart problems, such as heart attack, stroke or death, in patients with acute coronary syndrome and to ...
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Aveo, which cut 62 percent of its workforce last year to focus on developing the drug, tivozanib, as a treatment for breast and colon cancers, said in December that the drug was not likely to succeed in a mid-stage trial testing its use in colon cancer. The companies said on Friday they would ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The only three insurance companies in Louisiana that sell healthcare policies under President Barack Obama's healthcare law throughout the state are rejecting payments from a federal program intended to help low-income HIV patients, advocacy groups said on Thursday. The ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Offsite doctors may be able to reliably evaluate hospitalized patients with possible skin conditions based on photographs and general health information, says a new study. Researchers found that dermatologists who evaluated hospitalized patients remotely using pictures ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smokers without signs of lung disease may be raising their chances of developing lung problems and other health issues by being couch potatoes, Brazilian researchers say. They compared so-called healthy smokers to nonsmokers by physical activity levels and quality of ...
Meditation might reduce workplace stress
February 13th, 2014, 9:04 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regular doses of meditation might prevent work-related stress and burnout, a small U.S. study suggests. Teachers and support staff working at a school for children with behavior problems felt less stressed after practicing 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation (TM) ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drab olive cigarette packs bearing a prominent quit-smoking helpline number, introduced more than a year ago in Australia, had a sizeable and sustained effect on interest in quitting, researchers say. Just one of many controls imposed on cigarette marketing and sales ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - All sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Thursday, backed by several public health advocacy groups. If passed, caloric ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twenty-seven countries announced on Thursday the launch of an effort to improve the ability to prevent, detect, respond to and contain outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases. The Global Health Security Agenda was formed to take on such outbreaks whether they are natural, ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss food giant Nestle's deeper dive into healthcare by taking over the dermatology joint venture it had with L'Oreal suggests further deals in the space are likely. The move underscores Nestle's determination to move beyond relatively stagnant traditional food markets into ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian media expressed rank incomprehension over foreign criticism of the country's extension of euthanasia to children, portraying legislation as humane and dismissing any notion of sick children being pressed to their deaths. Thursday's vote, the first to extend such ...
The unlisted company confirmed the number of cases reported on Thursday by German newspaper Handelsblatt, adding the risk of side effects was known and had to be weighed against the drug's life saving potential. "We are certain that we can show in the legal cases that we have worked very ...
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commision (AC) said Pfizer had, to deter competition, offered pharmacies "significant" discounts and rebates if they stocked at least a year's worth of the drug, which goes by the generic name atorvastatin and is prescribed to over one million ...
FDA declines to approve Durect's pain drug
February 12th, 2014, 11:38 pm
Durect's shares fell about 30 percent after the bell. The FDA indicated that more clinical safety studies would have to be conducted on the drug, Posidur, Durect said.
Medicines Co shares fell 12 percent to $29.05 in post-market trading. Regular trading had been halted on Wednesday ahead of the panel meeting. The panel voted 7-2 against approving the drug, cangrelor, for use during angioplasty — a heart surgery for widening narrow or clogged arteries.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies born prematurely may benefit from people talking to them while they are still in the hospital's intensive care unit, suggests a new study. Researchers found that premature babies who were exposed to more talking from adults, such as their parents, in the neonatal ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Have you been injured in an accident? The stress from contacting that injury lawyer could be tied to a worse recovery, a new study suggests. People injured in an accident or at work sometimes file for monetary compensation, and according to some studies those who file ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers felt more compelled to apply sunscreen if they saw in a video that it could protect their skin from premature aging than if they saw that it could protect against cancer, a new study shows. "Vanity is more of a driving force to use sunscreen, as opposed ...
This is only the second time the virus has been reported and the first time it has been seen in the United States, said Yan Zhang, a scientist in the department's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The pigs that contracted the new virus, called Swine DeltaCoronavirus (SDCV), suffered from ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Legislation to change whether parents may refuse school vaccinations for their children appears to be common in some states, according to a new analysis. However, those bills are rarely passed into law. Researchers identified 36 bills that were introduced in 18 state ...
The Food and Drug Administration decision marks the second approval recently for the oral medicine, known chemically as ibrutinib. In November, the drug won U.S. approval to treat a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called mantle cell lymphoma in patients who have received prior ...
The research, published on Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, is the latest salvo in a decades-long debate over the benefit of mammograms. The 25-year study of 89,835 women in Canada, aged 40 to 59, randomly assigned the volunteers to receive either annual mammograms plus physical breast ...
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Israel does not recognize a Palestinian state, whose creation it says should stem from peace negotiations. It voted against a U.N. General Assembly resolution in 2012 that gave de facto recognition to a sovereign Palestinian state. "On Sunday (the Palestinians) filed a range of requests ... ...
The treatment, codenamed VEN 307, was found superior to a placebo for the same indication in another late-stage trial, the company said in May 2012. (http://link.reuters.com/xuw76v) Ventrus said on Wednesday it planned to request for a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ...
Wild rumours abound on Chinese social media sites, driven in part by a broad belief that the government always seeks to cover up bad news and that state media are untrustworthy. The man detained by authorities, who was identified only by his surname, Zhou, and hails from the central province of ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Doctors should use cholesterol-lowering statin drugs much more widely to prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to Britain's healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog. In a major revision to 2008 guidelines, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hit back on Tuesday at critics who have charged it with gender bias for rejecting a drug for low female libido from Sprout Pharmaceuticals. Women's groups, who have lobbied heavily for the drug's approval, pounced after the FDA denied an ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Gilead Sciences Inc declined to project 2014 revenue for its high-profile new hepatitis C drug last week, its shares fell nearly 7 percent over the next two days. Wall Street analysts say investors were likely spooked by the omission, concerned it could signal that sales ...
Weather may truly affect arthritis pain
February 11th, 2014, 10:21 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people with osteoarthritis of the hip, pain levels tracked with the weather over the course of a small two-year study, Dutch researchers say. They looked at reported pain levels in a previous study of arthritis, then went back to weather records to document the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In U.S. counties where personal incomes cluster on opposite sides of the rich and poor spectrum, children might endure more neglect and abuse, according to a new U.S. study. Based on the analysis of data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System and the U.S. ...
Hempseed oil has healthy potential: study
February 11th, 2014, 7:51 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - With an ideal ratio of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids and some plant chemicals thought to lower high blood pressure, hempseed oil has potential as part of a heart-healthy diet, according to Spanish researchers. They analyzed the makeup of oil extracted from Cannabis sativa, ...
(Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that available evidence does not prove that the painkiller naproxen, sold under the brand names Aleve and Naprosyn, carries a lower cardiac risk than rival products. The panel was convened after a retrospective ...
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The move comes after lobbying from health campaigners and the opposition Labour party, who cited research showing that smoking in cars exposed children to more concentrated smoke and caused health problems. The government confirmed it would seek to implement a ban before an election in May next ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elementary school children who took part in a healthy living program with older peers reduced their waist sizes and showed improvements in self-esteem, according to a new Canadian study. In the so-called Healthy Buddies program, students learn about healthy foods, ...
The health regulator said it requested for data from clinical trials after the New England Journal of Medicine published data that showed a small rise in hospitalizations for heart failure among patients using saxagliptin. (http://link.reuters.com/ven76v) The data was published by NEJM in ...
The deal will add Cadence's Ofirmev - an intravenous acetaminophen formulation for use in pain and fever - to Mallinckrodt's portfolio of pain products. The drug, which was approved in November 2010, is expected to have generated sales of $110.5 million in 2013.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eighteen neurological patients in North Carolina may have been exposed to an incurable and fatal degenerative brain disease while undergoing surgery at the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center because surgical instruments were insufficiently sterilized, the ...
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has denied an appeal by Sprout Pharmaceuticals to approve its experimental drug for low female sexual desire but offered a potential pathway to approval, the company said on Tuesday. The FDA has asked for three additional studies, two to test the ...
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CVS, which operates the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain and a major pharmacy benefits management business, raised its first-quarter profit forecast by 7 cents per share to a range of $1.03 to $1.06. It stuck to the 2014 forecast from December and still expects adjusted profit of $4.36 to $4.50 per ...
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The child, called Sakhina, was a member of the Kuchi nomadic tribe that moves freely across most provinces in Afghanistan and her family was living in the Kasaba district in eastern Kabul. The ministry has launched a three-day campaign to vaccinate all children under five in the area.
Italy's Diasorin launches Rotavirus test
February 11th, 2014, 11:31 am
Rotavirus is a common cause of severe diarrhea in infants, accounting for around 28 percent of cases of the disease, but 50 percent of deaths from it. The new test obtains rapid results on a large number of samples for Rotavirus, which causes about 500,000 deaths a year, Diasorin said.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - By the time Tasneem Bibi brought her four-month-old baby to the clinic, the girl's lower body was blue with cold. The family had walked two hours through snow-covered mountains along the Afghan border to reach a road, then paid almost $40 - nearly a month's income - for a ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called "grey matter" in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties. An international team of scientists analyzed DNA ...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eighteen neurological patients in North Carolina may have been exposed to an incurable and fatal disorder similar to "mad cow" disease while undergoing surgery at the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center because surgical instruments were ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday again delayed a contentious healthcare law requirement that all but the smallest employers provide coverage to full-time workers, this time by giving medium-sized businesses another year to comply. The so-called employer mandate, which has ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Children with cancer are being denied access to potentially life-saving medicines because European Union rules allow drug firms to waive the need to test some drugs in pediatric trials, researchers said on Monday. Calling for a loophole in EU legislation to be closed, scientists ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most women who are sexually active when they enter middle age continue to engage sexually as they grow older, even if they were diagnosed with sexual dysfunction, new research shows. "There's this popular public perception that as women age, sex becomes ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Go ahead and eat a few French fries or a couple of bites of chocolate cake - as long as it's the weekend, when diets tend to fall by the wayside only to be resumed on Monday morning, a new study suggests. "Regardless of who you are, there's a rhythm to the weight ...
Merck, which is working with Samsung Bioepis on the project, said on Monday its version of glargine - the generic name for Lantus - would soon enter late-stage Phase III studies in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Until now, the only company with a copycat version of Lantus in late-stage clinical ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Girls who became pregnant before age 15 were more likely to report having sex with much older partners and initially forgoing contraception than their slightly older peers, according to a new study. Nearly 36 percent of girls who first got pregnant before age 15 had sex ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Setting a minimum alcohol price of 45 pence ($0.73) a unit in Britain would cut deaths and hospital time among heavy drinkers yet have virtually no adverse impact on the pockets of moderate drinkers, researchers said on Monday. In a study which calls into question a government ...
Medical Team Leader Dr. Thomas Marciniak recommended the drug, cangrelor, not be approved, saying data did not show the product was as good as or superior to a rival drug. Another reviewer, Dr. Fred Senatore, recommended the drug be approved. The review, posted on the FDA's website on Monday, came ...
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Home-crowd favorite Ahn, who won four Olympic medals for South Korea at the 2006 Turin Games before switching allegiance, seized Russia's first Olympic medal in the sport, winning bronze. Chinese teenager Han Tianyu, who admitted to being "a little nervous" racing against his heroes at ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young women who smoke may have an increased risk of a common type of breast cancer, according to a new study. Researchers found that women between 20 and 44 years old who had smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for at least 10 years were 60 percent more likely than ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - People turning 50 may want to consider tweaking their exercise routines because as they age stiffer joints, slower recovery from injury and the loss of lean body mass are among the perils facing the youngest baby boomers, fitness experts say. Studies have shown that even a ...
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RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - North Carolina's Democratic attorney general said on Friday he would appeal a federal court ruling that struck down a Republican-backed state law requiring abortion providers to conduct an ultrasound and explain it to a woman before an abortion. The move puts ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., entered into a 12-month research agreement with Utrecht University to develop a vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a deadly pig virus spreading across the U.S. farm belt, the company said. The highly ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Florida's own health insurance marketplace, long touted by Republican lawmakers as a free-market solution to providing affordable health coverage, is expected to launch as early as next week. Six years in the making, Florida Health Choices will open for business with ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers who didn't eat a good breakfast were more likely to be obese and have elevated blood sugar in middle age, a new study shows. Researchers at Umea University in Sweden found that teens who reported eating no breakfast or only sweets were two-thirds more likely ...
Team spirit may help men lose weight
February 7th, 2014, 5:18 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who took part in a weight loss program designed specifically for male soccer fans lost an average of 12 pounds (5 kg) and had a good time doing it, according to a new study from Scotland. The 12-week Football Fans in Training (FFIT) program, run by coaching staffs ...
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Mylan and Biocon, which co-developed breast cancer drugs CANMab and Hertraz they say are biosimilars of Herceptin, are no longer allowed to refer to Herceptin or its manufacturing process, safety, efficacy and sales when communicating about their drugs, the New Delhi High Court ruled on ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with severe asthma who rely on prednisone are more than three times more likely to be depressed than those with severe cases who don't use prednisone and those with mild to moderate asthma, according to a new study from The Netherlands. Prednisone-dependent ...
The product, which contains the hormones estrogen and progestin commonly found in birth control bills, is associated with an increased risk of developing blood clots that can cause heart attacks, strokes or sudden deaths. Available to women in the United States since 2001, NuvaRing is one of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating less than one teaspoon of salt per day remains the ideal goal for Americans, according to a new study. Most research has linked high sodium consumption with greater risks of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Evidence has shown that men and women age 51 or older, ...
The cause of the incident Thursday morning at the Springfield Public Schools building has not been determined and investigators have not picked up carbon monoxide readings in their search of the facility, Superintendent Keith Kottke said. "We haven't ruled anything out at this point," ...
The amphetamine-based drug, prescribed to U.S. students to control ADHD, did not perform sufficiently better than a placebo as an add-on therapy for adults who had inadequately responded to two common types of anti-depressants, the company said. London-listed Shire said based on the results of the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fortification of foods with additional nutrients does have an impact on kids' intake of vitamins and minerals, but many children and teens are still not getting adequate nutrition, according to a new U.S. study. Based on a large national dietary survey, the researchers ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - While stroke is common in both men and women, guidelines released on Thursday for the first time address factors such as pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause that put women at particular risk for the deadly condition. Issued by the American Heart Association and the ...
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - As many as 82,000 tons of ash have spilled into a river after a pipe break at a retired coal plant in North Carolina, and environmental officials said on Thursday that preliminary water quality tests showed no violations of state standards. Though no ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents have long poured on cheese sauce, peanut butter and the like to coax kids to eat their vegetables, but a new study suggests those tricks might also get children to look more favorably at the vegetables themselves. Preschoolers introduced to Brussels sprouts ...
Does a nose job affect the voice?
February 6th, 2014, 4:24 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who went under the knife for nose jobs sounded a bit more nasal five months after the surgery, according to a new study from Iran. The results from 27 surgeries showed that "the voices changed in statistically significant ways, but the changes were ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A single shouter can taint the outcome of a voice vote, a procedure legislative bodies regularly employ to determine public policy, new research shows. "Even when you have as many as 30 or 40 people voting, one loud voice can bias the vote," the study's lead ...
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MUMBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Global pharmaceutical firms are pressuring the United States to act against India to stop more local companies producing up to a dozen new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on-patent, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. An Indian government committee is ...
Chief executive and co-founder Steve Harris said the proceeds of the flotation in London, one of the biggest ever in the biopharmaceutical sector, would also help the firm's programs in other common allergies such as house dust mites, grass and ragweed. Circassia was formed in 2006 to ...
Although prices for the drug have not been set, company spokesman Nick Francis said in an emailed statement on Wednesday that Gilead aims to establish "tiered pricing." For example, the price discussed for 24 weeks of Sovaldi therapy would run about $2,500 for certain patients at public ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While a shot to relieve labor pains is known to increase the time it takes for women to deliver babies, a new study says the increase may be longer than originally thought. Researchers found some women who received epidural anesthesia during labor took more than two ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids don't need math skills to glance at two groups of black dots and say which group has more dots, but practicing that intuitive task might boost their math scores, according to new research. Just as athletes stretch and jog before a competition, practicing with ...
Bionic hand allows amputee to feel again
February 5th, 2014, 7:07 pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Dennis Aabo Sorensen lost his left hand when a firework rocket he was holding exploded during New Year's Eve celebrations 10 years ago, and he never expected to feel anything with the stump again. But for a while last year he regained his sense of touch after being attached to a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most children and adults in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended amounts of whole grains and dietary fiber, according to a recent study. Researchers found people who did eat the recommended three or more servings of whole grains each day also tended to consume ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A doctor who generally advises children to turn off electronic devices urges them to play "Stroke Hero," a video game that teaches kids to identify stroke symptoms and summon help, according to a new study. "While I recognize the hazards of video games, ...
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(Reuters) - A small Dutch company behind the Western world's first approved gene therapy priced its shares above the expected range in a U.S. stock offering on Wednesday, showing the current investor appetite for biotechnology. Amsterdam-based uniQure said it would sell 5.4 million shares at an ...
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(Reuters) - The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, plans to visit India for the first time in an official capacity next week as the agency works to keep sub-standard food and drugs from entering the United States. The FDA's Wednesday announcement of the ...
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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has been hit by more regulatory scrutiny sparked by a U.S. ban on the bulk of its drugs, in a backlash that could bump up compliance costs and erode profitability among some Indian makers of generic drugs. India's biggest drugmaker by revenue, like rival ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has predicted a pick-up in sales growth to around 2 percent this year as productivity in its drug research labs improves and pressure on sales in China moderates following a damaging bribery scandal. Britain's biggest drugmaker also said on Wednesday that it ...
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's quarterly profit and sales just missed expectations as its medicines faced competition from cheaper generics, but the company announced potentially lucrative new cancer-drug partnerships with rival U.S. drugmakers. For the full year, Merck expected to earn $3.35 to ...
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(Reuters) - CVS Caremark Corp will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October 1, the company said on Wednesday, making it the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelves. Public health experts hailed the precedent-setting decision by the ...
(Reuters) - Humana Inc said on Wednesday that it received 202,000 applications for Obamacare health insurance plans, many of them from young people, but still gave a wide forecast for 2014 profit as it waits to see the demographics of future customers. The U.S. health insurer made the disclosure ...
"On the basis of these results and feedback from the principal investigator of the Phase III study, Ipsen intends to initiate a dialogue with key agencies on the regulatory approach to file the first ready-to-use liquid toxin A in Europe and rest-of-world," Ipsen said. (Reporting by ...
LONDON (Reuters) - The death of a woman in China from a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans is a reminder of the ever-present potential pandemic threat from mutating animal viruses, scientists said on Wednesday. The new strain, called H10N8, has so far infected only two people - a ...
(Reuters) - Medtronic Inc's stumble in its U.S. medical device study to treat high blood pressure could create an opportunity for other device makers to pick up where their rival has left off, Boston Scientific Corp Chief Executive Mike Mahoney said on Tuesday. Called the silent killer, high blood ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Couples trying to conceive may want to avoid using certain common sexual lubricants, which a new study says can harm sperm and reduce the chances of pregnancy. "Lubricants available on the shelf at Target, Walmart are not lubricants any couple should use if they ...
