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Hospital operators in merger talks to form U.S. industry leader: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a merger between the two Catholic non-profits that would create the largest U.S. hospital chain, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

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Hospital operators in merger talks to create U.S. industry leader: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ascension Health and Providence St. Joseph Health are in discussions about a merger that would create the largest hospital chain in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the situation.

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Exclusive: Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunization program

MANILA (Reuters) - As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's "expertise" in research.

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France orders international recall of Lactalis baby formula

PARIS (Reuters) - France has ordered banned the sale and ordered a recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria, consumer protection agency DGCCRF said in a statement.

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Gilead's new drug keeps 56 percent of lymphoma trial patients alive

(Reuters) - More than half of trial patients with an advanced, aggressive form of blood cancer lived for at least a year after one-time treatment with Yescarta, a novel therapy sold by Gilead Sciences Inc, according to study results presented on Sunday.

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Roche lymphoma drug drives high remission rate, longer survival: study

(Reuters) - An experimental Roche Holding AG drug, added to standard therapy, led to a far higher rate of remission and helped patients with an advanced, aggressive blood cancer live significantly longer than the standard treatment alone, according to data from a mid-stage trial released at a medical meeting on Sunday.

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Trump's Jerusalem decision could help militants: UAE's Sheikh Mohammed

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned.

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Altidore goal helps propel Toronto FC to first MLS Cup

TORONTO (Reuters) - Jozy Altidore's second half goal helped propel a relentless Toronto FC to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday to claim their first Major League Soccer championship after a gut-wrenching loss in last year's final.

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Brazil's PSDB picks Sao Paulo Gov. Alckmin to lead it into 2018 race

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, or PSDB, elected four-time Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin as its leader on Saturday, making him its most likely presidential nominee in next year's elections.

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Baseball: Family atmosphere helped lure Ohtani to Angels - GM

(Reuters) - A family-like atmosphere helped the Los Angeles Angels win the frenzied battle to sign Japanese ace Shohei Ohtani, the team's general manager Billy Eppler said on Friday.

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U.S. House committee 'may reconsider' WHO cancer agency funds

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington's funding of the World Health Organization's cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations.

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Lilly's stomach cancer drug meets main goal, but fails to improve survival rate

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly & Co said on Friday a late-stage trial testing its drug, Cyramza, as a gastric cancer treatment met the main goal of preventing the disease from advancing, but failed its secondary target of improving overall survival rates.

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UPDATE 3-Mexico says deepwater oil tender doomed by Brazil competition

MEXICO CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Mexican national oil company Pemex on Friday blamed the cancellation of a potentially lucrative deepwater Gulf of Mexico project on weak investor appetite due to competition from recent auctions in Brazil and low oil prices.

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Lilly's Cyramza meets main goal in gastric cancer study

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly & Co said on Friday a late-stage trial testing its drug, Cyramza, as a treatment for a type of gastric cancer met its main goal of preventing the disease from advancing.

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Depression in late teens linked to high school drop out

(Reuters Health) - Older teens struggling with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as peers without that mental illness or those who recovered from a bout of depression earlier in life, Canadian researchers say.

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Five Travel Stories From 2017 to Help You Escape Into the World

From the coastlines of Europe to remote Kodiak Island, Alaska, here are five of our favorite stories to help you explore the world from your comfort of your screen.

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Kids who get moving may also get better grades

(Reuters Health) - Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests.

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Acupressure app may help ease menstrual cramp pain

(Reuters Health) - Women with intense menstrual cramp pain may get more relief from smartphone app-guided acupressure than with typical medical treatments like painkillers, a recent study suggests.

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UPDATE 1-TIM expands high end broadband offerings in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecoms provider TIM Participacoes SA launched an expansion of its fiber-to-the-home service outside the country's two biggest cities on Friday, adding to competition for Brazil's high-end broadband customers.

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UPDATE 2-Mexico says deepwater oil tender doomed by Brazil competition

MEXICO CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Mexican national oil company Pemex on Friday blamed the cancellation of a potentially lucrative deepwater Gulf of Mexico project on weak investor appetite due to competition from recent auctions in Brazil and low oil prices.

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Credibility, recipes, references help food blogs improve eating habits

(Reuters Health) - Consumers like healthy eating blogs written by nutritionists who seem credible and who interact with their readers, a small study in Canada suggests.

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Norway cuts payments to Brazil after Amazon forest losses rise

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has slashed its annual payments to Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest by 60 percent to $42 million after a rise in forest destruction in 2016, but welcomed signs that losses have slowed this year, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

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Uganda says it has contained an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said on Friday it had successfully contained an outbreak of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever announced by officials on Oct. 19, which killed three people.

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Pemex says Brazil competition and complexity doomed deepwater tender

MEXICO CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Mexican national oil company Pemex on Friday blamed the cancellation of a potentially lucrative deepwater Gulf of Mexico project on geological complexity and weak investor appetite due to oil prices and competition from recent auctions in Brazil.

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Pfizer breast cancer drug superior to chemotherapy in late stage study

(Reuters) - Patients with advanced breast cancer tied to an inherited gene mutation who were treated with an experimental Pfizer Inc drug went about three months longer before their disease worsened than those who received chemotherapy in a late stage study, according to data released on Friday.

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Hungary's Jobbik asks voters to help pay 'court-martial' fine

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's main opposition Jobbik party has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money for a state audit authority fine that it said could cripple it in the run-up to 2018 elections.

