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Alexion's rare blood disorder drug succeeds in late-stage study

March 15, 2018 - 6:11am
(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday its experimental drug to treat patients with a rare blood disorder met the main goal in a late-stage study, sending its shares up 18 percent in premarket trading.
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Federal judge blocks Down syndrome abortion ban in Ohio

March 14, 2018 - 11:44pm
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law due to take effect later this month that would criminalize abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis, ruling that it violates a woman's right to choose.
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Birth defect rate pegged at 7 percent for babies born to Zika-infected women

March 14, 2018 - 4:21pm
(Reuters Health) - A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7 percent chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13 percent if she becomes ill during the first trimester, a new study conducted in French territories in the Americas has concluded.
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Patients face high out-of-pocket fees for imaging

March 14, 2018 - 4:03pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients with private health insurance often face high out-of-pocket fees for advanced imaging, a U.S. study suggests.
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South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

March 14, 2018 - 3:22pm
(Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic.
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Breast cancer patients in U.S. territories receive lower quality care

March 14, 2018 - 2:59pm
(Reuters Health) - Older women with breast cancer who live in United States territories are less likely than their peers in the continental U.S. to receive recommended care, a study suggests.
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Weight loss spreads within couples in ‘ripple effect’

March 14, 2018 - 11:44am
(Reuters Health) - When one-half of a couple embraces good health, there’s a higher likelihood that the other half will, too, a recent study suggests.
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Smoking tied to higher risk of hearing loss

March 14, 2018 - 11:23am
(Reuters Health) - Smokers may be more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with each additional cigarette people smoke on a typical day, a Japanese study suggests.
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Bolivian women weave devices to patch holes in hearts

March 13, 2018 - 4:31pm
(Reuters Health) - A team of Bolivian women are using indigenous Aymara weaving patterns to craft devices that can help repair heart defects, doctors involved in developing the device report in JAMA.
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U.S. health spending twice other countries' with worse results

March 13, 2018 - 4:07pm
(Reuters Health) - The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests.
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Drug copays sometimes exceed costs

March 13, 2018 - 2:05pm
(Reuters Health) - Insurance companies may be asking people to shell out more money for drug co-payments than the drugs actually cost, a new study suggests.
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Teva rebuffs EU pay-for-delay charge at hearing

March 13, 2018 - 2:02pm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli drugmaker Teva rebuffed EU antitrust charges of making an illegal deal with rival Cephalon to delay selling a cheaper generic version of the latter's sleep disorder drug at a hearing on Tuesday.
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Loneliness doesn’t drive seniors to see more doctors

March 13, 2018 - 11:59am
(Reuters Health) - Older adults who are socially isolated may not necessarily see doctors or visit health clinics more often than their peers who have close ties to many friends and family members, a research review suggests.
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German doctor warns physicians: never again partake in atrocities

March 13, 2018 - 11:37am
When she was a child in Germany, Dr. Franziska Eckert’s family minimized the role her grandparents played in World War II. Then her own investigation uncovered the likely truth – her grandfather was a mass murderer.
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Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa

March 13, 2018 - 10:33am
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighboring South Africa.
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Doctors across Zimbabwe go on strike over pay, drug shortages

March 13, 2018 - 10:14am
HARARE (Reuters) - Doctors at public hospitals across Zimbabwe have gone on strike and will not return to work until the government meets their demands for better pay and working conditions, a spokesman for a doctors' unions said on Tuesday.
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Bhutan reports outbreak of severe H5N1 bird flu: OIE

March 13, 2018 - 10:06am
PARIS (Reuters) - Bhutan has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the country's agriculture ministry.
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UnitedHealth names former GSK CEO Andrew Witty as Optum head

March 13, 2018 - 8:01am
(Reuters) - Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday named its board member and former GlaxoSmithKline Plc head Andrew Witty as chief executive of its pharmacy benefit unit, Optum, effective July 1.
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Roche CEO says new drugs will offset biosimilar incursions

March 13, 2018 - 5:53am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche will be able to compensate or overcompensate for falling revenue from patent-expired drugs facing competition from rivals' copies through its new medicines, Chief Executive Severin Schwan said on Tuesday.
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EBRD issues its first 'health bond' worth 317 million zlotys

March 13, 2018 - 5:30am
WARSAW/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday it has issued its first "health bond", raising 317 million zlotys ($92.84 million) from one of Japan's largest life insurers to finance health projects across the globe.
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