The company forecast 2014 adjusted earnings of $3.65 to $4.00 per share, compared to analysts' expectation of $3.81. Covance, considered a bellwether for the contract research business, said fourth-quarter revenue jumped 14.5 percent in the later-stage research business.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Liver disease and brain disorders due to alcohol abuse are important causes of premature death in the Americas, a new study concludes. The toll of too much drinking is especially high among men and among middle-aged people, according to the report, whose authors say ...
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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A 32-year-old Canadian woman who has been declared brain dead is being kept on life support in a Victoria, British Columbia hospital, with doctors working to keep her alive long enough to deliver her unborn son. Robyn Benson was just 22 weeks pregnant when she complained of a ...
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But one in three of the children who died in a car crash in 2011 was not using a seat belt or child safety seat, suggesting many more deaths could be prevented, the CDC said. The results were based on a study in the Morbidity and Mortality report, the agency's weekly report on death and ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new review of past studies. In 69 studies of more than 15,000 children, researchers found many parents with an overweight child thought their son or ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers who eat a high-sodium diet tend to be heavier and have more body fat than those who eat less salt, according to a new study. Researchers found that was the case regardless of how much total food teenagers ate or how often they drank sugary beverages.
(Reuters) - Shares of Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc more than doubled in value after the company said its experimental drug significantly alleviated diarrhea and abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome in two large late-stage trials. Furiex said it would apply by mid-year for U.S. ...
Net earnings attributable to Centene rose to $53.2 million, or 93 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $9.1 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding discontinued operations, profit was 84 cents per share in the quarter ended December 31, ahead of analysts' estimates of 83 ...
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli medical device maker Medigus expects revenue of a few million dollars in 2014 as it begins to sell its flexible endoscope for the treatment of acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by abnormal regurgitation of fluids from the stomach into the ...
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The companies and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will share scientists, tissue and blood samples, and data, to identify targets for new drugs for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, the Journal said. The collaboration, called the Accelerating ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major new anti-tobacco campaign will be launched in the United States next week aimed at vulnerable teenagers at risk of becoming addicted to cigarettes. The $115 million campaign by the Food and Drug Administration will target the 10 million people aged 12 to 17 who are ...
The litigation involves Biomet's metal-on-metal hip replacement device known as M2a Magnum. Hundreds of plaintiffs claimed in various courts across the country that the hip device led to injuries. The lawsuits were combined and jointly heard at the federal court of Indiana, the state where Biomet ...
Stool test spots most colon cancers: study
February 3rd, 2014, 10:52 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An at-home test that reacts to blood in a person's stool can identify most colon cancers, according to a fresh look at some previous studies. Researchers found the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is able to detect 79 percent of colorectal cancers without making people ...
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(Reuters) - KFC parent Yum Brands Inc on Monday reaffirmed its 2014 profit and said a resurgent bird flu in China had not hurt national sales in its top market. Shares of Yum jumped 4.7 percent to $69.26 in after-hours trading.
"We found that there is a variant out there that appears to be quite different than the original," Rodger Main, the head veterinarian of Iowa State University's veterinary diagnostic lab, told Reuters on Monday. More research needs to be completed, however, to determine if the new ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most U.S. adults are eating too much sugar and that's linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according to a new government study. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed nutrition surveys of U.S. adults from the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gay and bisexual boys are almost six times as likely as their heterosexual peers to misuse steroids, according to a new study. "What was most surprising to us was the magnitude of the disparities that emerged between sexual minority and heterosexual boys," ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Governments must make better use of vaccines and preventative public health policies in the fight against cancer as treatment alone cannot stem the disease, a World Health Organization (WHO) agency said on Monday. The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said ...
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(Reuters) - Biogen Idec Inc's high profile new multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera won European approval, the company said on Monday, opening the door for its launch in one of the world's largest markets for MS treatments. The approval was widely expected after the European Medicines Agency endorsed ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young women who get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine don't see it as a license to have more sexual partners or forgo condoms, a new study confirms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls for both girls and boys to be vaccinated against HPV, the ...
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(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's experimental breast cancer drug significantly delayed progression of symptoms in a mid-stage trial, meeting the study's primary goal and keeping Pfizer in the forefront of a race for a new standard of care for the disease. Pfizer shares were up nearly 4 percent on positive ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Women-only gyms, once seen as the exercise alternative for out of shape women of a certain age, are actively shedding that reputation, fitness experts say. Young, professional women are discovering that female-only fitness zones can be what a morning of golf or shooting the ...
The pill, called the PillCam Colon, may be used for detection of colon polyps in patients after an incomplete optical colonoscopy, the Israeli medical device maker said. There are 750,000 patients in the United States alone who experience an incomplete colonoscopy each year, Given Imaging said, ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian biotech company Ablynx has signed a deal with Merck & Co worth up to 1.7 billion euros ($2.3 billion) to develop ways of triggering the body to fight cancer by itself. The collaboration involves a new generation of drugs designed to activate the immune system. The ...
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The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the lead agency responsible for implementing the healthcare reform law, issued a statement saying it was reaching out to consumers with error-ridden enrollments to help them complete applications for coverage without a formal appeal. The ...
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The new drugs, which have not been detailed to investors, will include cancer and respiratory disease medicines, the newspaper said on its website. (http://link.reuters.com/fup56v) Britain's biggest drugmaker is also expected to report that fourth-quarter sales in China, where it is embroiled in a ...
A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. "Unless ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - An unusually severe flu season has claimed the lives of at least 147 young and middle-aged people in California - 10 times the number killed by influenza viruses by the same time last year, public health officials said on Friday. The California deaths were caused ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Students at a California public university where meningococcal disease broke out in the fall will be offered a vaccine not approved for use in the United States, public health officials said on Friday. Officials in the most populous U.S. state had sought ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bad news for gout sufferers who enjoy drinking the fruit of the vine - new research finds that all types of alcohol, even previously exempt wine, can bring on attacks of the painful condition. "I don't want to sound too dogmatic and say, 'You must stop ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least two U.S. states running their own Obamacare health insurance exchanges expect new insurers to enter their marketplaces and bolster competition in 2015, officials said on Friday. Kynect, which is Kentucky's marketplace, and the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with normal blood pressure at the doctor's office but high blood pressure at other times may have a doubled risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to new research reviews. In two analyses covering four industrialized countries and more than 5,000 people, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A treatment introduced less than 10 years ago has already made a difference in the number of Americans losing their vision and being admitted to nursing homes, according to a new study. Two Duke University economists looked at Medicare beneficiaries with so-called ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts has licensed 20 dispensaries to start growing and selling marijuana for medical use, the Department of Health said on Friday in the latest U.S. step to boost access to the widely outlawed drug. Massachusetts is among 20 states in the country that have passed laws ...
The drug, Hetlioz, is designed to treat Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, or Non-24, a condition that is common among the totally blind, which can cause disrupted nighttime sleep patterns and excessive daytime sleepiness. Vanda's shares rose 8.1 percent to $14.15 in afternoon trading after ...
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The rule would require shippers and carriers to properly refrigerate food, clean vehicles between loads and protect food during transportation. The rule is the seventh and final plank of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, a sweeping initiative designed to reduce food-borne illnesses by giving ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than a third of adults in Western countries have been exposed to indoor tanning at some point, according to an analysis of past research. Based on those exposures, the study authors calculate the number of skin cancers that can be blamed on indoor tanning each year ...
(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc issued a cautious 2014 profit forecast, but said it expects U.S. approval this year for its potentially lucrative new all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, sending its shares up 3.4 percent. The company, before releasing fourth quarter earnings on Friday, released favorable ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Certain tests can detect precancerous cervical cells from self-collected samples with nearly the same accuracy as a physician's swab taken in a clinic, according to a new review of past studies. Compared with those gathered by a physician, self-collected samples were ...
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Although Moscow has not formally announced a full ban, Russia has stopped Danish, Dutch and German trucks carrying pork at its borders since the outbreak was confirmed on January 24, EU officials said. "Our Russian partners are effectively banning exports even from EU Member States that are ...
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"We have already put a lot of effort into our support but that has not been enough," Manabu Sakai, senior executive officer at Daiichi Sankyo, told an earnings briefing on Friday. "We want to go back and prepare a more aggressive, more drastic response."
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) had previously said members could not treat male patients except in specific circumstances, such as circumcising babies, treating transgendered patients, and helping couples overcome infertility. However, opposition had mounted from ...
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) had previously said members could not treat male patients except in specific circumstances, such as circumcising babies, treating transgendered patients, and helping couples overcome infertility. However, opposition had mounted from ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co has hired private equity industry veteran Cathrin Petty to co-head its healthcare group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), anticipating a pick up in activity in the sector. Petty, who joins from British private equity firm Vitruvian Partners ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A quarter of all Russian men die before they reach their mid-fifties and their passion for alcohol - particularly vodka - is largely to blame, according to research published on Friday. A study of more than 150,000 people found extraordinarily high premature death rates among ...
NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi sued Eli Lilly and Co for alleged patent infringements concerning its top-selling Lantus diabetes treatment, delaying the U.S. company's plans to produce its own version of the drug. Lantus is the world's most prescribed insulin product, with ...
Evolocumab met the main goal of a late-stage trial titled RUTHERFORD-2 by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol levels when tested against a placebo on 329 patients. Amgen, the world's biggest biotechnology company, is testing evolocumab widely on a variety of subpopulations.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Participating in yoga classes after treatment for breast cancer was linked to reduced fatigue and inflammation and increased vitality among women in a new study. Researchers found that breast cancer survivors who took 12 weeks of yoga classes ended up with reduced ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese drivers may be at a strikingly higher risk of dying in car crashes than normal-weight drivers because they frequently fail to buckle up, a new study finds. Based on analysis of a U.S. database of nearly 200,000 fatal passenger vehicle crashes, researchers found ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday reported what it called encouraging results from efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of care for more than 5 million Medicare beneficiaries under Obamacare As part of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly 99 percent of women went ahead with an abortion after voluntarily viewing an ultrasound image of the fetus beforehand, according to a large new U.S. study. Based on medical records for more than 15,000 women seeking abortion at Los Angeles Planned Parenthood ...
(Reuters) - Confirmed cases of a deadly pig virus spreading across the U.S. Hog Belt jumped by 215, its highest weekly increase since it was discovered in the United States in April 2013, according to the USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus ...
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(Reuters) - Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co's quarterly revenue fell far less than expected, it reported on Thursday, as plunging sales of its Cymbalta depression treatment were largely offset by higher revenues for most of its other prescription drugs. The company earned $728 million, or 67 cents per ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One in three Americans with a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure has difficulty paying for food, medications or both, according to a new study. People who had trouble affording food were four times more likely to skip some of their ...
NightstaRx plans to develop and sell therapies for retinal dystrophies - degenerative conditions affecting vision - by building on work carried out at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, it said on Thursday. Oxford-based researchers reported two weeks ago that an ...
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BASEL (Reuters) - Roche offered shareholders a lower-than-expected dividend payout after reporting an 18 percent rise in full-year net profit, potentially a sign the Swiss pharmaceuticals group might be keeping its cash for deals. Roche - the world's largest maker of cancer drugs - has a track ...
Aveo, which was developing the drug with Japan's Astellas Pharma Inc, said enrollment in the study had been slower than expected and did not improve despite efforts to recruit more patients. The company, which cut 62 percent of its workforce last year to focus on developing the drug as a treatment ...
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin producer, raised its 2014 outlook by less than investors had hoped for saying it expected sales to be hit by contract losses in the United States and competition from cheaper generic drugs. The Danish company also promoted head of ...
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Oramed, which is racing Novo Nordisk of Denmark to develop the world's first insulin pill, moved a step closer to its goal on Thursday by announcing successful results from a small mid-stage test. The oral drug delivery specialist said its insulin capsule had met all ...
Under the agreement, the "Yale Open Data Access Project," will independently review and make final decisions regarding all requests for information on the company's drug clinical trials, including anonymous patient data. The action comes amid growing pressure from outside scientists for ...
The drug, KB003, failed to bring about a clinically meaningful improvement in the pulmonary function of patients with severe asthma when tested against a placebo in 160 patients. The San Francisco-based company said it would focus on developing other treatments in its pipeline, which include a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who are overweight when they start school are far more likely to be obese by the time they become teenagers, according to a new study of nearly 8,000 children. Overweight five-year-olds were four times more likely to be obese by age 14 than children who started ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be in a serious traffic accident, but medication may counteract that risk for some, according to a new study from Sweden. Researchers found that people with ADHD are about 50 percent more ...
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(Reuters) - After three years of seeing major drugs like Zyprexa for schizophrenia lose patent protection and wipe away billions of dollars in revenue, Eli Lilly and Co Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter wants to change the game plan. "It's time to go back on offense," Lechleiter ...
The virus has killed more than 1 million piglets in the United States but it has so far been contained within Canada to southern Ontario farms. The fourth case has been confirmed in Norfolk County along the north shore of Lake Erie, said Mark Cripps, a spokesman for Ontario Premier Kathleen ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A decades-old medical mystery - why antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta carotene seemed to accelerate the growth of early lung tumors in high-risk populations such as smokers, rather than protect them from cancer, as theory suggests - may have been solved, according to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Almost half of older heart patients in a new study had memory loss, though their cardiologists failed to recognize the impairment most of the time. "Detection of memory impairment is very important in elderly heart failure patients," the study's lead author, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with diets rich in foods like berries, chocolate, red wine and tea also have reduced inflammation and insulin resistance - a diabetes precursor, according to new UK research. Flavonoids are chemical compounds found in colorful fruits and vegetables, and laboratory ...
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc said on Wednesday the applicants for the new Obamacare health plans are of the age and demographics it had expected, indicating that medical costs will not soar beyond the prices it charges. WellPoint, which released lower fourth-quarter results on ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue. The research, described as game-changing by experts in the ...
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(Reuters) - Biogen Idec Inc said on Wednesday its new, high-profile oral multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera had sales of $398 million in the fourth quarter, easily exceeding estimates for a third successive quarter and keeping it on track to top $1 billion in its first year on the market. Some of ...
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Cigarettes kicked out of school in China
January 29th, 2014, 10:46 am
Despite years of campaigning by health activists, China is the world's largest consumer of cigarettes and smokers can be spotted everywhere, even in schools and hospitals. But with a huge public health burden looming ever larger, China has recently intensified efforts to stamp out smoking.
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The man died after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday. He had recently traveled to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen across the border from Hong Kong. The H7N9 virus passes between birds, but cases in humans have so far not shown evidence of sustained human-to-human infection, according to ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia state representative Allen Peake introduced a bill on Tuesday that would legalize a non-psychoactive strain of marijuana strictly limited to patients with severe seizure disorders. The Republican lawmaker's proposal is similar to legislation introduced recently in ...
In a study in the journal Psychiatry Research, scientists showed that making a person's virtual height lower than it actually is can make them feel worse about themselves and more fearful that others are trying to harm them. The research shows how low self-esteem can lead to paranoid thinking, the ...
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. Healthcare providers are reserving supplies of the fluids for ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Creating government savings accounts for children's future education when they're young may improve their development, according to a new study. Researchers found that young Oklahomans who had $1,000 deposited for them in a special education savings account scored ...
(Reuters) - Medivation Inc's drug for advanced prostate cancer significantly delayed progression of the disease and extended survival in a large, late stage study of patients who had not yet received chemotherapy, likely paving the way for an expanded approval of the medicine. Xtandi, a pill known ...
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MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Medical marijuana will go on sale in Connecticut by summer 2014, dispensed throughout the state by four vendors, Governor Dannel Malloy said on Tuesday. Marijuana is illegal in the United States under federal law, but Connecticut is among 20 U.S. states and the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A treatment introduced less than 10 years ago has already made a difference in the number of Americans losing their vision and being admitted to nursing homes, according to a new study. Two Duke University economists looked at Medicare beneficiaries with so-called ...
The ruling said that the Louisiana Attorney General, James Caldwell, failed to prove that Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc, part of J&J, violated state law when it misrepresented through off-label statements the potential risk of side effects of the drug. The Louisiana case was not part of a broader ...
DENVER (Reuters) - A federal court judge sentenced two Colorado farmers on Tuesday to six months of home detention and five years probation for their role in a deadly 2011 listeria outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupes. Eric and Ryan Jensen, brothers who are former owners of Colorado-based ...
The panel voted 6 to 2, with one abstention, that data supported the drug's efficacy. It voted 8 to 0, with one abstention, that the data supported the drug's safety. About 30 million people in the United States suffer allergies to ragweed pollen, according to the FDA.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids with serious tooth injuries are often taken to emergency rooms or primary care doctors first, so physicians and parents need to know how to treat broken teeth until a dentist can step in, according to a new report. The new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines ...
The Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) said clinical signs of the disease were identified in samples of cattle at a private farm, adding measures to contain it were being taken. Samples have been sent for diagnosis. Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly infectious and sometimes ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People spending time outdoors in tick-infested areas should wear appropriate clothing and check themselves regularly for ticks, according to a new review. Ticks can spread serious illnessesex like Lyme disease and tickborne encephalitis. Preventing bites is the first ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - A November ballot measure to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in Florida could have a decidedly political side effect. The ballot proposal, which was approved by Florida's Supreme Court on Monday, is so popular it could help Democrats unseat the state's Republican Governor, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who had been exposed to the pesticide DDT were more likely to have Alzheimer's disease than those with no traces of the chemical in their blood, researchers found in a new study. The observation doesn't prove DDT causes Alzheimer's, or that people who have been ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Vitamin supplements marketed for infants and children often contain more than the recommended amount of individual vitamins, according to a new study. Researchers found that in all but one case, the average vitamin content of those supplements exceeded what's ...
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - The piglet-killing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread to a second Canadian farm, government officials said on Monday. A laboratory test confirmed the virus in a barn near Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and another possible case is under investigation in the ...
(Reuters) - The United States Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency review found the drugs posed a "high risk" of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through food supply, according to a study released Monday by the ...
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Florida voters will decide in November whether to legalize medical marijuana after the state Supreme Court on Monday approved an initiative to put the measure on the ballot. Florida's Republican Party leadership had opposed the wording of the ballot measure, saying ...
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Britain's biggest drugmaker, which is also one of the world's leading vaccine manufacturers, said on Tuesday it expected shipments to begin again at the end of the first quarter. The quality issue affects two vaccines containing a varicella (chickenpox) component - Priorix-Tetra, a combined ...
(Reuters) - Shares of Geron Corp fell as much as 20 percent after the company said that enrollment had ceased in an early stage trial of its blood cancer drug and that about 20 of 79 patients enrolled in the study had dropped out. Geron did not say why the patients had dropped out of the trial or ...
The updated sick count aboard the Explorer of the Seas, which cut short its Caribbean cruise and was expected to dock in New Jersey on Wednesday, is more than double the 300 originally thought to have been felled by gastrointestinal illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...
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(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc on Monday said one of its experimental drugs had failed to meet its goals in two late-stage studies among patients who had received prior treatment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease. Although Pfizer continues to test the drug, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In large families, young kids can't always get a lot of individual attention from parents - but healthy interactions with an older sibling might help compensate for that, a new study suggests. How older children interact with their siblings is tied to the younger ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Working with a therapist to create music videos may help young cancer patients feel better about themselves and their situation, a new study suggests. Teenagers and young adults who made the videos reported feeling more supported by family and friends and coped with ...
