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Fewer black, Hispanic patients get kidney transplants from live donors

January 4, 2018 - 3:02pm
(Reuters Health) - - Black and Hispanic patients who need kidney transplants are less likely than white people to receive organs from live donors and this disparity has worsened over time, a U.S. study suggests.
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Neurontin prescriptions surge amid opioid crisis

January 4, 2018 - 1:38pm
(Reuters Health) - - Prescriptions for nerve pain medicines like Neurontin and Lyrica have more than tripled in recent years, driven by increased use among chronically ill older adults and patients already taking opioids, a U.S. study suggests.
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Trump administration rescinds Obama-era marijuana enforcement policy

January 4, 2018 - 1:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday rescinded an Obama administration policy that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug, instead giving federal prosecutors wide latitude on pursuing criminal charges.
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Trump administration rule would let more Americans drop Obamacare

January 4, 2018 - 12:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rule to allow Americans who are self-employed or work for small businesses to buy health insurance that does not comply with all Obamacare requirements in an effort to unwind the 2010 healthcare law.
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Married heart patients more likely than singles to survive

January 4, 2018 - 11:59am
(Reuters Health) - People with heart disease have better long-term survival odds when they are married, a recent U.S. study suggests.
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CMS to cover Abbott's glucose monitoring device

January 4, 2018 - 11:42am
(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories said on Thursday its newly launched glucose monitoring device would be covered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, expanding its usage to millions of diabetes patients in the United States.
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British PM May apologizes as overwhelmed hospitals cancel non-emergency operations

January 4, 2018 - 10:27am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May apologized on Thursday to tens of thousands of patients whose operations were canceled to free up staff and beds to deal with emergency patients.
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Zambia shuts Hungry Lion restaurants over cholera contamination

January 4, 2018 - 9:22am
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia has shut three of South African retailer Shoprite's Hungry Lion fast-food restaurants after their food tested positive for the bacterium that causes cholera, a government minister said on Thursday.
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Suspected diphtheria cases in Yemen near 500: WHO

January 4, 2018 - 7:30am
GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 471 people in Yemen are believed to have been infected with diphtheria, killing one in 10 of them since the outbreak began in mid-August, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
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Philippines fines Sanofi, suspends clearance for Dengvaxia

January 4, 2018 - 7:00am
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has suspended clearance for Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia and fined the French drugmaker a symbolic $2,000 citing violations on product registration and marketing, the health secretary said on Thursday.
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Novartis' Promacta receives FDA breakthrough designation for new indication

January 4, 2018 - 1:53am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis drug Promacta has received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for first-line treatment of severe aplastic anemia (SAA).
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Philippines fines Sanofi, suspends clearance for Dengvaxia

January 4, 2018 - 1:08am
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has fined Sanofi $2,000 and suspended clearance for the French drug maker's controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, citing violations on product registration and marketing, its health secretary said on Thursday.
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How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

January 4, 2018 - 12:56am
LONDON (Reuters) - Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday.
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Australia to permit medicinal cannabis exports in bid to capture lucrative market

January 4, 2018 - 12:36am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.
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Monsanto wins support from 11 U.S. states in California cancer dispute

January 3, 2018 - 6:46pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co has won support from eleven U.S. states in its attempt to stop California from requiring cancer warnings on products containing glyphosate, ratcheting up a legal fight over the company's popular weed killer.
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Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects

January 3, 2018 - 6:44pm
(Reuters Health) - - Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a U.S. recent study suggests.
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Momenta, Mylan plan trial of biosimilar to Regeneron eye drug

January 3, 2018 - 5:43pm
(Reuters) - Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc and Mylan NV plan to begin a pivotal clinical trial of a biosimilar to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's blockbuster eye drug Eylea in the first half of this year, the two companies said on Wednesday.
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Heart benefit of moderate drinking greater in wealthy people

January 3, 2018 - 4:59pm
(Reuters Health) - - People who enjoy a few cocktails each week may be less likely to die from heart disease than people who rarely or never drink, especially if they’re rich, a Norwegian study suggests.
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Click bait ads are tied to teen smoking

January 3, 2018 - 3:53pm
(Reuters Health) - - Teens who engage with online tobacco ads are more likely to start smoking than their peers who aren’t lured by digital marketing campaigns, a U.S. study suggests.
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FDA issues recall on J&J heart device

January 3, 2018 - 2:44pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued a recall of a heart device made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson due to a faulty valve, following a recall by the company in June.
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