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Novartis gains U.S. approval for delayed MS drug

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis's Sandoz division has won U.S. approval for a larger dosage of its Glatopa drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, ending a costly delay that allowed rival generics makers to beat it to market. [Source]

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Malawi cholera cases pass 500, eight people dead

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained.

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UPDATE 2-AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug wins key lung cancer approval

* Rival BMS, Merck, Roche drugs approved for later disease (Adds shares, analyst reaction)

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French President Macron's approval rating falls below 50 percent: Ifop

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's approval rating has fallen below 50 percent to its lowest level since October last year, a poll showed on Sunday, as the government pushes ahead with plans to shake up France's costly civil service.

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Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

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UPDATE 1-Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 bln hepatitis C drug patent verdict

Feb 17 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

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Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 bln hepatitis C drug patent verdict

Feb 17 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

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AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug wins key lung cancer approval

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug Imfinzi has won crucial approval from U.S. regulators for use in lung cancer, opening up a multibillion-dollar market for a medicine that has so far lagged behind competitors.

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UPDATE 1-AstraZeneca's immunotherapy drug wins key lung cancer approval

* Rival BMS, Merck, Roche drugs approved for later disease (Adds details on competition, size of market opportunity)

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U.S. faces shortage of developmental and behavioral pediatrics specialists

(Reuters Health) - A shortage of clinicians specializing in pediatric behavioral and developmental disorders is translating into long wait times for new patient appointments amid surging demand, a new study suggests.

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U.S. FDA approves AstraZeneca's immunotherapy for lung cancer

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted approval for expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc's, immunotherapy drug, Imfinzi, to treat non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors can't be surgically removed.

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Hospitalized older adults less often tested for flu

(Reuters Health) - Even though elderly people have the highest rates of hospitalization and death from influenza, a U.S. study suggests that older patients may be less likely to get tested for flu in the hospital.

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Fear of federal law may prevent gun retailers from storing firearms

(Reuters Health) - What if someone who lived with the young man who unleashed one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history this week had been concerned that he might harm himself or others and removed his AR-15 rifle from his home?

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Novartis readies to auction U.S. generic pills business: sources

(Reuters) - Switzerland's Novartis AG is preparing to auction its U.S. generic pill business, looking to shed a unit that has struggled amid fierce price competition, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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In-person license renewal may reduce crashes involving people with dementia

Reuters Health - Older adults with dementia may be less likely to get in car crashes when they’re required to renew their driver’s licenses in person, a U.S. study suggests.

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Shares of Apricus tank after FDA declines to OK erectile dysfunction cream

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday declined to approve Apricus Biosciences Inc's Vitaros, a cream to treat erectile dysfunction, for the second time in a decade, sending the company's shares down more than 70 percent before the opening bell.

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Apricus says FDA declines to approve erectile dysfunction cream

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday declined to approve Apricus Biosciences Inc's Vitaros, a cream treatment for erectile dysfunction, for the second time in a decade.

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Swiss skiers first athletes hit by norovirus at Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Two Swiss freestyle skiers are the first athletes confirmed to have been hit by a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Swiss Olympic team confirmed on Friday.

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U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots

(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks.

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U.S. FDA looks to pave way for earlier-stage Alzheimer's drugs

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have proposed lowering the bar for clinical trial success for experimental Alzheimer's drugs to better align with the current emphasis on the need to treat people when they are in the earliest stages of the brain-wasting disease.

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Limb amputation rates for blocked arteries vary by race and setting

(Reuters Health) - Patients with severe blockages in leg arteries can sometimes be treated with surgery to reroute blood flow; otherwise they require amputation - which black patients are more likely than whites to get, according to a study of New York State data.

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Breast MRIs may lead to more biopsies that catch fewer cancers

(Reuters Health) - Women who get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening tests for breast cancer are more likely to get invasive surgical biopsies to look for tumors than women who just get screening mammograms, a U.S. study suggests.

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Spouses have strong influence on risk for alcohol abuse

(Reuters Health) - Spouses with uncontrolled drinking problems have a “large and rapid” influence on the likelihood their partner will also be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, according to a long-term study of married couples in Sweden.

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Short kids may have a higher stroke risk as adults

(Reuters Health) - Children who are just a few inches shorter than their peers are more likely to suffer a stroke in adulthood, a large Danish study suggests.

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to face U.S trial in September

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Thursday set a Sep. 5 trial date for Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" who is jailed in the United States on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

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Eye and balance exercises may ease multiple sclerosis symptoms

Reuters Health - People with multiple sclerosis who do balance and eye movement exercises may feel steadier on their feet and experience less fatigue and dizziness, a small trial suggests.

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Give women more time to give birth, make choices: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Women in labor should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Indivior bets on $1 billion anti-addiction shot as legal bill weighs

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is launching a new weapon to fight the U.S. opioid crisis this month, but high hopes for its once-monthly injection were offset on Thursday by the need to set aside more cash for legal disputes.

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Aster DM Healthcare $153 million IPO subscribed 1.3 times

(Reuters) - United Arab Emirates-based Aster DM Healthcare Ltd's initial public offering (IPO) of shares on the Indian exchanges to raise 9.80 billion rupees ($153.34 million) was subscribed 1.3 times on the last day of the sale on Thursday.