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Top Russian pork producer Miratorg reports ASF outbreak

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's largest pork producer Miratorg on Friday reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) at one of its sites in the Belgorod region in central Russia.

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Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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US STOCKS-Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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Venezuela's chronic shortages give rise to 'medical flea markets'

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred "medical flea markets," where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the traditional fruits and vegetables.

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Russia's meat firm Miratorg reports ASF outbreak at 1 site in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian privately-owned meat producer Miratorg said on Friday there was an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) at one of its sites in Russia's Belgorod region.

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Philippines to seek refund of $59 million from Sanofi amid vaccine risk

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will seek the return of 3 billion pesos ($59 million) it paid French drugmaker Sanofi for a dengue vaccine used to immunize hundreds of thousands of children that Sanofi has said could worsen the disease in some cases.

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Roche study finds cancer 'Velcro' that halts T-cell attack

ZURICH (Reuters) - Scientists at Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Friday they may have discovered why some tumors resist new immunotherapy drugs as well as a possible means of turning the tables to incite a T-cell attack.

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U.S. Department of Justice investigating fetal tissue transfers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice asked on Thursday for documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Nikkei rises helped by gains in real estate, chip-related cos; Nikkei flat on week

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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U.S. Department of Justice seeks documents on fetal tissue transfers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter on Thursday, seen by Reuters, seeking documents related to a Senate committee's report on the transfer of fetal tissue by abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

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Antibiotics sales for use in U.S. farm animals dropped in 2016: FDA

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said on Thursday.

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Childhood cancer survivors have more blood pressure problems

(Reuters Health) - More than one in 12 adult survivors of childhood cancers may have undiagnosed high blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests.

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Brazilian airline Gol considers share offering in 2018 - sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA is considering a share offering in the early months of 2018, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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Faulty positioning in rugby tackles boosts injury risk

(Reuters Health) - Head, neck and shoulder injuries during rugby tackles are more common when the tackler’s head is incorrectly positioned in relation to the ball carrier, a small study has found.

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Gum infections tied to increased risk of stomach cancer precursor

(Reuters Health) - Gum infections may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer, a small study suggests.

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Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

(Reuters Health) - Leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better, a study from the Netherlands suggests.

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Sage shares surge as depression drug succeeds in mid-stage trial

(Reuters) - Drug developer Sage Therapeutics Inc's shares soared as much as 85 percent to a record high on Thursday after its experimental drug to reduce the symptoms of depression succeeded in a mid-stage trial.

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South African egg prices seen rising 20 percent after avian flu outbreak

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Egg prices in South Africa are expected to increase by as much as 20 percent after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian flu in June forced farmers to cull egg laying birds, industry experts said on Thursday.

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More than 2,000 drugs now in cancer immunotherapy race

LONDON (Reuters) - The race to develop new immunotherapy treatments against cancer has sparked an unprecedented explosion in the oncology drug pipeline, with more than 2,000 immune system-boosting agents now in development.

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Broadcom helps lift Nasdaq; S&P, Dow slip

(Reuters) - Gains in chipmaker Broadcom and yogawear maker Lululemon helped lift the Nasdaq at the open on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were slightly lower.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Broadcom helps lift Nasdaq; S&P, Dow slip

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Gains in chipmaker Broadcom and yogawear maker Lululemon helped lift the Nasdaq at the open on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were slightly lower.

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Sage shares surge as depression drug succeeds mid-stage trial

(Reuters) - Sage Therapeutics Inc's shares surged more than 63 percent premarket on Thursday, on track to add about $2.5 billion to the company's market value, after its drug succeeded in reducing the symptoms of depression in a mid-stage trial.

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BRIEF-Kalytera Therapeutics Says ‍Results Of Phase 2 Clinical Study In Prevention Of Graft Versus Host Disease​ Are Expected By Q3 2018

* KALYTERA ANNOUNCES INITIATION OF PHASE 2 CLINICAL STUDY IN PREVENTION OF GRAFT VERSUS HOST DISEASE AND AGREEMENT WITH THE SALZMAN GROUP OF ISRAEL TO MANAGE AND PARTIALLY FUND THE STUDY TO BE LED BY A WORLD CLASS TEAM

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil markets slump as pension reform odds fade

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian markets plummeted on Thursday after President Michel Temer's administration failed to gather enough support from lawmakers to put a pension overhaul plan to a vote. A senior lawmaker said on Wednesday that the government's coalition expected to have enough votes later that day to pass the bill, which investors see as crucial to curbing public debt. But a failure to do so led policymakers to put off a decision, originally

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Sage's depression drug succeeds in mid-stage study, shares soar

(Reuters) - Sage Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday its drug to treat patients with moderate to severe depression met the main goal of reducing symptoms in a mid-stage study, sending its shares soaring 52.3 percent in premarket trading.

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Indonesia fights 'extraordinary' diphtheria outbreak that has killed 32

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world's fourth most populous country this year.

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5 Cheap(ish) Things to Help You Have a Very Hygge Winter

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Black voter turnout could help tight AL race

The group that could decide the Alabama race? African-American voters ... but it'll all come down to voter turnout. CNN's Alex Marquardt has the report.

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Knee surgery outcomes linked with education level

(Reuters Health) - Patients who live in low-income communities and lack a college education may have worse pain after knee replacement surgery than their more educated neighbors, a recent study suggests.

