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'No more woe is me': Senator McCain vows quick return to Washington

Pharma news - July 20, 2017 - 6:27pm

By Richard Cowan and David Schwartz WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Thursday he would return rapidly to Washington despite his newly diagnosed brain cancer, flashing the fighting spirit that has defined him since he was held in captivity as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. McCain, a veteran senator and former Republican presidential candidate known as a strong and sometimes fiercely independent voice on defense and security issues, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery last week for a blood clot above his left eye. The news, issued by his office late on Wednesday, drew a wave of support from across the political spectrum, and raised questions about how long McCain would be absent from the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow majority and are eager to notch up some legislative successes for President Donald Trump.

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Senate Republicans complain of chaos in healthcare effort

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 5:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts.
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Chipotle shares fall on Norovirus, rodent incidents

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 5:09pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc shares fell to a four-year low on Thursday after testing confirmed Norovirus in a customer who ate at one of the chain's Virginia restaurants and a video of rodents crawling on the floor of a Dallas shop went viral.
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Bid to ease Chile's abortion ban hits roadblock

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 4:27pm
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Chamber of Deputies fell one vote short of passing the Senate version of a bill easing the country's strict abortion law, a surprise setback to President Michelle Bachelet and abortion rights advocates.
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Adult weight gain linked to major chronic diseases

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 4:22pm
(Reuters Health) - The weight that Americans typically gain between ages 20 and 50 may raise their risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other major illnesses, according to a new study.
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Support at home and in school tied to resilience in child refugees

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
(Reuters Health) - Refugee kids may fare better in their new country when they have support from a variety of people at home, in school and in their community, a small Australian study suggests.
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Abortion rights groups sue Texas to block procedure ban

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 3:35pm
(Reuters) - Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block a Texas law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion which critics argue erodes women's rights.
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Trump unveils companies' $500 million U.S. drug packaging project

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 3:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a $500 million investment that Corning Inc is making with pharmaceutical giants Merck and Pfizer to manufacture a new kind of glass for injectable drug vials.
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White House developing comprehensive biosecurity strategy: official

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 1:28pm
ASPEN, Colorado (Reuters) - The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the United States against disease pandemics and biological attacks by terrorists, the top White House homeland security official said on Thursday.
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Latest Senate healthcare bill would leave 22 millio without insurance: CBO

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 12:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest version of Senate Republicans' legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance coverage by 2026, the U.S. Congressional Budget office said on Thursday.
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FDA tentatively approves Merck's copycat of Sanofi's Lantus

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 12:01pm
(Reuters) - Merck and Co Inc said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tentatively approved its biosimilar version of French drugmaker Sanofi SA's blockbuster diabetes treatment, Lantus.
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After a rescue, running or rolling better for lifeguards than resting

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 11:34am
(Reuters Health) - After a water rescue, lifeguards need to actively help their muscles recover so they’ll be ready for the next call to perform, according to a small study from Spain.
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India ready for talks with China on border standoff

Pharma news - July 20, 2017 - 10:57am

India said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.

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HIV drug resistance could undermine progress in AIDS battle: WHO

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 9:03am
LONDON (Reuters) - Rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs could undermine promising progress against the global AIDS epidemic if effective action is not taken early, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
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By embracing Russia, Trump bumps up against top advisers

Pharma news - July 20, 2017 - 7:23am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the foreign adversary.

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Ironwood reflux drug appears effective, safe in midstage trial

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 7:02am
(Reuters) - Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday its potential blockbuster drug for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) not controlled by current medicines significantly reduced heartburn severity and regurgitation frequency, meeting the main goals of a midstage trial.
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Ablynx signs Sanofi deal potentially worth up to $2.8 billion

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 3:27am
(Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi boosted its early-stage pipeline in immunology on Thursday by signing a deal with Ablynx that could earn the Belgian biotech firm as much as 2.4 billion euros ($2.8 billion).
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Spanish biotech Oryzon slumps as Roche ditches cancer drug

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 3:07am
(Reuters) - Shares in Spanish biotech company Oryzon Genomics plunged 30 percent on Thursday after Swiss drugmaker Roche pulled out of a deal to develop its leading experimental drug for leukemia and lung cancer.
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Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise

Reuters Health News - July 20, 2017 - 3:04am
LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - - The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since 2005, the United Nations said on Thursday.
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Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman

Pharma news - July 20, 2017 - 2:51am

By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.

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