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Roche to pay $2.4 billion to buy rest of Foundation Medicine

June 19, 2018 - 12:57am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG has agreed to pay $137 per share to buy the rest of Foundation Medicine (FMI) , a $2.4 billion transaction that values the U.S. genomic profiling group at $5.3 billion, the partners said on Tuesday.
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Marriage tied to lower risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes

June 18, 2018 - 5:45pm
(Reuters Health) - People who are married may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren't, a research review suggests.
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Parents say teens' time alone with pediatricians is important

June 18, 2018 - 5:12pm
(Reuters Health) - Most parents believe their adolescents should spend time alone with the pediatrician during routine visits to talk about any concerns or questions, according to a new study.
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More weight loss tied to less knee pain for obese people

June 18, 2018 - 4:24pm
(Reuters Health) - Obese people with knee osteoarthritis, a painful joint disease, may find greater symptom relief when they lose larger amounts of weight than when they shed fewer pounds, a recent study suggests.
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With FDA input, compassionate use programs appear to work well: study

June 18, 2018 - 3:34pm
(Reuters Health) - When terminally ill Americans receive experimental medicines through so-called "compassionate use" programs, they typically only get these drugs after extensive tests for safety and effectiveness, a U.S. study suggests.
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After law change, Greek medicinal users hope to enter cannabis business

June 18, 2018 - 1:02pm
XYLOKASTRO, Greece (Reuters) - Konstantinos Syros turned to cannabis 26 years ago after a motorcycle accident left him with deformed arm and debilitating pain that conventional treatments could not assuage. For years he had to buy it illegally. Now, he plans to grow it himself.
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UK signals changes on medicinal cannabis use after epileptic boy's case

June 18, 2018 - 10:43am
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will look into possible changes to rules on the use of cannabis-based medicines, a minister said on Monday, after an epileptic boy whose medication was confiscated was hospitalized.
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FDA declines to approve Valeant's plaque psoriasis lotion

June 18, 2018 - 10:42am
(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc's plaque psoriasis treatment did not get approval from U.S. health regulators, a setback for the company which had high hopes for the lotion.
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Gaming addiction classified as mental health disorder by WHO

June 18, 2018 - 10:30am
LONDON - Many parents already have concerns, but some may now have a new argument for limiting their children's 'screen time' - addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organization as a mental health disorder.
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Roche SMA drug shines in study as costly new therapies advance

June 18, 2018 - 9:39am
ZURICH (Reuters) - A drug being co-developed by Roche to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) helped improve development scores in babies with the genetic disease, a study released on Monday showed, as the race heats up for therapies destined to be among the drug industry's most expensive.
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FDA declines to approve Valeant's plaque psoriasis treatment

June 18, 2018 - 7:29am
(Reuters) - Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said on Monday that U.S. health regulators had declined to approve its lotion to treat plaque psoriasis, citing questions related to certain data.
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UK PM May's healthcare funding rise wins broad cabinet support: spokesman

June 18, 2018 - 6:39am
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's pledge to increase healthcare funding by 20 billion pounds ($26.51 billion) won broad approval from her cabinet of top ministers on Monday, her spokesman said.
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Israel's DreaMed gets FDA ok for diabetes management software

June 18, 2018 - 6:31am
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's DreaMed Diabetes said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved for marketing its Advisor Pro software to help manage diabetes treatment.
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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

June 18, 2018 - 6:09am
GENEVA (Reuters) - Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
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Britain's May pledges 20 billion extra pounds for healthcare post-Brexit

June 17, 2018 - 4:36am
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Sunday to increase funding for the National Health Service by 20 billion pounds ($26.57 billion) after Brexit, funded by money no longer spent on membership of the European Union and possible tax rises.
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Britain's May to pledge 20-billion-pound health service cash boost: reports

June 16, 2018 - 4:57pm
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge a cash boost to the National Health Service, to be funded partly from tax hikes and partly from money that will no longer be going to the European Union after Brexit, newspapers reported on Saturday.
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Theranos founder Holmes, former president indicted for fraud

June 16, 2018 - 11:59am
(Reuters) - Theranos Inc founder Elizabeth Holmes and the embattled blood-testing company's former president were indicted on charges that they engaged in schemes to defraud investors, doctors and patients, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday.
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UK authorities release confiscated cannabis after boy hospitalized

June 16, 2018 - 7:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's interior minister used an exceptional power on Saturday to release medicinal cannabis oil that had been confiscated from an epileptic boy who was later hospitalized suffering from seizures.
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Compound to treat Alzheimer's shows promise in mice

June 15, 2018 - 4:38pm
Researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York have made a component, RU-505, which can be used to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease in mice. Roselle Chen reports.
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Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food: study

June 15, 2018 - 4:18pm
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans.
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