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F1 bosses recommend new security measures for Brazil

PARIS (Reuters) - Formula One bosses have recommended new security measures for the Brazilian Grand Prix after team staff were robbed at gunpoint when leaving the circuit last month.

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Study confirms higher breast cancer risk with hormone-based contraception

(Reuters Health) - Women who currently use or recently used hormone-based contraception face a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer, although the overall risk for most women is relatively low, a new study of 1.8 million women in Denmark has concluded.

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U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

(Reuters) - Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday.

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Home births in rural areas just as safe as in cities

(Reuters Health) - Home births may not be more dangerous for healthy rural mothers than for their urban counterparts, a recent U.S. study suggests.

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Roche to seize leap-frog opportunity in lung cancer

LONDON (Reuters) - After lagging rivals in cancer immunotherapies, Swiss drugmaker Roche hopes to leap-frog into the lead in the biggest market, tackling previously untreated lung cancer.

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UPDATE 1-Monsanto will prevail in Brazil patent dispute, S. American CEO says

SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co is confident Brazilian courts will uphold its Intacta RR2 PRO soy seed patent despite a challenge from grain growers in the state of Mato Grosso, the company's chief of South American operations said on Wednesday.

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Kids aren’t protecting themselves against STDs during oral sex

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows.

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FDA proposes drug development guidance for rare pediatric diseases

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance on Wednesday to simplify the procedure of developing drugs for rare pediatric disorders, such as Gaucher's disease, by eliminating the need for certain trials and minimizing patient enrollment.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil auto sales to beat 2017 forecast, pick up in 2018 -industry

SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Auto sales in Brazil are likely to beat prior forecasts and accelerate next year, national automakers association Anfavea said on Wednesday, underscoring the gathering strength of a recovery in Latin America's largest economy.

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Sign-ups pick up in week five of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment - U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year's numbers with just over a week of enrollment left.

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Myanmar's opium crop plummets, but no victory over Asia's narco-boom: U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A "dramatic" drop in opium cultivation in Myanmar underscored a regional boom in demand for illegal synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, which many Asian countries are struggling to combat, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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Farming startup Indigo raises $203 million with help from Dubai fund

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Farming technology startup Indigo has raised more than $200 million from investors to fund its efforts to reform how crops including wheat, soybeans, cotton and corn are grown around the world.

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New York Today: New York Today: How Trains Helped Create the Holidays

Wednesday: The linked histories of trains and the holiday season, lightings around town, and a Christmas tree of lobster traps.

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Why moms don't let dads help

The broken gender dynamics of our workplaces has a simple solution: We need to give women more power. But redressing the gender dynamics in our homes is not so simple.

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Balding, premature graying tied to higher heart disease risk

Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from India. Does this mean that doctors should be screening our hairline alongside traditional risk factors such as our weight and blood pressure?

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico index rises on bank deal; Brazil's Bovespa dips

(Updates prices, adds details on Mexican stock index) SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Mexico's S&P/BVM IPC share index rose 0.64 percent on Tuesday, recovering some ground after falling last week to its lowest level since March. Banorte bank pushed the gains, with its shares rising 2.60 percent as it announced that shareholders approved its acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, a deal that will create the country's second-biggest bank. The Mexican peso weakened in respons

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GSK, other drugmakers bet on post-Brexit UK science

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain won a vote of confidence from its economically important life sciences sector on Wednesday as five drug companies committed to invest in the country under the government's industrial strategy plans after Brexit.

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CIA chief: Trump's tweets help us

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says President Trump's tweets help the spy agency in its intelligence efforts. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Brazil telecoms regulator rejects Oi shareholder petition

BRASILIA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Brazil's telecommunications regulator Anatel said it rejected a petition by Societe Mondiale, a shareholder in Oi SA, to stop Aurelius Capital Management inking a debt restructuring accord with the struggling Brazilian telecoms company.

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Australian watchdog takes GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis units to court

(Reuters) - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said it is taking local units of GlaxoSmithKline and Swiss healthcare company Novartis to court over false or misleading representations in the marketing of pain relief products.

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Consistently lower cancer survival rates for black patients in U.S.

(Reuters Health) - Whether it's colon cancer, breast cancer, or ovarian cancer, survival rates in the U.S. are lower for black people than for white people, three new studies show.

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Brazil, U.S. identify molecule to help fight citrus greening disease

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Researchers have identified the molecule that attracts the insect that transmits citrus greening disease, a development expected to help farmers control a plague that has destroyed trees in growing regions of Brazil and the United States.

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Paraguay Congress legalizes planting of medical marijuana

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay's Congress passed a bill on Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses, a decision that followed other countries in Latin America.

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Eating almonds with chocolate may lower cholesterol

(Reuters Health) - Overweight and obese people who eat almonds and chocolate every day may have lower cholesterol than their counterparts who don’t consume these foods, a recent experiment suggests.

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Hospital patients are safe with substitute doctors

(Reuters Health) - Hospital patients’ survival rates don’t suffer when fill-in doctors substitute for the regular staff physicians, a U.S. study suggests.

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UPDATE 2-France's Lactalis to pay $600 mln for Brazil's Itambé -source

SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Groupe Lactalis SA on Tuesday announced plans to buy Brazilian dairy company Itambé Alimentos SA in the first half of 2018, as the French group expands in Latin America's largest economy with its second major acquisition in recent years.

