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Health issues kept her from marching but not participating

Not everyone could join the March For Our Lives, but that didn't mean they weren't rallying behind the movement.

Colleges and Universities

Opinion: Stop Asking About My Kid’s College Plans

“Have you guys made your list yet?” everyone asks. I hate this question. “We” aren’t going to college; my daughter is.


Indian agency denies reported security lapse in ID card project

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The semi-government agency behind India's national identity card project on Saturday denied a report by news website ZDNet that the program has been hit by another security lapse that allows access to private information.


Puerto Rico board postpones certification of island's fiscal plans

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federally appointed Financial Oversight and Management Board said on Friday it would postpone certification of the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth's fiscal plan and announce a new certification date soon.


BRIEF-Nemus Bioscience Inc Files for Offering Of Up To 85.7 Million Shares Of Co's Common Stock By Selling Stockholders



Top-quality nursing homes harder to access with mental health issues

(Reuters Health) - Even people with common and often treatable mental health problems like depression and anxiety may have a harder time than patients without these diagnoses getting admitted to a high-quality nursing home, a U.S. study suggests.


Obesity, overweight tied to shorter life, more years with heart disease

(Reuters Health) - Obese people have shorter lives and even those who are just overweight spend more years living with heart disease than individuals who are a healthy weight, a U.S. study suggests.


Losing sleep might make it harder to lose body fat

(Reuters Health) - Even when cutting calories helps people lose weight, they may have a harder time getting rid of excess body fat if they don’t get enough sleep, a small experiment suggests.


FDA moves to limit ingredients for bulk drug compounding

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday took steps to restrict what pharmaceutical ingredients large compounding pharmacies can use to manufacture drugs in bulk that do not go through the agency's approval processes.


Trump says will sue drug companies over opioids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail.


Abbott's Alere resolves U.S. diagnostic device probe for $33.2 million

BOSTON (Reuters) - Alere Inc has agreed to pay $33.2 million to resolve claims it knowingly sold unreliable diagnostic testing devices to hospitals prior to its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories last year, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.


In anti-drug Sweden, investors take shine to cannabis stocks

STOCKHOLM(Reuters) - Growing numbers of Swedish investors are getting a buzz from trading in listed marijuana stocks even though the country has some of Europe's most restrictive drug laws.


Costly menopause vaginal treatments no better than placebo

(Reuters Health) - For women bothered by vaginal symptoms after menopause, prescription local estrogen treatments and expensive specialty lubricants may provide relief, but no more so than a dummy drug, researchers say.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine on climate grounds

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has rejected plans for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, as it could hamper efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change, the minister for local government said on Friday.


EMA panel for conditional OK to Clovis's ovarian cancer drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting conditional marketing approval to Clovis Oncology's drug for ovarian cancer, citing anti-tumour activity.


EMA panel recommends against Portola's clot prevention drug

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended against granting marketing approval to Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc's oral blood thinner, saying the benefits of the drug did not outweigh risks.


Pfizer's quit-smoking Chantix fails study in adolescent smokers

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Friday its study to test safety and effectiveness of its anti-smoking treatment Chantix in adolescent smokers failed to meet the main goal.


GSK's two-drug HIV regimen wins European panel approval

(Reuters) - A panel of European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended approval for GlaxoSmithKline's two-drug regimen to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


Indivior loses another case in battle to protect opioid addiction drug

(Reuters) - Shares in Britain's Indivior were hammered on Friday after it lost a second legal case in recent months in its battle to protect the patent of its opioid addiction treatment that generates 80 percent of its revenues.


Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has refused permission for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, the minister for local government said on Friday.


South Africa detects avian flu in seabirds

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has detected an outbreak of avian flu in seabirds, citing the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain that infected the country's poultry industry last year.


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Indivior plunges after losing opioid addiction patent case

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is set to face cheap competition to its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film after losing a patent protection case, sending its shares more than 20 percent lower on Friday.


