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U.S. seeks time to consider joining opioid litigation

March 2, 2018 - 11:11am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors to give it 30 days to decide whether to participate in the litigation.
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Biogen, AbbVie withdraw multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta

March 2, 2018 - 11:01am
(Reuters) - Biogen Inc and AbbVie Inc have withdrawn their multiple sclerosis drug, the companies said on Friday, following reports of eight cases of inflammation of the brain, prompting the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to start an urgent review.
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Children's and parents’ experience of hospital stays don’t always match

March 2, 2018 - 10:02am
(Reuters Health) - Young patients and their parents may often disagree on what the child’s experience in the hospital was really like, according to a study in the UK that found differing perceptions on issues such as safety, decision-making and privacy.
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Overwhelmed health system to blame for Kenya hospital mix-up: doctors

March 2, 2018 - 5:52am
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's doctors' union defended staff at the largest referral hospital on Friday after they were suspended for operating on the wrong patient.
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Trump urges lawsuit against opioid companies, tougher sentences for dealers

March 1, 2018 - 6:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, arguing that the government must take a strong approach to combat an opioid addiction epidemic.
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Breast cancer patients may misjudge how they’ll feel after mastectomy

March 1, 2018 - 1:39pm
(Reuters Health) - Women who have one or both breasts removed to treat cancer may have unrealistic expectations about how they’ll feel after that surgery and after breast reconstruction, if they choose that option, a U.S. study suggests.
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Worst flu season to lift U.S. hospital operator results

March 1, 2018 - 1:07pm
(Reuters) - One of the most severe flu seasons in the United States this past decade is proving to be a shot in the arm for U.S. hospital operators that have struggled with tepid patient admissions in recent quarters.
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Big pharma, big data: why drugmakers want your health records

March 1, 2018 - 5:44am
LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmakers are racing to scoop up patient health records and strike deals with technology companies as big data analytics start to unlock a trove of information about how medicines perform in the real world.
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Life expectancy in England and Wales shortens: research

March 1, 2018 - 3:15am
LONDON (Reuters) - Life expectancy for people in England and Wales aged 65 at the beginning of 2018 has shortened by two months compared with a year earlier, research showed on Thursday.
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Mylan teams up with Revance on biosimilar for Botox

February 28, 2018 - 6:41pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mylan NV on Wednesday struck a licensing agreement with Revance Therapeutics Inc to develop a biosimilar of Allergan Plc's blockbuster Botox wrinkle treatment.
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Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria invade airways

February 28, 2018 - 4:59pm
(Reuters Health) - People who smoke e-cigarettes might have an increased risk of developing pneumonia because the vapor could help bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, a small experiment suggests.
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FDA approves Sorrento's non-opioid painkiller patch, shares jump

February 28, 2018 - 3:49pm
(Reuters) - Sorrento Therapeutics Inc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ZTlido, its non-opioid painkiller patch for nerve pain related to shingles, which it plans to launch later this year.
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Real-time glucose monitor helps people with risky diabetes problem

February 28, 2018 - 3:31pm
(Reuters Health) - Continuous glucose monitoring devices may reduce episodes of dangerously-low blood sugar in adults with type 1 diabetes who suffer from so-called hypoglycemic unawareness, researchers say.
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Doctor admits disclosing patient info to drugmaker Aegerion

February 28, 2018 - 3:07pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Georgia pediatric cardiologist pleaded guilty on Wednesday to wrongfully disclosing information about his young patients to an Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc sales representative seeking to identify potential new users of an expensive cholesterol drug.
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Another reason to worry about overcrowded emergency rooms

February 28, 2018 - 2:10pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients are more likely to be misdiagnosed or experience treatment delays when emergency rooms are so crowded that they receive care in a hallway, a survey of physicians suggests.
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Coca-Cola defeats U.S. lawsuit over Diet Coke ads

February 28, 2018 - 12:42pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Coca-Cola Co's advertising for Diet Coke misleads people into thinking that consuming the soft drink assists in weight loss, and that it actually causes weight gain.
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Netherlands confirms highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu outbreak

February 28, 2018 - 12:07pm
PARIS (Reuters) - The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a farm in the northern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs.
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Yes, working hard in high school can pay off later

February 28, 2018 - 11:49am
(Reuters Health) - High school students who are responsible and have solid reading and writing skills may be more likely to succeed in college and go on to snag a high-paying, prestigious job than their classmates who slack off, a new study confirms.
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Europe follows FDA with plans to help early Alzheimer's drugs

February 28, 2018 - 10:26am
LONDON (Reuters) - European regulators are following in the footsteps of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with plans to help pharmaceutical companies win approval for novel Alzheimer's drugs that treat the earliest stages of the memory-robbing disease.
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AstraZeneca spins off autoimmune drugs into new biotech company

February 28, 2018 - 2:05am
LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca is spinning off six early-stage experimental drugs into a new $250 million standalone biotech company focused on severe autoimmune diseases.
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