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Women get mixed messages about sexuality after childbirth

(Reuters Health) - Women receive mixed messages about the ways giving birth may affect their sex lives, according to a new report.

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FDA approves Novo Nordisk diabetes drug Ozempic

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Novo Nordisk A/S's diabetes drug Ozempic, setting the stage for a heated competitive battle with Eli Lilly & Co's Trulicity.

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Bodycam shows frantic effort to help choking newborn

Bodycam footage captures a Savannah, Georgia, police officer responding to a choking infant.

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Wal-Mart to integrate physical, online units in Brazil

(Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to integrate its physical retail and e-commerce activities, as well as expand its so-called online marketplace operations, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Galectin slumps after NASH drug misses main goal of mid-stage trial

(Reuters) - Galectin Therapeutics Inc said its drug for the complex progressive fatty liver disease NASH led to some clinically meaningful results in patients with cirrhosis, but failed to achieve the main goal of a mid-stage trial, sending its shares plunging 48 percent on Tuesday.

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Shire in deal to develop a new way to administer hemophilia drug

(Reuters) - Shire Plc said on Tuesday it had partnered with a California-based company to develop a new way to administer a drug to treat hemophilia A.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Brazil's PagSeguro considers IPO in New York -sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Brazilian payment processor PagSeguro Internet Ltda is considering an initial public offering in the first quarter of 2018 in New York, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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Galectin says NASH drug misses main goal of midstage trial

(Reuters) - Galectin Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its experimental drug for the complex progressive fatty liver disease NASH led to some clinically meaningful results in patients with cirrhosis, but failed to achieve the main goal of a midstage trial.

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Philippines halts sale of dengue vaccine as Sanofi downplays risk

MANILA/LONDON (Reuters) - The Philippines has ordered French drugmaker Sanofi to stop the sale, distribution and marketing of its Dengvaxia dengue vaccine in the country after the company last week warned it could worsen the disease in some cases.

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Brazil's BR Malls in talks to sell three malls - filing

SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian mall operator BR Malls Participações SA is in talks to sell three shopping malls, it said in a securities filing on Tuesday in response to a query from capital markets regulator CVM.

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WHO backs Philippines suspension of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization supported a decision by the Philippines Department of Health on Tuesday to suspend vaccinations with Sanofi's dengue drug Dengvaxia, the WHO said in a statement.

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Basketball player Trump helped to leave China after shoplifting arrest leaves UCLA

(Reuters) - A UCLA basketball player who was arrested for shoplifting in China and whose father later engaged in a public dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump will leave the university and prepare for the NBA draft next year, the player's father told media on Monday.

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Dengue vaccine found to worsen disease symptoms

The Philippines has suspended its large-scale dengue vaccination effort amid the surprising results of a new study conducted by the vaccine's manufacturer.

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Siemens, Brazilian prosecutors eyeing settlement over bribery lawsuit: newspaper

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - German industrial group Siemens AG is negotiating a settlement worth more than 1 billion reais ($307 million) with Brazilian state prosecutors over a civil case related to probes into whether bribes were paid to win train contracts, according to a Monday newspaper report.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: At 76, Studying Social Work After Reaching for a Helping Hand

Selwyn Allen, a longtime carpenter, fell behind on his rent while fighting bladder cancer. Now he’s seeking to make a late-in-life career change.

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Court-mandated opioid rehab rarely meets medical standards

(Reuters Health) - Fewer than one in 20 people with opioid addiction problems who are ordered into rehab programs by the courts receive methadone or buprenorphine, two drugs doctors consider the best treatment option, a U.S. study suggests.

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Montana sues OxyContin maker Purdue over opioid epidemic

(Reuters) - Montana has sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, withdrawing from a multistate investigation by attorneys general into opioid manufacturers' marketing practices and joining a growing list of states that have broken off to pursue individual lawsuits.

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Trouble mounts for Sanofi dengue vaccine over safety concerns

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Monday it hopes to review safety data on Sanofi's dengue vaccine this month, while the Philippines ordered an investigation of its now suspended massive immunization program after the French drugmaker said it could actually worsen the disease in some cases.

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UPDATE 2-Cargill may partner on $4.3 bln rail project, Brazil chief says

SAO PAULO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of Cargill Inc is in talks to form a consortium to bid for a $4.3 billion railway project that would unite grain-growing regions in central Brazil with northern ports, the business head said on Monday.

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Tattooed wish for withholding treatment not good enough, doctors say

(Reuters Health) - Consumers are often told, "Put it in writing." But in the case of a hospitalized Florida man facing death, displaying his wish by having it tattooed on his chest wasn't good enough.

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Books News: A Final Work by Sam Shepard Reveals His Struggle With Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The celebrated playwright spent the last months of his life working tirelessly on a final book, an intimate and philosophical look at his protagonist’s — and his own — health struggles.

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Healthcare prices hard to find online

Reuters Health - Consumers who search online for prices of common medical procedures may be disappointed by what they find, a U.S. study suggests.

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Sanofi says monitoring outcomes of ongoing dengue vaccination schemes

PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi on Monday said it was monitoring outcomes of ongoing public programs involving its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, following the launch of a probe in the Philippines.

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WHO reviewing data on Sanofi dengue vaccine, urges limited use

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it hoped to conduct a "full review" by year-end of data on Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

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Poor regulation, dodgy pills spur plan for African drugs agency

LONDON (Reuters) - Last July, Ugandan officials seized fake versions of the cancer drug Avastin on sale in Kampala, revealing only the tip of an iceberg of bogus medicines found all too often in Africa.

