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Roche scores win in slowing aggressive type of breast cancer

ZURICH/MUNICH (Reuters) – An immunotherapy cocktail from Roche helped slow an aggressive type of breast cancer where new treatments have proven elusive, offering positive news for the Swiss drugmaker as it chases medicines produced by its rivals. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in Basel January 30, […]

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Sanofi drug Dupixent wins FDA approval to treat asthma

(Reuters) – France’s Sanofi SA said on Friday eczema drug Dupixent was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an additional maintenance therapy in patients with two types of asthma. Dupixent, co-developed with U.S.-based Regeneron, received approval to treat patients with eosinophilic asthma, a rare form of the disease, and those dependent on […]

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New health insurer policy may mean you pay for your ER visit

(Reuters Health) – While symptoms like chest or belly pain might reasonably drive you to the emergency room with worries about a heart attack or appendicitis, your insurance company might decide not to pay if it turns out your fears were unfounded, a new study suggests. With the price of emergency room care going up, […]

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Too many people missing out on health benefits of golf, some experts say

(Reuters Health) – Playing golf is associated with better strength and balance, a sharper mind, a lower risk of heart disease and a longer life, according to public health experts who say more people should take up the sport. While an estimated 60 million people play golf at least twice a year, golfers are primarily […]

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Hispanic heart disease deaths highest in mostly-Latino communities

(Reuters Health) – Hispanics in the U.S. have lower rates of death from heart disease overall than non-Hispanic whites, except in communities where Hispanics make up most of the population, a recent study finds. Overall, counties with higher Hispanic populations also face more economic disadvantages, a lack of access to quality healthcare, and language barriers, […]

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Elite athletes not at higher risk of birth complications

(Reuters Health) – Elite female athletes have no greater risk of childbirth complications than women who don’t exercise, a small study suggests. Doctors generally encourage women to stay active during pregnancy as long as they are healthy and able to exercise. But whether intense workouts are safe for women who participate in sports at elite […]

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U.S. official optimistic Congo Ebola outbreak can be controlled

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The leading Ebola expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday he believed an outbreak in Congo can be brought under control quickly and that the high rate of new cases is due largely to improved detection. The haemorrhagic fever’s outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of […]

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Shire’s drug for rare swelling disorder wins European panel green light

(Reuters) – A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel on Friday recommended approving a potential blockbuster drug from Shire Plc to treat patients aged 12 and older with a rare hereditary disease that causes swelling in different parts of the body. FILE PHOTO: An aircract flies over The European Medecines Agency and Ernst and Young’s building […]

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China culls 200,000 pigs due to African swine fever – official

ZHENGZHOU, China (Reuters) – China, the world’s top pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs so far following outbreaks of highly contagious African swine fever in the country, a Chinese animal health official said on Friday. While that represents only a tiny portion of the nearly 700 million pigs slaughtered in China each year for sale […]

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China has culled 200,000 pigs due to African swine fever outbreaks: animal health official

ZHENGZHOU, China (Reuters) – China has culled 200,000 pigs following 41 African swine fever outbreaks in the country, a Chinese animal health official said on Friday. That marks the latest estimate on the number of animals culled in China in the wake of the disease, which can be deadly to pigs but does not harm […]

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China says hog prices to rise ahead of Lunar New Year amid swine fever outbreaks

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s hog prices are set to rise ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in February as outbreaks of African swine fever hit supply, the country’s agriculture ministry said on Friday. Pork for sale is seen at a stall at a market on the outskirts of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China September 5, […]

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Australian watchdog’s appeal against Pfizer ruling dismissed by court

(Reuters) – Australia’s competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court’s decision on whether Pfizer Inc’s local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. FILE PHOTO: A man walks past Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew […]

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China hog price to rise ahead of Spring Festival on African swine fever impact: agriculture ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s hog prices were set to rise ahead of the Spring Festival, another name for the Chinese New Year holiday, because of the impact of African swine fever on supply, the country’s agriculture ministry said on Friday. Pork for sale is seen at a stall at a market on the outskirts of […]

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Court dismisses Australian watchdog’s appeal against Pfizer ruling

(Reuters) – Australia’s competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court’s decision on whether Pfizer Inc’s local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. FILE PHOTO: A man walks past Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew […]

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Adult bones healthier when kids participate in organized sports

(Reuters Health) – Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids, a new study suggests Australian researchers found boys and girls who consistently participated in sports between the ages of 5 and 17 ended up with better bone density at age […]

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Older vets often leave hospital on increased dose of blood pressure pills

(Reuters Health) – Doctors may be overtreating high blood pressure in U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals, a new study suggests. One in seven older veterans with hypertension are sent home from hospitals with increased doses of blood pressure medication even though half of those given more medication had well-controlled blood pressure before hospital admission, researchers found. […]

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Long-term safety of silicone breast implants still unclear

(Reuters Health) – Women with silicone breast implants may have a higher risk of certain medical problems than women who don’t get implants, but more research is needed to get a complete picture of implant safety over the long term, a new U.S. study suggests. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned silicone breast […]

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U.S. blocks pork from Poland over African swine fever

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States suspended imports of pork from Poland on Thursday over an outbreak of the highly contagious hog disease African swine fever in that country. Pigs are seen in a piggery at a village near Warsaw April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel African swine fever has spread rapidly in eastern Europe and […]

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Fitness trackers’ accuracy varies widely for calories burned

(Reuters Health) – Even though many people swear by fitness trackers to help lose weight and stay in shape, a review of existing research confirms that many of these gadgets are not very good at measuring how much energy we burn. For the analysis, researchers examined data from 60 previously published studies that tested the […]

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FDA snubs Novartis bid to repurpose inflammation drug for heart attacks

ZURICH (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected Novartis’s bid to repurpose a drug now approved for rare inflammatory diseases to be used in a group of heart attack survivors, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ logo is seen at the company’s plant in the northern Swiss […]