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is expanding a poultry cull in a bid to contain the spread of bird flu that has been found on an increasing number of farms around the country and in migratory birds. The country's agriculture ministry said the H5N8 strain of bird flu had been detected on six poultry ...
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E-cigarettes, which are puffed like a regular cigarette but deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquid rather than burning tobacco, have grown in popularity and some analysts predict the market could outpace conventional cigarettes within a decade. "We do not yet know the harm that e-cigarettes ...
(Reuters) - The torrid pace of deals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors through 2013 is not expected to let up this year, thanks to new technologies to address unmet medical needs. Between 2011 and 2016, patents in developed markets will expire on brand-name drugs that would otherwise ...
The 55-year-old woman was admitted to hospital in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, on January 15, complaining of a sore throat and dizziness, Xinhua said late on Saturday. "An investigation showed that she once had exposure to an agricultural market," the report said.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older people with cancer who seem to be coping well with the disease might still earn poor health scores when examined by a geriatrician, according to a new analysis of past studies. The review focused on older people with leukemia and lymphoma. The findings suggest ...
HPV test awareness, knowledge still low
January 24th, 2014, 7:21 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Americans are more aware that there is a test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) than counterparts in the UK and Australia, according to a new study, but few people knew much more than that. "Awareness of HPV has tended to be low but has been rising since the ...
(Reuters) - No serious safety concerns were raised over Merck & Co's experimental pill for ragweed allergies, according to FDA documents Friday, ahead of a meeting next week of outside medical experts who will discuss whether the drug merits approval. The Allergenic Products Advisory Committee ...
Roche said the opinion of the EU Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) was based primarily on data from a phase III study, with a final decision from the European Commission expected in coming months. The Commission generally follows committee recommendations, though it is not ...
(Reuters) - Covidien Plc said it would stop making a device for treating high blood pressure due to weak demand for the product, raising more doubts about the future of the novel technology. The decision comes less than two weeks after Medtronic Inc said it was halting clinical trials for its high ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare has soared by more than one-third in recent weeks to around 3 million, according to government data released on Friday. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - To prevent a second sprained ankle, wearing a brace may be more effective than neuromuscular training, but neither method is foolproof, say Dutch researchers. They found that study participants who had sprained their ankles were about half as likely to suffer a second ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who regularly plugged into social networking sites before bedtime reported sleeping nearly an hour less on school nights than those who rarely connected online, a new study shows. "Using technology in the bedroom may result in sleep loss, delays in initiating ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly less brain shrinkage than women with low fatty acid levels in a new study. The results may suggest that omega-3s protect the brain from the loss of volume that happens with normal aging ...
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The world's No. 1 food maker said it would build an infant nutrition factory in Jalisco and a pet-food factory in Guanajuato, as well as expanding an existing cereal factory. The investment would create 700 direct jobs, Nestle said.
The review was requested by the Swedish medicines regulatory agency, which decided in November to amend the product information for Norlevo, which contains levonorgestrel, the European Medicines Agency said. The labeling was changed to say that in clinical trials, contraceptive efficacy was ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's drugs regulator gave its backing on Friday for marketing approval to be granted for Bayer's pulmonary hypertension drug Adempas and for GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes medicine Eperzan. The European Medicine Agency (EMA) also backed a new drug from Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma ...
PTC joined a list of companies struggling with setbacks to their drugs to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder which causes muscle degeneration and eventual death in young boys. Prosensa Holding NV's partner GlaxoSmithKline Plc handed back the rights to its DMD drug ...
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The results, along with further data expected from the study, will increase the body of evidence on the safety and efficiacy of the combination, the British company said. The combined use of Tafinlar, also known as dabrafenib, and Mekinist, or trametinib, was given the green light from the Food ...
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Albiglutide belongs to the same class of injectable GLP-1 drugs as Victoza from Novo Nordisk, as well as Byetta and Bydureon from Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. A positive recommendation for a drug by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is generally followed by a marketing authorization by ...
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"Novartis announced today it will shortly submit a revised filing package, including new data analyses, for re-examination for conditional approval of RLX030, or serelaxin," the Basel-based drugmaker said in a statement. Novartis, which had originally hoped to win approval for serelaxin ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans are saying they can no longer just be the party of "No" on Obamacare: They need to come up with an alternative healthcare policy. While many Americans are skeptical of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, they also tell lawmakers they worry ...
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WASHINGTON/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd faces long delays and high costs in launching big-selling generic drugs in the United States after products from a fourth plant were banned from entering its main market due to manufacturing violations. The U.S. Food and Drug ...
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In proposed rules released by the Internal Revenue Service, the administration said narrowly defined government coverage including programs limited to family planning or tuberculosis-related services through Medicaid do not meet minimum essential coverage standards. Ordinarily, President Barack ...
Pig-killing PEDv virus moves into Canada
January 23rd, 2014, 11:46 pm
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Canada has discovered its first two cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has already killed more than 1 million pigs in the United States, government and industry officials said on Thursday. The Ontario government is investigating a hog ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa may be able to safely participate in outpatient treatment, according to a new study from Germany. While outpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa is not common in many countries, researchers found that adolescent girls who took ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The counseling that goes along with testing for breast cancer risk genes can be delivered just as effectively over the phone as in person, and at lower cost, according to new research. Researchers found that women counseled over the phone before testing fared about the ...
New criteria may reduce autism diagnoses
January 23rd, 2014, 8:33 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of U.S. kids diagnosed with autism has been on the rise, but that trend could turn around with new diagnostic criteria coming into effect, researchers say. By applying the new symptom checklist to 6,577 children who already met the old definitions for autism ...
(Reuters) - A cholesterol fighter developed by Amgen Inc from a highly promising new class of medicines significantly lowered levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol in a late stage trial in patients unable to tolerate statin drugs, the company said on Thursday. The results marked the third ...
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey is asking for more information about the business practices of Herbalife Ltd, becoming the most prominent lawmaker to call for action after an activist hedge fund manager accused it of running a pyramid scheme. Herbalife shares tumbled 15 ...
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Freedom Industries must dismantle and remove 17 tanks and related equipment at its coal processing plant in Charleston, West Virginia, under Tomblin's directive, part of a consent order signed by the company's president and the state's Department of Environmental Protection. Tomblin announced the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers will likely have to wait until 2015 or later to see a court-ordered advertising blitz detailing tobacco companies' deception, a lag of nine years after the original ruling, a court heard on Wednesday. Tobacco lawyers said at the hearing in U.S. District Court ...
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The swelling rolls for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reflect both an expansion of Medicaid under Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what healthcare policy analysts call an "out-of-the-woodwork effect," in which people who heard about Obamacare sought to ...
Excluding items such as product recall and acquisition charges, Stryker earned $1.23 per share, just ahead of the $1.22 per-share forecast, on average, by Wall Street analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Stryker said its effective tax rate in the latest quarter was 10.3 percent, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Long-distance truckers are almost three times more likely to get in an accident when they drive during midnight-to-dawn hours with few breaks, according to new research from Australia. The findings run up against the realities of the global truck freight industry, where ...
The case stems from Medtronic's decision to ask a judge to rule that some of its pacemakers do not infringe on technology patented by Mirowski and licensed to Boston Scientific as well as Guidant Corp, part of Boston Scientific and Abbott Laboratories. A court in Delaware ruled for Medtronic, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents may not be able to get out of wearing braces, but using a high-fluoride toothpaste for the duration could help them avoid white marks the devices often leave behind, according to a new study from Sweden. The special paste with almost four times the usual ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly less brain shrinkage than women with low fatty acid levels in a new study. The results may suggest that omega-3s protect the brain from the loss of volume that happens with normal aging ...
(Reuters) - Concern among the top U.S. hog-producing states over a virus that is killing millions of baby pigs has reached such an extent that officials at an industry gathering in Minnesota this week swabbed the trade floor to test for the virus. Meeting organizers in Iowa are relying on ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Text messaging is a quick and effective way to get recreational athletes to report injuries, according to a new Australian study. Playing recreational sports is a good way to get more exercise, researchers said. But little is known about injuries at that level.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who participated in a community fitness program for obese fathers lost weight and increased their activity levels in a new study from Australia. The researchers' main goal was to test the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' program in a real-world setting to see if it ...
The results of the mid-stage study, published in a medical journal, tested an intranasal formulation of generic metoclopramide in 89 diabetic gastroparesis patients dosed four times a day for 6 weeks. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles of the stomach work slowly and lead to slow ...
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The comments come after generic drug maker Actavis accused Denmark's H. Lundbeck of blocking generic competition in Denmark. "I think the public health system should raise a compensation claim if they can lift the burden of proof," Krag told Jyllands-Posten in an interview.
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(Reuters) - Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected its application for wider use of its iron deficiency drug due to safety concerns and asked for more trial data, sending its shares down as much as 15 percent. In a "complete response letter" to Amag, ...
The drug combines in a twice daily tablet Forxiga, a SGLT2 inhibitor that reduces the reabsorption of excess glucose, and metformin, a standard in treating the condition. Xigduo was developed by the alliance in diabetes therapy between the British company and Bristol-Myers Squibb, the companies ...
(Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park managers have rejected a plan to use air rifles to shoot the nation's last herd of purebred bison with so-called biobullets containing a vaccine against a cattle disease, in a decision that has riled the U.S. livestock industry. Roughly half of Yellowstone's ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who eat a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil or nuts may reduce their likelihood of developing clogged leg arteries, according to new research from Spain. The finding follows results from the same trial published last year that showed sticking to a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When the time comes for making critical medical decisions while in the hospital, a new study says older people often rely on family members or other surrogates to make those calls. Researchers found that about half of the older patients they tracked needed help making ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even drivers with a slight "buzz" are more likely to be at fault for accidents than the sober drivers they hit, according to a new study. The authors looked at fatal car crash data from a U.S. national database of more than 570,000 collisions between 1994 and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have colon surgery at high-volume hospitals are more likely than patients at smaller ones to go straight home for recovery without needing special care, according to a large new study. There are many ways to gauge the success of a surgery. Being able to ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A gay man was improperly excluded from jury service because of his sexual orientation, a federal appeals court has ruled, illustrating the widening influence of a key U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay rights. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on ...
The device, known as a renal denervation system, belongs to a class of products that take a new approach to treating hypertension and are aimed at patients resistant to traditional drug-based therapies. Covidien's device is approved in Europe and is being tested in the United States. The adoption ...
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The Irish drugmaker said it planned to appeal the decision. The company may have to drop its bid to treat a wider population — for which it is currently conducting a large, multi-year study — if it doesn't succeed, the company said in a conference call.
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In addition to the upfront cash payment, NuPathe shareholders will receive rights to get additional cash payments of up to $3.15 per share if specified sales of NuPathe's migraine treatment Zecuity are achieved over time, Israel-based Teva said on Tuesday. NuPathe said it terminated its takeover ...
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On some days, acid rain-inducing sulphate from burning of fossil fuels in China can account for as much as a quarter of sulphate pollution in the western United States, a team of Chinese and American researchers said in the report published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a non-profit ...
"Patients treated with PLX-PAD had a greater improved change of maximal voluntary muscle contraction force than the placebo group," Israel-based Pluristem said in a statement on Tuesday. The trial was conducted at the Orthopedic Clinic of the Charite University Medical School under the ...
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ZURICH (Reuters) - An experimental Roche drug designed to treat the "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia failed to meet its main goal in two late-stage studies, dealing a blow to the Swiss drugmaker's research hopes in the risky area of brain science. Results of two Phase III trials ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People may have heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder if they own or have access to a gun, according to a new analysis of previous research. Researchers found people who lived in homes with firearms were between two and three times more likely to die from ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young female soccer players may get more concussions than their high school and college counterparts, and many of them continue to play while they have symptoms, according to a new study. Concussions can result in memory loss and problems with concentration and reaction ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Asthmatic children who are exposed to cigarette smoke are more likely to make repeat trips to the hospital for breathing problems. But researchers say asking parents about kids' smoke exposure may not yield the most reliable information. In a recent study, saliva ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, adding to at least 24 new cases last week and confirming a fresh surge in the virus. With many people travelling within the country ...
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement on Monday that it suspects a flock of migratory birds found dead last week brought the latest outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu. Since the virus hit three farms in the southwestern part of the country last week, about ...
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Stock market listings planned by two of Saudi Arabia's biggest private hospital operators point to a boom in its healthcare industry, as political pressures prompt the government to pour huge sums into the underdeveloped sector. Many areas of Saudi consumption, including ...
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Bangalore-based Biocon jointly developed biosimilar trastuzumab, which received the Indian drug regulator's marketing approval in November, with U.S.-based Mylan Inc. About 150,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in India, of which 25 percent are eligible for treatment with ...
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday struck down a 2011 North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and explain it to a woman before having an abortion, arguing it violated the constitutional right to free speech of doctors. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles found ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For older men, having a big belly is more closely tied to general health problems than having low testosterone levels, a new study suggests. Researchers have known that obesity is linked to lower testosterone among men. But it's been less clear how each of those factors ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fewer kids are being sent to the emergency room as a result of violence at school than were a decade ago, according to a new study, but those rates are still high. And the injuries sustained from bullying might be more serious than accidental injuries. Based on national ...
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Employees of Novartis Pharma K.K. (NPKK) transferred some data from research centers to a Tokyo hospital when that data should have been sent directly without first passing through Novartis hands, according to a report by Japanese broadcaster NHK that was picked up by the Wall Street ...
(Reuters) - Medtronic Inc's minimally invasive system for replacing diseased heart valves won U.S. approval for use in patients deemed too frail to endure traditional open heart surgery, the U.S. medical device maker said on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration approved Medtronic's CoreValve ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers living in single-parent households may have more difficulty getting a good night's sleep than their peers growing up with both parents, a new study suggests. "We know that sleep problems in general are very prevalent among teenagers," said Wendy ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regardless of the culture a child lives in, corporal punishment may do lasting psychological harm, German researchers say. In a new study conducted in Tanzania, where physical punishment is considered normal, primary school students who were beaten by teachers or family ...
The Food and Drug Administration approved Medtronic's CoreValve system based on U.S. clinical trials in which it was shown to be safe and effective while demonstrating low rates of stroke and valve leakage, the company said. CoreValve, in which the replacement valve is threaded into place through ...
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a "satanic" plot to commit "genocide". It is not the ...
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's volatile northwestern city of Peshawar is the largest reservoir of endemic polio viruses in the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, amid concerns over continuing violence against polio vaccination teams. Pakistan is also the only polio-endemic ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since the start of 2014 shows emerging flu strains need constant surveillance if the world is not to be caught off guard by a deadly pandemic. At least 24 H7N9 flu infections and three deaths have been confirmed in the past week ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Pharmaceuticals company Shire has agreed to sell its Dermagraft treatment to U.S. group Organogenesis, taking a $650 million hit on the loss-making bio-engineered skin substitute it bought less than three years ago. Shire had hoped that Dermagraft would be the foundation of a ...
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CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Another 5.6 million American children may die prematurely unless smoking rates fall in the United States, according to a report by the U.S. surgeon general which links a range of new illnesses to the habit. Fifty years after the first surgeon general's report ...
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said a duck farm in Gochang, North Jeolla Province, about 300 km (186 miles) southwest of Seoul, was likely to have been contaminated by the H5N1 virus. Final tests are due out later on Friday. The suspected case of the virus was reported on ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Thursday that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact lens equipped with tiny chips and an antenna. Google said a prototype of its "smart contact lens" can generate a reading of a ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Patients with contagious and highly drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) are being routinely discharged from hospitals across South Africa, exposing others in their communities to potentially deadly infections, researchers said on Friday. In a study in the medical journal The ...
ArQule shares were up nearly 30 percent after soaring as much as 81 percent in trading after the bell. A lower dose of the company's drug, Tivantinib, reduced the incidence of a low white blood cell count, ArQule said on Thursday citing a recent review of safety data.
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Due to high demand and packaging delays, Roche had experienced a shortage of supplies of the liquid version of the medicine, known a Tamiflu Oral Suspension, used to treat children under the age of 13 and adults unable to swallow pills. "We now anticipate having sufficient supply of both the ...
New York (Reuters) - Recollections of strict, unaffectionate parents were more common among young adults with an unhealthy attachment to Internet use, compared to their peers, in a new Greek study. Young adults who recall their parents being tough or demanding without showing affection tend to be ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who participated in a community fitness program for obese fathers lost weight and increased their activity levels in a new study from Australia. The researchers' main goal was to test the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' program in a real-world setting to see if it ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Heavy Americans who drink diet beverages rather than those sweetened with sugar appear to eat more, according to a study released on Thursday that raised questions about the role lower-calorie drinks play in helping people lose weight. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting too little sleep might be a sign of - or even a contributor to - emotional problems, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among teens, according to a large study from Europe. Based on data about the sleep habits of nearly 12,000 teens across 11 European countries, ...
The panel voted 10 to 0, with one abstention, against approval, saying data from a single clinical trial was not strong enough to justify approval, especially since some data from the trial was missing. Xarelto is already used to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new review of a decade's worth of U.S. cancer statistics finds that women who got breast-conserving surgery and radiation to treat early-stage cancer were less likely to die from breast cancer during the next 10 years than those who had their breasts ...
The news comes just days after Prosensa's partner, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, returned the rights to the drug, drisapersen, after it failed the late-stage study by GSK in September last year. Prosensa Chief Executive Hans Schikan said the results suggested that treating patients earlier and longer with ...
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to take another look at a decision it made in 1993 upholding a ban on assisted suicide, setting up a new battle over the right to die. The case involves Gloria Taylor, an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient and activist, who ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People seeking urgent medical could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report on Thursday that gives the nation's emergency infrastructure a near failing grade. In its latest "report ...
(Reuters) - Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. The ...
Nu Skin shares shed a third of their market value by Thursday afternoon. Shares of nutritional supplements maker Herbalife Ltd fell 10 percent, while those of USANA Health Sciences were down 12 percent. Earlier Thursday, the Xinhua news agency said the State Administration for Industry and ...
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(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Thursday implementing Obamacare and private Medicare funding cuts will eat into 2014 profit but the government-paid insurance business will drive growth as more people sign up. UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported fourth-quarter profit ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, scientists said on Thursday after research showed that comedians have high levels of psychotic personality traits. In a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, researchers analyzed ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Toby Stroh was in his 20s when his doctor told him he would go blind in his 50s, and his years of playing tennis and being able to drive or work could be gone long before that. Now aged 56, two years after his retina was deliberately infected with a virus carrying a gene to ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had in October revoked a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement covering a large late-stage trial of the drug, Vascepa. Following an appeal from Amarin, the regulator said it would determine by January 15 whether it would reconsider that decision. Shares ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to a popular theory, adults who are overweight when they are diagnosed with diabetes are not protected against dying early, a large new study shows. The findings call into question what's known as the "obesity paradox," the belief that people with a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Better access to stairs in office buildings - and prompts reminding people to use them - might encourage workers to get more exercise, a new study suggests. That sort of access has already been shown to increase physical activity in places like subway stations and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many families that have children with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disability use complementary and alternative treatments, according to a new study. Researchers who surveyed Californian families with children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ...
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's experimental blood clot-preventing drug vorapaxar should be approved to reduce the risk of further heart problems in people who have suffered a recent heart attack, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Wednesday. The panel voted ...
