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EU rapid drug approval plan worries some national agencies

3 hours 37 min ago
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

4 hours 20 min ago
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

4 hours 47 min ago
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

5 hours 20 min ago
(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

6 hours 38 min ago
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

7 hours 25 min ago
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

12 hours 8 min ago
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

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

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

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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Delirium in critically ill children common, may go undetected

March 28, 2017 - 3:35pm
(Reuters Health) - About a quarter of children admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) will develop delirium, according to the first large international study to assess how common the condition is in critically ill children.
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Hong Kong lifts ban on Brazil meat imports, EU urges action

March 28, 2017 - 1:01pm
BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - Hong Kong said on Tuesday it has lifted a ban on the import of Brazilian meat, removing one of the last blanket bans by a major importer, but strong words from an EU commissioner visiting Brazil suggests the scandal over health standards is not over yet.
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DHA supplements during pregnancy don't raise kids' IQ

March 28, 2017 - 12:59pm
(Reuters Health) - Children of women who took DHA supplements during pregnancy are no smarter than peers whose mothers didn’t take the supplements, a recent study concludes.
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FDA approves Regeneron, Sanofi $37,000 per year eczema drug

March 28, 2017 - 12:14pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA's drug for moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a product widely seen as the most important future growth driver for the two companies.
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In drought-stricken Somaliland, families try to survive on black tea

March 28, 2017 - 12:05pm
BURAO, Somalia (Reuters) - In a makeshift camp beside a disused airfield in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland, 32-year old Nima Mohamed sits next to an open wood fire, boiling a kettle of black tea.
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IVF success tied to insurance coverage

March 28, 2017 - 11:23am
(Reuters Health) - Women who have insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more likely to have a baby than women who have to pay entirely out-of-pocket for fertility treatments, a U.S. study suggests.
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Childhood lead exposure linked to lower adult IQ

March 28, 2017 - 10:45am
(Reuters Health) - Kids exposed to high levels of lead decades ago may now be approaching middle age with lower IQs and earning potential than they would have had otherwise, a new study suggests.
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House Republicans consider reviving healthcare push: lawmaker

March 28, 2017 - 9:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a renewed push to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare sometime in the next month, lawmakers and aides said on Tuesday after the collapse of the effort last week.
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Cambodia bans breast milk exports

March 28, 2017 - 6:58am
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia on Tuesday banned the export of breast milk, putting a stop to the business of a U.S.-based company that had been selling the milk in the United States.
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Land of the short white feather: New Zealand's unlikely bird flu success

March 27, 2017 - 8:30pm
BEIJING/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The deadly bird flu that's forced mass bird culls and roiled the global egg and poultry trade has spawned one unlikely success – New Zealand, a rare source of disease-free birds and supplier for China's voracious chicken consumption.
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