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States seek to import cheaper drugs from Canada

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French pharma group Ipsen sees more asset purchases, U.S. growth

PARIS (Reuters) - French pharma company Ipsen expects to bring more drugs to combat cancer, rare diseases and mobility impairment into its pipeline this year and has around one billion euros ($1.25 billion) for asset purchases, its chief executive said.

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Nokia starts review of digital health business, cuts jobs in Finland

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish network gear maker Nokia has started a strategic review of its digital health business and announced more than 400 job cuts in its home country.

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Indivior legal costs rise, new anti-addiction drug ready

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior, which makes drugs to treat opioid addiction and plans to launch a key new product this month, said on Thursday it had increased provisions for investigative and antitrust litigation matters to $438 million.

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Oxford BioMedica wins second $100 million gene therapy contract

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Oxford BioMedica has won a second $100 million contract to supply gene therapy material, this time from Bioverativ, which agreed last month to be acquired by Sanofi for $11.6 billion.

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China reports first human case of H7N4 bird flu

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has reported the first human case of the H7N4 strain of bird flu in a woman in an eastern coastal province, though she has since recovered.

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Postpartum depression can linger for years and impact kids’ behavior

(Reuters Health) - Women whose postpartum depression lasts for several months are at heightened risk of having depression that lingers for years and it may affect their children, showing up as behavior problems and increased depression risk in the teenage years, a UK study suggests.

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U.S. healthcare spending to climb 5.3 percent in 2018: agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States health spending is projected to rise 5.3 percent in 2018, reflecting rising prices of medical goods and services and higher Medicaid costs, a U.S. government health agency said on Wednesday, an upward trend it forecasts for the next decade.

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Getting alcohol from mom or dad doesn’t prevent risky drinking

(Reuters Health) - Parents may be tempted to give teens an occasional taste of alcohol to teach responsible drinking habits, but a new study suggests this may have the opposite effect.

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Trauma support may help low-income families earn more

(Reuters Health) - A federal assistance program designed to move low-income families toward financial independence comes up short – but results might improve if families also receive support that helps them deal with traumatic experiences, a new study suggests.

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Minnesota renews push for tax on prescription opioids

(Reuters) - Citing rising opioid fatalities, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced a renewed legislative proposal to tax prescription opioid pills to help fund treatment.

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FDA approves J&J prostate cancer treatment

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Johnson & Johnson's Erleada treatment for use in prostate cancer patients whose cancer has not spread but continues to grow despite hormone therapy.

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FTC nominees open to tech probes, concerned about high drug prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission should be open to investigating big tech firms like Google or Facebook if they use their power inappropriately and should create a drug pricing task force to identify unusual price increases, Joe Simons said at a hearing to consider his nomination to head the agency.

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Digital divide persists with online portals for cancer patients

(Reuters Health) - Even as a growing number of cancer patients are setting up accounts for online access to medical charts, fewer people are actually logging on to look at their test results, a U.S. study suggests.

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Ghana reports severe bird flu on farm: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Ghana has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the southwest of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ghana's agriculture ministry.

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Cairo butcher offers shelter for children with cancer

CAIRO (Reuters) - Three years ago, Cairo butcher Zaza Ogaz decided to do something to help families bringing their children to a nearby cancer hospital.

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French retailers say they continued to receive Lactalis baby milk after recall

PARIS (Reuters) - French retailers, defending their role in a contaminated baby milk scandal on Wednesday, said they had received products after the recall deadline and that communication by dairy producer Lactalis was confusing.

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Bristol-Myers to pay $1.85 billion in cancer deal with Nektar

(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co will pay Nektar Therapeutics $1.85 billion in cash and share purchase for a global development and commercialization deal on a promising Nektar cancer drug, the companies announced on Wednesday.

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Bayer gets FDA rebuke for drug production in Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer said it had received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over how it handled production of some drugs at its Leverkusen, Germany headquarters.

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Thailand bets on 'magic pills' to boost declining birth rate

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country's birth rate, but on Valentine's Day today it adopted a new approach - handing out vitamin pills.

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Vigilant adherence to celiac diet linked with lower quality of life

(Reuters Health) - People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may perceive that their quality of life is reduced, according to a new study.

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Merck scraps another late-stage Alzheimer's drug study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc on Tuesday said it will end another late-stage trial of an Alzheimer's drug because it was unlikely to work, adding to the pile-up of failures to find an effective treatment for the mind-wasting disease.

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Tetraphase's antibiotic fails late-stage study, shares plummet

(Reuters) - Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday its lead experimental antibiotic to treat serious infections did not meet the main goals in a late-stage study, sending its shares plunging more than 60 percent in after-market trading.

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Medical schools don’t offer doctor-recommended parental leave

(Reuters Health) - Physicians at some of the nation’s most elite medical schools don’t receive three months of paid parental leave that doctors recommend for the health of mothers and babies, a U.S. study has found.

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Lactalis failed to report salmonella on a product: government official

PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis, which is facing a growing scandal over salmonella-tainted baby milk, did not report the bacteria had been found on products in the same factory in 2011 despite an obligation to do so, a government official said on Tuesday.