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When Qu Liang's wife became pregnant, the 30-year-old Shanghai salesman switched from smoking to "vaping", a practice uncommon in China although it is the world's leading producer of electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes were invented about a decade ago by a Chinese ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - People with severe head injuries like the one that left Michael Schumacher in critical condition have permanently altered brains that make the victims more likely to become mentally ill and die prematurely, scientists said on Wednesday. Brain experts said most health services ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with chronic low back pain enjoy high-fat foods less than others, and don't feel satiated by them either, a small new study suggests. Chronic low back pain often goes hand in hand with obesity. The new study hints that changes in the brain's reward systems could ...
The company, the nation's third-largest insurer, said it now expects full year 2014 operating revenue of at least $54 billion compared with its previous projection of about $53 billion. Aetna, which made the remarks ahead of Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini's presentation at the J.P. Morgan ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday upheld subsidies at the heart of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, rejecting one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government. A ruling in favor of a lawsuit brought by ...
Medtronic said it would appeal the ruling made by a jury in the Federal District Court of Delaware. The medical device maker said it would oppose any request for an injunction by Edwards.
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U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, D.C., wrote in the opinion that the subsidies were consistent with the healthcare law President Barack Obama signed in 2010. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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A majority of the justices at times expressed concerns during the one-hour argument before the high court that the blanket 35-feet (11-meter) no-entry zone around clinics is overly broad. Anti-abortion protesters challenged the law, saying it violated their freedom of speech rights under the First ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian medical researchers have succeeded in repairing bones using stem cells from fatty tissue, with a new technique they believe could become a benchmark for treating a range of bone disorders. The team at the Saint Luc university clinic hospital in Brussels have treated 11 ...
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The European Commission said in July that Diane-35 was safe for use, a seal of approval which obliged France to allow sales of the product again. France had suspended sales of Diane-35 after four deaths over the past 25 years were linked to its use.
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists are gluing tiny sensors onto thousands of honey bees to track their movements in a trial aimed at halting the spread of diseases that have wiped out populations in the northern hemisphere. Scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research ...
Tropical Cyclone Ian, a category-five cyclone, appears to have destroyed up to 90 percent of homes on the northern Ha'apai Islands, which are home to about 8,000 people, the regional governor said on Wednesday. An emergency response team from British aid group Oxfam said the outer islands of Foa, ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubt on Wednesday about a Massachusetts law that mandates a protective buffer zone around abortion clinics to allow patients unimpeded access, indicating they may strike it down as unconstitutional as demanded by anti-abortion ...
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Limiting the quantity per dosage unit will reduce the risk of inadvertent overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant and death, the Food and Drug Administration said. It cited the fact that no available data showed that taking more than the recommended dose provided benefits that ...
(Reuters) - A federal judge said Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd did not infringe five patents related to the painkiller OxyContin, helping push shares of the world's largest generic drug manufacturer up 6.7 percent on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Teva executives said at a JPMorgan healthcare ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A drug to treat a rare form of low blood pressure made by Chelsea Therapeutics International Ltd is effective enough to warrant regulatory approval, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Tuesday. The panel voted 16 to 1 in favor of the drug, ...
Eye doctors warn of damage from lasers
January 14th, 2014, 9:25 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Powerful lasers that are easily purchased online pose a serious danger to vision, according to a new report. Doctors from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, report on the case of a nine-year-old boy who showed up at their hospital after being ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teaching teens to see through pro-tobacco messages in the media may be better at preventing youth smoking than just saying no, according to new research. More kids who began the study at least open to the possibility of starting to smoke changed their minds after a ...
(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Tuesday it is "completely confident" the new version of its flagship multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone, which features less frequent dosing, will be approved in the United States in the near future. The Israel-based company said it ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Investing in a broad school health program could lead to in-school and at-home benefits for students, a new Canadian study hints. Children increased their daily physical activity on both school days and weekends in the years after schools hired a full-time health ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A six-week behavior-modification program helped people with diabetes overcome anxieties and prevent plunging blood sugar in a small UK study. Dr. Stephanie Amiel of King's College London and her colleagues evaluated a program specifically for people with type 1 diabetes ...
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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most prevalent flu strain this season is H1N1 - the same strain that caused the 2009 pandemic and afflicts otherwise healthy children and young adults. Flu is now widespread in 35 states, according to the CDC. Rates are ...
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CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina lawmakers say they have found a way to stop implementation of the U.S. Affordable Care Act in their state, an effort that could provide a template for other Republican-led legislatures looking to derail the federal program. The proposed measure ...
The population reached 66 million inhabitants on January 1 2014, up by 280,000 residents or 0.4 percent from the previous year. That was its weakest growth rate since 2000, a census by the INSEE statistics office showed. The total fertility rate (TFR) fell to 1.99 children per woman in 2013 from ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration appears skeptical that data submitted by Johnson & Johnson proves its anticoagulant Xarelto is effective in reducing the risk of further heart problems in patients who have recently suffered a heart attack. The agency questioned the ...
A spokesman for Novo said on Tuesday the company aimed to get the case dismissed, but had no further comment. In 2005 Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, a subsidiary of Indian drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, applied to get a generic version of Prandin approved by 2009, when Novo's ...
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Zhang Shuxia, 55, an obstetrician in northwestern Shaanxi province's Fuping county, was found guilty of selling the babies for as much as 21,600 yuan ($3,600) each between 2011 and 2013, the court in Weinan city said. Zhang tricked the parents to give up their newborns by convincing them the ...
"We believe that this is entirely unfounded market gossip," Richter spokeswoman Zsuzsa Beke told Reuters on Tuesday in response to a question. "We believe that Forest does not intend to make a hostile takeover, this is entirely unrealistic," she said.
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LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca expects new drugs and a recent diabetes deal to offset a wave of patent expiries and return it to growth faster than analysts predict, with 2017 revenue likely to be broadly in line with the 2013 level. The company's forecast implies a potential $3 billion upgrade to ...
The report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said Medicare, the government health insurance system for seniors, paid nearly 474,000 claims for vacuum erection systems, or VES, totaling about $172.4 million from 2006 to 2011. Yearly claims for the devices ...
Bayer's unit, Bayer HealthCare, will pay Regeneron $25.5 million upfront and share global development costs for the program, the companies said in a joint statement. Both the Eylea injection and the new combination treatment is to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) - the leading ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Reinforcing an already common practice, a government-backed panel says women should be screened for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy even if they don't have symptoms. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says all pregnant women who have not ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most children and teenagers in the U.S. go to schools that have partnerships with food and drink companies, according to a new study. Those partnerships include exclusive contracts for beverages sold in schools and food coupons given out as rewards.
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black and less-educated people tend to cut back on their fast food purchases when prices rise more than other consumers, according to a new study. Low fast food prices were linked to worse health - including higher weights - among those participants in particular, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many kids are not put in car seats and booster seats as recommended, studies have shown. A new report suggests use may be particularly low among non-white children. "We expected that differences in family income, parental education, and sources of information would ...
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(Reuters) - West Virginia officials said Thursday they have lifted a ban on drinking tap water for two-thirds of the customers affected by a chemical spill, but warned pregnant women to avoid it until the chemical is completely flushed from the pipes. One week after the spill into the Elk River ...
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The donor conference, which opens on Wednesday, aims to help the United Nations raise $6.5 billion for Syria and neighboring countries in 2014, the biggest humanitarian aid appeal in the organization's history. A similar donor conference held in Kuwait last year pledged $1.5 billion, mainly from ...
Three of the other five patients are in either a serious or a critical condition in hospital, while the remaining two have mild symptoms, the United Nations health agency said in a disease outbreak update. H7N9 bird flu emerged last year in China and has infected around 150 people so far there and ...
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GSK said that Tafinlar, also known as dabrafenib, was designated an FDA breakthrough therapy on Monday following interim results from an ongoing Phase II study. Tafinlar is already approved for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The man, the third person in Hong Kong to be diagnosed with the strain, came from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and had eaten poultry there, local media reported. The H7N9 strain was first reported in humans in February in mainland China, and has infected at least 139 people in China, ...
(Reuters) - Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its chief executive would leave and it would cut its workforce by about 45 percent, as it moves its focus away from drug discovery to completing the studies of its drugs in late-stage development. Lexicon shares, which have lost about 15 percent of ...
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's experimental blood clot-preventing drug vorapaxar should be approved, based on "robustly positive" clinical trial results, according to a preliminary review of the data by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The review, posted on the FDA's website on ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has handed back rights to an experimental drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy to U.S.-listed Dutch biotech firm Prosensa after it failed last year in a critical clinical trial. Both companies said on Monday that Prosensa would now have full and unencumbered ...
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A 38-year-old man from Zunyi city died last Thursday, Xinhua said, citing health authorities in Guizhou. Xinhua said it was the first human case of H7N9 in Guizhou this year.
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Monday marked three years since its last reported case of polio, paving the way for it to be declared free of the crippling virus and boosting efforts to wipe out the disease globally, the Organization (WHO) said. The country's last case of the wild polio virus was ...
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WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fonterra said on Monday it was recalling products distributed in the country that had been contaminated with the E.Coli bacteria in the second food-safety scare faced by the company in less than six months. The dairy co-operative said it was recalling ...
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All of Ranbaxy's India-based factories are currently banned by the FDA from exporting medicines to the United States, the company's largest market, after the regulator's inspection found violation of its so-called good manufacturing practices. The company, India's biggest drugmaker by sales, said ...
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - A brief course of brain exercises helped older adults hold on to improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed for 10 years after the course ended, according to results from the largest study ever done on cognitive training. Older adults who underwent a brief course of ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi will buy a 12 percent stake in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc for $700 million and deepen their partnership to develop drugs for rare genetic diseases. The companies said in a joint statement on Monday that Sanofi would buy Alnylam shares for about ...
Shi Jinming was detained on Friday by Shanghai authorities, while Xu Yizhong, a former general manager of a wholly owned subsidiary, was also under investigation, Sinopharm said in a statement late on Sunday. Shi had stepped down due to personal reasons on January 7, the company said in the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Now that more than 2 million people have signed up for private insurance plans created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law, a crucial next check-up for the new marketplace will be to see how old customers are. Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the ...
NEW YORK (Reuter Health) - Mothers who frequently use over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are more likely to give them to their children too, according to a new Danish study. More parents are giving OTC medications, such as acetaminophen, to their young children, often without the advice of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Insomnia treatment that's delivered through a Web-based program or videoconference may help people feel less tired during the day, according to a small study from Canada. Researchers found over half of people who had chronic insomnia at the start of the study no longer ...
Is it wise to be grateful?
January 10th, 2014, 9:43 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - At all ages, wisdom and a sense of gratitude appear to go hand in hand, especially for women, according to a recent study. Among the participants, people who were considered wise by others also spontaneously expressed feelings of gratitude more frequently than others, ...
The school released a statement saying no records remained at the now-closed lab, Reproductive Medical Technologies Inc, to prove the woman's claim, and that the part-time employee died in 1999. A University of Utah spokeswoman declined on Friday to comment beyond the statement, which said the ...
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(Reuters) - The U.S. government will part ways next month with contractor CGI Federal over the troubled Obamacare enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, which failed to work when it launched in October for millions of Americans shopping for insurance, the company said on Friday. HealthCare.gov ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers. "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Very few kids get the amount of physical activity they need every day, but a new study from Canada finds that parental support may be the key to getting kids moving. "Currently less than 10 percent of children accumulate the recommended 60 minutes of ...
A review, posted on the FDA's website on Friday, comes ahead of a meeting on January 14 of outside medical experts who will discuss the drug and recommend whether it should be approved. The FDA generally follows the advice of its advisory panels. The drug, droxidopa, is designed to treat ...
The European Medicines Agency had already restricted the use of Protelos - also known as Osseor or strontium ranelate - last April but its pharmacovigilance committee said on Friday the drug should no longer be used to treat osteoporosis at all. The move follows an analysis which found that for ...
China reports one more H7N9 bird flu death
January 10th, 2014, 12:41 pm
A 38-year-old man from Quanzhou city died after being found infected earlier on Friday, Xinhua said, citing the province's health and family planning commission. Xinhua said this was the first human case of H7N9 in Fujian this year.
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LONDON (Reuters) - Resolutions to lose weight are often made in January yet almost as frequently abandoned as heavy hopefuls find diets that demand fasting, virtually no carbs or liquid food shakes notoriously hard to stick to. But even "fad" diets can lead to a slimmer, lighter New Year ...
Humana attributed the enrollment trend to regulatory changes allowing people to remain in previously existing plans not sold on the exchanges. Obama proposed allowing insurers to keep selling plans that did not comply with the Affordable Care Act after political fallout that he was not keeping his ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small number of U.S. compounding pharmacies have begun registering with the Food and Drug Administration under new legislation designed to tighten control of the custom medication makers following a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a pharmacy in ...
Aegerion shares fell more than 12 percent in extended trading. Juxtapid was approved by U.S. health regulators in December 2012 to treat patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), a rare genetic disease that impairs the function of the receptor responsible for removing LDL-C or ...
Aegerion shares fell more than 12 percent in extended trading. Juxtapid was approved by U.S. health regulators in December 2012 to treat patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), a rare genetic disease that impairs the function of the receptor responsible for removing LDL-C or ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new U.S. study adds to growing evidence that nuts - once considered too fattening to be healthy - may in fact help keep weight down, in addition to offering other health benefits. Researchers found that study participants who ate the most tree nuts - such as almonds, ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The percentage of U.S. adults developing lung cancer is falling, with the sharpest declines among those aged 35 to 44, according to U.S. data released on Thursday, fifty years after the surgeon general's first-ever report warning of the dangers of smoking. The lung cancer rate ...
NEW YORK (Reuter Health) - Mothers who frequently use over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are more likely to give them to their children too, according to a new Danish study. More parents are giving OTC medications, such as acetaminophen, to their young children, often without the advice of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The world's largest food and beverage companies have far exceeded a five-year goal set in 2010 to fight obesity by removing trillions of calories from products sold in the United States, according to an independent evaluation released on Thursday. In May 2010, 16 of the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Advocates of trendy "minimalist" running shoes promise a more natural experience, but runners in a new study reported higher rates of injury and pain with the less structured shoes. Three months after switching from traditional running shoes to the minimalist ...
(Reuters) - CareFusion Corp agreed to pay $40.1 million to settle a federal government lawsuit accusing it of paying kickbacks to boost sales of a pre-surgical skin treatment, and marketing the product for unapproved uses. The accord announced on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice resolves ...
"The virus likes cold, wet and cloudy days," said Rodney Baker, a swine veterinarian at Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa, the top pork producing state in the United States. At this time of year the virus gets frozen on clothes and shoes, making it easy to track around and spread, ...
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(Reuters) - In what is shaping up to be a tough and widespread flu season in the United States, one of the leading medicines used to treat children with the sometimes deadly virus is in short supply. "There has been strong and early demand for Tamiflu Oral Suspension (OS) and we are ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Patients with potentially fatal "superbug" forms of tuberculosis (TB) could in future be treated using stem cells taken from their own bone marrow, according to the results of an early-stage trial of the technique. The finding, made by British and Swedish scientists, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study from South Korea, people with worsening glaucoma on just one side were also more likely to sleep with the affected eye facing downward. The researchers say that position raises the eye's internal pressure and probably hastens deterioration of the eye.
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sealing up houses to improve energy efficiency also traps more radon inside and may lead to a higher risk of lung cancer, according to a new study based on modeling. Guidelines suggest people install ventilation systems when they try to reduce heat loss from their homes.
Its ACI-35 vaccine aims to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies which target the tau protein that forms twisted fibers and tangles inside the brain. Many scientists believe tau is an important cause of Alzheimer's, alongside another protein known as amyloid, that has been the main ...
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WELLINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - French food group Danone said it would sue wholesale dairy exporter Fonterra and stop buying products from the New Zealand firm following a contamination scare that sparked the recall of infant milk formula across Asia. The world's largest yoghurt maker did not say how ...
(Reuters) - Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc's drug to treat liver disease caused by fat buildup was found effective in a trial, paving the way for it to become the first approved treatment for the chronic condition. The company's shares nearly quadrupled to a life high of $305 on Thursday morning on ...
Sangamo shares jumped as much as 30 percent to a six-year high of $17.73 on the Nasdaq on Thursday morning. Biogen will use Sangamo's genome-editing technology to develop drugs targeting sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia.
The device, known as renal denervation system, is aimed at high blood pressure-patients who are resistant to traditional drug therapies and works by deadening nerves in kidneys. Analysts called the trial results disappointing, even though they did not have very high sales expectations from the ...
If upheld, the ruling by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) could open the door for copycat firms to sell similar products under the same name in China, which has the largest number of diabetes patients in the world. Spending on diabetes is expected to climb in China as the ...
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The green light for the combined use of Tafinlar, also known as dabrafenib, and Mekinist, or trametinib, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the first of its kind for a form of the disease with a specific genetic profile. Both drugs are already approved for separate use but GSK believes ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A voluntary effort by the world's largest food and beverage companies to remove billions of calories from the products they sell in the United States to help combat the nation's obesity epidemic has far exceeded its five-year goal, according to an independent evaluation ...
J&J's view on naming of biosimilars contrasts that of Mylan Inc and Novartis AG over the past few months, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to work on drafting regulations for the approval of biosimilars -- cheaper versions of expensive biologics, or the original reference ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Patients with potentially fatal "superbug" forms of tuberculosis (TB) could in future be treated using stem cells taken from their own bone marrow, according to the results of an early-stage trial of the technique. The finding, made by British and Swedish scientists, ...
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The complaint, unsealed on Wednesday, says Novartis paid New York-based specialty pharmacy company BioScrip to keep patients on Exjade at a time when the Swiss company feared patients were discontinuing its use because of harmful side effects. The drug was approved in 2005 and the charges allege ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Researchers in Florida believe they have come up with a low-cost way to improve football helmets and better protect players against the glancing blows that experts say contribute to most concussions. Protective sports helmets on the market today are largely designed to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People wondering how much their new artificial hip will cost probably won't find the answer with their surgeon, according to a new study. Researchers who surveyed 503 orthopedic surgeons found the doctors could only accurately estimate the price of implantable medical ...
Officials at a briefing in Ottawa said that the case was isolated and there was minimal risk to the general public. The H5N1 strain - normally spread through contact with infected birds - kills about 60 percent of those infected, they added. The person, who traveled to China in December, died in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Current and former smokers incur higher healthcare costs after having surgery than non-smokers, according to a new study. "Smoking causes an estimated $17 billion in excess healthcare costs each year just because it is more expensive to take care of these folks in ...
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Eating slowly may cut meal size
January 8th, 2014, 7:55 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People may consume fewer calories over the course of a meal when they eat slowly, a new study suggests. But it's not clear if that strategy works as well for people who are overweight or obese as it does for their slimmer peers. Past studies have come to mixed ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Wednesday approved an AstraZeneca drug from a new class of medicines to treat type 2 diabetes after previously rejecting it over safety concerns. The Food and Drug Administration's approval had been expected after an outside advisory panel of medical experts ...