Nissan says aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles annually by 2022

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co announced plans to sell 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2022 and said it would focus its lower-emissions lineup on all-battery and gasoline-hybrid EVs rather than costlier technologies including plug-in hybrids.

Idaho senator holds up vote over rivalry with deceased governor

As Congress raced toward another spending deadline, most were watching Sen. Rand Paul's objections to a proposed spending plan. But another Republican was creating more headaches for GOP leaders: Sen. James Risch of Idaho.

International Trade and World Market

Responding to Trump, China Plans New Tariffs on U.S. Goods

China proposed tariffs on $3 billion worth of American fruit, pork, wine and other goods, striking back just hours after President Trump’s announcement.


Tencent loses $24 billion in market cap after Naspers' selldown

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd saw its shares down 4.51 percent at the midday trading break on Friday after the internet firm's largest shareholder, Naspers Ltd , said it would lower its stake for the first time in 17 years.


UPDATE 4-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say companies have same core values (Add detail on other shareholders, stake value)


Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

(Reuters) - Steve Wynn, the former chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd , has agreed to sell all his remaining 8 million shares in the firm in a dramatic exit of the casino and hotel company he founded over 16 years ago.


UPDATE 1-Steve Wynn sells stake in company he founded, Macau casino Galaxy buys in

* Galaxy, Wynn bosses say 'shared values' (Adds details and context)


U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.


U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget boosted to $11.5 bln

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency saw its 2018 budget jump to its highest level on record at $11.5 billion in an appropriations bill on Thursday as the agency's head said he was exploring the use of armed drones to counteract North Korea.

China plans to respond with tariffs on US imports


Novartis touts U.S. filing plans for MS drug as patent losses loom

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis plans to file its BAF312 multiple sclerosis drug for U.S. approval within weeks, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as it seeks to refresh its portfolio of neurological medicines that is about to be hit by patent losses.


Investors pull $9.6 billion from U.S. equity funds, deepening selloff

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stripped billions from stocks during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, adding to the selling pressure building on markets.


Severe combat wounds, PTSD tied to high blood pressure

(Reuters Health) - Members of the military who received severe combat wounds and have chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an amplified risk of high blood pressure as well, according to a U.S. Veterans Affairs study.


EU plans tougher consumer laws for Facebook, Gmail

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is planning to apply tougher consumer laws to social media networks and email providers like Facebook and Google's Gmail as scrutiny of data protection grows in the wake of an outcry over Facebook's handling of data.


E-cigarettes tied to less smoking cessation

(Reuters Health) - Smokers who also use e-cigarettes may be half as likely to give up tobacco as smokers who never vape at all, a European study suggests.


Norway plans to buy electric planes, mimicking green car success

* Norway's Avinor reckons short-haul flights electric by 2040


Austrian lawmakers vote to hinder smoking ban in restaurants and bars

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to scrap an impending ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, backing the coalition government despite opposition from health campaigners and opposition parties.


More preemies developing motor impairments

(Reuters Health) - More than one-third of extremely premature and underweight babies have cerebral palsy or other motor impairments that can make it hard for them to do basic things like ride a bike or use a fork, an Australian study suggests.


AbbVie's lung cancer drug data disappoints; shares slump

(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc's experimental lung cancer drug data was not effective enough to seek a faster approval, in a setback to the company's efforts to build its cancer drug pipeline and cut dependence on its blockbuster Humira.


Patient information might end up in hospital recycling

(Reuters Health) - The move to electronic health records comes amid laws in most places requiring patient personal information to be protected, but it may also be creating a new risk to patient privacy, Canadian researchers say.


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AbbVie says not to seek faster approval for lung cancer drug

(Reuters) - Drugmaker AbbVie Inc said on Thursday it would not seek accelerated approval for its experimental lung cancer treatment based on the results from a mid-stage study, sending its shares down 6 percent in premarket trading.


GlaxoSmithKline gifted Pfizer consumer health advantage by Reckitt

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser has pulled out of talks to buy Pfizer's consumer healthcare business, strengthening rival bidder GlaxoSmithKline's hand.


India allocates $1.5 billion for 'Modicare' health insurance

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has allocated $1.54 billion for its ambitious health program aimed at providing insurance cover for about half the population, the health minister said on Thursday, labeling it the largest such scheme in the world.


Denmark to build wild boar fence on German border

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said Thursday it will build a 70 kilometer (43.5 mile) fence on its German border to keep out wild boars that can carry the deadly infection African swine fewer to farm pigs and threaten the country's large pork industry.


GSK's bid in focus as Reckitt quits Pfizer consumer health auction

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser Group has pulled out of discussions with Pfizer Inc over buying its consumer healthcare business, strengthening the hand of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc .


Dutch say 'no' in referendum on spy agency tapping powers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters have narrowly rejected a law that would give spy agencies the power to carry out mass tapping of Internet traffic delivering a setback to Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government.


UPDATE 4-GSK's bid in focus as Reckitt quits Pfizer consumer health auction

* Reckitt shares up 5 percent, GSK down 1 percent (Adds market reaction, more on Reckitt decision, analyst comment)


UPDATE 2-Vivendi selling Ubisoft stake for $2.45 bln, ends battle for control

* Ubisoft makes Assassin's Creed, South Park games (Adds details of Tencent investment, bullets)


Endo, others to pay $270.8 mln to resolve Lidoderm U.S. antitrust cases

(Reuters) - Endo International Plc and two other companies have agreed to pay $270.8 million to resolve class action lawsuits alleging Endo paid a generic drug manufacturer to delay launching a cheaper version of its Lidoderm painkiller patch.


EPA chief's security detail joined him on first-class flights, agency tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's private security detail accompanied him on first-class flights, the agency confirmed on Wednesday to U.S. House Democrats, who requested details on his travels amid growing scrutiny of Cabinet members' spending.


Britain unveils new fintech plans, including cryptocurrencies

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will announce a task force on Thursday to exploit the technology underpinning cryptoassets, such as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as part of new plans to help fintech companies to find more customers.


Meredith to cut about 1,200 jobs, sell some Time publications

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp said on Wednesday it cut about 200 jobs and would lay off another 1,000 as it streamlines its operations following the completion of its Time Inc acquisition.

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Trump Plans to Slap Stiff Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

The president, denouncing China’s trade practices, will announce a range of stiff penalties on Chinese imports and investment, sparking concerns of a trade war.


Longtime U.S. AIDS researcher picked to run CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Longtime AIDS researcher Dr. Robert Redfield will be the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday.


Dutch approve spy agency tapping powers in referendum: exit poll

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters on Wednesday approved a referendum granting spy agencies the power to install bulk taps on Internet traffic, even as news of Facebook's 50 million user profile leak returned digital privacy issues to the fore.


Meredith Says It Intends to Sell Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money

The magazines, some of the most celebrated titles in the industry, clashed with the lifestyle publications favored by Meredith, which bought Time Inc. last year.


Reckitt Benckiser pulls out of Pfizer consumer health auction

(Reuters) - British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser Group said on Wednesday it had ended discussions with Pfizer Inc over buying its consumer healthcare business, a day before the U.S. drug company was expecting binding offers for the unit.


Gluten-free diet may still allow harmful levels of exposure

(Reuters Health) - Carefully following a gluten-free diet might not protect people with celiac disease from exposure to potentially harmful amounts of gluten, new findings suggest.


Meredith plans to cut about 1,200 jobs, sell some Time publications

(Reuters) - U.S. media company Meredith Corp , which completed the acquisition of Time Inc in January, said on Wednesday it has cut around 200 jobs and plans to lay off 1,000 more over the next 10 months.


Shoe inserts may not help plantar heel pain

(Reuters Health) - Mass-produced shoe inserts available on drugstore shelves and customized orthotics may not work for plantar heel pain, a research review suggests.


U.S. infant mortality high even for full-term babies

(Reuters Health) - Infant mortality rates for full-term babies vary across the U.S., but all states are worse than many European countries, a new study suggests.


Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

(Reuters) - British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.


U.S. investment trusts gobble assets; retirement plans retreat from active funds

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. retirement plans pumped billions of dollars into investment trusts last year, helping asset managers offset some of the heavy cash outflows from their pricier actively managed...


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Britain's use of copycat biotech drugs takes off while U.S. lags

LONDON (Reuters) - Cut-price copies of an expensive Roche biotech drug for blood cancer have taken 80 percent of the British market since launching last year, saving the healthcare system 80 million pounds ($113 million) a year, experts said on Wednesday.


Childhood `toxic stress’ leads to parenting challenges later on

Reuters Health - Parents who endured “toxic stress” during childhood may be more likely to have kids with developmental delays and have a harder time coping with their children’s health issues, new research suggests.

Teeth and Dentistry

The New Health Care: Medicare Doesn’t Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Big Problem.

Oral health cannot properly be considered apart from the health of the rest of the body.


GlaxoSmithKline prescribes commercial reboot for pharma division

LONDON (Reuters) - In January, GlaxoSmithKline's new head of pharmaceuticals Luke Miels issued a blunt challenge to his managers: find budget savings of 20 percent.


BRIEF-Amarin Corporation Says ‍Ministry Of Public Health In Lebanon Approved Vascepa



Exclusive: Kaspersky Lab plans Swiss data center to combat spying allegations - documents

MOSCOW/TORONTO (Reuters) - Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab plans to open a data center in Switzerland to address Western government concerns that Russia exploits its anti-virus software to spy on customers, according to internal documents seen by Reuters.


BRIEF-Centric Health Reports Qtrly ‍​Earnings Per Share Of $0.02



Spotify CEO eligible to sell up to $2 billion stake in public listing

(Reuters) - Daniel Ek, the CEO and co-founder of streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA , is eligible to sell up to 15.8 million shares of the company worth up to $2 billion in its direct listing, the company disclosed in a filing on Tuesday.


Newly-formed Magnolia plans to buy acreage in Eagle Ford shale field

NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) - Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp expects to make acquisitions of modest-sized acreage in the Eagle Ford shale field as it seeks to build out the new company without compromising on a cash flow-focused business model, its incoming chairman told Reuters.


Fall injuries in very elderly rising, outcomes may be slightly better

(Reuters Health) - As the elderly population grows in the U.S., an increasing number of patients in their 90s are hospitalized with injuries after falling, but they may be faring slightly better than in the past, a small study suggests.


Mississippi's new law restricting abortion blocked by judge for 10 days

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that enacted the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States, in a ruling handed down a day after the governor signed the measure.


Spotify CEO to sell up to $2 billion stake in public listing

(Reuters) - Daniel Ek, the Swedish CEO and co-founder of streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA , is set to sell 15.8 million shares of the company worth up to $2 billion in its direct listing, the company disclosed in a new filing on Tuesday.


Guns tied to high suicide risk for teens with self-harm history

(Reuters Health) - Teens and young adults who harm themselves without suicidal intent often kill themselves soon afterward, and the increased risk of death is greatest when guns are involved, a U.S. study suggests.


Canada Plans to Tighten Gun Reviews and Records

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government proposed legislation to restore record-keeping requirements for long-gun sales and expand background checks for gun owners.


Doctors endorse counseling of some kids, young adults to prevent skin cancer

(Reuters Health) - Fair-skinned children and young adults should get counseling on how to avoid sunburns that can lead to skin cancer, according to new guidelines from U.S. physicians.

Selena Gomez is happy and healthy

Selena Gomez has a message for the trolls who insist on having an opinion on her vacation pictures: give it up.


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.

Alcoholic Beverages

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.

Hippocratic (Movie)

Global Health: Palliative Care Film Challenges Stereotypes About Opioids

“Hippocratic,” a documentary about Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, who helps India’s dying, shows the desperate need for the same drugs maligned for causing overdoses.


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.


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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.

Shutdowns (Institutional)

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.