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Judge blocks Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks in a ruling handed down one day after the state's governor signed the measure.


Seattle Genetics' Hodgkin's lymphoma drug wins U.S. approval

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday approved Seattle Genetics Inc's Adcetris as part of a chemotherapy cocktail to treat advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients, opening up a key market for the drugmaker.


U.S. high court skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled sympathy toward Christian-based facilities that argued that a California law requiring them to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.


Children risk serious injuries on golf carts

(Reuters Health) - Golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries, a new study confirms.


FDA seeks data on role of flavors in tobacco addiction

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday asked for data, research and public comment on the role that flavors such as menthol play in tobacco addiction, the agency's latest move to curb nicotine addiction in the country.


Roche's Tecentriq notches third cancer cocktail trial win

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq on Tuesday racked up a third trial win in combination with other cancer drugs, a boost for the Swiss drugmaker as it seeks to muscle in on space dominated by Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

DeVos, Elizabeth (1958- )

As DeVos Faces Congress, Officials Say She Hid Plans to Overhaul Department

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will defend her agency’s budget before a House panel, including a reorganization plan that staff members say she tried to withhold from Congress.


Supreme Court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.


Roche says Tecentriq, chemo cut risk of death in type of lung cancer

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq plus chemotherapy cut the risk of disease worsening or death in advanced squamous lung cancer, but it did not yet show an overall survival benefit in this tough-to-treat disease, the Swiss drugmaker said Tuesday.


Top court mulls California law on anti-abortion facilities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackles a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.

Florida school resource officer had recommended committing Nikolas Cruz for mental health issues

A school resource officer initially recommended involuntarily committing Nikolas Cruz over mental health concerns about 18 months before Cruz shot students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, records show.


UPDATE 1-Kroger's Fred Meyer plans to phase out firearms business

March 19 (Reuters) - Kroger Co's superstore chain Fred Meyer said it would exit its firearms business, two weeks after deciding to stop selling guns and ammunition to those under the age of 21.


More Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke

(Reuters Health) - Most U.S. adults have poor cardiovascular health, and more people are at risk for heart attacks and strokes today than was true a generation ago, a U.S. study suggests.


Teens who hide their sexual orientation have higher suicide risk

(Reuters Health) - Teens who hide their true sexual orientation are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors, a new study suggests.


Mississippi governor signs bill banning abortions after 15 weeks

(Reuters) - Mississippi's governor signed into law on Monday the most restrictive abortion measure in the United States, which abortion rights advocates have vowed to contest in court as unconstitutional.


As U.S. opioid crisis grows, Trump calls for death penalty for dealers

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spelled out in new detail several steps he favors to fight a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, including the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that has gained little support from drug abuse and judicial experts.


Higher dose of Arena Pharma's bowel disease drug meets study goal

(Reuters) - Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday a higher dose of its experimental drug succeeded in improving symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease, in a mid-stage study.


Kids with brain injuries may have higher ADHD risk

(Reuters Health) - Young children who are hospitalized with head injuries may be at higher than average risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on, a small study suggests.


Kroger's Fred Meyer plans to phase out firearms business

(Reuters) - Kroger Co's Fred Meyer said it would exit its firearms business, two weeks after deciding to stop selling guns and ammunition to buyers under the age of 21.


Trump says he is working to lower prescription drug prices

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump promised to bring down prescription drug prices on Monday, saying U.S. citizens pay far more than people in other countries do for the same product.


Even doctors struggle to continue breastfeeding

(Reuters Health) - Although doctors may be more likely than other mothers to breastfeed for at least a year, less than one-third of female physicians are able to continue nursing as long as they want, a U.S. study suggests.


Venezuelan health system decays further, opposition-led survey says

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's health system is sinking into further disarray, a survey led by the opposition-dominated Congress showed on Monday, with most hospitals plagued by water outages, unable to feed patients and lacking even basic devices like catheters.


Wall Street sinks as Facebook-led tech selloff deepens

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks sank about 2 percent on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding nearly 400 points, as Facebook led a selloff in technology stocks on reports that the social media company's user information was misused.


US STOCKS-Wall St sinks as Facebook-led tech selloff deepens

* Facebook shares on track for worst day since September 2012


South Africa's Tiger Brands closes Pretoria plant after listeria found

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tiger Brands has closed its factory in Pretoria where listeria was detected as South Africa faces the worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed 180 people since January 2017.


U.S. top court will not hear challenge to federal agency power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider rolling back the wide latitude federal agencies are given to interpret their own regulations in a case that could have bolstered President Donald Trump's push toward deregulation and curbing agency power.