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche has found an efficient way for complex antibody drugs to reach and penetrate the brain, raising the possibility of more effective treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's. The innovative brain shuttle technology, which has so far been tested in mice, can ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Middle and high school students who drink alcohol are often the same ones winning the popularity contests, new research suggests. Previous studies have found friend groups can influence choices about alcohol, but haven't looked at the possible social payoffs of drinking.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - When New York moves ahead with its planned legalization of medical marijuana for the chronically ill, Missy Miller's epileptic son Oliver will be left behind. Oliver suffered a brain stem injury in utero and now, at 14, has hundreds of seizures a day. For months, his family ...
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The Department of Health strongly rejected the criticism, saying minimum alcohol pricing remained an option and that officials had held a similar number of meetings with health campaigners or charities. The government said in July that it was not ready to pursue plans previously endorsed by Prime ...
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CDI said in a statement on Wednesday it has signed a long-term agreement to supply stem cells to the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nestle is increasingly linking up food and science with its Health Science unit, set up in 2011 to pursue a ...
Immunocore is developing drugs known as "ImmTACs" that exploit the power of the body's own immune system to find and kill diseased cells. AstraZeneca said on Wednesday its MedImmune unit would pay Immunocore $20 million upfront per program and the biotech firm would then be eligible to ...
The maker of Kit Kat chocolate bars and Maggi soups will take brain and liver cells from CDI to study the effect of nutrients found in foods, the Journal cited Emmanuel Baetge, director of the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences, as saying in an interview. (http://link.reuters.com/buc85v) Madison, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of American men and over a third of women were smokers on January 11, 1964, when Dr. Luther Terry delivered the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health outlining the links between tobacco use, lung cancer and death. Fifty years later, smoking ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of American men and over a third of women were smokers on January 11, 1964, when Dr. Luther Terry delivered the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health outlining the links between tobacco use, lung cancer and death. Fifty years later, smoking ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Adolescents whose parents suffer from chronic pain may be more likely to develop ongoing pain too - especially if the parent tends to 'catastrophize' pain, according to new research. "Children are careful observers of everything that we do as parents, and how we respond ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Doctors are failing to find out if their patients drink too much alcohol, despite evidence that at least 38 million American adults consume an excessive amount, a U.S. health agency said on Tuesday. An estimated 88,000 people die in the United States each year from drinking too ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking raises the risk of developing cataracts, but quitting may turn that around over time, according to a new study from Sweden. Researchers followed nearly 45,000 Swedish men and found a gradual drop in cataract risk among former smokers - 20 years after quitting, ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans putting their faith in miracle cures to shed unwanted pounds are likely to be disappointed, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday in announcing settlements with four firms accused of falsely advertising weight-loss products such as skin creams. The Federal Trade ...
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More Florida teens trying hookah
January 7th, 2014, 5:34 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More and more Florida high school students are trying hookah - water pipes used for smoking tobacco, according to a new study. "Hookah smoking is associated with a host of smoking-related health problems including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, oral ...
(Reuters) - An independent committee recommended a late stage trial of a cancer drug developed by Pharmacyclics Inc and Johnson & Johnson be stopped early as it became clear it helped patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) live longer, paving the way for additional approval of the ...
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Pharmaceutical companies including Switzerland's Novartis and Roche are among those developing a treatment for a specific type of lung cancer, a field that is now so crowded it may impact profits. A better understanding of the cause of tumors has drawn resources into cancer ...
Community Health, the No. 2 U.S. hospital company behind HCA Holdings Inc, also said it was negotiating an agreement with the U.S. Office of the Inspector General to settle a probe related to allegations of false claims to the federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. Such deals, ...
Young, who plans to step down on February 4, has held the top commercial post for the world's leading maker of HIV/AIDS medicines since 2004. During his tenure Gilead's annual sales grew from $1.24 billion in 2004 to about $11 billion in 2013. "Over the past nine years, he has greatly ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Without cutting back on calories, adopting a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil may protect people at high risk for heart disease against diabetes, a new study found. Researchers who analyzed data on more than 3,500 people at an increased risk for heart ...
The trial tested the drug, NBI-98854, in 102 moderate to severe tardive dyskinesia patients over a six-week treatment period. Tardive dyskinesia is a movement disorder that affects a person's ability to perform voluntary muscular movements. It is characterized by symptoms including lip smacking, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mindfulness meditation may be useful in battles against anxiety, depression and pain, according to a fresh look at past research. Using data from 47 earlier studies, researchers found moderate evidence to support the use of mindfulness meditation to treat those ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A long-running and well-respected workplace wellness program at PepsiCo that encourages employees to adopt healthier habits has not reduced healthcare costs, according to the most comprehensive evaluation of a such a program ever published. Released on Monday in the journal ...
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Since 2009, increases in spending on healthcare have run from 3.6 percent to 3.8 percent, below pre-recession rates which have been falling since their peak in 2003, the report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. "The relative stability since 2009 primarily reflects ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Americans are unlikely to move to another state to obtain better medical coverage, according to a Harvard study released on Monday that debunks fears expanded Medicaid in some states under the U.S. Affordable Care Act will trigger big and costly migrations. The study could ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most U.S. health authorities recommend people who've suffered a concussion give their brain a break while they recover, but there hadn't been strong data to support that. A new study provides some of the first evidence showing "cognitive rest" does make a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - For people fighting to get fit in 2014, fitness experts say a New Year's resolution to get in shape can be an important first step and can increase overall success. Losing weight and getting fit are among the top five resolutions every year although many good intentions run ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the way President Barack Obama's healthcare law is being applied to Congress, part of a larger Republican strategy to draw attention to what they see as critical flaws in Obama's signature domestic ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than one in five middle-school aged children with behavioral or emotional problems has recently engaged in sexting, according to a new study. What's more, researchers found those who reported sexting in the past six months were four to seven times more likely to ...
Israel-based BrainStorm said on Monday a case report is being published in the February issue of "Muscle & Nerve" by the principal investigator and his colleagues at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and a professor from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The report is already available ...
BOSTON (Reuters) - The estate of the late American shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig on Monday donated a total of $540 million to six elite U.S. cancer research facilities, making one of the largest one-time gifts dedicated to combating the disease. Ed McDermott, CEO of the Ludwig Institute for ...
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PEORIA, Illinois (Reuters) - By all accounts, Sandy Wright of Mackinaw, Illinois, is a challenging patient. The spunky 69-year-old with a rare autoimmune disease has been in the hospital more than a dozen times since she was first diagnosed in 1997. "You name it, I've had it," Wright ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly half of the United States is reporting widespread influenza activity, most of it attributed to the H1N1 virus that caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. Thousands of people die every year from flu, which ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California girl declared brain dead following complications from a tonsillectomy, whose case has prompted debate over when to withdraw life support, has arrived at an undisclosed care facility with her mother, a family spokesman said on Monday. Jahi McMath, 13, was ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Black and Hispanic people and other minorities tend to know less about skin cancer than whites, a new study suggests. "Our findings emphasize the need for improved patient education about characteristics of melanoma, regardless of race," researchers led by ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - African American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories, a new study suggests. "Many large and well done studies have demonstrated that African American women tend to lose ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Every July, U.S. hospitals take on new doctors-in-training and others are promoted. Some studies have found there are more medical errors and patient deaths around this time of year. But for the most common heart procedure performed worldwide, a new study suggests there ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People standing near someone using an e-cigarette will be exposed to nicotine, but not to other chemicals found in tobacco cigarette smoke, according to a new study. E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, create a nicotine-rich vapor that can be inhaled, or 'vaped.'
China has been investigating 17 deaths following inoculation with a hepatitis B vaccine, made by Shenzhen-based BioKangtai, from December 13 and 31. The news alarmed many Chinese Internet users, who called on the government to make more information public. Many Chinese people are suspicious that ...
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Many activists and critics have cited studies showing that genetically modified (GM) crops are not safe for people and animals who consume them. Some activist groups opposing GM food also say the crops create environmental problems by encouraging more use of certain agro chemicals, and consumers ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers on Friday criticized government spending of 424 million pounds ($702 million) to stockpile Roche's medicine Tamiflu, saying doubts about the drug's effectiveness suggest it may not be money well spent. Parliament's influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Researchers looked for early symptoms of eating disorders among more than 7,000 ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women using intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other types of long-term reversible birth control after having a baby are less likely to get pregnant again quickly, a new study suggests. Women who used those methods were four times more likely to wait more than 18 months ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents who let their teens use electronic devices or watch TV during family meals tend to serve less nutritious food and have poorer family communication, a new study suggests. Experts have suggested turning the TV off at mealtime for years. But with the advent of cell ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Maintaining a consistent daily routine may be linked to better sleep, according to a small new study. Young adults who went to work and ate dinner around the same time every day typically slept better and woke up fewer times during the night. They also fell asleep more ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women with a history of heart trouble were more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those without heart disease, it was found in a new study. Women who'd had a heart attack, in particular, were twice as likely to see declines in their thinking and ...
"We expect it to be reflected in our pipeline in the next two, three, four, five years," Wolfgang Plischke, Bayer's outgoing innovation chief, told Reuters in an interview. Under the project named Nimbus, announced in 2012, Bayer's human and animal health businesses as well as its ...
The company's shares rose about 3 percent to $1.97 in premarket trading on Thursday. Cell Therapeutics said it received the notification from the regulator on December 26.
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - What do infant mortality and elephant poaching have in common? Plenty, according to conservation groups. Researchers have for the first time made clear connections between elephant poaching in Africa, which has been surging to meet soaring ivory demand in Asia, and factors ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a cure for AIDS say they have been inspired, not crushed, by a major setback in which two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured found the virus re-invading their bodies once more. True, the news hit hard last month that the so-called "Boston ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If you're a novice driver, dialing a phone is more dangerous than retrieving text messages, and reaching for an object while driving is more likely to produce an accident than eating behind the wheel. Even experienced drivers face a dangerously-high risk of getting into ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Trebling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, researchers said on Wednesday. In a review in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from the charity Cancer Research UK ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The U.S. government is planning stricter controls on exposure to silica, a carcinogen found in workplaces ranging from dentist's offices to granite quarries, according to a new report. Silica is powdered quartz, in particles so small they can be inhaled deep into the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Child care issues may keep breast cancer patients from getting the treatments they need, a new study suggests. Mothers with young children were more likely to skip recommended radiation treatments after breast cancer surgery because of worries about the time involved, ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The company at the heart of a scandal involving the Virginia governor's promotion of one of its dietary supplement products, has received a warning from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency said on Tuesday. The FDA sent a letter to Star Scientific Inc on December 20, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Researchers looked for early symptoms of eating disorders among more than 7,000 ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking vitamin E during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease slowed declines in patients' ability to perform basic tasks by about six months in a new study. "It will be very interesting to see to what extent this will change practice," Dr. Maurice Dysken ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who eat foods rich in antioxidants may have a lower risk of cataracts as they age, according to a new Swedish analysis. "Oxidative damage of the eye lens caused by free radicals has been suggested to be crucial in development of cataract," said Susanne ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 2.1 million people have enrolled in private health insurance plans through new federal and state websites since they were launched in October as part of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. While short of the 3.3 million ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patterns of "good" and "bad" cholesterol usually associated with heart risks also predicted the levels of Alzheimer's-related beta amyloid protein seen in the brains of study participants. "One of the important themes emerging from dementia ...
The new infections, including one fatal case in a 73-year-old Saudi man and three in Saudi health workers who showed no adverse symptoms, bring the total confirmed cases of the respiratory disease to 176, of which 74 have died, the United Nations health agency said. MERS emerged in the Middle East ...
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Pfizer, the largest drugmaker in the United States, contravened Chinese law when one of its France-based factories failed to submit a supplementary application on time, the China Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in the statement. With the country's healthcare spending forecast to nearly ...
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The final recommendations, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, apply to people aged 55 to 80 whose smoking has put them at high risk of cancer. That includes former heavy smokers who have quit within the past 15 years. Heavy smokers ...
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OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - The family of a California girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy won an 11th-hour court order on Monday requiring doctors to keep her connected to a breathing machine for at least another week. Under the latest court order in the ...
New York (Reuters Health) - Women who were initially exposed to images of surgically modified female genitalia were more likely to consider them 'normal' and 'ideal' when later comparing them to unaltered genitalia, Australian researchers report. Labiaplasty is an increasingly popular cosmetic ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women over 75 who learned more about the risks and benefits of mammogram screenings were less likely to go through with the test in a new study. Women should have a mammogram - an X-ray of the breast tissue scanning for early signs of cancer - every two years between ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than half of U.S. minority patients are cared for by doctors who are also minorities, according to a new analysis. Using data from a 2010 U.S. survey, researchers found that about 54 percent of minority patients report their doctors are not white. That number was ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints. Parts of the brain's outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was ...
Alexis Shapiro suffered damage to her pituitary gland, which helps regulate weight, as a result of the brain disease. She has gained about 140 pounds (63.5 kgs) in less than two years because of the problem, her mother said. Her extreme excess of body fat is clinically defined as morbid ...
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PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi's Lemtrada multiple sclerosis treatment has failed to win approval from U.S. regulators, dealing a setback to a drug which was at the heart of the French drugmaker's $20 billion takeover of biotech firm Genzyme. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) rejected ...
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China, home to some 300 million smokers, is the world's largest consumer of tobacco, and smoking is a ubiquitous part of social life, particularly for men. Tougher regulation of smoking is a priority this year, officials from the National Health and Family Planning Commission said this week, ...
The Swiss company said its price gap with rivals must be reduced, and that it may adjust prices in other parts of Europe at a later date. Premium implant makers like Straumann and local rival Nobel Biocare have been hit by weak consumer confidence in Europe, as cash-strapped consumers cut back on ...
PARIS (Reuters) - French artificial heart maker Carmat's first patient is in a "very satisfactory condition" 12 days after being fitted with the device, the hospital treating him said on Monday. The 75-year-old Frenchman is eating normally and spent three hours sitting in a chair in the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Changes made last year to McDonald's Happy Meals selections for children may be helping kids to cut calories, according to a new study. "We were curious to know how diners might have changed what they were ordering in order to make up for the reduction of ...
Brintellix is important for Lundbeck, which hopes it will provide a new source of revenue as its existing antidepressant Cipralex - sold as Lexapro in the United States and Japan - comes off patent. Cipralex is Lundbeck's single biggest source of revenue.
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Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking
December 27th, 2013, 5:24 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents who set limits are less likely to have kids who smoke, regardless of their ethnic and racial backgrounds, according to a new U.S. study. Researchers surveyed middle schoolers from diverse backgrounds and found those whose parents had an "authoritative" ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but in the southeastern part of the country the rate is well over half, according to a new study that finds too little is being done to reverse the problem. The Southeast has been called the Stroke Belt because of ...
Anxiety linked to stroke risk
December 27th, 2013, 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women with severe symptoms of anxiety may have a higher risk of stroke than their more relaxed counterparts, a new study suggests. "The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risks of having a stroke," study co-author Dr. Maya J. Lambiase, of the ...
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Rhoen-Klinikum bought the hospital in central Germany from the state in 2006 and at the time promised to invest in particle therapy, a method for fighting cancer in which protons or charged ions are fired at tumors while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. It teamed up with engineering group ...
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The new infections, including in two health workers from Riyadh who have not reported any adverse symptoms, bring the worldwide total of confirmed cases of the respiratory disease to 170 with 72 deaths, the United Nations health agency said. MERS first emerged in the Middle East in September 2012 ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A federal program that let law enforcement trace cigarette packs from manufacturer to consumer would reduce interstate trafficking and boost the public health benefits of state cigarette tax policies, researchers say. Without a national tracking system in place, smokers ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study of U.S. Medicare claims finds a jump in extra doctor consultations before cataract surgery, but no clear medical reason for the added costs. "The preoperative medical consultation is an understudied area. It's an intervention that we spend several billion ...
Benefit of knee supplements still unclear
December 26th, 2013, 5:24 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate might slow joint damage for people with mild arthritis in their knees, according to a new study. Previous research on the effectiveness of the supplements has been mixed, so experts remain divided on what the findings ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More strain at work might mean more illness in old age, according to a new study from Finland. The study found both physical and mental job strain were tied to hospital stays later in life. Mental job strain can come from tight deadlines, high demands and having little ...
The man, the second person in Hong Kong to be diagnosed with the virus strain, lived in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and had eaten poultry there, media reported. The H7N9 strain was first reported in humans in February in mainland China, and has infected at least 139 people in China, ...
Common knee surgery ineffective in study
December 25th, 2013, 10:35 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One of the most common types of knee surgery performed in the U.S. is no more effective than fake surgery, at least for the first year, according to a new study. The new evidence should give doctors pause before they try to repair the meniscus, which cushions the bones ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who were breastfed for more than six months scored the highest on cognitive, language and motor development tests as toddlers, in a new study from Greece. Earlier research tied breastfeeding to better thinking and memory skills. But how it's related to language ...
When it comes to walking, more is better
December 25th, 2013, 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who walk enough to meet or exceed physical activity recommendations may be less likely to die early than those who only walk a little, new research shows. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adults be physically active for at least two and a half ...
Many with diabetes unaware of vision loss
December 24th, 2013, 9:54 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Less than half of people with diabetes-related eye disease have been told about it, which means they're also missing out on treatment that could save their sight, U.S. researchers say. In nationwide surveys of adults with diabetic macular edema - a condition that can ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children and teens with chronic migraines may find headache relief when they pair medication with psychotherapy, according to a new study. Researchers found that kids who received cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy that teaches relaxation and coping ...
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The painful path to Obamacare deadline
December 24th, 2013, 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tuesday is a moment of truth for Obamacare. It marks the final deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, if they want coverage starting on January 1.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Blood pressure readings above the ideal but below the formal definition of "high" still raise a person's risk of death from stroke and heart disease and should be addressed, according to a new study. After analyzing results from 20 previous studies that ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bariatric surgery results in substantial weight loss and can turn back some diseases related to obesity, a new study finds. There is some risk of complications, but death rates appear to be lower than previously thought, researchers reported after reviewing about a ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration questioned the differences in size and formulation of the patch used in trials and the to-be-marketed patch. The generic drugs maker, which received a "complete response letter" from the FDA, said it planned to work closely with the agency to address ...
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(Reuters) - Owners and insurers of a now-bankrupt Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak have agreed to pay more than $100 million to compensate victims, families of victims and creditors. The preliminary settlement announced on Monday, which requires court approval, would ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should be assessed to see if those cancers could be linked to certain mutations, according to new recommendations. Only if the assessments suggest a possible connection should women get genetic counseling and - if ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - So long as they don't have nut allergies themselves, pregnant women shouldn't be afraid that eating nuts might trigger allergies in their child, according to a large new study. In fact, when women ate nuts more than five times a month during pregnancy, their kids had ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having access to even a few hours with a professional specially trained to help women breastfeed may raise the number of women who start breastfeeding and stick with it, according to a new study. Lactation consultants are certified through the International Board of ...
Patients with congenital Factor XIIIA-subunit deficiency do not make enough of the Factor XIII protein that is important for normal blood clotting, the FDA said. Factor XIII is composed of subunits A and B and Factor XIII deficiency is usually caused by a deficiency of the A subunit. Tretten was ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who start rapidly gaining weight early in childhood are more likely to have higher blood pressure and other signs of future heart trouble as preteens, a new study suggests. "There's a natural tendency early in life for children to thin out as they grow taller ...
Merck & Co Inc's Emend, a drug similar to Tesaro's rolapitant, is approved to treat CINV and can help prevent it for up to 5 days from when chemotherapy is given. Two late-stage trials showed that while rolapitant was effective in treating CINV during the 24-120 hour period following ...
