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Oscar to expand individual health insurance to more states

June 21, 2018 - 5:18am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar Health, which began selling individual health insurance in New York for the 2014 launch of the Obamacare exchanges, on Thursday announced plans to expand into Florida, Michigan and Arizona next year, even as the Trump administration seeks to undercut that marketplace with cheaper insurance products.
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Novo's pioneering diabetes pill beats Victoza, Januvia in tests

June 21, 2018 - 2:34am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's experimental diabetes pill, which it hopes will transform the diabetes market, has proved superior to both Merck & Co's Januvia and its own best-selling injectable treatment Victoza in tests.
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Canada sets October start for legal recreational marijuana sales

June 20, 2018 - 7:48pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Marijuana sales will become legal in Canada beginning October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, making it the first major economy to legalize its recreational use.
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Walking ability before heart surgery tied to brain function afterward

June 20, 2018 - 5:11pm
(Reuters Health) - Older adults who are faster on their feet may be less likely to suffer cognitive problems after heart surgery than patients who have difficulty walking, a Japanese study suggests.
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Oral antibiotics tied to increased risk of kidney stones

June 20, 2018 - 4:18pm
(Reuters Health) - Children and adults who take five commonly prescribed types of antibiotics may be more likely to develop kidney stones than people who don't use these medicines, a recent study suggests.
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Even 'resolved' atrial fibrillation carries increased stroke risk

June 20, 2018 - 3:09pm
(Reuters Health) - Even when the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation goes away after treatment, patients' risk of stroke may still be higher than average, a large UK study suggests.
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More evidence of NSAID risk in early pregnancy

June 20, 2018 - 1:00pm
(Reuters Health) - Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) around the time of conception significantly increases the risk of miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a study suggests.
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Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

June 20, 2018 - 12:34pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis.
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Canada marijuana stocks jump after recreational bill clears hurdle

June 20, 2018 - 11:34am
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian marijuana stocks rose on Wednesday after the country became the first major economy to legalize its recreational use, but earlier rallies in anticipation of victory in the key upper house vote muted some post-approval gains in the sector.
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Latecomer Sanofi looks to catch next wave of cancer therapies

June 20, 2018 - 10:52am
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi missed the boat on immune system-boosting cancer drugs. Now it's trying to catch up.
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Unjustified medication shortened 456 lives in a UK hospital, report says

June 20, 2018 - 10:42am
GOSPORT, England (Reuters) - More than 450 patients died prematurely in a British hospital after they were given powerful painkillers with no medical justification, in what a damning report on Wednesday found was a "disregard for human life".
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GSK takes billion-dollar drug fight with Gilead to top AIDS meeting

June 20, 2018 - 7:40am
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline is taking its fight with Gilead Sciences for dominance of the HIV market to the world's leading AIDS conference next month by showcasing detailed results from its new two-drug treatment.
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Ebola outbreak in Congo 'largely contained', says WHO

June 20, 2018 - 6:25am
GENEVA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak has been "largely contained" and no new cases of the disease have been confirmed since the last known sufferer died on June 9, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
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Good social media experiences don't outweigh bad ones for young adults

June 19, 2018 - 5:28pm
(Reuters Health) - For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests.
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Fathers' antidepressant use doesn't worsen babies' health risks

June 19, 2018 - 4:29pm
(Reuters Health) - Fathers' use of antidepressant medications around the time mothers become pregnant does not increase babies' risk of preterm birth, birth defects, autism or intellectual disability, according to a study in the BMJ.
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Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases

June 19, 2018 - 3:29pm
(Reuters Health) - People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don't, a Swedish study suggests.
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Pizza Hut pledges to drop some chicken antibiotics by 2022

June 19, 2018 - 1:50pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yum Brand Inc's Pizza Hut chain will fully phase out chickens raised with certain antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants by 2022, in the latest push by a major restaurant chain to follow healthier food practices.
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Sarepta shares soar as Duchenne gene therapy shows promise

June 19, 2018 - 12:37pm
(Reuters) - Sarepta Therapeutics' shares jumped 60 percent on Tuesday after promising results from a gene therapy study positioned the specialty drugmaker as a potential leader in the market for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) treatments.
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Severe obesity rates surging in rural America

June 19, 2018 - 12:10pm
(Reuters Health) - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest.
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Trump administration puts skimpy health insurance plans in place

June 19, 2018 - 11:01am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law. 
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