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Drinking problems tied to higher risk of early dementia

March 7, 2018 - 5:30pm
(Reuters Health) - Heavy drinkers may be more likely than other adults to develop dementia, especially in middle age, a French study suggests.
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FDA's Gottlieb blames industry 'Kabuki drug pricing' for high costs

March 7, 2018 - 3:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief, Scott Gottlieb, criticized pharmacy benefit managers, health insurers and drugmakers on Wednesday for "Kabuki drug-pricing constructs" that profit the industry at the expense of consumers.
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FDA receives new reports of issues with Essure birth control device

March 7, 2018 - 3:56pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating new reports of Bayer's implanted birth control device Essure causing problems during removal, the agency said on Wednesday, two years after it slapped a warning label on the product.
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Sanofi may seek U.S. approval for Dengvaxia despite Philippines outrage

March 7, 2018 - 1:00pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi will decide shortly whether to seek regulatory approval for its dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the United States and remains committed to the medicine despite a health scare in the Philippines, a senior executive said on Wednesday.
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Selfies distort the face, plastic surgeons warn

March 7, 2018 - 12:57pm
(Reuters Health) - Selfies - or self-photographs - can distort the face and make the nose look larger than it is, according to plastic surgeons who say they’ve seen an uptick in requests for cosmetic procedures from people who want to look better in selfies.
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U.S. teens still denied morning-after pill

March 7, 2018 - 12:48pm
(Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that some U.S. teens may have trouble getting emergency contraception at pharmacies even though it’s legally available without a prescription for consumers of all ages.
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Highly processed foods tied to increased risk of certain cancers

March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
(Reuters Health) - People who consume mostly packaged foods and drinks with lots of unpronounceable ingredients may be more likely to develop certain cancers than people who subsist mostly on whole foods found in nature, a French study suggests.
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No risk of new bans on Brazil meat after probe: minister

March 7, 2018 - 11:10am
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil does not face any risks of countries instituting new bans on Brazilian meat imports after the latest phase of the "Weak Flesh" investigation into companies accused of committing fraud to avoid safety checks, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday.
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China reports highly pathogenic H5N6, H7N9 bird flu outbreaks: OIE

March 7, 2018 - 11:00am
PARIS (Reuters) - China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the Guangxi province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry.
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U.S. sailors visit Vietnamese shelter for victims of Agent Orange

March 7, 2018 - 7:04am
DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - Sailors from a U.S. aircraft carrier on Wednesday visited a Vietnamese shelter for people suffering from the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to destroy foliage.
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Irish Supreme Court clears the way for May referendum on abortion

March 7, 2018 - 6:46am
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for an abortion referendum planned for the end of May, ruling that the unborn do not have inherent constitutional rights outside the right to life in the eighth amendment of the constitution.
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Europe's medicines regulator calls for recall of Biogen, AbbVie multiple sclerosis drug

March 7, 2018 - 5:50am
(Reuters) - Europe's medicines regulator recommended the immediate suspension and recall of Biogen Inc and AbbVie Inc's multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta, following 12 reports of inflammation of the brain, three of which cases were fatal.
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Novartis, U.S. partner plan remote trials to boost participation

March 7, 2018 - 1:52am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis plans up to 10 clinical trials over three years using a U.S. partner's mobile technology to help free patients from burdensome hospital trips as the Swiss drugmaker aims to boost study participation and cut costs.
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Mississippi lawmakers approve ban on abortions after 15 weeks

March 6, 2018 - 7:11pm
(Reuters) - Mississippi lawmakers have approved a measure banning abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, moving the state a step closer to enacting the United States' most restrictive abortion law, the lieutenant governor said on Tuesday.
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Menopause symptoms linked to poor sleep quality

March 6, 2018 - 5:17pm
(Reuters Health) - Menopause symptoms make middle-aged sleep problems more likely for some women, a study from South Korea suggests.
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Opioids no better than NSAIDs for chronic back or arthritis pain

March 6, 2018 - 3:57pm
(Reuters Health) - Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are better than opioids at easing the intensity of chronic pain in the back, knees or hips, a U.S. experiment suggests.
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Argentina lawmakers present bill to legalize abortion

March 6, 2018 - 3:18pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Dozens of Argentine lawmakers of all political stripes presented a bill to legalize abortion on Tuesday, launching a debate that promised to divide a deeply Catholic nation.
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Home blood pressure monitoring during pregnancy safe, cost effective

March 6, 2018 - 2:49pm
(Reuters Health) - For pregnant women with chronic or pregnancy-related hypertension, home blood pressure monitoring could safely reduce their number of required hospital visits, suggests a small study in the UK.
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Salt tied to elevated blood pressure, even with healthy diet

March 6, 2018 - 12:30pm
(Reuters Health) - People who eat lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains may still have an increased risk of elevated blood pressure if they consume a lot of salt, a new study suggests.
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South Africa's popular sandwich shops bear brunt of listeria scare

March 6, 2018 - 12:03pm
SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - As South Africa grapples with the world's worst listeria outbreak, it is small mom-and-pop stores that dot places like the black township of Soweto that are taking a financial hit as customers fear for their lives.
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