China has been beset by a series of product safety scandals over the past few years. At least six children died in 2008 after drinking milk contaminated by the industrial chemical melamine, and there have also been reports of children dying or becoming seriously ill from faulty encephalitis, ...
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(Reuters) - New Year's Day will bring a fresh test for President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, as hundreds of thousands of Americans will begin to use the program's new medical coverage for the first time. For the nation's healthcare system as well as its politics, the stakes are huge in ...
"We could, at some point, call on new investors," Carmat co-founder Philippe Pouletty was quoted saying by Le Monde newspaper on Saturday. "Our aim, if possible, is to remain independent." The company said after Friday's stock market close it had carried out its first implant ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its ...
A 34-year-old woman from Loudi city in the central province of Hunan confessed to poisoning the yoghurt drink before delivering to the students, Xinhua said on Saturday. It said the woman was suspected to be suffering from a mental disorder. Three children were in serious condition but their lives ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Herbalife is still engaged in improper recruiting tactics and is likely violating multi-level market restrictions in China, activist hedge fund manager William Ackman wrote to his investors on Monday. The billionaire investor on Monday told clients in a letter, seen by Reuters, ...
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That brings the total enrollments through state and federal marketplaces to more than 1 million people to date, based on rough estimates of updated state and federal data, senior administration officials said. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton, Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Chris Reese)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who donated sperm and eggs before 1998 in one Australian state were able to remain anonymous, but potential new laws could have changed that. A recent study found those donors were split on the idea of possible contact from their donor children. Victoria, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who are teased while playing sports tend to have a worse quality of life than their non-teased peers, a new study suggests. Some of them may also become less active over time. "Teasing not only influences psychological functioning but may reduce physical ...
As of January 1, CVS Caremark, a pharmacy benefits manager and drugstore operator, will be able to resume marketing of its SilverScript Medicare Part D plan. The CMS ban on some Medicare Part D plan activity arose in January after CVS converted to a new enrollment system, which led to service ...
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Carmat said on Friday it had carried out its first implant of an artificial heart that can beat for up to five years, adding that the operation had gone smoothly. The implant operation was performed on Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Shrugging off chronic knee pain as an inevitable part of aging puts men in their 70s at risk for accelerated muscle loss, falls and generally reduced quality of life, a new study suggests. "This study confirms the findings of many studies indicating that chronic ...
Sanofi acquired Lemtrada when it bought U.S. biotech firm Genzyme for $20.1 billion in 2011. The drug's prospects took center-stage in a drawn-out takeover battle and led to a deal in which Genzyme shareholders received listed contingent value rights (CVRs) linked to Lemtrada's future success. Law ...
(Reuters) - A leukemia drug that was suspended amid safety concerns nearly two months ago is being allowed back on the U.S. market, though restricted to a smaller group of patients. Shares of Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc, which makes the drug, Iclusig, rose as much as 40 percent after news that the ...
Less dangerous alternatives to cigarettes are a key focus for big tobacco firms as governments worldwide crack down and consumers cut back. "PMI firmly believes that reduced-risk tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, represent an important step toward achieving the public health goal of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to stave off heart disease may be inviting more harm than benefit, according to a new review of past studies. Adults face a crush of conflicting health messages about aspirin and the role it plays as a preventive medicine.
The European Medicine Agency (EMA) said J&J's Sirturo, which was approved in the United States last December, had been endorsed as a treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. The EMA had also been expected to decide this week on Teva's laquinimod, which the Israeli company is developing ...
(Reuters) - Amarin Corp Plc's shares jumped 38 percent following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's surprise move to delay a decision on approval for an expanded use of the Irish drugmaker's blood fat-lowering drug. Analysts expected the FDA to reject the wider use of the drug, Vascepa, after ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans have only a few more days to sign up for insurance plans created under President Barack Obama's healthcare law to ensure coverage starts on January 1, a deadline that could triple demand and strain enrollment systems. The expected rush could also encounter a new ...
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JAKARTA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - On rainy days in Jakarta, a canny street merchant like Emi can sell two dozen sachets of herbal cold cure Tolak Angin to office workers and labourers sniffling by her roadside stall. "Herbal medicine is good for the body because it's natural," says Emi, who ...
The mandatory medical screening at Indio High School about 135 miles outside Los Angeles comes after 45 students out of 131 who were screened for the illness this week tested positive for possible exposure. The numbers of those potentially infected were higher than expected, but the "the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration made a major last-minute policy shift on Thursday, saying the change would help Americans meet a looming deadline to replace insurance plans canceled because of new standards under Obamacare reforms. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen ...
LONDON (Reuters) - People who are already on the way to developing diabetes could significantly reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke by walking for just an extra 20 minutes a day for a year, scientists said on Friday. A large international study of people with a condition called ...
TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court unanimously upheld the state's new lethal injection procedure, clearing the way for the execution of a Death Row inmate who argued it was ineffective and caused needless suffering. Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight, was due ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The enormous growth of social media in recent years has inevitably drawn alcohol marketing, but the online world lacks the rules established in older mediums to protect kids, UK researchers say. Exposure to alcohol marketing is one of the factors that might lead to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nurses understandably want to reassure kids during a medical procedure. But a new Scottish study looking at dental care suggests that placating words might only increase a child's anxiety. Reassurances given at the beginning of a routine dental task were tied to more ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight and obese men in a new study showed diminished quantity and quality of semen, suggesting that a weight problem might also affect fertility, researchers say. "The heavier the men, the higher the chances of a low sperm count," urologist Dr. Keith ...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling that Hanmi did not infringe on AstraZeneca's patent since the South Korean company uses different salts in making its products. The company was disappointed in the appeals court decision.
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. scientists have discovered the basic mechanisms that allow HIV to wipe out the body's immune system and cause AIDS, which could lead to new approaches to treatment and research for a cure for the disease that affects 35 million people around the world. Instead of actively ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People may not be as active as they once were after they retire, according to a new UK study. Men and women living in eastern England reported a significant decline in physical activity after they stopped working, researchers found. The size of that drop varied based on ...
The data was consistent with the results from a large mid-stage trial that showed the drug, evolocumab, lowered LDL cholesterol by 52 percent after one year of treatment. Evolocumab belongs to class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors, which work by blocking a protein that prevents the liver from ...
It also handed out a fine of 414,000 euros to parent Merck and another of 318,000 euros to British supplier Reckitt Benckiser for anti-competitive behavior in staging the campaign in late 2005. The decision follows a complaint filed by Actavis-owned generics maker Arrow Generiques against Schering ...
Alimera Sciences shares jumped 88 percent and pSivida stock climbed 62 percent in premarket trade. The drug-device combination, Iluvien, is a sustained-release eye implant used to treat vision loss associated with chronic diabetic macular edema (DME).
(Reuters) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's Kalydeco cystic fibrosis drug failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study aimed at expanding its use into patients with a specific gene mutation associated with the rare, life-threatening lung disease, the company said on Thursday. Overall, Kalydeco ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Council voted to add electronic cigarettes to the city's strict smoking ban on Thursday, in what could be the latest of many anti-tobacco measures put in place by outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg's detractors have derided him for trying to impose a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant "superbug" bacteria, a U.S. consumer group said on Thursday, calling for stricter limits on use of the medicines on livestock. It could be more difficult to treat people if ...
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Under this agreement, the ACC will use its expertise in clinical research and its extensive patient registries to identify appropriate candidates for a cardiovascular outcomes clinical trial, Sanofi said in a statement on Thursday. This is the first time that the ACC's "Pinnacle" ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Tanner Martin, 17, developed excruciating back pain last year, he was sure he needed an X-ray to find out what was wrong. So was his mother, who worried that the pain might indicate a serious injury that could cause permanent disability. But Konnie Martin was no ordinary ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study meant to address fears about its use. The research, published in the Public Library of Science ...
Bristol had announced last month that it would no longer conduct research to discover new drugs for diabetes, hepatitis C and neurological conditions, but would increase spending on medicines that harness the immune system to fight cancer. That refocus led to speculation that Bristol would seek to ...
(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc released impressive late-stage data Wednesday for its once-daily combination pill to treat hepatitis C, advancing its lead in the race to develop new, all-oral treatments for the liver disease, and pushed up its timeline for seeking U.S. approval. Gilead unveiled ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who take a common type of antidepressant during pregnancy are not more likely to have a child with autism, according to a new study from Denmark. But children did have a higher than usual risk when their mothers took the drugs - known as selective serotonin ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than eight in 10 U.S. cancer specialists have struggled to find the drugs they need to best treat their patients, a new survey has found. Such drug shortages could affect people with colon cancer, breast cancer and leukemia. They include chemotherapy drugs ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with intellectual disabilities in the UK die of preventable causes more often than the general population, according to a new study. They also tend to die a decade or two earlier. People with intellectual disabilities have below-average mental function, which ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found that the sleep disorder narcolepsy can sometimes be triggered by a scientific phenomenon known as "molecular mimicry", offering a possible explanation for its link to a GlaxoSmithKline H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine. Results from U.S. researchers ...
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(Reuters) - Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government's plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal, HealthCare.gov, in the midst of an expected last-minute rush to beat a March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage. Switching hosts is not in and of itself a ...
(Reuters) - U.S. teenagers are smoking more marijuana, but backing away from other harmful drugs and doing less binge drinking, according to a report from federal health researchers released Wednesday. Easier access to marijuana provided by new state laws allowing the drug for medical treatment ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese teens might not develop sufficient bone mass relative to their body weight, according to a new study from Brazil. Both body fat and lean body mass have an impact on bone growth, but it's not clear if the bones of the heaviest teens are strong enough for their ...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said in a statement it was tracking reports of the chikungunya virus, which has surfaced among some residents of the French side of St. Martin. An infection from the virus is rarely fatal, the CDC said. Symptoms include a rash, headaches, ...
It is Sandoz's sixth copy of a biotech medicine to enter Phase III trials and could represent a major prize, since the Humira drug for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn's disease is the world's top-selling prescription product with sales of around $10 billion a year. The trial will study ...
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However, the inhaled treatment, Anoro Ellipta, will carry a warning that one of its components increase the risk of asthma-related death, FDA said in a statement released on its website. (http://link.reuters.com/kep55v) Anoro Ellipta was developed along with U.S. partner Theravance Inc, in which ...
The European Medicines Agency and France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are taking part in the initiative, which will focus on the testing stage that precedes generic drug applications. They will cooperate on inspecting facilities used in clinical trials and assess the ...
(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc released impressive late-stage data for its once-daily combination pill to treat hepatitis C, advancing its lead in the race to develop new, all-oral treatments for the liver disease, and pushed up its timeline for seeking U.S. approval. Gilead on Wednesday unveiled ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Denmark has approved the sale of a generic copy of GlaxoSmithKline's $8 billion-a-year inhaled lung drug Advair, threatening future sales of the British firm's biggest product. Sandoz, the generics division of Swiss drugmaker Novartis, and Vectura, another British company, said ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union diplomats approved new anti-tobacco legislation on Wednesday, including larger health warnings on cigarette packets and the bloc's first rules on electronic cigarettes. The new rules are designed to make smoking less attractive - particularly to young people - ...
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Some insurers had already announced similar moves individually, but now plans selling insurance on either the state or federal exchanges will voluntarily honor the delayed payment schedule, America's Health Insurance Plans said in a statement. But some state-based exchanges said they are not ...
The 73-year-old woman died from the virus on December 6, six days after contracting the disease, the WHO said in a statement. The virus has been detected in birds since 1965 in at least seven countries including China, the WHO said.
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry and lawmakers to undergo an independent security audit, after hackers broke into a computer system used by healthcare companies to submit information to the agency. Drug companies fear the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A threat to America's health insurance overhaul has been that young people would not buy coverage in new marketplaces, possibly pushing the program into a disastrous spiral of falling enrollment and rising premiums. But this worst-case scenario is looking more far-fetched, ...
(Reuters) - Nearly 1 percent of young women in a U.S. study who have become pregnant claim to have done so as virgins, according to a report in the Christmas edition of Britain's BMJ medical journal. The authors of "Like a virgin (mother)" - whose prose is devoid of irony - say such ...
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Medical insurance carriers participating in the Maryland Health Connection also agreed to extend the enrollment deadline to December 27 from December 23 to have coverage that begins on January 1, Governor Martin O'Malley's office said on its blog on Tuesday. The HealthSource RI marketplace will ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children's coughs and colds can last up to two or three weeks and earaches may take a week to get better, according to a new review of past studies. Researchers said they hope the findings help reassure both doctors and parents that respiratory symptoms can last ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Research trials that evaluate drugs and other treatments for children don't always align with needs around the world, according to a new analysis. Researchers compared trials registered on a U.S. government website to the burden of 21 diseases found in countries around ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women spend about two-thirds of their time sitting, a new study suggests. Sedentary behavior has been linked to disease and disability. That's in part because people who spend lots of time sitting also tend to not meet physical activity guidelines - but it's not ...
New billing rules for the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled require hospitals to treat patient stays lasting less than "two midnights" as an outpatient visit. "In addition, it is reasonable to conclude that the cumulative impact of changing physician employment and ...
A U.S. court in September lifted a temporary injunction stopping Hanmi launching its esomeprazole strontium product, a close relative of Nexium. The block had been imposed because of an ongoing legal dispute over AstraZeneca's patents. Nexium sales are declining but the heartburn and ulcer ...
Sleep loss linked to teens' blood pressure
December 17th, 2013, 6:32 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Beyond making teens sleepy during the day, staying up late may be raising their blood pressure, setting them up for later heart troubles, say Chinese researchers. "Sleep is an essential part of everyone's life. However, with continuous advancement of technology, ...
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Pfizer's U.S. patent on Viagra lapses in 2020, including a six-month extension granted for having tested the medicine in young patients. That means Israeli drugmaker Teva, under the arrangement, could launch its generic version several years before other generic drugmakers. Pfizer said in a ...
The products - acetamiprid and imidacloprid - belong to a popular class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which have recently been in the spotlight due to links with plunging populations of bees. Imidacloprid is one of the most widely used insecticides in the world. The European Union voted ...
The agency, in a notice on its website, said its review documented the problem, formally known as priapism, in males 8 to 33 years of age who took drugs containing methylphenidate. The chemical is the active ingredient of Novartis AG's Ritalin and Johnson & Johnson's Concerta. Generic forms of ...
Dabigatran, whose brand name is Pradaxa, is approved to prevent blood clots caused by irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. The drug was being tested in a late-stage study to prevent deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, and pulmonary embolism, or clots in ...
The products - acetamiprid and imidacloprid - belong to popular class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which have recently been in the spotlight due to links with plunging populations of bees. Imidacloprid is one of the most widely used insecticides in the world. The European Union voted in ...
An independent study by the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne has shown that daily intake of a mix of three of Chr. Hansen's probiotic strains more than halved the risk among premature babies of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) compared with infants that received a placebo. The study ...
The European Medicines Agency, which has started publishing agendas for its scientific meetings, listed Teva's laquinimod among new medicines to be considered at the December 16-19 meeting of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Decisions from the monthly meetings of the CHMP ...
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese drugmaker Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co Ltd said it is investigating an allegation in local media that a subsidiary bribed hospital and industry staff to boost drug sales. The subsidiary paid 766,500 yuan ($126,200) in bribes between January and June this year to ...
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign, arguing that most residents had fled although hundreds of thousands were still there, a Reuters investigation shows. Public health ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors for promoting its drugs and scrap prescription targets for its marketing staff - a first for an industry battling scandals over its sales practices, and a challenge for its peers to follow suit. Britain's biggest drugmaker also said on ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have proved for the first time that the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed 71 people can also infect camels, strengthening suspicions the animals may be a source of the human outbreak. Researchers from the Netherlands and Qatar used ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists derided research published on Tuesday that suggested ear acupuncture may help people lose weight, saying the study's design was flawed and its conclusions highly implausible. Responding to the findings of research published online in the journal Acupuncture in ...
New York (Reuters Health) - A program for older people caring for their grandchildren may help improve the children's behavior, according to a new study from Australia. Researchers found families who had been through the program, designed to encourage better communication between generations and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking a multivitamin every day doesn't seem to ward off thinking and memory problems. Nor will it prevent further heart disease or death among people who have already had a heart attack. Those findings come from two reports published Monday in the Annals of Internal ...
(Reuters) - Makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes would have to demonstrate that their products are safe and more effective than soap and water in preventing infection and the spread of bacteria, under a rule proposed by U.S. regulators on Monday. "Although consumers generally ...
Fish oil sales don't reflect evidence
December 16th, 2013, 9:18 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Recent research into the potential benefits of fish oil has been largely disappointing. But sales of the supplements have continued to rise, according to a new report. "About 10 percent of U.S. adults use fish oils, most in the belief that they help heart ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors' personal preferences may influence when they discuss end-of-life care with patients, says a new study. Researchers found doctors who said they would opt for care aimed at preventing pain and suffering at the end of their own lives were more likely to discuss ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. researchers on Monday unveiled a $14 million series of research projects aimed at diagnosing and treating brain injuries in football players and others who have suffered multiple head injuries or concussions. The projects, partly funded by the National Football League, are aimed ...
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Disagreement over how to regulate the booming market for electronic cigarettes is holding up a deal on strict new rules governing tobacco products in the European Union, diplomats said on Monday. In talks aimed at finalizing the legislative proposals by the end of the year, ...
Agenus shares soared as much as 32 percent in early trading. The biotechnology company also said 30 percent of the 41 patients with recurrent Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer, were alive at 12 months in a mid-stage trial.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not review the fraud conviction of former InterMune Inc Chief Executive Scott Harkonen for a statement he made about the effectiveness of one of the company's drugs. Harkonen was prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department for ...
"Although consumers generally view these products as effective tools to help prevent the spread of germs, there is currently no evidence that they are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a ...
The company's shares rose about 8 percent to $68 in premarket trading. Cubist's drug, a combination of ceftolozane and tazobactam, was being tested in patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections, in combination with another antibiotic, metronidazole.
NuPathe shareholders will get $2.85 per share, a premium of 24 percent to the stock's Friday close. They will also be entitled to up to $3.15 per share if specified sales milestones for Zecuity are achieved. NuPathe shares jumped nearly 61 percent to $3.70 in trading before the bell.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish pharmaceutical group Lundbeck said on Monday that it hopes to launch a new Alzheimer's medicine in 2017 in what would be the first new drug for the condition in more than a decade. Dementia - of which Alzheimer's disease is the most common form - already affects 44 ...
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Siemens said in a statement on Monday it would be one of Pfizer's collaboration partners to develop and provide in vitro diagnostic tests for use in clinical studies and, potentially, eventual global commercialization with Pfizer products. It did not disclose financial details.
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Boston (REUTERS) - Michael Giangregorio's son Nicholas was diagnosed as severely autistic when he was 18 months old. Now 12, Nicholas requires nearly round-the-clock care - special schooling as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy - that can cost tens of thousands of dollars a ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries - this time for treating hepatitis C - more than a decade after a global showdown over the price of AIDS drugs in Africa. Modern pills being launched in western markets could cure the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women, babies and kids should not drink raw or unpasteurized milk, a group of pediatricians said on Monday. Because of infection risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases and Committee on Nutrition also said sales of ...
