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More evidence of NSAID risk in early pregnancy

(Reuters Health) – Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around the time of conception significantly increases the risk of miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a study suggests. Researchers compared newly pregnant women who used NSAIDs around the time of conception or early in their pregnancy to those who used acetaminophen or no painkillers, […]

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Canada marijuana stocks jump after recreational bill clears hurdle

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian marijuana stocks rose on Wednesday after the country became the first major economy to legalize its recreational use, but earlier rallies in anticipation of victory in the key upper house vote muted some post-approval gains in the sector. Smoke rises during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, […]

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Unjustified medication shortened 456 lives in a UK hospital, report says

GOSPORT, England (Reuters) – More than 450 patients died prematurely in a British hospital after they were given powerful painkillers with no medical justification, in what a damning report on Wednesday found was a “disregard for human life”. The exterior of Gosport War Memorial Hospital can be seen here in Gosport, Britain, June 20, 2018. […]

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GSK takes billion-dollar drug fight with Gilead to top AIDS meeting

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) is taking its fight with Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) for dominance of the HIV market to the world’s leading AIDS conference next month by showcasing detailed results from its new two-drug treatment. FILE PHOTO: Dolutegravir pills used in the treatment of HIV are seen at the Kenyan ministry of health offices […]

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Ebola outbreak in Congo ‘largely contained’, says WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak has been “largely contained” and no new cases of the disease have been confirmed since the last known sufferer died on June 9, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A World Health Organization (WHO) worker administers a vaccination during the launch of a […]

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Latecomer Sanofi looks to catch next wave of cancer therapies

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi missed the boat on immune system-boosting cancer drugs. Now it’s trying to catch up. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Sanofi is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau The French drugmaker has hired John Reed, the former top scientist at oncology […]

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Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis. A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf on it is seen during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill […]

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Good social media experiences don’t outweigh bad ones for young adults

(Reuters Health) – For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests. Each 10 percent increase in a student’s negative experiences on social media was associated with a 20 percent increase in the odds of depressive symptoms, […]

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Fathers’ antidepressant use doesn’t worsen babies’ health risks

(Reuters Health) – Fathers’ use of antidepressant medications around the time mothers become pregnant does not increase babies’ risk of preterm birth, birth defects, autism or intellectual disability, according to a study in the BMJ. Study leader Sven Sandin of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City told Reuters Health […]

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Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases

(Reuters Health) – People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don’t, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers studied 106,464 people diagnosed with stress disorders. 126,652 of their siblings without stress disorders, and more than 1 million other individuals in […]

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Sarepta shares soar as Duchenne gene therapy shows promise

(Reuters) – Sarepta Therapeutics’ shares jumped 60 percent on Tuesday after promising results from a gene therapy study positioned the specialty drugmaker as a potential leader in the market for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) treatments. Results from Sarepta’s early-stage study that tested three DMD patients showed that they experienced an average 87 percent reduction in […]

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Severe obesity rates surging in rural America

(Reuters Health) – Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest. Researchers examined data on height and weight collected from 2001 to 2016 for adults 20 and older and for youth ages 2 to 19. Severe […]

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Trump administration puts skimpy health insurance plans in place

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law.  U.S. President Donald Trump, next to ‪Vice President Mike Pence‬, […]

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California deals with dementia among aging inmates

STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) – California prison inmate Richard Arriola does not remember the digestion problems that drove him to the doctor on a recent morning, or details of the conviction for child molestation that sent him to prison at age 88. Arriola is one of about 18,400 inmates over the age of 55 in California […]

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Botswana notifies WTO of foot and mouth disease outbreak

GENEVA (Reuters) – Botswana notified its trading partners on Tuesday of a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle in its Ngamiland district and said it had banned meat exports from the area, adding there was no impact on exports to the European Union. In a filing published by the World Trade Organisation, […]

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Sarepta shares soar as gene therapy study shows promise

(Reuters) – Sarepta Therapeutics Inc shares jumped 60 percent on Tuesday after the drugmaker reported promising results from an early-stage study testing its gene therapy in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Data from the three-patient study showed that levels of serum creatine kinase (CK) — an enzyme strongly associated with muscle damage caused by […]

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Pizza Hut pledges to drop some chicken antibiotics by 2022

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Yum Brand Inc’s Pizza Hut chain will fully phase out chickens raised with certain antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants by 2022, in the latest push by a major restaurant chain to follow healthier food practices. The sign at a Pizza Hut location, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc, is pictured […]

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Denying it has lost war on drugs, UK rules out legalising cannabis

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it had no intention of legalising cannabis after a former leader of Prime Minister Theresa May’s party said the government had “irreversibly lost” the battle to drive the drug off the streets. FILE PHOTO: A man prepares to smoke a cannabis cigarette at a legalise cannabis tea party […]

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Roche pays $2.4 billion for rest of cancer expert Foundation Medicine

ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche (ROG.S) is paying $2.4 billion (1.81 billion pounds) to buy the rest of Foundation Medicine (FMI) (FMI.O), raising its bet on the U.S. genomic profiling group’s ability to personalise cancer care. The logo of Swiss drugmaker Roche is seen at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd […]

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Marriage tied to lower risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes

(Reuters Health) – People who are married may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren’t, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 34 previous studies involving more than two million people. Overall, they found that compared to married people, adults who were […]