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Brazil recommends restrictions on Sanofi dengue vaccine

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian government said on Monday it has suggested restrictions on the use of a dengue vaccine that has been suspended elsewhere after French drug company Sanofi SA said it could worsen the disease in some cases.

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CVS says deal to help build Anthem's drug benefit still on

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp CEO Larry Merlo said on Monday that its plan to help health insurer Anthem Inc build its own pharmacy benefit management business remains in place with planning well under way, unaffected by CVS' deal to buy Anthem rival Aetna Inc.

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Therapix expects to have results of Tourette's drug trial by end of first quarter

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Therapix Biosciences said on Monday it expects by the end of March to have the results from its mid-stage trial of a cannabinoid-based drug for treating Tourette's syndrome which could be worth billions of dollars in revenues.

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Hungary's Richter says no link seen between Esmya drug and liver damage

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian drugmaker Richter's clinical data for its uterine fibroid treatment Esmya indicate no demonstrable link with liver damage, the firm said on Monday.

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Prescription video games help children with ADHD in trial

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Playing tailor-made video games can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results from a pivotal clinical trial announced on Monday.

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Denmark's Alk Abello suspends dividend to support North America investment

(Reuters) - Danish pharma company Alk Abello said on Monday it would invest 1 billion Danish crowns ($159 million) in its North America business, a move that is expected put a lid on earnings and revenue growth in the near term.

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Danish pharma company Alk Abello to invest 1 billion crowns in North America

(Reuters) - Danish pharma company Alk Abello said on Monday it would invest about 1 billion Danish crowns ($159.5 million) over the next three years to develop its North America business and said it expected earnings to be subdued during this period.

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Sanofi says no reported deaths in Philippines related to dengue vaccine

MANILA (Reuters) - There have been no reported deaths in the Philippines related to a suspended dengue vaccine made by Sanofi, an official from the pharmaceutical company said on Monday.

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China’s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

Global car brands and Chinese authorities alike embrace iFlyTek’s voice recognition know-how, illustrating the dystopian possibilities behind the technology.

Syria nytimes.com

Help Assad or Leave Cities in Ruins? The Politics of Rebuilding Syria

Ravaged areas in the city of Homs, which look as if punched by a giant, are a testament to President Assad’s ruthless tactics, and to the enormous task, costs and political calculation of rebuilding.

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Cholera could resurge in Yemen due to lack of aid, fuel: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Another wave of cholera could strike Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition blockade has cut off fuel for hospitals, water pumps and vital aid supplies for starving children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Yemen helps Saudi rise for eighth day, Qatar rebounds on FX

* Saudi market also buoyed by easing concern about graft probe

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CIA director: Trump's tweets help us

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Saturday that President Donald Trump's prolific Twitter feed was yielding valuable intelligence.

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Philippine president vows to get to the bottom of dengue vaccine 'health scam'

MANILA (Reuters) - The office of the Philippine president on Sunday vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a suspended dengue immunization program, which it said placed thousands of lives at risk.

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U.S. Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans' biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance.

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Brazil environmentalist Marina Silva to run for president in 2018

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Brazilian senator and environmental minister Marina Silva said Saturday she will seek her party's nomination to run for the presidency next year.

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First U.S. birth for woman with transplanted uterus occurs in Texas

(Reuters) - For the first time in the United States, a woman with a transplanted uterus gave birth, officials at a Dallas hospital said on Friday.

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Patients have different hospital outcomes when regular doctors see them

(Reuters Health) - Many outcomes for hospital patients – including how long they stay and their survival odds after they go home – may depend on whether they’re cared for by their primary care physician or another type of doctor, a U.S. study suggests.

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FDA approves heart protection claims for Amgen cholesterol drug

(Reuters) - Amgen Inc can now promote the ability of its potent but expensive cholesterol drug to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, after U.S. health regulators approved adding those benefits to the medicine's prescribing label, the company said on Friday.

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Sanofi ends development of Clostridium difficile vaccine

(Reuters) - Pharmaceutical company Sanofi SA said on Friday that it had ended development of an experimental vaccine for Clostridium difficile infection, after an early look at late-stage trial results indicated a low probability for success.

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Fetuses grow differently in obese women

(Reuters Health) - Obese pregnant women who don’t have serious medical problems are still more likely to have unusually large babies than mothers who aren’t obese, a recent study suggests.

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The G.O.P. Tax Plan Can Be Confusing. Here’s Help Deciphering It.

You don’t need to be an expert in tax policy to get caught up on what the far-reaching proposal could mean.

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Nestle, Stada prepare rival bids for Germany's Merck consumer health: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada are both preparing tentative bids for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, several sources told Reuters.

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Cuba battling medicine shortages in wake of cash crunch

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is working on fixing chronic medicine shortages that started appearing a year ago due to its cash crunch, health officials said in an article published late on Thursday in ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma.

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FDA OKs Mylan's biosimilar of Roche cancer drug Herceptin

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mylan NV's biosimilar of Herceptin, Roche's blockbuster treatment for breast cancer, making it the second copycat drug for cancer approved in the United States.

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Smoking, drinking worsen prognosis for head and neck cancers

(Reuters Health) - People with head and neck cancers who smoke and drink are much more likely to die with these tumors than nonsmokers and teetotalers, a recent study suggests.

