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Argentina lawmakers approve cannabis oil for medicinal use

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 6:40pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina gave final legislative approval on Wednesday to a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal use and permitting the federal government to grow marijuana for research and therapeutic purposes.
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Campus environment tied to sexual assault risk for LGBT people

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 5:06pm
(Reuters Health) - College students in the U.S. who say their campus is welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are less likely to be victims of sexual assaults at school, a new study suggests.
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HPV vaccination during pregnancy shows no ill effects

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 5:03pm
(Reuters Health) - New evidence from a Danish nationwide study suggests that Sanofi Pasteur's quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), marketed as Gardasil, is not dangerous in the unusual case when it is inadvertently given during early pregnancy.
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FDA declines to approve Mylan's generic of GSK's Advair for now

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 2:02pm
(Reuters) - Mylan NV said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its generic version of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's blockbuster Advair asthma treatment, but provided no details of the agency's concerns or how long the product might be delayed.
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FDA nominee moves to untangle potential conflicts of interest

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 12:13pm
(Reuters) - Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has outlined measures he would take to untangle his ties to the pharmaceutical industry if confirmed by the Senate.
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Heroin use, addiction up sharply among U.S. whites: study

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 12:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education, researchers said on Wednesday.
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Are any fad diets good for heart health?

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 11:27am
(Reuters Health) - It may be tempting to latch on to the latest diet fad like juicing or going gluten-free to lose weight or achieve other health goals. But when it comes to heart health, doctors say sticking with old standbys like fruits, veggies and olive oil is still the best approach.
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Estrogen for osteoporosis tied to lower risk of gum infections

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 11:21am
(Reuters Health) - - After menopause, women who take estrogen therapy may be less likely to develop severe oral health problems than peers who don’t take hormones or other treatments for age-related bone damage, a recent study suggests.
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Zara founder to spend $344 million on breast cancer-screening for Spanish hospitals

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 10:00am
MADRID (Reuters) - The charitable foundation of Europe's richest man, Amancio Ortega, said on Wednesday it would spend 320 million euros ($344 million) to acquire the latest breast cancer-screening technology for public hospitals across Spain.
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Singapore confirms two new cases of Zika virus

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 8:06am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017.
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EU rapid drug approval plan worries some national agencies

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 6:40am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A push by the European Medicines Agency to speed up the approval of new drugs that show promise is running into resistance from some of the national agencies that will ultimately decide whether the medicines are worth buying.
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Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria kills 269 people

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 5:58am
ABUJA (Reuters) - An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 269 people in recent weeks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organizations attempt to tackle the surge in infections.
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Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissioner

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 5:31am
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful to women's rights, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner said on Wednesday.
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Roche MS drug Ocrevus approved by FDA after three-month delay

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 4:58am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved Roche Holding AG's multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Ocrevus, putting the potential blockbuster drug back on track after a delay caused by regulators' concerns over manufacturing issues.
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FDA silence on generic Advair may be good news for GSK

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 3:40am
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline shares gained on Wednesday as lack of news about U.S. approval of a generic copy of its blockbuster inhaled lung drug Advair buoyed speculation that a threat to profits might be delayed.
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Brain implant lets paralyzed man feed himself using his thoughts

Reuters Health News - March 29, 2017 - 2:53am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A paralyzed man in Cleveland fed himself mashed potatoes for the first time in eight years, aided by a computer-brain interface that reads his thoughts and sends signals to move muscles in his arm, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
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Trump tells lawmakers he expects deal 'very quickly' on healthcare

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 10:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on healthcare, without offering specifics on how they would do it or what had changed since a healthcare reform bill was pulled last week for insufficient support.
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U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 5:11pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis.
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Vertex cystic fibrosis combination succeeds in late-stage trials

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 5:00pm
(Reuters) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday its Kalydeco cystic fibrosis treatment given with an experimental drug demonstrated significant improvements in lung function in a pair of late-stage trials the company plans to use to seek approval of the combination therapy.
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Universal celiac testing lacks evidence - U.S. panel

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 3:58pm
(Reuters Health) - There is not enough evidence to encourage or discourage doctors from testing all their patients for celiac disease, according to a U.S. government-backed panel.
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