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Family history increases breast cancer risk even for older women

(Reuters Health) - Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t appear to diminish with age, a U.S. study suggests.

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Drug copies ready to take next bite out of Roche's cancer sales

LONDON (Reuters) - European oncologists will soon get their hands on cut-price copies of breast cancer drug Herceptin, turning the screws on maker Roche and giving another boost to a new breed of companies focused on so-called biosimilars.

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Amerisource deal may not keep Walgreens competitive: analysts

(Reuters) - Walgreens' potential deal for drug distributor AmerisourceBergen will boost its cash flow and push it deeper into a lucrative specialty pharmacy market, but may fail to keep it competitive in an evolving U.S. healthcare sector, analysts said.

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U.S. can sue UnitedHealth in $1 billion Medicare case, judge rules

(Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Justice Department can move forward with a lawsuit claiming UnitedHealth Group Inc wrongly retained more than $1 billion from the government healthcare program Medicare.

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High cancer-related expenses take a toll on quality of life

Reuters Health - Cancer survivors who face a higher financial burden with their treatment and recovery tend to report lower quality of life and higher distress, a new study shows.

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Germany's CureVac wins new vaccine funding from Gates Foundation

(Reuters) - German biotech firm CureVac has secured more financial backing for vaccine development projects from its investor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working on jabs to prevent malaria and influenza.

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Teva planned for second generic Copaxone to enter market in 2018

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Tuesday it had anticipated and planned for a second generic competitor to its multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone to enter the market in 2018.

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UK initiative seeks Israeli digital health tech to assist NHS

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - The British embassy in Israel said on Tuesday it has launched a program designed to help incorporate Israeli digital health technology into the UK and its National Health Service (NHS).

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Novartis gains U.S. approval for delayed MS drug

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis's Sandoz division has won U.S. approval for a larger dosage of its Glatopa drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, ending a costly delay that allowed rival generics makers to beat it to market.

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UPDATE 1-Novartis gains U.S. approval for delayed MS drug

* U.S. pricing pressure weighing on Sandoz (Adds detail, comment from analyst and company)

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Boxing fever grips Thailand's boys but doctors raise health concerns

BURIRAM, Thailand (Reuters) - Loud cheers erupt as two boys trade punches at a boxing ring in Thailand's northeastern province of Buriram.

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U.S. woman found with eye worm previously known only in cattle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.

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He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

Insurers have denied life and disability coverage to men taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection, say gay rights advocates and medical experts.

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Mild shock therapy may ease anxiety and depression, but not chronic pain

(Reuters Health) - People with anxiety and depression might feel a little better after they get mild electric shock therapy, but it’s unclear how much it will help or whether this treatment might ease other conditions, researchers say.

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Food allergy sufferers win apology over 'Peter Rabbit'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie studio Sony Pictures apologized on Monday for a scene in its "Peter Rabbit" children's film after an online outcry from sufferers of food allergies.

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Auto crash deaths multiply after April 20 cannabis parties

(Reuters Health) - U.S. traffic fatalities rise dramatically on the day pot smokers celebrate as “Weed Day.”

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U.S. progress against sleep-related infant deaths is stalling

(Reuters Health) - While a nationwide push to get babies to sleep on their backs initially produced steep declines in unexplained and sleep-related infant deaths, U.S. progress against these fatalities has been minimal in recent years.

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‘Seoul virus’ can jump from pet rats to owners

(Reuters Health) - - People with pet rats should practice safe rodent handling and good hand hygiene to avoid catching a virus that can jump from rats to humans, infectious disease experts warn.

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Childhood heart defects tied to early dementia

(Reuters Health) - - People who survive childhood heart defects may have an increased risk of developing dementia before age 65, a Danish study suggests.

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Froome to ride out asthma drug row on Spain's Ruta del Sol

LONDON (Reuters) - Chris Froome will start his 2018 season as favorite for Spain's Ruta del Sol on Wednesday, defying calls from senior figures in world cycling to withdraw from racing over the adverse drug test result he returned last September.

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Norway to buy Biogen's Spinraza medicine: broadcaster NRK

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian authorities will buy the rare-disease treatment Spinraza for patients from U.S. drugmaker Biogen Inc at a cost of 7 million Norwegian crowns ($880,381.33) per year per patient, public broadcaster NRK reported on Monday.

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Organizers confirm 177 total norovirus cases at Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers (POCOG) said on Monday a total of 177 norovirus cases had been confirmed so far at the Games but that the athletic delegations remained unaffected.

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Even Australia’s Medical Marijuana Poster Boy Can’t Get the Drug

Though legal in Australia, medical marijuana is difficult to obtain. One teenager, Lindsay Carter, has become the face of the issue.

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OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff

(Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers.

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A United Korean Flag Can’t Hide Deep Divisions

North and South Korea marched under one flag at the Olympics’ opening ceremony. Some South Koreans hope it is a symbol of a peaceful unification. Others fear it is an omen of larger political ambitions of the North.

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Autopsy finds gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas took anti-anxiety drug

(Reuters) - The Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people and himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was found to have had anti-anxiety medication in his system, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a newly obtained autopsy report.

