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U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana ‘selective’ abortion law

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down’s syndrome, of their fetuses. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participates in the opening session of the Americas Summit in Lima, Peru April […]

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Improving overall heart health may reduce risk of atrial fibrillation

(Reuters Health) – Following practices recommended for “optimal” heart health may also reduce the risk of developing a serious heart-rhythm disorder, researchers say. A large U.S. study that followed middle-aged men and women for about 25 years found that those who stuck most closely to a list of seven heart-healthy practices were over 60 percent […]

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GW Pharma gets FDA panel nod, first cannabis-based drug nearing approval

(Reuters) – An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of approving the first cannabis-derived medicine in the country, a childhood epilepsy treatment developed by GW Pharma. The drug, Epidiolex, is derived from cannabidiol (CBD), one of the hundreds of molecules found in the marijuana plant, and […]

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Large spleen helps explain deep-diving skills of Southeast Asian ‘sea nomads’

(Reuters Health) – An age-old nomadic community of Southeast Asian boat-dwellers who get their food from the sea appear to have evolved enlarged spleens that may help explain their extreme diving prowess, a new study suggests. The spleen stores oxygen-rich red blood cells that it can release into the bloodstream, enabling divers to hold their […]

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WHO recommends more tests for Sanofi’s dengue vaccine

PARIS/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday Sanofi’s vaccine against dengue should only be used after testing on individuals to assess whether they have ever been exposed to the infection. FILE PHOTO: Boxes of anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia are placed inside a freezer for storage at the Manila Health Department in Sta […]

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FDA panel unanimously backs GW Pharma’s cannabis-based epilepsy drug

(Reuters) – GW Pharmaceuticals Plc’s cannabis-derived drug to treat a severe form of childhood epilepsy was unanimously backed on Thursday by an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The 13-to-0 vote sets the stage for the approval of the first-ever cannabis-derived treatment in the United States. The panel’s backing was widely expected, […]

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Concussion raises Parkinson’s disease risk in large U.S. study

(Reuters Health) – A new study of hundreds of thousands of U.S. armed forces veterans concludes that banging your head severely enough to lose consciousness can dramatically increase the risk of Parkinson’s, the brain disease marked by tremors, slow movements, balance problems and difficulty walking. While the overall numbers are relatively small, former members of […]

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WHO recommends testing before use of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine

PARIS (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation on Thursday said Sanofi’s vaccine against dengue should only be used after testing individuals to assess whether they could have been exposed before to the infection. FILE PHOTO: Boxes of anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia are placed inside a freezer for storage at the Manila Health Department in Sta Cruz, […]

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Play outside: Belgium tells kids to leave TV for sun and games

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – No television and no tablets. It sounds like a punishment, but across Belgium it was the recipe for the nationwide children’s “play outside” day. Every year, for an afternoon, Belgian television networks stop broadcasting children’s shows to encourage kids to go outdoors. And on Wednesday, hundreds of venues across the country hosted […]

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FDA staff raises safety concerns over Lilly/Incyte arthritis drug

(Reuters) – U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff flagged concerns on Thursday about potentially fatal blood clots from higher doses of a rheumatoid arthritis drug developed by Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp, a fresh setback after regulators declined to approve the treatment last year. FILE PHOTO – A view shows the U.S. Food […]

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Novartis CEO feels heat on U.S. generics, Cosentyx drop

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ (NOVN.S) first quarterly results under new CEO Vas Narasimhan have been marred by a prized psoriasis treatment that disappointed and a sharp slump in sales by its U.S. generics unit. FILE PHOTO: Logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its branch in Schweizerhalle near Basel, Switzerland, March 29, […]

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More than half of world’s wealthy expect to live to 100 :survey

LONDON (Reuters) – More than half of wealthy investors around the world expect to live to the age of 100, with almost two in three planning to work longer in life to afford a comfortable retirement, according to a survey on Thursday. The UBS Investor Watch, which tracks the sentiments of more than 5,000 people […]

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AstraZeneca wins U.S. approval for 1st-line use of lung cancer drug

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators have expanded use of AstraZeneca’s lung cancer drug Tagrisso to include initial treatment of patients with a specific genetic mutation, the company said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a sign at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo The latest Food and […]

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AstraZeneca wins U.S. FDA approval for first-line use of lung cancer drug

(Reuters) – AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the 1st-line use of its lung cancer drug, Tagrisso. FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a sign at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo The U.S. FDA approved the 1st-line use of […]

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AI pharma firm BenevolentAI raises $115 million in funding

LONDON (Reuters) – BenevolentAI, a British pharmaceutical company that uses artificial intelligence to identify new drug candidates, said it had raised $115 million in a funding round that valued it at $2 billion.  The company, which has more than 20 drugs in development, said it would use the funds to scale its activities, broaden the […]

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Experts query case for GlaxoSmithKline’s new 3-in-1 lung drug

LONDON (Reuters) – Two medical experts have urged caution in using a new three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L), which the company hopes will help it keep its lead in respiratory medicine despite rising competition. The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) logo is seen on top of GSK Asia House in Singapore, March 21, 2018. […]

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Later middle school start times tied to longer sleep for kids

(Reuters Health) – Starting middle school classes after 8 a.m. could help pre-teens get more sleep and be more awake during their morning lessons, a U.S. study suggests. Starting school 37 minutes later in the morning, compared with other schools, gave students an average 17 additional minutes of sleep per weeknight, the study team reports […]

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Tooth loss in middle age linked to heart disease

(Reuters Health) – Losing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests. “In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could […]

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Cleaned endoscopes often contaminated | Reuters

Many patients may be undergoing endoscopy with contaminated instruments, a pair of new studies suggest. Current guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others allow the reuse of flexible endoscopes after cleaning and high-level disinfection (HLD). But the instruments often remain contaminated and may infect the next patient, researchers say. Cori […]

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Malawi can eradicate HIV infections says U.S. doctor who discovered AIDS virus

BLANTYRE (Reuters) – Malawi, which has one of the highest rates of the deadly HIV/AIDS infections, is on course to eradicate the virus, Jay Levy who co-discovered the AIDS virus 35 years ago said. Most of the AIDS cases globally are in poorer countries, where access to testing, prevention and treatment is limited. More than […]