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Health secretary nominee indicates support for Medicaid overhaul

January 9, 2018 - 2:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive and lobbyist nominated to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, indicated on Tuesday he supported a Republican bid to overhaul Medicaid and again vowed to tackle high drug prices.
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Trump orders mental health aid for military veterans to prevent suicide

January 9, 2018 - 2:42pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious.
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U.S. pharma executives expect deals to pick up after tax overhaul

January 9, 2018 - 1:34pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Trump administration's tax overhaul should accelerate major acquisitions by drugmakers in 2018 after a slow year for deals in 2017, according to senior executives from some of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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U.S. doctors not certain all kids need scoliosis screening

January 9, 2018 - 1:02pm
(Reuters Health) - It’s unclear if all children and teens can benefit from routine screening for scoliosis, according to a new statement from a panel of U.S. medical experts.
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Trump to order mental health aid to prevent suicide among military veterans

January 9, 2018 - 11:49am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday was set to sign an executive order that will direct government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious.
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India top court sets aside order canceling larger tobacco health warnings

January 8, 2018 - 11:28pm
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court's order that quashed federal rules mandating larger health warnings on tobacco packages, in a setback for the country's $11 billion tobacco industry.
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Drug charity sues U.S. over restrictions on donor communications

January 8, 2018 - 9:54pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. charity offering assistance to patients on out-of-pocket drug costs on Monday sued the federal government over restrictions on its ability to communicate with drugmakers who donate to it.
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Exercise may reduce disability even in frail elders

January 8, 2018 - 5:46pm
(Reuters Health) - Sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability, a new study suggests.
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Severe obesity declining among low-income U.S. kids

January 8, 2018 - 3:02pm
(Reuters Health) - The proportion of poor kids receiving government food assistance who are severely obese has declined following benefits changes designed to encourage healthier purchases, a U.S. study suggests.
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Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

January 8, 2018 - 2:36pm
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Centene Corp said on Monday more than 1.4 million people had paid for its insurance plans via the federal Obamacare marketplace as of Jan. 7.
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Shire cuts 2020 revenue target, prepares for spin-off of ADHD drugs

January 8, 2018 - 1:44pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Shire ditched its revenue target of $20 billion by 2020 on Monday due to increased generic competition and new drugs from rivals, saying it would split its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines businesses to boost performance.
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More kids getting eye injuries from paintball and pellet guns

January 8, 2018 - 1:12pm
(Reuters Health) - A growing number of children are getting treated in U.S. emergency rooms for eye injuries from paintball or BB and pellet guns, a new study suggests.
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Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

January 8, 2018 - 1:04pm
(Reuters) - Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent.
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Ablynx soars after rejects Novo Nordisk's $3.1 billion biotech bid

January 8, 2018 - 1:02pm
COPENHAGEN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Denmark's Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin maker, went public with a 2.6 billion euro ($3.1 billion) bid for Belgian biotech group Ablynx on Monday, seeking a new source of growth by bolstering its treatments for rare blood disorders.
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India top court sets aside order cancelling larger tobacco health warnings

January 8, 2018 - 11:17am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court's order that quashed federal rules mandating larger health warnings on tobacco packages, in a setback for the country's $11 billion tobacco industry.
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Iraq reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu: OIE

January 8, 2018 - 10:49am
PARIS (Reuters) - Iraq has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in Diyala in the center of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.
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Shire to separate ADHD drugs before possible spin-off, cuts 2020 target

January 8, 2018 - 10:16am
LONDON (Reuters) - London-listed pharmaceutical group Shire said on Monday it would create two distinct business units for its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines before deciding later this year whether to spin off the latter into a separately listed group.
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Hot flashes caused by cancer therapy can be prevented, treated

January 8, 2018 - 10:09am
(Reuters Health) - Cancer patients with hot flashes related to hormone therapy should know that these uncomfortable symptoms can be managed, according to a recently published resource for patients.
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$11 billion biotech binge fuels forecasts of 2018 M&A surge

January 8, 2018 - 10:05am
LONDON (Reuters) - An $11 billion burst of biotech bids in just four days has fueled expectations of a 2018 surge in life science deals as large drugmakers shop for promising assets from smaller rivals.
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Sanofi and Regeneron boost investment in cancer drug cemiplimab

January 8, 2018 - 8:58am
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Sanofi and U.S Regeneron said on Monday they would inject an additional $1 billion in the development of cemiplimab, an antibody that could, if successful, be used to treat a wide range of cancers.
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