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Immune boosting virus could be used to treat brain tumors

January 3, 2018 - 2:01pm
LONDON (Reuters) - A trial of a potential new brain cancer treatment has shown that a virus injected directly into the bloodstream can reach tumors deep inside the brain and switch on the body's own defense system to attack them.
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Age may be a factor in facial skin cancer treatment

January 3, 2018 - 12:59pm
(Reuters Health) – - In very elderly patients, less aggressive skin cancers on the face might not always need to be treated, a new study suggests.
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Spark to charge $850,000 per patient for blindness gene therapy

January 3, 2018 - 11:10am
(Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc said on Wednesday it will charge $850,000 per patient for its breakthrough gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness, a lower than expected price that the company said reflects patient and insurer concerns about access and cost.
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Sangamo partners with Pfizer to develop gene therapy for ALS

January 3, 2018 - 8:31am
(Reuters) - Sangamo Therapeutics Inc and Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday they would work together to develop a gene therapy to treat ALS, a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
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Majority of French now favor allowing surrogate motherhood: poll

January 3, 2018 - 3:46am
PARIS (Reuters) - A majority of French people would favor allowing surrogate motherhood, though primarily only for medical reasons, a poll showed on Wednesday, highlighting a shift in attitudes as France prepares to review laws relating to assisted reproduction.
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Novartis breast cancer therapy gets FDA breakthrough designation

January 3, 2018 - 1:56am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis's Kisqali (ribociclib) has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration breakthrough therapy designation for treating some breast cancer patients, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday.
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Drugmakers raise 2018 U.S. prices, stick to self-imposed limits

January 2, 2018 - 5:35pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drugmakers opened the new year by raising U.S. prices on dozens of medicines, but early data showed the increases generally remained within a 10 percent self-imposed limit in response to a backlash from consumers and politicians.
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Atrial fibrillation more deadly in rural U.S. hospitals

January 2, 2018 - 3:05pm
(Reuters Health) - - Among U.S. patients hospitalized for the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, those in rural areas may be more likely to die than their urban counterparts, a new study suggests.
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Race may matter in hospital care for preemies

January 2, 2018 - 2:15pm
(Reuters Health) - Among the tiniest preemies, black and Hispanic infants are more likely than white babies to be born at hospitals with worse death and complication rates, a study in New York City suggests.
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FDA issues recall on J&J heart device

January 2, 2018 - 2:11pm
(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.
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New drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017

January 2, 2018 - 1:36pm
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. drug approvals hit a 21-year high in 2017, with 46 novel medicines winning a green light -- more than double the previous year -- while the figure also rose in the European Union.
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Traumatic events increase headaches and migraines

January 2, 2018 - 12:40pm
(Reuters Health) - - Teens exposed to traumatic or terror events may have a higher risk for weekly and daily migraines, according to a study of adolescents who survived a terror attack in Norway.
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Immune cells linked to very early spread of breast cancer

January 2, 2018 - 11:44am
(Reuters Health) - Normal immune cells that live near milk ducts in healthy breast tissue may play a key role in helping early breast cancer cells leave the breast for other parts of the body, researchers say.
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Starting new COPD inhaler tied to heart attack risk

January 2, 2018 - 11:40am
(Reuters Health) - People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who use long-acting inhaled bronchodilators may have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes right after they start taking these medicines, a Taiwanese study suggests.
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Drinking hot tea linked to lowered glaucoma risk

January 1, 2018 - 1:43pm
(Reuters Health) - People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, U.S. researchers say.
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Regular carry-out meals linked to higher body and blood fats in kids

January 1, 2018 - 1:42pm
(Reuters Health) - Children who eat restaurant carry-out, or “takeaway,” meals once a week or more tend to have extra body fat and long-term risk factors for heart disease, suggests a UK study.
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Medical jargon may cloud doctor-patient communication

January 1, 2018 - 1:40pm
(Reuters Health) - When patients misunderstand commonly used medical terms, communication and decision-making may suffer, UK researchers say.
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Informal caregiving linked to sleep problems

January 1, 2018 - 1:30pm
(Reuters Health) - For people who are in the workforce already, the added burden of unpaid caregiving for a family member or loved one may lead to insomnia and other sleep issues, according to a large study from Sweden.
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Siemens to gauge interest of state funds in Healthineers IPO: CEO

December 31, 2017 - 7:26am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens will test the appetite of sovereign wealth funds ahead of the planned listing of its healthcare unit Healthineers next year, its chief executive told a German weekly, possibly to secure anchor investors for the flotation.
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Zambia president orders military to help fight cholera spread

December 30, 2017 - 2:13am
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the military to help fight the spread of cholera, which has killed 41 people in the nation's capital and made more than 1,500 others sick since late September.
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