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Healthcare.gov underwent what officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency running the healthcare overhaul, called "extended maintenance" beginning at midnight Saturday EST. The work was scheduled to last through approximately noon on Sunday, during which ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Around 15,000 enrollment forms filled out by people applying for health insurance under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law were not transmitted properly to insurers, but the error rate plunged in recent weeks, the administration said on Saturday. At the same ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - That healthy foods cost more has become conventional wisdom, but a new study is the most thorough yet in calculating how much more: about a dollar and a half. "Before now, we've seen studies looking at prices of one or a few foods or diets, in one city and from one ...
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) had never been reported in North America until May, when it was discovered in the United States. The virus has fueled market concerns that U.S. hog supplies will decline steeply next spring and summer.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - American travelers often focus on avoiding diseases or violence in foreign lands, but a new study shows they may overlook a larger health threat: road accidents. Between 2003 and 2009, more Americans died abroad from crashes involving cars or motorcycles than from ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ikaria Inc, a specialty drug company that is seeking to sell itself for as much as $2 billion, received final bids this week from private equity firms American Securities LLC, GTCR LLC and Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, according to people familiar with the matter. Ikaria is ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids' lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies. Kids tend to first experience depression or anxiety between ages ...
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(Reuters) - Women with an especially deadly type of breast cancer who received a treatment regimen containing an experimental AbbVie Inc drug prior to surgery are likely to have a significantly better response than those who get a standard chemotherapy regimen, according to data from a clinical ...
Data from an interim analysis of the trial was being reviewed to determine the next steps, the company said in a statement. Aveo shares fell 2 percent in trading before the bell.
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Although no plastic has been discovered so far and the risk is "very low", the drugmaker said it was recalling certain batches from consumers, retail customers and wholesalers. The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and ...
Under criminal investigation for overcharging the government on a contract to electronically tag offenders, Serco is undergoing a revamp, including a search for a new chief executive. On Friday it announced it would end two healthcare contracts early, including work at Braintree Hospital in Essex ...
The vaccine passed a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday. Jens Bager also told Reuters that he still expected the company to receive marketing authorization in the first quarter.
(Reuters) - A new type of diabetes drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca has been endorsed by U.S. medical experts, two years after it was rejected by regulators because of safety concerns. By a lopsided vote of 13 to 1, the advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Public health officials in California said on Thursday they had sought permission from the federal government to use a vaccine not approved for use in the United States against an outbreak of meningococcal disease among students in a public university. The ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - College students who consume energy drinks tend to drink more alcohol and having both in the same day may lead to more negative consequences, a new study says. Combining heavily caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol is a trend, especially among college students. In ...
Irregular heartbeat tied to depression
December 12th, 2013, 10:37 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with an irregular heartbeat may also be at increased risk of being depressed, suggests a new study from Germany. The added risk was small, researchers found, but it's in keeping with other studies linking heart disorders with depression.
The drug, manufactured by Zogenix Inc of San Diego, was approved by the FDA in October. In December 2012 a panel of outside experts convened by the agency had voted 11-2 against the drug's approval, citing its potential to cause addiction.
(Reuters) - By a lopsided vote of 13 to 1, an independent committee of medical experts voted on Thursday to recommend approval of a new type of diabetes drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb that U.S. regulators rejected two years ago due to safety concerns. The advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug ...
The advisory panel voted 9-0 that available data supported the efficacy of the immunotherapy drug, Grastek, in treating Timothy grass pollen allergy in patients 5 years or older. The committee also voted unanimously in favor of the drug's safety, on the condition that patients taking the drug have ...
The Food and Drug Administration, in a statement to healthcare professionals, said it is concerned that women will believe misleading claims about a nipple aspirate test and not get mammograms or other needed breast imaging tests or biopsies. The agency noted that it had issued a warning letter ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A history of acute mountain sickness may not predict future bouts of the condition, according to a team of Canadian researchers. Likewise, those who have never experienced such altitude sickness may not necessarily be protected against it in the future.
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Flu shots reduced the number of U.S. flu cases and hospitalizations last year by an estimated 17 percent, highlighting the need for increasing vaccination rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Vaccinations prevented more than six million cases ...
Some skin creams bad news for eczema
December 12th, 2013, 7:45 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with eczema are especially vulnerable to allergic reactions to certain preservatives in lotions and creams, according to a new study. With eczema, the skin doesn't function as a barrier the way it normally would, said senior author Dr. Donald V. Belsito, a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aetna Inc has decided not to reinstate or extend individual health insurance plans that are being canceled with the advent of the U.S. Affordable Care Act because the time frame is too short. Aetna is the largest insurer yet to announce a decision on how it would proceed ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened its grip in developing nations struggling to treat an illness driven by Western lifestyles. Cancer deaths were up 8 percent from 7.6 million in a previous ...
The licensing deal will enable generic drug firms around the world to produce affordable versions of atazanavir, which Bristol sells under the brand name Reyataz, and to combine it with other medicines to make treatment easier. The agreement announced on Thursday by the United Nations-backed ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a deadline approaches for people to sign up for medical insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, some insurers and state-run online marketplaces are giving shoppers an extra week to pay their first premiums. The shift to early January from the end of ...
The panel voted 13 to 1 that the benefits outweigh the risks of the Watchman device. The committee advised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the Watchman for the prevention of ischemic stroke and systemic embolism in patients with a dangerous cardiac rhythm known as atrial ...
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FDA on Wednesday outlined a proposal that would help reduce the use of some antibiotics in animal production to counter bacterial resistance to those drugs when they are prescribed for humans. In its statement on Wednesday, the agency did not specify which antibiotics would be targeted. Some of ...
The panel voted 11-1 that the benefits of the drug metreleptin outweigh the risks for the treatment of children and adults suffering from a condition known as generalized lipodystrophy. Only a few thousand people worldwide are believed to have the disorders, in which fat builds up in the blood and ...
The drug, Oralair, made by France's Stallergenes SA, is a tablet to be placed under the tongue and comprises extracts from five grass pollens mixed together - Kentucky bluegrass, Orchard, Perennial rye, Sweet vernal and Timothy. The advisory panel voted 9-1 that available data supported the drug's ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Almost a quarter of middle-aged women report their quality of sleep is less than good, according to a new study. Sleep problems were tied to poor quality of life, chronic illness and medication use, researchers found.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Psychiatrists in the U.S. are less likely to accept insurance than other types of doctors, according to a new study. Researchers found only about half of psychiatrists accepted private insurance between 2009 and 2010, compared to almost 90 percent of doctors in other ...
The drug, which has annual sales of about $5 billion, was expected to lose patent protection this month. The FDA said it approved cheaper versions of the drug, known chemically as duloxetine, in a variety of strengths for sale by several generic drugmakers, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ...
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Older people may be less tired: study
December 11th, 2013, 8:40 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Senior citizens reported feeling less tired than younger people, including teenagers, in a new U.S. study. To the researchers' surprise, 15- to 24-year-olds - the youngest people in their study - said they felt the most fatigued of all during daily activities. The ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - At the Henley Vaporium, one of a growing number of e-cigarette lounges sprouting up in New York and other U.S. cities, patrons can indulge in their choice of more than 90 flavors of nicotine-infused vapor, ranging from bacon to bubble gum. The lounge, located in Manhattan's ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many Americans don't know how much and what kinds of sugar are in their beverages, according to a new study. But people who are concerned about sugar tend to be better at avoiding it, researchers found. The confusion is understandable. Regular soft drinks and many fruit ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Children in Lebanon, New Hampshire, are more than twice as likely to have their tonsils removed as those in Bangor, Maine. Kids in Lewiston, Maine, are 50 percent more likely to have a CT scan of their head than are kids in Portland, Maine, or Lebanon and Burlington, ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. regulators announced new guidelines on Wednesday to phase out the use of antibiotics as a growth enhancer in livestock, in an effort to stem a surge in human resistance to these drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said the antibiotics could still be used to treat illnesses in ...
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WHO said in its World Malaria Report 2013 that expanded prevention and control measures helped produce declines in malaria deaths and illness. Of the 3.3 million lives saved, most were in the 10 countries with the highest malaria burden and among children under age 5, the group most afflicted by ...
Deputy Commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine Michael Taylor said he expects animal health companies to readily comply with the FDA strategy. Otherwise, he said the FDA would be able to take regulatory action. "Zoetis and Elanco (Lilly) have already declared their support to remove ...
The mid-stage trial tested the therapy, aldoxorubicin, against chemotherapy drug, doxorubicin, in 123 patients every three weeks for up to six cycles. About 67 percent of patients who received aldoxorubicin showed no disease progression at six months compared with about 36 percent of patients ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said the world needed to fight the spread of the memory-robbing condition just as it fought AIDS. The move by the Group of Eight (G8) nations matches the date ...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now rule on whether to approve eliglustat for the treatment of the rare genetic disorder within six months instead of 10, Sanofi said in a statement on Wednesday. Patients with Gaucher disease, which affects fewer than 10,000 people, are deficient in an ...
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Britain's so-called "patent box" scheme, which offers a reduced rate of corporation tax on income derived from patents, has been hailed by GSK, its biggest drugmaker, for transforming the country as a place to invest. Last year GSK announced it was building its first new factory in ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young, low-income diabetics may not know they need annual eye exams, a new study suggests. At a large public hospital where the study was done, few diabetic patients had visited the eye care clinic within the last two years.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Popular drugs that are used to control stomach acid may increase the risk of a serious vitamin deficiency, suggests a new study. Researchers found people who were diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency were more likely to be taking proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put them at higher risk for depression and disruptive behaviors such as rule-breaking, a new study suggests. "The take home point is that the verbal behaviors matter," Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study, said. ...
Oralair, made by France's Stallergenes SA, would be the first such licensed therapy in the United States. It has been in use in Europe for several years. The documents were posted prior to a meeting on Wednesday of an FDA advisory committee meeting that will provide a recommendation on whether the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diverticulosis, a common condition that causes small pouches in the walls of the intestines, might not be as dangerous as doctors have thought. The pouches are usually harmless. But sometimes they become inflamed and infected, in a painful condition known as ...
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(Reuters) - Pharmacy chain CVS Caremark Corp and pharmaceutical distributor Cardinal Health Inc on Tuesday announced a 10-year agreement to form the largest generic drug sourcing operation in the United States, the world's biggest generic drug market. The 50-50 joint venture, which combines the ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found that a mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals. The discovery means that unlike seasonal flu strains, which often become less ...
The documents didn't say whether the benefit and safety profile of Grastek supports its approval or not, a spokesman for Alk Abello said. Grastek has been in use in Europe for several years under the name Grazax.
(Reuters) - Merck & Co said it will begin two late-stage trials of its experimental Alzheimer's drug, one of the industry's best hopes for slowing the memory-robbing disease, after an independent monitoring board reviewed its safety and recommended that more patients be recruited for ...
(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc's all-oral hepatitis C therapy cured 96 percent of difficult-to-treat patients in a late-stage clinical trial after 12 weeks, keeping the company well placed in a highly competitive race to deliver new treatments for the serious liver disease. The study of 394 patients with ...
In documents posted on the agency's website ahead of an advisory committee meeting on Thursday, staff said the latest evidence was mixed in terms of the drug's heart benefits and the possible risk of bladder cancer or liver damage. "As a result of these updated analyses the agency could not ...
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MARSEILLE/PARIS (Reuters) - The founder of a French breast implant company was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for hiding the true nature of the sub-standard silicone used in implants sold to 300,000 women around the world. Jean-Claude Mas, 74, founder and long-time chief executive of ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding nearly a year after a school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut. Biden, who spearheaded a failed Obama administration ...
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin maker, is facing a Danish police probe after it was reported by the financial watchdog for not disclosing at once that its big new product hope Tresiba had been refused U.S. approval. Although the probe is unlikely to have a serious ...
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(Reuters) - An advisory panel of medical experts on Monday voted to recommend that U.S. health regulators approve an experimental drug for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease developed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. The panel voted by wide margins that the benefits outweigh the risks of the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Every hour, on average, a child ends up in a U.S. emergency room with an injury associated with a high chair, according to a new study. And the risk seems to be rising. Each year between 2003 and 2010, an average of about 9,500 infants and toddlers came to U.S. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Every hour, on average, a child ends up in a U.S. emergency room with an injury associated with a high chair, according to a new study. And the risk seems to be rising. Each year between 2003 and 2010, an average of about 9,500 infants and toddlers came to U.S. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regular exercise can help people with dementia think a little more clearly, and care for themselves a bit more, a new study finds. "If the person with dementia is living at home, there are usually exercise programs offered at community day programs for persons with ...
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(Reuters) - Most newly diagnosed patients with the blood cancer multiple myeloma had a very strong response to an experimental oral drug being developed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co when given in combination with standard treatments, according to data from a study presented on Monday. Overall, 94 ...
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The world's biggest insulin producer confirmed that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved its marketing application after it had received a recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use on September 20. The approval appeared from EMA's assessment report for ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Monday that it was prepared to pay $27.7 million to settle lawsuits by hundreds of people who sued the company over allegations that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused bones in the jaw to deteriorate. Lawyers for Merck and plaintiffs disclosed the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Girls who start puberty early may be at particular risk for problem behaviors as teenagers, a new study suggests. But parents who are alert to the risk might be able to step in and prevent the problems, the researchers say.
Oralair, made by France's Stallergenes SA, would be the first such licensed therapy in the United States. It has been in use in Europe for several years. The documents were posted prior to a meeting on Wednesday of an FDA advisory committee meeting that will provide a recommendation on whether the ...
New York (Reuters Health) - The gold standard for treating childhood obesity currently involves using a family-based approach in which both parents and children attend meetings on losing weight. A new review of past studies suggests parent-only meetings may work just as well. "Childhood ...
(Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewing data on Boston Scientific Corp's novel anti-stroke device highlighted the implant's failure to meet a key goal for effectiveness in a recent study but said on Monday that other data must be weighed in deciding whether it should be ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a $142 million jury verdict against Pfizer Inc over the marketing of the epilepsy drug Neurontin. The jury had ruled in favor of an insurer who said it had been misled into paying for the drug for "off-label" uses, or ...
Acura shares jumped 24 percent in premarket trade. Results from the mid-stage trial showed in August that Acura's tablet, being tested for potential abuse by snorting, did not significantly reduce likability among abusers.
The subpoena, which follows an investigation by the Department of Justice, requires the company to submit documents regarding its Remodulin injection, Tyvaso inhalation solution and Adcirca tablets, the company said on Monday. These three drugs are the only treatments for which United Therapeutics ...
Although the vaccine, called Bexsero, is not yet approved in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to its use at Princeton following an Investigational New Drug application from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight students at the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Violent movie characters often engage in other risky behaviors like sex and drinking, according to a new study. Those compounded behaviors also occur equally among PG-13 and R-rated movies. Researchers found about 90 percent of the top-grossing movies over a 25-year ...
(Reuters) - An experimental AbbVie Inc drug for leukemia controlled or eliminated signs of the disease in more than 80 percent of patients who had failed to benefit from previous treatments, an unprecedented finding that could spur use of the medicine for other cancers, researchers said. The ...
(Reuters) - A closely watched leukemia drug developed by Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics Inc maintained its effectiveness in keeping the disease at bay for most patients, according to long-term follow-up data from a midstage study being presented at a major medical meeting. The oral drug, ...
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TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's biggest maker of generic drugs, estimates its pipeline of so-called new therapeutic entities (NTEs) could generate revenue of $1 billion to $1.5 billion by 2018. This figure could jump to $3 billion in 2020, Elisabeth Kogan, Teva's ...
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FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Water pollution at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina has been linked to increased risk of birth defects and childhood cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study released by the CDC's Agency for Toxic ...
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Six men suspected of stealing a dangerous radioactive cargo from a truck outside Mexico City earlier this week have been treated in a hospital for signs of radiation exposure and remain under police guard, officials said on Friday. On Monday, thieves hijacked the truck that ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida researcher is preparing to test massive dust storms in the upper atmosphere that roll in from Africa to see whether pathogens raining down on the state could be responsible for plant, animal or human disease. University of Florida aerobiologist Andrew ...
The once-a-day pill is the first approved to treat certain types of hepatitis C infection without the need for interferon, an injected drug that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. Hepatitis C, which is often undiagnosed, affects about 3.2 million Americans, killing more than 15,000 each year, ...
New York (Reuters Health) - The gold standard for treating childhood obesity currently involves using a family-based approach in which both parents and children attend meetings on losing weight. A new review of past studies suggests parent-only meetings may work just as well. "Childhood ...
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It marks the second U.S. approval for Xiaflex, which in 2010 received a Food and Drug Administration nod to treat Dupuytren's contracture - a condition in which hardening of the connective tissue collagen in the hands bends fingers toward the palm, leaving a patient unable to straighten their hand ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Three different strategies to reduce the amount of time people spend sitting at work seemed effective, in a new study. But in jobs without flexible schedules, they only reduced sitting time by about eight minutes per day. "We were surprised by how difficult it was ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Middle-aged and older adults who had increased access to recreational facilities near their homes had a slower decline in physical activity levels over time, in a new study. Other studies have looked at the link between recreational facilities and activity levels. But ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exercise can help overweight kids slim down, but a new study suggests they might be at risk for leg, ankle and foot injuries in the process. That could be because their legs are supporting extra weight, researchers said.
The victim, an 80-year-old man from the neighboring Chinese city of Shenzhen, is in a stable condition in a hospital in Tuen Mun on the outskirts of Hong Kong and will be transferred to an isolation facility. "There is no evidence that this virus can cause sustained human-to-human ...
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BASEL (Reuters) - Fifteen years ago Ian Parkhill was diagnosed with a rare muscle-wasting disease that gradually robbed him of the strength in his thighs. Now, he struggles to walk. The waning muscle in his arms will soon hinder his ability to pull himself out of a chair, he fears, and simple ...
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The therapy consists of the corticosteroid, fluticasone furoate, which reduces inflammation, and a long-acting beta-agonist, called vilanterol, which is designed to open the airways. The drug, already approved in the U.S. to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) under the brand name ...
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday the probe would look particularly at the risk of blood clots or blockages in the arteries or veins associated with the medicine. Last month, the EMA reviewed the latest evidence about the drug and recommended continued use of Iclusig, though with ...
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish healthcare products maker Coloplast aims for another year of double-digit organic growth in the United States, its chief financial officer told Reuters on Friday. The company, which makes products ranging from ostomy and urine bags to wound dressings, is the leading ...
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A Phase III trial found the drug, dubbed LBH589 when combined with bortezomib and dexamethasone, significantly extended progression-free survival in patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma compared to bortezomib and dexamethasone alone. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that ...
LONDON (Reuters) - British drugmaker Shire, whose shares have stormed ahead this year, disappointed investors on Friday with clinical trial results of a new dry eye drug that left the product's future unclear. Lifitegrast did reduce patient-reported symptoms of eye dryness in a late-stage trial - ...