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Olympics: Norovirus outbreak tapers off as Games get underway

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers said on Saturday that 11 new cases of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea had been confirmed at the Games, bringing the total to 139.

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Trump to nominate White House aide for drug czar: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate White House aide Jim Carroll to serve as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a post popularly known as the drug czar, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

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Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises

The White House is considering a plan to lower out-of-pocket costs for people in Medicare drug plans, who often pay inflated prices for their drugs.

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Hand-me-down plastic toys may not be good for kids

(Reuters Health) - Children who play with second-hand plastic toys may be exposed to unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium that have been linked to developmental problems and organ damage, a UK study suggests.

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U.S. budget deal grants $1.5 billion for drug-affected babies, families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.

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Even without nicotine, e-cigarettes can still damage lungs

(Reuters Health) - E-cigarette liquids sweetened with flavorings like vanilla and cinnamon may harm the lungs even when they don’t contain nicotine, a U.S. study suggests.

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U.S. Homeland Security agent gets prison for Colombia drug lord bribes

(Reuters) - A former U.S. Homeland Security special agent was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for getting an indicted Colombian drug kingpin dismissed from a case against the once-powerful Cali cartel, court records showed.

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U.S. flu outbreak worsens, likely to linger for weeks: CDC

(Reuters) - One of the worst flu outbreaks in the United States in nearly a decade worsened last week and will likely linger for several weeks, causing more deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

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Migraine tied to higher risk of cardiovascular diseases

(Reuters Health) - People with a history of migraines may be more likely to develop cardiovascular problems like heart attacks, stroke, and an irregular heart beat than individuals who don’t experience these headaches, a Danish study suggests.

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U.S. budget deals grants $1.5 billion for opioid-addicted babies, families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. budget deal adopted by Congress on Friday includes what advocates call a landmark compromise to provide an estimated $1.5 billion over 10 years to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependent on opioids.

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Tobacco firms in France cheated nicotine tests: anti-smoking body

PARIS (Reuters) - Four tobacco companies operating in France manipulated tests to conceal the real level of nicotine and tar contained in cigarettes, endangering the lives of smokers, a French anti-smoking organization alleged in a legal complaint.

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Trump administration proposes ways to lower some U.S. drug costs: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is proposing ways to curb the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and other Americans, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, acting on repeated pledges by President Donald Trump to tackle rising prices.

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‘Bug bombs’ used by consumers continue to cause sickness

(Reuters Health) - Insecticide foggers, also known as “bug bombs,” are still causing illnesses in the U.S., even after manufacturers were ordered to change the products' labels to make them safer, researchers say.

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Roche wins UK watchdog's nod for lymphoma drug after initial snub

ZURICH (Reuters) - Britain's healthcare watchdog (NICE) recommended Roche's medicine Gazyvaro for previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma patients after initially rejecting the Swiss drugmaker's medicine last year as too expensive.

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BRIEF-Appvion Inc ‍Filed For Court Approval Of Stalking Horse Asset Purchase Agreement

* ‍FILED MOTION IN U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR APPROVAL OF A STALKING HORSE ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT BID FROM GROUP OF ITS LENDERS​

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U.S. okays medical isotope system not based on bomb-grade uranium

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government on Thursday approved a device made by a private company in Wisconsin that will allow the first domestic production of a medical imaging isotope in 25 years, a move the government said would enhance national security by reducing the need to transport weapons-grade uranium.

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Undercover investigator able to smuggle blades, drugs into NYC jails: watchdog

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An undercover investigator dressed as a jail officer was able to smuggle scalpel blades and drugs into the main city jails in Manhattan and Brooklyn, a city watchdog said on Thursday, the latest sign of ongoing troubles in the city's jail system.

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Olympics: IOC discussing norovirus outbreak, more cases reported

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Olympic officials are discussing measures to combat the spread of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea after 42 new cases were confirmed at the Winter Games, a Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official said on Friday.

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Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

The treatments could help hundreds of thousands of men worldwide stave off pain and chemotherapy, but researchers don’t yet know if they will extend lives.

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Canada regulator repeats call for weed firms to disclose U.S. risks

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian regulators on Thursday reiterated their call for listed cannabis producers with U.S. businesses to clearly disclose risks of operating there, and warned of potential punishment if U.S. federal anti-marijuana laws are more strictly enforced.

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Maryland sues Insys to enforce subpoena in opioid probe

(Reuters) - Maryland's attorney general has filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena the state sent Insys Therapeutics Inc as part of a probe into allegations the drugmaker deceptively marketed a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine.

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Free public transport for older adults tied to less depression

(Reuters Health) - Eliminating cost as a barrier to getting around town may improve the mental health of older adults by reducing loneliness and lack of social engagement, suggests a UK study that followed over 18,000 people for more than a decade.

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U.S. child mortality rates remain higher than in other wealthy nations

(Reuters Health) - Even though infant and child mortality rates in wealthy nations have been steadily declining for decades, American children are still more likely to die than kids in other affluent countries, a U.S. study suggests.

