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Decline in living kidney donors led by men

March 9, 2018 - 5:55pm
(Reuters Health) - The number of kidney transplants using organs from living donors has declined in the U.S. since 2005, and only high-income women are becoming kidney donors at a greater rate than they were more than a decade ago, the authors of a new study have found.
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Some women with asthma may struggle to conceive

March 9, 2018 - 5:43pm
(Reuters Health) - Women with asthma who use short-acting inhalers to control symptoms may take longer to conceive than women without asthma, a recent study suggests.
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Doctor in Insys opioid kickback scheme gets four years in prison

March 9, 2018 - 4:27pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison after admitting he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe its fentanyl-based cancer pain drug to people who did not suffer from the condition.
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Common knee surgery doesn’t help older adults

March 9, 2018 - 4:09pm
(Reuters Health) – Many older adults are getting surgery to remove damaged cartilage in the knee even though these operations may not help ease pain or improve mobility in people over 65, a U.S. study suggests.
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Eisai clinches Merck deal to develop and sell cancer drug, shares soar

March 9, 2018 - 11:02am
(This March 8 story has been corrected to show in the 7th paragraph that Merck will pay, not receive, R&D reimbursement)
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Rhode Island doctor in Insys opioid kickback probe faces sentencing

March 9, 2018 - 10:46am
(Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor is to be sentenced on Friday after admitting that he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by the company.
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Two million children in Congo at risk of starvation, U.N. warns

March 9, 2018 - 10:21am
GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 2 million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are estimated to be at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition if they do not get the aid they need, the United Nations warned on Friday.
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South Africa's Tiger Brands calls in experts to identify listeria cause

March 9, 2018 - 10:19am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African food producer Tiger Brands said on Friday it had appointed an expert team to identify the causes of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past 14 months and which has been traced to one of its factories.
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U.S. says Idaho cannot sell health plans not compliant with Obamacare

March 8, 2018 - 6:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency on Thursday said Idaho could not allow health insurers to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare, a sign that the Trump administration will enforce the law even as it takes regulatory actions to weaken it.
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More U.S. schools offering safe spaces for LGBTQ youth

March 8, 2018 - 3:20pm
(Reuters Health) - A growing number of U.S. schools are offering safe spaces for ‘tweens and adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) and prohibiting harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a U.S. study suggests.
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FDA panel backs Pfizer's Xeljanz as bowel disease treatment

March 8, 2018 - 2:59pm
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's Xeljanz should be approved to treat patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, a chronic bowel disease, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee concluded on Thursday.
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Heart disease patients live longer when they exercise

March 8, 2018 - 1:54pm
(Reuters Health) - Older adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity, a Norwegian study suggests.
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Heart pump maker Abiomed settles U.S. kickback probe for $3.1 mln

March 8, 2018 - 1:06pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Abiomed Inc has agreed to pay $3.1 million to resolve a U.S. investigation into allegations that it sought to induce doctors into using a line of heart pumps it produced by buying them lavish meals.
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A menthol cigarette ban may influence smokers to quit

March 8, 2018 - 1:02pm
(Reuters Health) - One month after Ontario fully banned menthol in cigarettes, twice as many menthol smokers attempted to quit compared to how many had predicted they would do so in the months leading up to the ban, according to a small study in the Canadian province.
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U.S. judge says opioid settlement roadblocks may prompt trials

March 8, 2018 - 12:56pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic said on Wednesday that trials may be needed after both sides identified barriers to reaching a deal.
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Austrian no-smoking petition against government reaches 500,000 mark

March 8, 2018 - 12:09pm
VIENNA (Reuters) - Half a million Austrians have signed a petition calling for a smoking ban in bars and restaurants, embarrassing the ruling coalition of conservatives and far right that has championed both direct democracy and the right to smoke.
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Egypt struggles to end female genital mutilation

March 8, 2018 - 11:58am
AWLAD SERAG, Egypt (Reuters) - In a tiny village in Egypt's southern province of Assiut, 16-year-old Amany Shamekh, who wants to be an artist one day, recalls how she was illegally circumcised with a razor blade.
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South Africa health minister says will support listeria litigation

March 8, 2018 - 8:41am
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support any community intending court action over the world's largest listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since December.
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Toxic particle linked to diesel kills 6,000 a year in Germany: Agency

March 8, 2018 - 8:33am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in Germany, the Federal Environmental Agency said on Thursday, providing more evidence of the health hazards posed by the toxic particles mostly produced by diesel engines.
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Roche names Pao as Swiss R&D head after Reed exits

March 8, 2018 - 6:14am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche said it will put a cancer specialist at the helm of its Swiss-based research efforts in April, after the scientist who led the unit for five years resigned for personal reasons.
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