(Reuters) - Residents in the upper Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating "cannibal sandwiches" made of raw ground beef, health officials warned, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s and cases last year. Gobbling up raw ground beef spread on ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers cast doubt on the prevailing wisdom that vitamin D supplements can prevent conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, saying on Friday low vitamin D may be a consequence, not a cause, of ill health. The findings could have implications for millions of people ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with rheumatoid arthritis are better off than they were 20 years ago, according to new research from the Netherlands. Researchers found about half as many people were considered disabled after the first four years of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment in 2011, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's never too late to start exercising, according to a new study that found formerly inactive seniors who took up exercise still experienced health benefits. The study sheds light on the question of whether the slower mental and physical decline seen among active ...
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(Reuters) - An experimental drug for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease from Takeda Pharmaceutical Co could pose risk of a potentially fatal brain infection called PML even though the problem has not been seen in clinical trials, staff members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who were exposed to air pollution during pregnancy tended to give birth to slightly lighter babies, in a new study from New York City. A series of studies has suggested air pollution may be harmful during pregnancy, but the issue remains unresolved.
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of reported cases of measles in the United States this year is nearly three times the annual average, federal health officials said on Thursday, highlighting the continued threat of the disease 50 years after development of a vaccine. There have been 175 measles ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members with participating in a scheme to get health benefits intended for the poor by lying about their income. The charges come against a backdrop of tense exchanges between Russia and the ...
LONDON (Reuters) - A legal case over access to details of clinical trials held by Europe's drugs regulator - sparked by two U.S. firms wanting to keep their data secret - has been hit by delay after the EU's top court sent it back to be re-examined by a lower body. The decision leaves in limbo a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The pregnancy rate among U.S. women fell to its lowest point in 12 years in 2009, continuing its slide from a peak in 1990, according to U.S. government data released on Thursday. While rates for women aged 30 and younger fell between 1990 and 2009, with a notable decline ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gay teenagers who have had at least four sexual partners are at increased risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study suggests. At least half of sexually active people get HPV at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...
(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Thursday it would not seek approval for edivoxetine, its experimental drug to treat major depression, after it failed to meet its primary goal in three late-stage trials. Edivoxetine, a member of a family of medicines called norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, ...
This follows a regulatory crackdown on real or perceived corporate wrongdoing this year, with domestic and international manufacturers of infant formula and drugs coming under the spotlight. The Economic Information Daily, citing unidentified sources, reported on Thursday that the National ...
The money will pay for a 11,800 square meters facility in Iceland that will open in early 2016. It will also fund clinical trials of the group's antibody drug copies. Alvotech was founded by Icelandic entrepreneur Robert Wessman, who also heads Alvogen and who has a track record of building ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday. Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer's ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global drugmaker Pfizer Inc will broaden access to information from its scores of clinical trials to independent researchers and to patients who take part in the studies, the company said on Wednesday. Pfizer, the largest U.S. pharmaceutical company, said it hoped the enhanced ...
(Reuters) - A former hedge-fund analyst who argued that Dendreon Corp's therapeutic vaccine for prostate cancer may hasten the death of patients has reached a settlement with U.S. securities regulators over failure to disclose her financial interests in the company. Marie Huber, who trained as a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults with cataracts appear to double their risk of falling after surgery on their first eye and before surgery on the second, suggests a new study. The finding that corrective eye surgery may - at least temporarily - be linked to an increase in falls comes after ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a safety advisory posted on the agency's website, provides recommendations on how to better inspect and monitor readiness of the previously recalled HeartStart AEDs. Many of them remain in schools, shopping malls, medical offices, sports clubs and private ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Playing sports is known to have a positive impact on teenagers, and a new study suggests one to two hours of playing time each day may be optimal for young people's well-being. Researchers found adolescents tended to be worse off if they played sports for only a couple ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High school and college graduates who traveled to developing countries to volunteer suffered more illnesses and injuries than regular tourists, in a new German study. And not all of them got the best medical advice before leaving. About half of the 153 volunteers in the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More people signed up on the government's new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the entire first month of the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, sources familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday. The sources said about ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Talk therapy conducted in groups could help people with social anxiety disorder, according to a new review of past studies. So-called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) hinges on helping people change their thoughts and perceptions related to certain situations. It is ...
Genmab said it will receive an initial payment of $2 million and potentially will be entitled to milestone and license payments of as much as $174 million to $219 million for each of ten additional programmes. (Reporting by Teis Jensen; Editing by David Goodman)
The treatment, Microcyn Scar Management HydroGel, will be marketed by Oculus's U.S. dermatology partner, Quinnova Pharmaceuticals, in the first half of 2014. This is the eighth FDA approval for Microcyn-based products, Oculus CEO Jim Schutz said in a statement on Wednesday.
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NEW YORK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc's KFC website in China trumpets the slogan "Trust in every bite." That message is part of the company's new "I Commit" campaign intended to reassure customers in its largest market, who have cut back on visits since Chinese media ...
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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin legislators on Wednesday approved delaying by three months a plan to shift thousands of people from a state Medicaid program onto the federal health insurance marketplace, which has been plagued by technical problems. The Republican-led Assembly voted 64-32 to ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More fast food and chain restaurants are posting calorie counts on their menus, but a new study suggests only one in three diners reads that information. The good news is, most consumers who do read calorie counts take them into consideration when deciding what to order.
(Reuters) - A former hedge-fund analyst who argued that Dendreon Corp's therapeutic vaccine for prostate cancer may hasten the death of patients has reached a settlement with U.S. securities regulators over failure to disclose her financial interests in the company. Marie Huber, who trained as a ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge has awarded AstraZeneca Plc $76 million in damages from generic drug manufacturer Apotex for infringing upon patents for AstraZeneca's blockbuster heartburn drug, Prilosec, between 2003 and 2007. Following a two-week non-jury trial, U.S. District Judge ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly people today might be more mentally nimble than their counterparts were a decade or two ago, according to a new European study. Researchers found people who were in their 80s when they took thinking and memory tests in the late 2000s performed similarly to ...
(Reuters) - An outbreak of meningococcal disease has sickened four students at a major California university, prompting discussions with federal regulators about using a vaccine approved for use in Europe but not in the United States. The students, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, ...
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The company is encountering growing push back on prices from healthcare insurers and governments, challenging its strategy of increasing prices and charging a premium for innovative medicines. "We have 2,000 contracts in the U.S., so there will always be some that we win and some that we ...
(Reuters) - Patients who are being treated for a leading cause of blindness among the elderly might be able to scale back on eye injections if trials confirm the potential of an eye drop being developed by a small New York-based company. Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc's Squalamine drug - an eye drop, as ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even mild bouts of depression may worsen the health complications that often go along with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Canadian researchers followed more than 1,000 patients for five years and found those who experienced multiple episodes of low-level ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns that corneas from older donors might not last, a new U.S. government study finds transplant success up to 10 years later is not significantly affected by donor age. About 75 percent of corneal transplants from donors between ages 34 and 71 were ...
OncoMed will get upfront payments of $177.25 million, including $22.25 million for new stock that would give Celgene a stake of about 5 percent, the companies said. The deal gives Celgene an entry into the market for treatments targeting cancer stem cells.
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Novo Nordisk has a stronger development pipeline of new drug candidates than it has ever had before, and thinks it can keep delivering the strong sales growth of the past decade, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is the world's largest insulin ...
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis is ready to sell its animal health subsidiary and has opened its books to Bayer and other rivals interested in a business that could change hands for more than 3 billion euros ($4.1 billion), sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Germany's ...
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The treatment is one of several drugs Sanofi is betting on to defend its No.2 spot on the world's $42 billion diabetes market as its superstar product Lantus, the world's most prescribed insulin, will lose patent protection by 2015. The long-acting insulin, known as U300, requires less frequent or ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Despite austerity-driven cuts across European healthcare systems, most countries have been slow to embrace a new class of medicines that could save them billions of euros - copies of biotech treatments. These cheaper versions of expensive biotech drugs, known as biosimilars, ...
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Obama used a speech at the White House to address criticisms of the law and accuse his Republican opponents of attempting to gain politically from the problems surrounding his central domestic policy achievement. Obama, whose job approval ratings have sunk as problems mounted around the healthcare ...
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The company stopped television, radio and online advertising for its $99 DNA test which is supposed to detect a range of genetic variants and provide information about a person's health risks, the spokeswoman said. The FDA said last week it had sent a warning letter to the company on November 22 ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Health disparities between rich and poor nations could be banished in a generation by investment in research, vaccines and drugs to combat diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, global health experts said on Tuesday. In a report setting out a plan for a "grand ...
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Speaking at the White House to mark World AIDS Day, the president said the United States would contribute $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors over the next three years to support The Global Fund, an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Obama also said ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new analysis supports the idea that obese people who are otherwise healthy are still at risk of heart problems down the road. Researchers who reviewed past studies found that even heavy people who didn't have high blood pressure or diabetes, for instance, had more ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new U.S. study offers more evidence that childhood experience may have health effects that echo into adulthood. Based on health data for 500 unrelated black men over age 20 enrolled in the Howard University Family Study, researchers found those who had lived with one ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People usually don't know what their medical procedures cost until after they leave the hospital, and a new study suggests they would have a hard time finding out in advance Inspired by an earlier study looking at hip replacement surgery costs, researchers tried to see ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults who had been criticized, insulted or threatened by a parent growing up were more likely to be anxious or depressed, in a new study. Even when the same or another parent expressed plenty of affection, researchers found the apparent harmful effects of having ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. health officials are hopeful that hospitals and other healthcare providers will show sufficient preference for using drug compounders that sign up for regulatory scrutiny under a new law that potentially risky medicines will no longer be supplied by unregistered compounding ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Another three people in the United Arab Emirates are sick with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus and two people infected with it in Qatar have died, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. The new cases in UAE were in a family in Abu Dhabi - a mother, ...
The case coincides with the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 300 people in Hong Kong and had a significant impact on the city's travel and retail industry. A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper with a history of contact with poultry and ...
The firm has bet heavily on new products with particular emphasis on drugs like its novel antidepressant Brintellix, alcohol dependence treatment Selincro, multiple psychiatric diseases drug Brexpiprazole and schizophrenia treatment Abilify Maintena. "The biggest swing factor is the new ...
(Reuters) - Forest Laboratories Inc, which is facing patent expirations on several of its biggest drugs, on Monday said it plans to buy rights to a new schizophrenia treatment from Merck & Co and cut annual operating costs by $500 million in fiscal 2016. The specialty drugmaker said it will ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a broad new legal challenge to President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law. The court rejected a petition filed by Liberty University, a Christian college in Virginia, which had raised various objections to the law, ...
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Biogen, which is developing the drug in partnership with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, said it had provided the FDA additional information related to validation of a manufacturing step for the medicine, called Alprolix. It is the first member of a new class of drugs for Hemophilia B, a rare ...
Adderall, an amphetamine, is available in instant release and extended release formulations. Shire now only produces the extended version, for which it retains patent rights, and sales of the drug have been falling since a generic version became available in 2009. However, the drug still generated ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Along with the usual reasons for losing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising money for a good cause is another incentive for people to get in shape. Entering a charity run in memory of a loved one or a bicycle ride for a worthy ...
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In a six-page progress and performance report, administration officials said the troubled website could now handle at least 800,000 visitors per day, with the system remaining up at least 90 percent of the time. The new performance levels mark significant improvement after the Obamacare website's ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors, suggests a new study from Switzerland. "The take-home message is that 6-months of music-based multitask training (i.e., Jaques-Dalcroze ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tests of physical abilities, such as balance and strength, may reveal how well an elderly driver will perform on the road, according to a new study. Trouble with balance, weak lower limbs and poor neck flexibility were among the attributes Australian researchers linked to a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A generally active life, even without regular exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes. Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents who experience the deployment of a family member in the U.S. military may face an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study. Ninth- and eleventh-grade students in California public schools with two or more deployment experiences over the past decade ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's plan to ban khat, a leafy plant chewed as a stimulant in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian peninsula, should be dropped because it could alienate immigrants and damage counter-terrorism operations, lawmakers said on Friday. Parliament's Home Affairs Committee, a panel ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk is about to launch a mid-stage clinical study with a tablet version of a so-called GLP-1 medicine as it steps up the hunt for diabetes pills that can replace injections. The Phase II trial may start as early as next week and will involve approximately 600 patients, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acupuncture may provide relief for dental patients who reflexively gag during procedures like teeth impressions, according to Italian researchers. Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population has severe anxiety at the dentist's office. People who cannot help their gag reflex ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One quarter of adolescents go to bed after 11:30 on school nights, according to a new U.S. study, which also finds those kids tend to perform worse in school and to have greater emotional distress than peers who go to bed earlier. "If teens' sleep patterns are in ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults who tried special brain training computer games had better gait and balance than their peers afterward, in a new study. Walking requires people pay attention and use other thinking skills. In theory, slips and falls are more common for older people not only ...
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With about 6 million people infected with the virus - more than 10 percent of the population - South Africa carries the world's heaviest HIV/AIDS caseload and has around 2.5 million people taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs daily. However, the huge numbers are causing the system to creak, health ...
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch Health Ministry sounded an early warning on Thursday about the possible health risks of electronic cigarettes, announcing plans to clamp down on labeling ahead of European regulations. The move followed an analysis of existing scientific research by the National ...
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union banned most imports of South African citrus fruit on Thursday for the rest of this year over fears that a fungal disease found in dozens of shipments could spread to the 28-nation bloc. The ban follows the interception of 36 citrus consignments this year ...
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DOHA/LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in camels in Qatar, health officials said on Thursday, fuelling speculation that camels might be the animal reservoir that allowed the virus to infect and kill humans. The SARS-like coronavirus, which ...
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain signaled it would force tobacco companies to scrap branded cigarette packaging on Thursday in an attempt to reduce the number of children who may be drawn to smoking by striking and brightly colored packs. In a surprise decision that was welcomed by cancer research ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. insurers fear that a surge in enrollments on the revamped government-run healthcare website could create more problems for insurance companies already struggling with error-filled applications for coverage three weeks before a sign-up deadline. In what could become the ...
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DALLAS (Reuters) - American cardiologists appear staunch in their support for President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, although some fear that its rocky launch could derail efforts to improve preventive care for needy patients. The broad support for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ...
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The David Cameron government in July delayed plans to ban company branding on cigarette packets, a move that was strongly criticized by health campaigners. The government distanced itself earlier, saying it wanted to first see the impact of a similar decision in Australia.
LONDON (Reuters) - A "pandemic of over-regulation" of opioid-based painkillers such as morphine and fentanyl means billions of cancer patients around the world suffer intolerable pain, researchers said on Thursday. Describing what they said was a "scandal of global ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Japan's 2011 Fukushima earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded in that country, generated a killer tsunami, a nuclear power plant disaster and aftershocks of another sort - a 70 percent rise in cardiac arrests, particularly among people age 75 and older, according ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who are given larger bowls will ask for more cereal than when they're given smaller bowls, and will more than likely overeat or waste the excess food, according to a new study. Research has show that adults serve themselves bigger portions when they're given bigger ...
(Reuters) - Researchers have found a higher rate of dangerous blood clots in patients who received Thoratec Corp's HeartMate II heart pump than had been seen in clinical trials or prior experience, according to a study published on Wednesday. They also found that when blood clots do develop, they ...
The Drug Quality and Security Act clarifies the authority of the Food and Drug Administration over compounded medications and creates a new class of compounding manufacturer known as an "outsourcing" facility, which will be able to sell to hospitals in bulk. The law was prompted by ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - The proportion of men in the United States having unprotected sex with other men increased 20 percent from 2005 to 2011, according to a federal study released on Wednesday, raising new concerns over the spread of the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. Fifty-seven percent of men who ...
NEW YORK (Reuter Health) - Women who've had a hysterectomy, and most women over 65, don't need regular swabs for signs of cervical cancer - but lots of them are getting the test anyway, say U.S. researchers. Experts recommend that young women start having internal pelvic exams, including a ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - From fashion statement to ... wheelchair controller? In an advance that promises to improve the lives of the more than 250,000 people in the United States who are paralyzed from the neck down, researchers announced on Wednesday that they have developed a wireless device that ...
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Cargill's Nutrena NatureWise poultry feeds were manufactured between May 1 and November 21 at its facilities in Flora, Illinois; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Abilene, Texas; and Mineola, Texas. Products were sold under the names NatureWise Meatbird NatureWise Chick Starter Grower in 40-lb or 50-lb ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Advertising for alcoholic beverages in magazines is largely in line with rules set by the U.S. government and industry, though in some cases just barely, according to a new study. Researchers found that about 99 percent of the alcohol ads in magazines between 2008 and ...
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BOGOTA (Reuters) - A peace deal between FARC rebels and the Colombian government would greatly help cut cocaine production in Colombia, but officials fear new crime gangs could fill the gap while anti-narcotics police fight a new scourge: synthetic drugs. As government and FARC negotiators in ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Some 131,000 people were newly infected with HIV in Europe and nearby countries in 2012, an 8 percent rise from a year earlier and a worrying reversal of a recent downward trend in AIDS cases in the West. A report published by the World Health Organisation's (WHO) European ...
LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of patients worldwide taking effervescent, dispersible and soluble medicines have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes because of the high salt content of such drugs, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers from Britain's University of Dundee and University ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Relaxing restrictions on what services nurse practitioners can and can't provide may lead to cost savings at retail health clinics, suggests a new study. Researchers found care related to retail health clinic visits cost $34 less in states that allowed nurse ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have implanted heart devices rarely have advance directives indicating whether they want them deactivated near the end of life, according to a new study. So the decision often has to be made by loved ones. So-called cardiovascular implantable electronic ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When older people have their vision tested in a doctor's office, the results might not reflect how well they actually see at home, according to a new study. Researchers suggest the difference could be due to poor lighting in people's homes. That could explain why people often ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider religious objections made by corporations to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. Oral arguments will likely be scheduled for ...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers are at risk for serious long-term hearing problems caused by excessively loud music or other loud noises. But parents don't always grasp the gravity of the situation, or talk to their kids about it, according to a new study. "I think parents are only ...
LONDON (Reuters) - British pharmaceutical firm BTG said U.S. regulators had approved its varicose vein treatment that uses an injectable foam to dissolve the veins as an alternative to surgical removal. Varithena, previously known as Varisolve, has taken more than a decade to win approval, as the ...
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The rule, published on Monday in the Federal Register, lowered the threshold at which risk payments kick in for the sickest health plan members. The government proposed paying insurers 80 percent of claims greater than $45,000 in 2014. Previously the lower limit was $60,000. There is a 30-day ...
Hedge fund Elliott lifts stake in Celesio
November 26th, 2013, 1:02 pm
Celesio said on Tuesday that Elliott gained control of 25.16 percent of the voting rights in the company. However, when additional shares from Celesio's two convertible bonds are taken into account, Elliott's voting stake stands at 21.05 percent.
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"In addition to 15 polio cases in Deir al-Zor province, Syria, two additional cases have been confirmed, one each in rural Damascus and Aleppo," the organization said on its Twitter account. The incurable virus was confirmed this month in 13 children who became paralyzed. The WHO says ...
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The agency was reacting to reports that European health regulators had ordered a label change for the emergency contraceptive product sold there by French drugmaker HRA Pharma under the brand name Norlevo, requiring it to include the drug's diminishing effectiveness based on weight. The FDA is ...
The study from researchers at the University of Texas and University of California-Los Angeles aimed to show that the feeling of regret is part of the evolutionary process when it comes to reproduction, the University of Texas said o