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Exercise improves asthma in obese adults

March 16, 2018 - 1:30pm
Reuters Health - Exercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found.
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Employee health plans charge smokers extra but don’t help them quit

March 16, 2018 - 9:52am
Reuters Health - Almost half of small employers that charge tobacco users extra for their health insurance don’t offer wellness programs to help employees stop smoking, according to a recent study.
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Lundbeck to buy Parkinson's drug developer in potential $1.1 billion deal

March 16, 2018 - 7:59am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lundbeck agreed to buy Prexton Therapeutics, a specialist in treatments for brain disorders, in a deal potentially worth $1.1 billion, the Danish drugmaker said on Friday.
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Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

March 16, 2018 - 7:12am
LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday.
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Coastal waters tied to swimmers’ risk of infections

March 15, 2018 - 4:38pm
(Reuters Health) - Even relatively clean coastal waters are likely to harbor microbes that raise the risk of stomach aches, ear infections and diarrhea for those who venture in, according to a review of over 40 previous studies.
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Pedestrian-friendly road design law tied to fewer traffic deaths

March 15, 2018 - 3:32pm
(Reuters Health) - Pedestrian deaths have decreased significantly in Florida since the state implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates walkers and cyclists from the beginning, according to a new study.
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Sexual orientation top risk for suicidal thoughts in college freshmen

March 15, 2018 - 3:16pm
(Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of first-year college students have thought about suicide, according to a study across eight countries, and non-heterosexual identity or feelings were the biggest risks for this kind of thinking or behavior.
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South Africa's listeria outbreak in early stages, will spread: minister

March 15, 2018 - 12:28pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The worst listeria outbreak on record is only in its early stages and will likely infect more people in South Africa and the region, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.
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FDA takes fresh step towards curbing U.S. nicotine addiction

March 15, 2018 - 12:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a fresh step on Thursday towards setting a maximum nicotine level for tobacco products in a bid to lower tobacco-related deaths across the country, saying it would collect public comment and scientific research over the next three months.
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Green Crack, Blue Dream, Gorilla Glue: The problem of pricing pot

March 15, 2018 - 12:09pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2014, as Jonathan Rubin and Ian Laird considered investing in the booming U.S. cannabis industry, they hit a problem: How to value pot start-ups with little verified data on the price of the weed itself?
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Probiotics during pregnancy tied to lower eczema risk for kids

March 15, 2018 - 11:51am
(Reuters Health) - Women who take probiotics while they’re pregnant and breastfeeding could be less likely to have children with eczema than mothers who don’t, a research review suggests.
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Many transgender patients pay cash for gender-affirming surgery

March 15, 2018 - 11:51am
(Reuters Health) - Even though a growing number of transgender patients now use insurance for gender-affirming surgery, almost half are still paying cash for procedures their health plans don’t cover, a U.S. study suggests.
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ATM pharmacy to cut queues for South Africa's AIDS patients

March 15, 2018 - 11:08am
ALEXANDRA, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa has launched an ATM-like vending machine to dispense medicines to patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS in a move aimed at reducing waiting times and congestion in public healthcare facilities.
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Alexion's second rare blood disorder drug could fortify future revenue

March 15, 2018 - 10:20am
(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat a rare blood disorder showed in an eagerly awaited study that it was not inferior to its flagship drug, Soliris, paving the way for the company to establish a dominant position in the market as competition looms.
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South Africa to back anyone pursuing legal action in listeria outbreak

March 15, 2018 - 7:39am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's health minister said on Thursday the government would support anyone intending court action over the worst listeria outbreak in history that has killed 180 people since January last year.
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Alexion's rare blood disorder drug succeeds in late-stage study

March 15, 2018 - 6:11am
(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday its experimental drug to treat patients with a rare blood disorder met the main goal in a late-stage study, sending its shares up 18 percent in premarket trading.
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Federal judge blocks Down syndrome abortion ban in Ohio

March 14, 2018 - 11:44pm
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law due to take effect later this month that would criminalize abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis, ruling that it violates a woman's right to choose.
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Birth defect rate pegged at 7 percent for babies born to Zika-infected women

March 14, 2018 - 4:21pm
(Reuters Health) - A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7 percent chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13 percent if she becomes ill during the first trimester, a new study conducted in French territories in the Americas has concluded.
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Patients face high out-of-pocket fees for imaging

March 14, 2018 - 4:03pm
(Reuters Health) - Patients with private health insurance often face high out-of-pocket fees for advanced imaging, a U.S. study suggests.
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South Dakota sues opioid makers as litigation swells

March 14, 2018 - 3:22pm
(Reuters) - South Dakota on Wednesday sued three major drugmakers, accusing them of deceptively marketing prescription opioids and contributing to a nationwide epidemic.
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