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Lawmakers in Illinois, New York propose tackle football bans for youth

January 25, 2018 - 9:56pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois lawmaker on Thursday proposed a bill that would ban tackle football in youth sports before age 12, one day after a similar bill was reintroduced in New York.
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U.S. panel deals blow to Philip Morris tobacco device

January 25, 2018 - 6:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc should not be allowed to claim its iQOS electronic tobacco product is less risky than cigarettes, U.S. health advisers said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the company as it seeks to strengthen its portfolio of alternative nicotine devices.
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Iodine deficiency may contribute to women’s fertility problems

January 25, 2018 - 5:27pm
(Reuters Health) - Women who are deficient in iodine and trying to get pregnant may have half the chance of conceiving compared to women with healthy iodine levels, according to a recent U.S. study.
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Updated stroke guidelines expand window for clot removal, clot-busting drugs

January 25, 2018 - 5:26pm
(Reuters Health) - Many people who wake up with stroke symptoms may find doctors reluctant to provide some treatments because guidelines put a time limit on when they can be given effectively, and sleepers don't know when their symptoms appeared.
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Illumina wins $26.7 million in patent fight with Roche unit Ariosa

January 25, 2018 - 4:24pm
(Reuters) - Gene testing company Illumina on Thursday won a $26.7 million jury verdict in a U.S. lawsuit accusing rival Ariosa Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Roche Holdings AG, of using patented prenatal testing technology without authorization.
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More birth defects in U.S. areas with Zika: U.S. health officials

January 25, 2018 - 2:46pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The mosquito-born Zika virus may be responsible for an increase in birth defects in U.S. states and territories even in women who had no lab evidence of Zika exposure during pregnancy, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
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Flu deaths may be less likely with annual vaccination

January 25, 2018 - 2:37pm
(Reuters Health) - Seniors who get a flu shot every year are less likely to be hospitalized with severe influenza infections or to die from them than those who get vaccinated only sporadically, a Spanish study suggests.
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More birth defects seen in U.S. areas where Zika was present

January 25, 2018 - 1:17pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The mosquito-born Zika virus may be responsible for an excess number of birth defects in U.S. states and territories where the virus had been circulating in local mosquito populations, even in women who had no lab evidence of Zika exposure during pregnancy, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
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Kids often get incorrect blood pressure screening results

January 25, 2018 - 1:04pm
(Reuters Health) - One in four children and teens who get their blood pressure screened at routine checkups may appear to have hypertension, but that result often doesn’t hold up in repeat tests, a U.S. study suggests.
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U.S. panel rejects Philip Morris claim iQOS reduces disease risk

January 25, 2018 - 12:48pm
(Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc should not be allowed to claim that its iQOS electronic tobacco device can reduce the risks of tobacco-related diseases for smokers who completely switch from cigarettes, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel concluded on Thursday.
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With high genetic obesity risk, healthy diet has biggest effect on weight

January 25, 2018 - 12:22pm
(Reuters Health) - People who adopt a healthy diet to lose weight may get better results when they have a greater genetic risk for obesity, a U.S. study suggests.
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Philip Morris sees six million U.S. smokers switching to iQOS device if cleared

January 25, 2018 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc told a U.S. advisory panel on Wednesday that it expects around 6 million smokers to switch completely to its iQOS electronic tobacco device if the company is allowed to claim it is less risky than cigarettes.
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Advocacy group calls on McDonald's to remove antibiotics from beef, pork

January 25, 2018 - 6:47am
(Reuters) - A consumer and public health group is pressing McDonald's Corp to set a timeline for phasing out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in the beef and pork it serves, amid warnings that the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.
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France to fight cannabis use with spot fines

January 25, 2018 - 6:45am
PARIS (Reuters) - Cannabis users will soon face on-the-spot fines in France, where teenage use of the drug is among the highest in Europe, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Thursday.
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China's illegal opioids enter U.S. through Postal Service gaps: probe

January 25, 2018 - 4:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Illegal shipments of the powerful and addictive opioid fentanyl are pouring into the United States by mail from China and the U.S. Postal Service must step up the use of high-tech detection methods to fight the problem, according to a congressional report unveiled on Wednesday.
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Spark licenses blindness gene therapy rights outside U.S. to Novartis

January 24, 2018 - 7:12pm
(Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc, whose breakthrough gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness was approved by U.S. regulators in December, said on Wednesday that it had licensed rights to the drug outside the United States to Switzerland-based Novartis AG.
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Baxter to import IV saline bags from Mexico to ease U.S. shortage

January 24, 2018 - 5:43pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Baxter International informed customers on Wednesday that it has been given approval by U.S. regulators to import large saline bags from its plant in Mexico in an effort to ease hospital shortages of the product as the nation faces a severe flu season.
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Flu increases the risk of heart attack

January 24, 2018 - 5:08pm
(Reuters Health) - Influenza is already known to be deadly, but a new study suggests that the risk of heart attack is six times greater than normal while people are ill with the flu.
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U.S. sued over approval of Kentucky Medicaid work provisions

January 24, 2018 - 4:31pm
(Reuters) - A group of Kentucky residents has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's approval of new state requirements that people must work or get jobs training if they are to receive benefits from the Medicaid health insurance program.
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Massachusetts federal prosecutor: opioids, not pot, are priority

January 24, 2018 - 3:37pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' new federal prosecutor said on Wednesday he will not rule out prosecuting marijuana businesses in a state that has legalized the drug, but stressed that his focus is on the opioid epidemic.
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