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Doctors rarely discuss end-of-life care for chronic lung conditions

(Reuters Health) - Though most people suffering from chronic respiratory diseases want to discuss their preferences for end-of-life care with medical providers, they seldom do, a new review of past research suggests.

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FDA approves Mylan's biosimilar of Roche's cancer drug Herceptin

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mylan NV's biosimilar version of Roche's blockbuster breast cancer treatment Herceptin.

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Italy needs to do more against olive tree disease: EU health chief

PARIS (Reuters) - The EU's top health official called on Italy to do more to contain a bacterium that has ravaged olive groves in part of the country and for which no treatment currently exists.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil's Bovespa steady on cautious buying after November decline

SAO PAULO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Brazil's Bovespa equities index was steady on Friday, dipping just slightly as some investors sought buying opportunities among stocks that swooned about 3 percent in the last three sessions on doubts about whether Congress would pass a proposed overhaul of the country's pensions. In recent days, investors and analysts have focused on attempts by President Michel Temer to whip up the votes he needs in Congress to pass the pension bill, seen as vital to bolste

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Brazilian athletes flex their muscles in sports politics

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Amid the flurry of doping and corruption scandals which have hit sport over the last few years, it is often asked why athletes do not make more use their influence to force change. Brazil is a rare case where they can claim to have done so.

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UPDATE 1-China's CITIC closes $1.1 bln Brazil takeover, sees more ahead

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, Brazil, Dec 1 (Reuters) - China's CITIC Agri Fund said on Friday it had completed its $1.1 billion acquisition of Dow Chemical Co's corn seed business in Brazil, a potential vehicle for future purchases in Latin America.

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Exclusive: Former top Brazil prosecutor says successor, police chief slowing graft probes

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Three senior Brazilian law enforcement officials, including the former prosecutor general, said new leaders of the federal police and prosecutors' offices are curbing an anti-corruption drive that challenged centuries of impunity in Latin America's biggest country.

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China's Citic completes $1.1 bln acquisition of Dow seeds assets in Brazil

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - China's Citic Agri Fund on Friday said it has completed the $1.1 billion acquisition of Dow's corn seed business in Brazil, rebranding the company as LP Sementes Ltda.

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Instagram helped young women lose over 100 pounds

Twenty-year-old Morgan Bartley always struggled with her weight.

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Help Desk: Among the Vulgarians

New etiquette books offer advice on how to mind your manners during uncivil times, in the White House and beyond.

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Does chicken soup really help fight a cold?

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Indivior drug to fight opioid addiction approved by U.S. FDA

(Reuters) - Indivior's experimental drug to help fight America's growing opioid addiction crisis was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late on Thursday, boosting its sales prospects as competitors threaten revenues from an older product.

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Editorial: Help Wanted: Top Diplomat

President Trump undermined Rex Tillerson’s success at the State Department, but that doesn’t mean his successor will do a better job.

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Genmab and Johnson & Johnson 'love' partnership as some ponder takeover

LONDON (Reuters) - Genmab was Europe's second biggest biotech company, until its partner Johnson & Johnson bought Switzerland's Actelion for $30 billion this year and propelled the Danish antibody specialist to the top spot.

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Cancer drug prompts 'drastic' HIV decrease in lung cancer patient

LONDON, (Reuters) - Doctors in France have found the first evidence that a drug normally used to treat lung, kidney or skin cancer may be able to eradicate HIV-infected cells in people with the AIDS virus.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazilian, Chilean equities slip as political concerns weigh

SAO PAULO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark equities index and currency lost ground on Thursday as markets remained jittery about the uneven progress of a pension reform bill seen as key to shoring up the nation's fiscal health. Worldwide, emerging markets came under heavy selling pressure even as U.S. equity markets rallied, with the MSCI International EM price index posting a 1.8 percent loss for its steepest drop in six months. Brazilian President Michel Temer is loo

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Foundation's cancer gene test gets U.S. FDA and Medicare nod

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A test from Foundation Medicine Inc that can detect cancer-causing mutations in 324 genes has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agencies said.

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Marriage linked to lower dementia risk

(Reuters Health) - Being married, or ever having been married, comes with a much lower risk of developing dementia compared to being a lifelong bachelor or bachelorette, a new analysis of previous studies suggests.

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Foundation Medicine gets nod from FDA and Medicare for cancer test

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A test from Foundation Medicine Inc that can detect cancer-causing mutations in 324 genes has won simultaneous approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agencies said in a statement on Thursday.

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Exclusive: U.S. health regulator Verma eyes new methods for drug pricing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government is considering setting new payment methods aimed at curbing costs for Medicare and Medicaid coverage of breakthrough medical treatments with very high prices, particularly novel gene-based therapies for cancer and other diseases, a top health official said on Thursday.

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Some hospital services may be expendable on weekends

(Reuters Health) - Removing allied healthcare services from hospitals on weekends may not affect patient outcomes, suggests a new Australian study.

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Lawsuit seeks to block Illinois abortion coverage expansion

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Abortion opponents in Illinois filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block a recently approved law expanding state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income Medicaid recipients and state workers.

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‘Overlapping’ neurosurgery not tied to higher complication or death rates

(Reuters Health) – Most neurosurgery patients are no more likely to die or suffer serious complications when their surgeon is involved in more than one operation at the same time, a recent U.S. study suggests.