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Teva warns on 2018 profit, may face migraine drug delays

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Thursday said its 2018 results would be weaker than expected and that it might encounter delays for an important new migraine drug, pushing the drugmaker's shares down more than 9 percent.

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Many people take dangerously high amounts of ibuprofen

(Reuters Health) - Many adults who use ibuprofen and other so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs take too much, increasing their risk of serious side effects like internal bleeding and heart attacks, a U.S. study suggests.

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Free Lyft may not help poor people keep doctor appointments

(Reuters Health) - Giving poor people free use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft for doctor appointments doesn’t make them any less likely to become no-shows than patients who have to find their own way there, a U.S. study suggests.

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Drug Industry Wages Opioid Fight Using an Anti-Addiction Ally

Pharmaceutical companies have enlisted the support of a prominent anti-addiction advocate as they battle the perception that they created an epidemic.

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Regeneron CEO says fears over Eylea 'greatly exaggerated'

(Reuters) - Fears of the demise of blockbuster eye drug Eylea were "greatly exaggerated," Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's chief executive said on Thursday, after the treatment and new eczema drug Dupixent powered the company's fourth-quarter results.

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International Criminal Court Will Investigate Duterte Over Drug War

The Hague-based tribunal said it would gauge whether there was enough evidence to build a case against the Philippine president for crimes against humanity.

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Special Report: U.S. body brokers supply world with torsos, limbs and heads

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, South Carolina carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans.

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Regeneron profit beats estimates on strong sales of key drugs

(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's quarterly profit and revenue beat estimates, helped by strong demand for its new eczema drug Dupixent and its flagship eye treatment Eylea.

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Nestle defends itself against baby milk criticism

ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle defended itself on Thursday against an activist group's criticism of its baby milk, saying it respects international marketing standards and does not suggest its products are better than breastmilk.

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Drugmaker GSK wins fresh Advair reprieve as Novartis copy delayed

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has won another reprieve for its blockbuster Advair lung drug after U.S. regulators delayed approval of a generic copy from Novartis's Sandoz division.

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BRIEF-GlaxoSmithKline Says ‍ViiV Healthcare Launches New Two-Drug HIV Study

* ‍VIIV HEALTHCARE LAUNCHES EIGHTH PHASE III STUDY IN TWO-DRUG REGIMEN PROGRAMME FOR HIV-1 TREATMENT​

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Philippines says Hague court weighs complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.

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Philippines says ICC examining complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.

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Norovirus outbreak worsens though athletes unaffected

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - The number of people struck down by a virus causing vomiting and diarrhoea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has more than doubled to 86, though athletes remain unaffected, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

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U.S. FDA approves Gilead triple HIV drug, rival files lawsuit

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Biktarvy, Gilead Sciences Inc's once-daily triple-combination tablet for treatment of HIV infection, paving the way for the biotech company to capture more of the multibillion-dollar HIV drug market.

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Many breast cancer survivors may die of heart disease, doctors warn

(Reuters Health) - The same advances in breast cancer treatment that have dramatically improved survival in recent years have also left a growing number of women vulnerable to potentially fatal cardiovascular problems, the American Heart Association warns.

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Common drug for PTSD doesn’t stem nightmares, sleep problems in veterans

(Reuters Health) - The blood pressure drug prazosin, widely prescribed to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has failed to show it can reduce distressing dreams or improve sleep quality in a trial of 304 military veterans at 13 Veterans Affairs medical centers.

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African-Americans disproportionately endangered by HIV/AIDS

(Reuters Health) - African-Americans are far more likely than other Americans to be infected with HIV but far less likely to get life-saving treatments that stop the virus’ spread, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds.

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Rheumatologist shortage looms amid surging patient demand

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of patients are seeking care from rheumatologists for chronic health problems like arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis, just as the supply of specialists is shrinking, two new studies suggest.

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Poll: Trump's approval rating on the rise

Bolstered by the strong economy and quickly shifting numbers on tax reform, President Donald Trump's approval rating hit 40% in a new Quinnipiac poll on Wednesday, his best score in this survey in seven months.

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Exclusive: States need U.S. help to protect drug-affected infants - GAO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The federal government needs to take more steps to help states protect infants born affected by drugs such as opioids, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says in a new report released Wednesday.

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U.S. senators ask FDA to reject Philip Morris' iQOS application

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ten U.S. senators called on the Food and Drug Administration to reject Philip Morris International Inc's application to market its iQOS smoking device as being less risky than cigarettes, according to a letter to the agency's commissioner.

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Bayer-Monsanto deal edges closer to Brazil antitrust approval

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The official analyzing Bayer AG's proposed takeover of U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co at Brazil's antitrust agency Cade on Wednesday recommended the approval of the deal, under certain conditions.

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Handle with care, suggests study on woodcutting tools and injuries

(Reuters Health) - At-home users of woodcutting equipment are at risk for significant injuries, particularly of the fingers and hands, and should be vigilant about proper use protective gear, U.S. researchers warn.

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GlaxoSmithKline sees light at end of Advair tunnel

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline sees growth strengthening over the next few years as the drugmaker weathers increased competition in its core respiratory and HIV businesses that could cause earnings to dip this year.

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Lawmakers ask FDA to reject Philip Morris' iQOS application

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ten U.S. senators called on the Food and Drug Administration to reject Philip Morris International Inc's application to market its iQOS smoking device as being less risky than cigarettes, according to a letter to the agency's commissioner.

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Biogen stops testing Tysabri to treat stroke after study fails

(Reuters) - Biogen Inc said on Wednesday it would stop developing its multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri to treat patients with acute ischemic stroke after it failed a mid-stage study.

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Sanofi's return to profit growth this year slower than hoped

PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi forecast on Wednesday a return to profit growth this year, but its shares fell as analysts had hoped for a bigger boost from recent deals and a revamped drugs pipeline.

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GSK cautious on 2018, as drug competition looms, after fourth-quarter beats

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday its earnings could slip this year, after a better-than-expected performance in the fourth quarter, as the drugmaker faces increased competition in its core respiratory and HIV businesses.

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Exclusive: Facing Trump's demands, NATO to consider larger Iraq training mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States is renewing pressure on its European NATO allies to establish a long-term train-and-advise mission in Iraq, diplomats said, reviving a divisive issue for an alliance wary after a decade in Afghanistan.

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UNICEF appeals for $17 million to rebuild Iraq health facilities

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF appealed on Wednesday for $17 million to help rebuild Iraq's health facilities, ahead of an international conference to support the country's reconstruction due to convene next week in Kuwait.

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Hong Kong schools to shut early due to flu outbreak

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities, grappling with a seasonal flu outbreak, have decided to shut all kindergartens and primary schools from Thursday, days ahead of scheduled Lunar New Year holidays, to rein in spread of the disease.

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South Africa gold miners seen close to silicosis lawsuit settlement

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A 9 billion rand ($755 million) class action suit brought against gold producers in South Africa by miners suffering from fatal lung disease is likely to be settled "within months", the chair of an industry group said on Wednesday.

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U.S.'s Tillerson praises Colombia aid to Venezuela, anti-drug efforts

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said the United States is heartbroken by the economic and social situation effecting Venezuela and appreciates Colombia's help in dealing with the humanitarian crisis.

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Gilead fourth-quarter hepatitis C drug sales plummet, sees further slowdown

(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc on Tuesday said fourth-quarter sales of its flagship hepatitis C drugs fell by more than half amid increased competition, and the company forecast a further slowdown for the current year.

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Socially active older women benefit from flu vaccine

(Reuters Health) - Flu shots may be especially important for older women who are socially active, a study from Japan suggests.

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High blood pressure in pregnancy may not disappear afterward

(Reuters Health) - Women who develop high blood pressure during pregnancy may have the condition reappear within a year of delivery, and many of them may go undiagnosed because the problem only surfaces at night, a new study suggests.

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U.S. jurors' identities in 'El Chapo' drug trial to remain secret

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Brooklyn has ruled that the identities of jurors expected to decide the fate of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a trial this year will be kept secret.

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In diabetes war, Novo Nordisk aims to break mold with new pill

LONDON (Reuters) - After nearly a century building a company worth $125 billion based on injectable drugs, Denmark's Novo Nordisk - the world's biggest insulin maker - wants to prove this year it can transform the diabetes market with a pill.

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Up to one in 10 U.S. kids may have fetal alcohol disorders

(Reuters Health) - As many as one in 10 U.S. children may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, far more than previously thought, a new study of first graders suggests.

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Kids with food allergies often put at risk by their parents

(Reuters Health) - Parents of kids with food allergies often engage in behaviors that could trigger an allergic reaction in their child, a survey found.

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Array melanoma drugs show significant survival versus Roche drug in study

(Reuters) - A combination of experimental drugs from Array BioPharma Inc kept patients with advanced melanoma associated with a common gene mutation alive for nearly three years and twice as long as a rival Roche Holding AG medicine, according to data from a late stage study released on Tuesday.

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Roche notches fresh win amid crowd of immunotherapy cocktails

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's Tecentriq mixed with an older drug cut the risk of death in kidney cancer, marking another win for the Swiss drugmaker's immuno-oncology (I/O) cocktail as it battles better-established medicines made by its rivals.

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At least 33 infected with HIV in India after 'quack' uses tainted syringe: police

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least 33 people have tested positive for HIV in the northern Indian town of Bangarmau after an unqualified medical practitioner injected some of them with an infected syringe, a government official said.

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Allergan's profit beats; migraine drug succeeds in key study

(Reuters) - Allergan Plc on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on strong demand for Botox, and said its migraine treatment met the main goals in a late-stage study.

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Array melanoma drugs show significant survival vs Roche drug in study

(Reuters) - A combination of experimental drugs from Array BioPharma Inc kept patients with advanced melanoma associated with a common gene mutation alive for nearly three years and twice as long as a rival Roche Holding AG medicine, according to data from a late stage study released on Tuesday.

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Indonesia declares Papua health crisis under control

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A measles and malnutrition crisis that killed dozens of children in Indonesia's impoverished province of Papua over the past few months is under control, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

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UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for big health gains

LONDON (Reuters) - Vaping, or using e-cigarettes, poses only a fraction of the health risk of tobacco smoking and should be encouraged among smokers to reap substantial health benefits, British public health experts said on Tuesday.

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U.S., Peru agree to keep collaborating in drugs trafficking fight

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's foreign minister said on Monday that she and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed to keep working together to fight drug trafficking, days after President Donald Trump had threatened to curb aid to drug hotspots.

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Hot tea tied to higher cancer risk for smokers and drinkers

(Reuters Health) - Drinking scalding hot tea is associated with an increased risk of esophageal tumors in people who also smoke and drink alcohol, two habits that already make many cancers more likely, a Chinese study suggests.

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Pfizer's Xtandi delays prostate cancer spread in early stage disease

(Reuters) - Use of Xtandi in early stage prostate cancer on top of standard hormone therapy reduced the risk of disease spreading or death by 71 percent compared with hormone therapy alone, study results that could lead to significantly increased sales of the Pfizer Inc and Astellas Pharma Inc medicine.

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Babies with opioid withdrawal might do better outside the ICU

(Reuters Health) - Newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal might have shorter hospital stays and less need for medications if they stay in a room with their mother instead of being sent to intensive care, a research review suggests.

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Trans teens may not get care they need

(Reuters Health) - Transgender teens may be more likely to miss preventive health checkups and have untreated medical problems than their non-transgender peers, a U.S. study suggests.

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Report: Dementia patients are being drugged in nursing homes

Children complained about parents who were robbed of their personalities and turned into zombies. Residents remembered slurring their words and being unable to think or stay awake. Former administrators admitted doling out drugs without having appropriate diagnoses, securing informed consent or divulging risks.

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Brazil's EMS and India's Torrent Pharma vying for Sanofi's generic drugs: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Brazilian drugs firm EMS and Indian rival Torrent Pharma have emerged as the only industry bidders for Sanofi's generic drugs unit, battling a series of buyout funds for an asset worth as much as $2.4 billion, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Britain defends healthcare system after Trump Twitter attack

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump drew a fierce reaction from angry Britons, including health minister Jeremy Hunt, on Monday after criticizing Britain's publicly funded healthcare system as "going broke and not working".

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M&M's maker publishes science policy in bid to boost transparency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mars Inc, which makes M&M's candy and Wrigley's gum, on Monday published its policies on conducting and funding scientific studies for the first time, as it plans to break ties with an industry-backed organization.

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Swallowed button batteries a concern with 'fidget spinners'

(Reuters Health) - Swallowed button batteries from flashing "fidget spinners" can lead to severe injuries in young children, doctors warn.

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Iran reports H5N6 bird flu among wild ducks in north - OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Iran has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus among wild ducks in the north of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from Iran's agriculture ministry.

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Dental care in early dementia might prevent problems later

(Reuters Health) - Preventive dental care provided in the early stages of dementia could help limit major tooth problems later, researchers say.

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Philippine lawyers sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine government agency on Monday filed a lawsuit against French drugmaker Sanofi demanding compensation for the parents of a 10-year-old girl the agency said had died as a result of receiving its controversial anti-dengue vaccine.

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Florida nurse's choice words to avoid flu: 'Wash your stinking hands'

(Reuters) - A Florida nurse has offered some frank advice for people whose lax hygiene is contributing to a deadly flu outbreak, including "wash your stinking hands!"

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U.S. flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC

(Reuters) - The U.S. flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors' offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

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High levels of cellphone radiation linked to tumors in male rats: U.S. study

(Reuters) - Male rats exposed to very high levels of the kind of radiation emitted by cellphones developed tumors in the tissues around their hearts, according to a draft report by U.S. government researchers on the potential health risks of the devices.

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Trump threatens to cut off aid to countries that don't stop drug flow into US

President Donald Trump threatened Friday to cut off aid to countries that allow drugs into the United States during a visit to the Customs and Border Protection National Training Center in Virginia.

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Omega-3 supplements may not cut heart disease risk

(Reuters Health) - Omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements may not help reduce the risk of heart problems in people already at high risk, a research review suggests.

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High levels of cellphone radiation linked to tumors in rats: U.S. study

(Reuters) - Male rats exposed to very high levels of the kind of radiation emitted by cellphones developed tumors in the tissues around their hearts, according to a draft report by U.S. government researchers on the potential health risks of the devices.

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Indiana to impose Medicaid work requirements

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Indiana said on Friday it will require its Medicaid recipients work or do some other form of community engagement, becoming the second state to make this fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

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Sun safety may not be a top priority in daycare

(Reuters Health) - Kids in daycare may not always learn about sun safety because their teachers are more focused on lessons about healthy food choices, brushing teeth and getting plenty of exercise, a U.S. study suggests.

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Allergan completes restructuring, pushes hard in China

PARIS (Reuters) - Botox-maker Allergan has embarked on a big push in China where it plans to hire 200 additional staff this year and will also be on the lookout for potential acquisitions in the country, a senior executive told Reuters on Friday.

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More evidence links advanced maternal age to preterm births

(Reuters Health) - The higher risk of preterm births for women over 40 may not be completely explained by their greater use of reproductive technology or medical interventions like induced labor or planned cesarean deliveries, a Canadian study suggests.

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Anonymous bitcoin philanthropist donates $5 million to medicine foundation

LONDON (Reuters) - An anonymous benefactor has donated $5 million in bitcoin to the California-based Open Medicine Foundation, the non-profit research organization said on Friday.

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U.S. flu-related hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: agency

(Reuters) - Flu activity worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors' offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

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Raw meat-based products may harm pets and their owners

(Reuters Health) - Although raw meat-based diets for pets have become increasingly popular, the meat may be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, a new study from the Netherlands shows.

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AstraZeneca links with Alibaba and Tencent in China push

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca has clinched two new deals with Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent as the British drugmaker steps up its drive to expand business in China.

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Philippine Police Resume War on Drugs, Killing Dozens

Nearly 50 people suspected of using and selling drugs were killed by officers in the past two months alone, according to official figures.

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Nestle to respond to baby milk criticism in coming days

LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle will respond in the coming days to a research report into its baby formula that accused the world's largest packaged food company of putting profit before science.

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India's 'Modicare' to cost about $1.7 billion a year: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to provide health insurance for about half the country's population would require an estimated 110 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) in federal and state funding each year, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Philippines says anti-dengue vaccine may be connected to three deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Friday the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunization.

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AstraZeneca is sued by Array BioPharma over cancer drug royalties

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Array BioPharma Inc on Thursday sued AstraZeneca AB, accusing the pharmaceutical company of refusing to pay required royalties for a cancer drug after entering into an $8.5 billion collaboration with Merck & Co.

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Low-sodium lunch meats often contain extra potassium

(Reuters Health) - People who need to avoid potassium in their diets because of kidney disease or other health issues may want to steer clear of reduced-sodium sandwich meats, researchers say.

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New York accuses Insys of deceptively marketing opioid

(Reuters) - Insys Therapeutics Inc's legal woes deepened on Thursday as New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit seeking at least $75 million from the company, which he said deceptively promoted a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine for unsafe uses.

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U.S. government proposes 1.84 percent hike in 2019 payments to Medicare insurers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday proposed an increase of 1.84 percent on average in its 2019 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for more than 20 million elderly or disabled people.

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Overactive bladder treatment may also lead to better sleep

(Reuters Health) - Women with overactive bladder who take medication to address the problem may feel the urge to urinate less often and also sleep better at night as a result, a U.S. study suggests.

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Soaring demand for female genital surgery sparks debate in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In Brazil, a country famed for its obsession with the body beautiful, women are increasingly opting for surgery aimed at improving the appearance of their genitals, stirring a debate about sexual empowerment and the pressure for physical perfection.

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Probiotic milk tied to lowered risk of some pregnancy complications

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who drink milk containing probiotic “friendly” bacteria are less likely to have premature births or pre-eclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy, suggests a Scandinavian study.

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UPDATE 3-McKesson says drug prices competitive but not volatile like 2017

* Books tax benefit of $370 mln in 3rd quarter (Adds company commentary on generic drug prices, background, analyst quotes; updates stock prices)

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Health campaigners decry global HIV fund's deal with Heineken

LONDON (Reuters) - International health campaigners and alcohol concern groups called on a major global HIV and malaria fund on Thursday to end immediately a partnership it had signed with the Dutch brewer Heineken.

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Lactalis says baby milk could have been contaminated for years

PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis could have been producing salmonella-tainted baby milk since 2005, its chief executive was quoted as saying on Thursday, adding the growing crisis was likely to cost the company hundreds of millions of euros.

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Potential blood test for Alzheimer's shows early promise

TOKYO/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Researchers in Japan and Australia say they have made important progress in developing a blood test that could in future help doctors detect who might go on to get Alzheimer's disease.

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Community obesity rates help shape whether families are overweight

(Reuters Health) - Parents and kids who live in communities with high obesity rates are more likely to become overweight themselves than families living in communities where more people are a healthy weight, a U.S. study suggests.

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More evidence traumatic brain injuries raise later dementia risk

(Reuters Health) - During the first year after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the risk of developing dementia rises four- to six-fold, according to a large Swedish study that followed millions of people age 50 or older for decades.

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Vertex picks cystic fibrosis triple combos for Phase III trials

(Reuters) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals said on Wednesday it selected two next-generation cystic fibrosis drugs to advance into late-stage testing of triple-combination therapies that could eventually treat up to 90 percent of patients with the life-shortening lung disease.

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Poll: Trump sees uptick in approval rating

After hitting an all-time low last month, President Donald Trump's approval rating has taken an upward swing -- as public support for his tax plan also shot up, according to a new poll.

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Salmonella outbreak to cost French dairy hundreds of millions: CEO

PARIS (Reuters) - A salmonella contamination of baby milk produced by Lactalis could cost the French dairy group several hundred million euros, its CEO said in a newspaper interview.

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U.S. public health chief quits over financial conflicts

(Reuters) - The head of the leading U.S. public health agency has resigned because of financial conflicts of interest that documents showed included purchases of tobacco and healthcare stocks while in office.

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Even obese breast cancer survivors may cut heart disease risk with exercise

(Reuters Health) - Exercise can help overweight and obese breast cancer survivors reverse what’s known as metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions like high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar that raise risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes - a new study suggests.