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France's Lactalis will pay damages in salmonella scare: report

Reuters Health News - January 13, 2018 - 7:19pm
PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis will pay damages to families affected by a Salmonella contamination at one of its plants producing baby milk, the company's Chief Executive Emmanuel Besnier told the weekly Journal du Dimanche.
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Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 9:54pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care.
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Trump in 'excellent health,' White House doctor says after exam

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 7:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.
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Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 6:34pm
(Reuters) - Britain's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for the first time in the country this winter.
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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 5:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.
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Medicaid payment increases tied to greater pediatrician participation

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 4:45pm
(Reuters Health) - - When state Medicaid programs increased physician payment rates, more pediatricians agreed to treat low-income kids covered by the health insurance program for the poor, a U.S. study suggests
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Drugmakers see a pricing blueprint in an $850,000 gene therapy

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 4:28pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Global drugmakers are looking to a tiny biotech's $850,000 therapy for a rare type of blindness as a model for getting paid for highly expensive – and effective – new medicines.
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Spark's price for Luxturna blindness gene therapy too high: ICER

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 3:33pm
(Reuters) - The proposed price for Spark Therapeutics Inc's groundbreaking one-time gene therapy for a rare form of blindness is far too high, an independent U.S. nonprofit organization that evaluates clinical and cost effectiveness of new medicines said on Friday.
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Drug users find safety, community in underground injection facility

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 3:08pm
(Reuters Health) - - Intravenous drug users who inject in a secret U.S. facility where staff provide clean needles and guard against overdoses say they appreciate the site for letting them in off the streets and for its history-shaping role.
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After a clot, shorter treatment with compression stockings may be OK

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 3:05pm
(Reuters Health) - - Even though many patients with blood clots in their veins are told to wear compression stockings for two years to prevent complications like pain and swelling, a new study suggests they may get the same results in half the time.
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Yoga face-toning might compete with fillers and facelifts

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 3:03pm
(Reuters Health) - - To his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-aging treatment: facial yoga.
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Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 1:43pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday.
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Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to implement Medicaid work requirements

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.
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Spark's planned price for Luxturna gene therapy for rare blindness too high: ICER

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 12:52pm
(Reuters) - The proposed price for Spark Therapeutics Inc's groundbreaking one-time gene therapy for a rare form of blindness is far too high, an independent U.S. nonprofit organization that evaluates clinical and cost effectiveness of new medicines said on Friday.
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Zambia arrests 55 in riots over cholera control rules

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 12:21pm
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Police in Zambia arrested 55 people in Lusaka after residents rioted over a curfew and ban on street vending imposed to control a cholera outbreak, the government said on Friday.
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France's Lactalis forced into new recall in baby milk scare

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 12:06pm
PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis is widening a product recall to cover all baby milk manufactured by a factory at the center of a salmonella contamination, Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.
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FDA approves expanded use of AstraZeneca cancer drug

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 11:04am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has approved expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc's cancer drug Lynparza to include patients with metastatic breast cancer whose disease is associated with a mutation of the BRCA gene.
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Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 8:03am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.
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Zambia slum residents riot over rules to curb cholera outbreak

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 3:24am
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Residents in a slum in Zambia's capital are rioting over a ban on street vending that was imposed to control a cholera outbreak, the government said on Friday.
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Roche's star MS medicine Ocrevus wins EU approval

Reuters Health News - January 12, 2018 - 1:48am
ZURICH (Reuters) - The European Union approved Roche's multiple sclerosis medicine Ocrevus, one the Swiss company's key new drugs that likely neared $1 billion in revenue in its first nine months on the U.S. market.
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