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Erdogan Helped Turks Evade Iran Sanctions, Reza Zarrab Says

A U.S. government witness testified that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Turkey’s prime minister, personally ordered that two banks participate in the alleged scheme.

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Hospital quality-control program tied to rise in heart failure deaths

(Reuters Health) - Financial penalties designed to encourage hospitals to avoid repeat hospitalizations are working, but they’re also associated with higher mortality rates for patients with heart failure, a U.S. study suggests.

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Goldman eschews bitcoin but wants to help clients crypto-trade

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc is trying to figure out how to cater to investors who want to trade bitcoin even though the digital currency remains too volatile for the Wall Street bank to trade itself, according to comments by a representative and its chief executive officer on Thursday.

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Brazil's Oi hopes to advance in talks to settle regulatory debts

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Oi SA, the Brazilian telephone carrier operating under bankruptcy court protection, hopes to advance in talks with the country's solicitor general (AGU) on an agreement to repay the company's regulatory debts, chief executive Eurico Teles Neto said on Thursday.

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New CEO of Brazil's Oi to adopt a conciliatory tone in creditor talks

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The new chief executive officer of Oi SA, the Brazilian carrier which is conducting Latin America´s largest ever debt restructuring, said the company will adopt a conciliatory tone in talks with creditors.

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France stops large shipment of radioactive Belarus mushrooms

PARIS (Reuters) - France has stopped a large shipment of Belarus mushrooms contaminated with low-level radioactivity probably from Chernobyl and not linked to a radioactive cloud that appeared in southern Russia last month, officials said on Thursday.

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Farmers harder hit by opioid crisis than rest of rural U.S.: survey

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The opioid crisis in the United States is impacting farm and ranch families more acutely than their rural neighbors, according to a survey published by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union on Thursday.

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UK doctors test less invasive prenatal screening for Down syndrome

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women may get accurate screening results for Down syndrome – also known as trisomy 21 - and two rarer chromosomal disorders with a finger-prick blood test that reduces the need for more invasive diagnostic procedures, a UK study suggests.

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FDA aims to approve more drugs based on early clinical data

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aiming to approve drugs based on very early data if the drug shows a possible benefit in terms of survival, the head of the agency told lawmakers at a hearing on Thursday.

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France stops large shipment of radioactive Belarusian mushrooms

PARIS (Reuters) - France has stopped a large shipment of Belarus mushrooms contaminated with radioactivity from Chernobyl but there is no link with a radioactive cloud from Russia last month.

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GOP rep.: 'Not helpful' for Trump to share anti-Muslim videos

A Republican lawmaker and Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan criticized on Thursday President Donald Trump's retweets of anti-Muslim videos, saying it doesn't help the fight against terrorism.

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France finds traces of radioactive cesium in Russian mushrooms

PARIS (Reuters) - France has found traces of radioactive cesium on mushrooms imported from Russia, the head of French nuclear regulator ASN said on Thursday.

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Genmab and J&J 'love' partnership as some ponder takeover

LONDON (Reuters) - Genmab was Europe's second biggest biotech company, until its partner Johnson & Johnson bought Switzerland's Actelion for $30 billion this year and propelled the Danish antibody specialist to the top spot.

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Vaccine alliance backs typhoid shots for poor with $85 million

LONDON (Reuters) - The GAVI global vaccine alliance has earmarked $85 million to help support the introduction of typhoid vaccines in poor countries where millions of children are at risk of the often deadly disease.

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Europe's top biotech expects delays from drugs watchdog's HQ move

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's biggest biotechnology company, Denmark's Genmab, expects some delays to regional drug approvals as the European Medicines Agency is uprooted from London to Amsterdam.

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France finds traces of radioactive cesium in Russian mushrooms: ASN

PARIS (Reuters) - France has found traces of radioactive cesium on mushrooms imported from Russia, the head of French nuclear regulator ASN said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Financials help European shares shrug off tech tumble, OPEC anticipation

* OPEC anticipation weighs on oil majors (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

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Brazil utility Eletropaulo says considering share offering

SAO PAULO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Brazilian power utility Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de Sao Paulo SA is considering a follow-on share offering, the company said in a securities exchange filing on Thursday.

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New vaccine, long-acting drug trials buoy hopes in HIV fight

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil lower house extends oil industry customs regime

BRASILIA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the basic text of a decree that extends for 20 years a preferential customs regime for the oil industry, a measure that has helped make Brazil attractive again to major global oil companies.

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Brazil bankruptcy judge puts back Oi creditor meeting to Dec 19

BRASILIA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The judge handling the bankruptcy restructuring of Brazilian telecoms Grupo Oi SA decided on Wednesday to postpone a meeting of creditors until Dec. 19 because stakeholders could not agree on key issues.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil pension reform worries weigh on stocks, currency

(Updates with final prices, details from Mexico) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Brazil's stocks and currency fell on Wednesday, extending a recent trend of heightened volatility as traders seek new clues about the likelihood that Congress will approve a plan to streamline the social security system. Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha said Brazil's government is unwilling to further water down the controversial bill, after repeatedly doing so in order to garner lawmaker

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Forecast predicts over half of U.S. children will be obese by age 35

(Reuters Health) - Nearly three in five children in the U.S. today are destined to be obese when they reach their 35th birthday, according to a new projection.

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Smartphone pics may be sharp enough for dermatology diagnosis

(Reuters Health) - With a few exceptions, a dermatologist was just as accurate in diagnosing children’s skin conditions from smartphone photos taken by parents as the doctors who saw the kids in person, a small U.S. study found.

