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Novartis gene therapy would be cost effective up to $900,000: U.S. group

3 hours 33 min ago
An experimental gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) developed by Novartis AG would be worth up to $900,000, according to an independent U.S. nonprofit organization that reviews the value of drugs and medical treatments.

U.S. Senators launch bipartisan probe into rising insulin prices

4 hours 51 min ago
Two top U.S. senators launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Friday, sending letters to the three leading manufacturers seeking answers as to why the nearly 100-year-old drug's cost has rapidly risen, causing taxpayers to spend millions of dollars a year.

Trump administration bans abortion referrals at U.S.-funded clinics

5 hours 20 min ago
The Trump administration said on Friday that taxpayer-funded family planning clinics which primarily serve low-income Americans will no longer be able to refer patients for abortions, a move that critics vowed to challenge in court.

Weight-loss surgery can bring lasting improvement in sexual function

7 hours 5 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Weight-loss surgery has more benefits than simply slimming a patient down, it may also result in lasting improvements to sexual functioning, a new study suggests.

Chemicals in e-cig flavors could harm respiratory tract

8 hours 53 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Two chemicals commonly used as e-cigarette flavors might harm users' airway passages, a small experiment suggests.

Teens may smoke less pot in states with medical marijuana laws

9 hours 9 min ago
(Reuters Health) - When medical marijuana becomes legal in a state, teenagers there may be slightly less likely to use the drug, a U.S. study suggests.

Morning exercise, short breaks from sitting lower high blood pressure

9 hours 16 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Combining 30 minutes of morning exercise with short walking breaks throughout the day may help control blood pressure, an Australian study suggests.

Up to Czechs to act against risk of infected Polish beef imports: Commission

14 hours 54 min ago
The Czech Republic is free to take the necessary steps against the risk of imports of Polish beef that could be infected with salmonella, but the measures have to be proportionate to the risk, the European Commission said on Friday.

China reports new bird flu outbreak in Yunnan province

16 hours 53 min ago
China reported a new H5N6 bird flu outbreak in the southwestern province of Yunnan, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

U.S., Canada, Mexico work to prevent swine fever reaching region

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 8:12pm
The United States, Canada and Mexico are coordinating efforts to prevent the arrival of a highly contagious swine disease that has swept through China's hog herd and parts of Europe, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday.

Venezuela crisis could spark surge in infectious diseases: study

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 6:56pm
A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Zika and other dangerous infectious diseases and threatens to jeopardize 20 years of public health gains, experts warned on Thursday.

U.S. FDA proposes new regulations for over-the-counter sunscreens

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 4:09pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday two of the 16 currently used main chemical ingredients in over-the-counter sunscreen products are considered safe, as part of a proposal aimed at improving the safety and quality of sunscreen products sold without prescription in the United States.

Pharmacist follow-up calls could help curb repeat hospitalizations

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 3:29pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients sent home from the hospital and taking multiple prescription drugs may be less likely to have repeat hospitalizations when they receive follow-up calls from a pharmacist, a small experiment suggests.

One in four pre-teen suicides may be LGBT youth

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:33pm
(Reuters Health) - Youth 12 to 14 years old who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) are much more likely to die by suicide than their heterosexual peers, a disparity that persists but becomes less pronounced by early adulthood, a U.S. study suggests.

Flu season may play a role in kidney failure deaths

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:10pm
(Reuters Health) - When influenza-like illnesses spread in the community, death rates go up for patients on dialysis, a new study shows.

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals defends $375,000 drug price after Bernie Sanders rebuke

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:06pm
Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc, rebuked by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for its high drug prices, on Thursday defended its $375,000 treatment for a rare disease, saying the price was in line with similar products in the industry.

Whole grains might help ward off liver cancer

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:04pm
(Reuters Health) - Yet another benefit of eating a diet containing high amounts of whole grains may be a reduced risk of liver cancer, a new U.S. study suggests.

China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Yunnan province

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 4:13am
China has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in Yunnan province, authorities said on Thursday, as the highly contagious disease spreads through the world's largest hog herd.

Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:12am
Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to litigation involving alleged asbestos contamination in its signature Baby Powder product line.

Younger siblings with older brothers more likely to be bullied

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 5:53pm
(Reuters Health) - That younger siblings are most likely to experience bullying within a family, and the eldest is most likely to do the bullying may not come as a surprise to those who grew up in large broods.

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