Florida school plans moment of silence for bridge collapse victims

MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida International University (FIU) students return to classes on Monday from spring break with a moment of silence planned campus-wide for the six victims of a newly installed pedestrian bridge at the school that collapsed last week.


How China's ride-hailing giant Didi plans to challenge Uber in Mexico

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Working quietly from a shared office space in one of Mexico City's trendiest neighborhoods, China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to hit its archrival Uber where it hurts.


FOCUS-How China's ride-hailing giant Didi plans to challenge Uber in Mexico

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (Reuters) - Working quietly from a shared office space in one of Mexico City's trendiest neighborhoods, China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to hit its archrival Uber where it hurts.

James Comey's book is already a best seller


Desilu plans U.S. listing to complete Vonetize acquisition

JERUSALEM, March 18 (Reuters) - Desilu Studios plans to go public in the United States as a second stage of a proposed acquisition of Israeli technology start-up Vonetize.


Morocco plans to spend $15.8 billion if it gets 2026 soccer World Cup

CASABLANCA (Reuters) - Morocco has proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the country's bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.


Americans are drinking a daily cup of coffee at the highest level in six years: survey

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee is at the highest level since 2012, with demand continuing to get a boost from at-home consumption and gourmet drinks, an industry study showed on Saturday.


U.S. agency probing air bag failures after four deaths reported in Hyundai, Kia cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday it is opening an investigation to determine why some air bags failed to deploy in crashes after four deaths were reported in Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp vehicles.

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This Study May Find That Moderate Drinking Is Healthy. The Alcohol Industry Was Asked to Pay for It.

Scientists and government officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.


China plans tougher goals, beefed-up inspections in war on smog

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, as Beijing prepares to beef up a nationwide crackdown on polluters in its years-long campaign to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


China's environment minister says plans tougher air quality targets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, its environment minister said on Saturday, as the world's No.2 economy aims to clear its notoriously toxic skies.


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.

Spy agency contractor posted sensitive code on Facebook, FBI says

A disgruntled government contractor who worked with a US spy agency stole high-tech espionage radio equipment worth $340,000, took classified material, and is suspected of leaking sensitive computer code on his Facebook page, according to a new court filing by FBI agents who recently searched the man's home in Virginia.


Spices might get teens to like vegetables

(Reuters Health) - A dash of cumin or dill might help convince high school students to load up their plate with vegetables during lunchtime in the cafeteria, a small study suggests.


U.S. to cover advanced genomic testing for Medicare cancer patients

(Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday it will pay for certain genetic tests for Medicare-eligible patients with advanced cancer, in a bid to help match patients with the drugs most likely to provide benefit.


Slightly elevated blood sugar tied to heart and kidney problems

(Reuters Health) - People who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar, a U.S. study suggests.


BRIEF-Organovo Holdings- Entered Sales Agreement Where Co May Offer, Sell Shares In 'At Market' Sales Transactions With Offering Price Of Up To $50 Million



BRIEF-Natural Health Trends Corp Files For Non-Timely 10-K - SEC Filing

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Massachusetts court: Merck can be sued over generic drug injury

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Friday opened the door for consumers to sue Merck & Co Inc and other makers of brand-name drugs over injuries blamed not on their own medications but on generic versions of their treatments made by other companies.


Exercise improves asthma in obese adults

Reuters Health - Exercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found.


Employee health plans charge smokers extra but don’t help them quit

Reuters Health - Almost half of small employers that charge tobacco users extra for their health insurance don’t offer wellness programs to help employees stop smoking, according to a recent study.


Wall Street opens higher as tech, healthcare stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Friday, lifted by technology and healthcare stocks, with investors assessing the turmoil in the Trump administration and impact of U.S. tariffs on global economy.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher as tech, healthcare stocks gain

March 16 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Friday, lifted by technology and healthcare stocks, with investors assessing the turmoil in the Trump administration and impact of U.S. tariffs on global economy.


Lundbeck to buy Parkinson's drug developer in potential $1.1 billion deal

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lundbeck agreed to buy Prexton Therapeutics, a specialist in treatments for brain disorders, in a deal potentially worth $1.1 billion, the Danish drugmaker said on Friday.


Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday.


Casino mogul Steve Wynn may sell his stake in Wynn Resorts

(Reuters) - Wynn Resorts Ltd's former chief executive, Steve Wynn, may elect to sell all or a portion of his stake in the company, according to a regulatory filing dated Thursday.


South Africa's RCL says no traces of deadly listeria strain at its factory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Independent tests at RCL Foods' processed meat factory have not found any traces of a listeria strain that has killed 180 people since January last year, the South African food producer said on Friday.

Winn-Dixie's owner plans to file for bankruptcy and close 94 stores


Coastal waters tied to swimmers’ risk of infections

(Reuters Health) - Even relatively clean coastal waters are likely to harbor microbes that raise the risk of stomach aches, ear infections and diarrhea for those who venture in, according to a review of over 40 previous studies.


Shell sells New Zealand interests to Austria's OMV

March 15 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc is selling stake in its New Zealand entities to OMV AG for $578 million, the company said on Thursday.


Meredith moves to sell Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated titles: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp has hired advisers to explore a sale of its Time, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated magazines following its $1.84 billion acquisition of Time Inc in January, people familiar with the matter said.


Pedestrian-friendly road design law tied to fewer traffic deaths

(Reuters Health) - Pedestrian deaths have decreased significantly in Florida since the state implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates walkers and cyclists from the beginning, according to a new study.


Sexual orientation top risk for suicidal thoughts in college freshmen

(Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of first-year college students have thought about suicide, according to a study across eight countries, and non-heterosexual identity or feelings were the biggest risks for this kind of thinking or behavior.

Juul e-cigarettes and teens: 'Health problem of the decade'?

The students wait eagerly for their teachers to turn their backs.


South Africa's listeria outbreak in early stages, will spread: minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The worst listeria outbreak on record is only in its early stages and will likely infect more people in South Africa and the region, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.


FDA takes fresh step towards curbing U.S. nicotine addiction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a fresh step on Thursday towards setting a maximum nicotine level for tobacco products in a bid to lower tobacco-related deaths across the country, saying it would collect public comment and scientific research over the next three months.


Probiotics during pregnancy tied to lower eczema risk for kids

(Reuters Health) - Women who take probiotics while they’re pregnant and breastfeeding could be less likely to have children with eczema than mothers who don’t, a research review suggests.


Many transgender patients pay cash for gender-affirming surgery

(Reuters Health) - Even though a growing number of transgender patients now use insurance for gender-affirming surgery, almost half are still paying cash for procedures their health plans don’t cover, a U.S. study suggests.


ATM pharmacy to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients

ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities.


French regulator asks UK funds about Brexit plans

LONDON (Reuters) - The French financial markets regulator said on Thursday it had written to UK-based investment firms active in France and French firms with UK clients to ask about their...


Alexion's second rare blood disorder drug could fortify future revenue

(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat a rare blood disorder showed in an eagerly awaited study that it was not inferior to its flagship drug, Soliris, paving the way for the company to establish a dominant position in the market as competition looms.


Blue Apron plans to sell meal kits in stores in 2018

(Reuters) - Blue Apron Holdings Inc said on Thursday it plans to sell meal kits in stores this year, as it attempts to spur growth by attracting more people to its subscription-based service.


South Africa expects listeria infections to increase

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister expects the infections from the worst listeria outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year to increase and warned that there could also be other cases in the southern Africa region.


Alibaba plans listing in mainland China: WSJ

(Reuters) - E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is working on a plan to list on a stock exchange in its home country, China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.


Alexion's rare blood disorder drug succeeds in late-stage study

(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday its experimental drug to treat patients with a rare blood disorder was shown to be not inferior to its flagship drug, Soliris, which could help the company maintain its lock on that market as competition looms.

Smoking and Tobacco

Global Health: In Poor Countries, Antismoking Activists Face Threats and Violence

Killings, death threats and “wanted” posters are used to intimidate advocates fighting the spread of tobacco to poor and middle-income nations.


South Korea's Lotte Data Communication says plans IPO

SEOUL (Reuters) - Lotte Data Communication Co, a unit of South Korea's Lotte Group, said on Thursday it has sought approval from the country's stock exchange for an initial public offering (IPO).


UPDATE 3-Oil prices stable on healthy demand, but oversupply worries loom

* World oil demand to grow by 1.62 million bpd in 2018 - OPEC


UPDATE 2-Oil prices stable on healthy demand, but oversupply looms later in 2018

* OPEC expects to lose market share as non-OPEC output soars (Adds comment, updates prices)


Oil prices stable on healthy demand, but oversupply looms later in 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices were stable on Thursday, supported by healthy global demand but held back by the relentless rise in U.S. production that is undermining efforts led by producer cartel OPEC to cut supplies and prop up markets.


Toys 'R' Us plans to close all U.S. stores; 33,000 jobs at risk: source

(Reuters) - Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us Inc is preparing to sell or close all 885 stores in its U.S. chain, risking up to 33,000 jobs, after failing to reach a deal to restructure billions of dollars in debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Says It Will Close or Sell All U.S. Stores

After filing for bankruptcy, the retailer tried to find a path to profitability but was unable to overcome its debt load and an outdated business model.


Federal judge blocks Down syndrome abortion ban in Ohio

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law due to take effect later this month that would criminalize abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis, ruling that it violates a woman's right to choose.

Toys 'R' Us will close or sell all US stores

Oklahoma plans to use new execution method

Unable to obtain drugs to use for its lethal injections, Oklahoma will use inert gas inhalation as the primary method for death penalty executions once a protocol is developed and finalized, the state's attorney general announced Wednesday.


Birth defect rate pegged at 7 percent for babies born to Zika-infected women

(Reuters Health) - A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7 percent chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13 percent if she becomes ill during the first trimester, a new study conducted in French territories in the Americas has concluded.


Patients face high out-of-pocket fees for imaging

(Reuters Health) - Patients with private health insurance often face high out-of-pocket fees for advanced imaging, a U.S. study suggests.


NBC News plans online streaming service to attract younger viewers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBC News plans to launch an online streaming service this year as part of its effort to reach younger viewers who prefer to watch their favorite shows online, executives said on Wednesday.


South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

(Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic.


Breast cancer patients in U.S. territories receive lower quality care

(Reuters Health) - Older women with breast cancer who live in United States territories are less likely than their peers in the continental U.S. to receive recommended care, a study suggests.

A strong handshake could indicate a healthy heart


Widow of Orlando nightclub gunman knew of his plans, prosecutors say

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016 cased locations for the attack with her husband and did nothing to stop his deadly plans, prosecutors told jurors at her federal trial on Wednesday.


Weight loss spreads within couples in ‘ripple effect’

(Reuters Health) - When one-half of a couple embraces good health, there’s a higher likelihood that the other half will, too, a recent study suggests.


Smoking tied to higher risk of hearing loss

(Reuters Health) - Smokers may be more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with each additional cigarette people smoke on a typical day, a Japanese study suggests.


UPDATE 1-Siemens Healthineers IPO price narrowed -bookrunners

* Price guidance within lower half of previous guidance range

Duterte, Rodrigo

Philippines Plans to Withdraw From International Criminal Court

President Rodrigo Duterte said the court, which is investigating deaths tied to his drug crackdown, was painting him as a “heartless violator of human rights.”

A generation shaped by gun violence plans to make itself heard today

Jackson Mittleman opened a news alert on his phone on Valentine's Day, and saw a tragically familiar image: Students with their hands raised, fleeing a shooting.


Singapore investigating firms accused of selling luxury goods to North Korea

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Wednesday it was investigating two local companies accused of supplying luxury goods to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions.


UPDATE 2-After short-selling surge, Israeli firm says it finds AMD chip flaw

March 13 (Reuters) - An Israeli cyber security research firm with six employees on Tuesday said it had found flaws in Advanced Micro Devices microprocessors that made them vulnerable to hacks.


Bolivian women weave devices to patch holes in hearts

(Reuters Health) - A team of Bolivian women are using indigenous Aymara weaving patterns to craft devices that can help repair heart defects, doctors involved in developing the device report in JAMA.


U.S. health spending twice other countries' with worse results

(Reuters Health) - The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests.


Drug copays sometimes exceed costs

(Reuters Health) - Insurance companies may be asking people to shell out more money for drug co-payments than the drugs actually cost, a new study suggests.


Teva rebuffs EU pay-for-delay charge at hearing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli drugmaker Teva rebuffed EU antitrust charges of making an illegal deal with rival Cephalon to delay selling a cheaper generic version of the latter's sleep disorder drug at a hearing on Tuesday.


Loneliness doesn’t drive seniors to see more doctors

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who are socially isolated may not necessarily see doctors or visit health clinics more often than their peers who have close ties to many friends and family members, a research review suggests.


German doctor warns physicians: never again partake in atrocities

When she was a child in Germany, Dr. Franziska Eckert’s family minimized the role her grandparents played in World War II. Then her own investigation uncovered the likely truth – her grandfather was a mass murderer.

Medicine and Health

Why Is U.S. Health Care So Expensive? Some of the Reasons You’ve Heard Turn Out to Be Myths

In a new, detailed international comparison, the United States looks a lot more like its peers than researchers expected.


Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.


Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighboring South Africa.


Doctors across Zimbabwe go on strike over pay, drug shortages

HARARE (Reuters) - Doctors at public hospitals across Zimbabwe have gone on strike and will not return to work until the government meets their demands for better pay and working conditions, a spokesman for a doctors' unions said on Tuesday.


Bhutan reports outbreak of severe H5N1 bird flu: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Bhutan has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the country's agriculture ministry.


UPDATE 1-Richemont in talks to sell Lancel to Italy's Piquadro in fashion revamp

ZURICH, March 13 (Reuters) - Luxury goods group Richemont is in exclusive talks to sell its underperforming French Lancel leather brand to Italian high-end briefcase maker Piquadro, to put its struggling fashion and accessories business back on track.


UnitedHealth names former GSK CEO Andrew Witty as Optum head

(Reuters) - Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday named its board member and former GlaxoSmithKline Plc head Andrew Witty as chief executive of its pharmacy benefit unit, Optum, effective July 1.


Roche CEO says new drugs will offset biosimilar incursions

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche will be able to compensate or overcompensate for falling revenue from patent-expired drugs facing competition from rivals' copies through its new medicines, Chief Executive Severin Schwan said on Tuesday.


EBRD issues its first 'health bond' worth 317 million zlotys

WARSAW/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday it has issued its first "health bond", raising 317 million zlotys ($92.84 million) from one of Japan's largest life insurers to finance health projects across the globe.


USDA withdraws proposal to stiffen rules for organic egg farms

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture scrapped proposed rules on Monday that for the first time would have mandated specific space requirements for hens laying organic eggs and spelled out what it means for the birds to have access to the outdoors.

How the Great Recession impacted your health

The Great Recession of the early 21st century was a period of global economic decline marked by high unemployment and stagnant wages.


Impax broke U.S. antitrust law by delaying generic drug, jury told

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc went to trial on Monday over allegations by major retailers and consumers that the company agreed to delay launching a generic version of acne medication Solodyn in exchange for millions of dollars from the manufacturer.


Judge rejects Massachusetts challenge to Trump birth control rules

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit by Massachusetts' attorney general challenging new rules by President Donald Trump's administration that make it easier for employers to avoid providing insurance that covers women's birth control.


Marker suggests high second-hand smoke exposure in disadvantaged kids

(Reuters Health) - Nearly all the adolescents in an economically disadvantaged, largely minority population in San Francisco who were tested for a tobacco-smoke byproduct showed evidence of regular exposure, a small study found.


Fewer U.S. high school athletes play football amid concussion fears

(Reuters Health) - Participation in high school football has been steadily falling in recent years amid mounting concerns about the potential for traumatic brain injuries to lead to lasting health problems, a U.S. study suggests.

10 health benefits of making love

"I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself."


Newer gout drug poses risk to heart patients

Gout sufferers with major pre-existing heart disease face a higher risk of death if they are treated with the drug febuxostat, a large long-term study has concluded


Women with bigger waist and hips have higher heart attack risk

While obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, a new study suggests that hip and waist size may play a bigger role, particularly for women.

World Health Organization gets ready for 'Disease X'

The World Health Organization included "Disease X" in its most recent global plan for accelerating research and development during health emergencies like the Ebola, SARS or Zika epidemics.


Mexico reports two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Mexico reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu virus in the central part of the country, of which one at chicken farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health said on Monday, citing a Mexican agriculture ministry report.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

Op-Ed Contributor: The G.O.P. Accidentally Replaced Obamacare Without Repealing It

The health care law has become something that the party can, if not love, at least learn to live with.


Impax faces U.S. antitrust trial over generic acne drug's delay

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc went to trial on Monday over claims by major retailers and consumers that the company agreed to delay launching a generic version of Solodyn in exchange for millions of dollars from the acne medication's manufacturer.


Anthera to explore options after lead drug fails trial, shares slump

(Reuters) - Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday it would evaluate all strategic options after its lead drug failed in a late-stage trial, sending its shares down 80 percent in premarket trading.


Biogen to buy Pfizer's neurology drug in deal nearing $600 million

(Reuters) - Biogen Inc said on Monday it would buy Pfizer Inc's experimental treatment for a symptom associated with schizophrenia in a deal that could near $600 million and mark its foray into the emerging market for neuropsychiatry.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Personal Health: Ignoring Science at Our Peril

History is filled with examples of scientifically sound guidance that was ignored by those in power.

Depression (Mental)

The New Health Care: Do Antidepressants Work?

The most comprehensive study on them has recently been published, showing mostly modest effects.

Eat healthier without quitting sugar

Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene -- and seems to have topped many people's list of New Year's resolutions.


GSK wins new reprieve as Hikma's generic Advair delayed again

(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline has won a further reprieve for its blockbuster Advair lung drug after U.S. regulators insisted Hikma Pharmaceuticals conduct a further clinical study evaluating its generic version of the drug.


Norway wealth fund and AXA to sell French office property

OSLO, March 12 (Reuters) - Norway's sovereign wealth fund and AXA have signed a deal to sell their a jointly-owned office property in the French city of Meudon, the fund's real estate unit said in a statement on Monday.


AstraZeneca sees pivotal lung cancer trial results later in 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca now expects a key lung cancer study of two immunotherapy drugs to produce overall survival results in the second half of 2018, rather than the first half.


BRIEF-Orexigen Therapeutics says plans near-term sale through Chapter 11 of U.S. bankruptcy code



How infertility treatment has left sperm science behind

LONDON, (Reuters) – - They can make test-tube babies, grow human eggs in a lab and reproduce mice from frozen testicle tissue, but when it comes to knowing how a man's sperm can swim to, find and fertilize an egg, scientists are still floundering.


RWE goes green in mega deal to sell Innogy to E.ON

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Utility RWE said on Sunday it had agreed to sell its 76.8 percent stake in Innogy to rival E.ON , as part of a complex deal that would position RWE as a clean energy champion.


South Africa gold miners' silicosis lawsuit settlement expected within six weeks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producers will likely reach a settlement within six weeks in a lawsuit over a fatal lung disease that companies have set aside 5 billion rand ($420 million) in provisions for, a lawyer and industry group said on Sunday.


South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A human rights lawyer plans to launch a class action lawsuit against South African food producer Tiger Brands on behalf of the families of people who died and those affected by the worst listeria outbreak in history.


Panasonic considers selling security camera factory in China: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp is considering selling a Chinese plant that makes security cameras in a deal it hopes will fetch over $450 million, the Nikkei reported on Saturday.


Trump’s Military Parade Plans Come Into Focus: Planes, but No Tanks

The parade, scheduled for Veterans Day in Washington, will provide a history lesson with “an emphasis on the price of freedom,” according to a memo.


U.S. states with more support for midwives have better birth outcomes

(Reuters Health) - States with laws that make it easier for midwives to care for pregnant women and deliver babies may have better birth outcomes than states where it’s harder for midwives to provide care, a recent study suggests.


Decline in living kidney donors led by men

(Reuters Health) - The number of kidney transplants using organs from living donors has declined in the U.S. since 2005, and only high-income women are becoming kidney donors at a greater rate than they were more than a decade ago, the authors of a new study have found.


Some women with asthma may struggle to conceive

(Reuters Health) - Women with asthma who use short-acting inhalers to control symptoms may take longer to conceive than women without asthma, a recent study suggests.


Doctor in Insys opioid kickback scheme gets four years in prison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison after admitting he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug to people who did not suffer from the condition.


Common knee surgery doesn’t help older adults

(Reuters Health) – Many older adults are getting surgery to remove damaged cartilage in the knee even though these operations may not help ease pain or improve mobility in people over 65, a U.S. study suggests.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Seeking Cheaper Health Insurance, Idaho Bucks Affordable Care Act

Federal authorities say Idaho’s plan for a stripped-down insurance option must be revised to meet the federal health care law. Other states are watching.

A $690,000 house designed to improve your health

Can a home improve your well-being? Ekkist thinks so. The development consultancy has teamed up with Studio McLeod to design Ori House, the UK's first self-build home that enhances your health.

Retirement Communities and Assisted Living

Retiring: 7 Ways to Judge a Retirement Community’s Financial Health

Continuing care retirement communities promise lifetime care but ask for a lot of your money up front. Here are tips for figuring out if one is financially stable.


South Africa's Tiger Brands calls in experts to identify listeria cause

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African food producer Tiger Brands said on Friday it had appointed an expert team to identify the causes of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past 14 months and which has been traced to one of its factories.


Rising cross-asset correlation shows more fuel for sell-off

(Reuters) - At a time when volatility in financial markets is creeping up on rising bond yields and fears of U.S trade protectionism, one modern leading indicator of trouble ahead suggests stock market losses could intensify going forward.


Japan tax agency head quits amid cronyism scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's National Tax Agency chief, under fire for remarks about a suspected cronyism scandal, quit on Friday, but his resignation was unlikely to end the furor over the affair that threatens to erode Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity.


Rhode Island doctor in Insys opioid kickback probe faces sentencing

(Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor is to be sentenced on Friday after admitting that he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by the company.


Trump says North Korea's Kim promises to give up nuclear weapons, plans first-ever meeting

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries' leaders and potentially mark a major breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.


WRAPUP 11-Trump says N.Korea's Kim promises to give up nuclear weapons, plans first-ever meeting

* Meeting with Kim Jong Un is being planned - Trump on Twitter

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Trump Administration Blocks Idaho’s Plan to Circumvent Health Law

The president has undermined the Affordable Care Act, but it “remains the law,” the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. But she encouraged the state to keep trying.


U.S. says Idaho cannot sell health plans not compliant with Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency on Thursday said Idaho could not allow health insurers to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare, a sign that the Trump administration will enforce the law even as it takes regulatory actions to weaken it.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Health Officials Assail ‘Pricing Schemes’ That Gouge Patients

Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, said doctors and hospitals should disclose costs to patients before they were treated.


Health insurer Cigna to buy Express Scripts for about $52 billion

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp struck a $52-billion deal to buy pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) Express Scripts Holding Co on Thursday, looking for new ways to hold onto their profits as the industry faces greater scrutiny for rising healthcare costs.


More U.S. schools offering safe spaces for LGBTQ youth

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of U.S. schools are offering safe spaces for ‘tweens and adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) and prohibiting harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a U.S. study suggests.


FDA panel backs Pfizer's Xeljanz as bowel disease treatment

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's Xeljanz should be approved to treat patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee concluded on Thursday.


Experts offer advice for extreme allergic reaction

(Reuters Health) - Parents and caregivers should know what to do when an extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis occurs, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA.


Heart disease patients live longer when they exercise

(Reuters Health) - Older adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity, a Norwegian study suggests.


Austrian no-smoking petition against government reaches 500,000 mark

VIENNA (Reuters) - Half a million Austrians have signed a petition calling for a smoking ban in bars and restaurants, embarrassing the ruling coalition of conservatives and far right that has championed both direct democracy and the right to smoke.


Egypt struggles to end female genital mutilation

AWLAD SERAG, Egypt (Reuters) - In a tiny village in Egypt's southern province of Assiut, 16-year-old Amany Shamekh, who wants to be an artist one day, recalls how she was illegally circumcised with a razor blade.


Health insurer Cigna to buy Express Scripts for about $53 billion

(Reuters) - Cigna Corp struck a deal worth almost $53 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co on Thursday, as U.S. health insurers look outside their traditional business for new ways to cut healthcare costs.

CIGNA Corporation

Cigna Agrees to Buy Express Scripts in Major Health Care Deal

The transaction comes as insurers and others are looking for ways to control costs and stave off future challenges from companies like Amazon.


South Africa health minister says will support listeria litigation

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support any community intending court action over the world's largest listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since December.


BRIEF-Snap Interactive ‍Plans To Launch Business Solutions Group To Provide Blockchain-Based Licensing​



Toxic particle linked to diesel kills 6,000 a year in Germany: Agency

BERLIN (Reuters) - Some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in Germany, the Federal Environmental Agency said on Thursday, providing more evidence of the health hazards posed by the toxic particles mostly produced by diesel engines.


Colombia's FARC candidate out of presidential race over ill health

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's former FARC rebels will not run a candidate in the country's May presidential election, the group said on Thursday, as its candidate, Rodrigo Londono, battles heart problems.


Health insurer Cigna to buy Express Scripts for about $54 billion

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp said on Thursday it would buy pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co for about $54 billion, a tie-up that reflects pressure on healthcare companies to grow bigger to cut costs.


Roche names Pao as Swiss R&D head after Reed exits

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said it will put a cancer specialist at the helm of its Swiss-based research efforts in April, after the scientist who led the unit for five years resigned for personal reasons.


Exclusive: China plans to create energy ministry in government shake-up - sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to create an energy ministry to oversee the country's vast oil, natural gas, coal and power sectors, part of a government shake-up to make policymaking more efficient, four sources with ties to the country's leadership said this week.


Germany's Continental not pleased with U.S. tariff plans

BERLIN, March 8 (Reuters) - German automotive supplier Continental voiced concerns about the possibility of an escalating trade war with the United States should the U.S. impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, its finance chief said.


Ukrainian doctor struggles with lack of resources

KIEV (Reuters) - Family doctor Dmitriy Rozumiy struggles to bridge the gap between what his patients in rural Ukraine need and what the country's cash-strapped healthcare system can provide.


BRIEF-Tencent, Ctrip-Backed Travel Company Tongcheng-Elong Holdings Plans Hong Kong IPO - WSJ



Top shareholders in talks to sell control of Orbotech -report

TEL AVIV, March 8 (Reuters) - Leading shareholders in Orbotech are holding talks in the United States for the sale of a controlling stake in the Israeli technology firm, TheMarker financial news website reported on Thursday.


Eisai clinches Merck deal to develop and sell cancer drug, shares soar

NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc and Japan's Eisai Co Ltd have signed a potential multibillion-dollar collaboration to develop and sell Eisai's cancer drug Lenvima, which is already approved in dozens of countries for two uses.


Sanofi, Evotec team up for research on infectious diseases treatment

PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi and Evotec said they had started exclusive talks over accelerating research into the treatment of infectious diseases, and added on Thursday that they would form a new open innovation platform in this area, led by Evotec.


Roche names Pao head of drugs research and early development

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche named U.S. cancer expert William Pao head of its Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) business after John Reed decided to leave for what it called personal reasons.


Trump plans to offer Canada, Mexico 30-day tariff exemption: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to offer Canada and Mexico a 30-day exemption from planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which could be extended based on progress in NAFTA talks, a White House official said on Wednesday night.The move, first reported by the Washington Post, followed comments earlier in the day by a White House spokeswoman that the impending tariffs could exclude Canada, Mexico and a clutch of other countries "based on national security."


UPDATE 2-Health insurer Cigna set to buy Express Scripts - WSJ

* Deal could be announced on Thursday - WSJ Express Scripts market value $41.43 bln, Cigna worth $47.18 bln (Adds industry background, company stock data)


Merck, Eisai in deal to further develop, sell Eisai cancer drug

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc and Japan's Eisai Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a potential multibillion-dollar collaboration to develop and sell Eisai's cancer drug Lenvima, which is already approved in dozens of countries for two uses.


Great Wall seeks to double vehicle sales by 2025, plans electric car push

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Great Wall Motor Co Ltd aims to more than double its annual sales to 2 million vehicles by 2025, with roughly a third of those expected to be all-electric battery cars.


Health insurer Cigna set to buy Express Scripts - WSJ

March 7 (Reuters) - U.S. health Insurer Cigna Corp is close to buying pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

US Forest Service head resigns as agency looks into misconduct allegations

The head of the US Forest Service has resigned amid reports that the agency was looking into misconduct allegations against him.


Univision Communications to replace CEO amid failed IPO plans -WSJ

March 7 (Reuters) - Spanish language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc is considering replacing Chief Executive Officer Randy Falco, and undertake a business review that could lead to cost cuts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing sources.


Exclusive: readies move to sell electronics directly in Brazil - sources

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Inc met in Brazil last week with an array of manufacturers to discuss plans to stock and sell products from consumer electronics to perfume in the country, according to two people that took part in the meetings.


Merck, Eisai sign deal to further develop, sell Eisai cancer drug

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc and Japan's Eisai Co Ltd on Wednesday announced a potential multibillion-dollar collaboration to develop and sell Eisai's cancer drug Lenvima, which is already approved in dozens of countries for two uses.


Drinking problems tied to higher risk of early dementia

(Reuters Health) - Heavy drinkers may be more likely than other adults to develop dementia, especially in middle age, a French study suggests.


GM plans to expand Bolt EV output, asks Congress to help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra called on the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to expand a consumer tax credit for electric vehicles as the automaker said it would boost production of its EV Chevrolet Bolt in response to strong demand.


FDA receives new reports of issues with Essure birth control device

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating new reports of Bayer's implanted birth control device Essure causing problems during removal, the agency said on Wednesday, two years after it slapped a warning label on the product.


U.S. judge says opioid settlement roadblocks may prompt trials

(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic said on Wednesday that trials may be needed after both sides identified barriers to reaching a deal.


Website estimates odds of spine surgery success

(Reuters Health) - Doctors in Washington state have developed a website designed to help people with back and leg pain predict whether spinal fusion will help their symptoms.Spinal fusion is surgery that locks two or more bones along the back so they can no longer flex separately. The website,, calculates the odds of success, such as the likelihood of having minimal disability one year after surgery.The calculations are based on the record

Icahn denies he knew about tariffs before selling stock

A 20-year-old man has sued Dick's because store wouldn't sell him a rifle

A 20-year-old Oregon man has filed a lawsuit against Dick's Sporting Goods, accusing the retailer of age discrimination for not selling him a rifle.


StanChart reaches provisional agreement to sell Real Estate unit to Actis

LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered has reached a provisional agreement to sell its real estate investment unit to private equity firm Actis, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Andy Halford told Reuters on Wednesday.


U.S. teens still denied morning-after pill

(Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that some U.S. teens may have trouble getting emergency contraception at pharmacies even though it’s legally available without a prescription for consumers of all ages.


Highly processed foods tied to increased risk of certain cancers

(Reuters Health) - People who consume mostly packaged foods and drinks with lots of unpronounceable ingredients may be more likely to develop certain cancers than people who subsist mostly on whole foods found in nature, a French study suggests.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

The New Health Care: Overshadowed by the Opioid Crisis: A Comeback by Cocaine

It’s the No. 2 killer among illicit drugs in the U.S. and kills more African-Americans than heroin does.


FDA's Gottlieb blames industry 'Kabuki drug pricing' for high costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday criticized drugmakers, pharmacy benefit managers and health insurers for "Kabuki drug-pricing constructs" that expose consumers to high costs and that discourage competition.


Sanofi may seek U.S. approval for Dengvaxia despite Philippines outrage

PARIS (Reuters) - French pharmaceuticals group Sanofi says it will decide shortly whether to seek regulatory approval for dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the United States, saying it was committed to the medicine despite a health scare in the Philippines.