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Epidurals with fentanyl not linked to lower odds of breastfeeding

(Reuters Health) - Women who get epidural pain relief that includes the opioid fentanyl are no less likely to breastfeed their babies than mothers who get epidurals without this drug, a small study suggests.

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Meredith’s Time buy helps lift U.S. media lending to 11-year high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. media group Meredith Corp’s planned purchase of Time Inc is the latest in a run of mergers that have boosted media lending to the highest point in more than a decade as the sector regroups to fight online content providers.

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LPC: Meredith’s Time buy helps lift US media lending to 11-yr high

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) - US media group Meredith Corp’s planned purchase of Time Inc is the latest in a run of mergers that have boosted media lending to the highest point in more than a decade as the sector regroups to fight online content providers.

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Brazil's Algar Telecom postpones IPO pricing to January -sources

SAO PAULO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecommunications firm Algar Telecom SA has postponed the pricing of its initial public offering to January to avoid competing with two of the country's largest offerings this year, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. says patient charity helped drugmakers, revokes approval

Nov 29 (Reuters) - One of the largest U.S. patient assistance charities may close after the federal government revoked its authorization, citing findings that the group, mainly funded by pharmaceutical companies, enabled drugmakers to influence prescriptions.

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FDA moves to speed nicotine replacement product development

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it is considering measures to speed development of products that help people quit smoking, including easing requirements for approval of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies.

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U.S. says patient charity helped drugmakers, revokes approval

Nov 29 (Reuters) - One of the largest U.S. patient assistance charities may close after the federal government revoked its authorization, citing findings that the group, mainly funded by pharmaceutical companies, enabled drugmakers to influence prescriptions.

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Bodybuilding products sold online may be mislabeled or unsafe

(Reuters Health) - Many bodybuilding products sold online are mislabeled and contain unapproved drugs and other ingredients that may not be safe, a new study suggests.

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Sanofi expects $120 million hit as dengue vaccine hits major snag

PARIS (Reuters) - Use of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, the world's first approved shot against the mosquito-borne virus, is to be strictly limited due to evidence it can worsen the disease in people who have not previously been exposed to the infection. The French drugmaker said in a statement on Wednesday that as a result it would book a charge in its fourth-quarter results of around 100 million euros ($118.57 million).

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Insecticide resistance spreads in Africa, threatens malaria progress

LONDON (Reuters) - The largest genetic study of mosquitoes has found their ability to resist insecticides is evolving rapidly and spreading across Africa, putting millions of people at higher risk of contracting malaria.

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Health secretary nominee Azar says lowering drug prices a top priority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive and lobbyist nominated to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promised on Wednesday to lower drug prices and said he was unaware of any efforts to sabotage the healthcare law passed under former President Barack Obama.

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Joining NATO would help Finland's security but unlikely for now: finance minister

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Joining NATO would improve Finland's security but is unlikely to happen any time soon because of a lack of wider support, Finance Minister Petteri Orpo said on Wednesday.

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U.S. to open office, award grants in opioid fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it was launching a Drug Enforcement Administration field office in the Appalachian region at the center of the opioid crisis and would issue $12 million in grant funding to help assist law enforcement.

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Health secretary nominee Azar says drug pricing a top priority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive who Republicans have nominated to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday promised to lower drug prices that he said are too high, saying he would look at abuse of patent laws that delays generic competition.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks, currency down on pension reform worries

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Brazil's stocks and currency fell on Wednesday, extending a recent trend of heightened volatility as traders seek new clues about the odds that Congress will approve a plan to streamline the social security system. Presidential Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha said the government is unwilling to further water down the controversial bill, after repeatedly doing so in order to garner lawmaker support. His remarks worried traders who fe

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UPDATE 1-Asian groups vie for stake in southern Brazil railroad -source

SAO PAULO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - China Communications Construction Co Ltd and Japan's Mitsubishi Group and Sumitomo Corp are vying for a stake in a railroad owned by Brazil's Rumo SA, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Asian groups vie for stake in southern Brazil railroad -paper

SAO PAULO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - China Communications Construction Co Ltd and Japan's Mitsubishi and Sumitomo Corp are vying for a stake in a railroad owned by Rumo SA, Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday.

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Hong Kong listing would help Aramco with huge Chinese demand for IPO: HKEX CEO

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) Chief Executive Charles Li said a Hong Kong listing by Saudi Aramco would help the oil giant to anchor huge Chinese demand for its planned IPO.

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Phys Ed: How Running May or May Not Help the Heart

Running marathons may not make up for some of the bad choices we make in our diet and lifestyles.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Chile peso hits 3-mth low; Mexico, Brazil currencies rise

(Updates with final prices, details from Mexico, Brazil) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The Chilean peso fell to a three-month low on Tuesday, tracking a decline in prices of copper, the country's main export, though other currencies in the region appreciated after testimony from the nominee to run the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Chilean currency declined for a second day, driving it to the weakest levels since August. In the United States, congressional testimo

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BRIEF-Accenture Says Expanding Amazon Web Services Capabilities To Help Enterprises Better Leverage Cloud To Increase Operational Efficiency​

* ACCENTURE - EXPANDING AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS) CAPABILITIES TO HELP ENTERPRISES BETTER LEVERAGE CLOUD TO INCREASE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: