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Pharmacist tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak gets eight years in prison

January 31, 2018 - 1:00pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more.
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Director of CDC resigns over financial conflicts: officials

January 31, 2018 - 11:13am
(Reuters) - Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald has resigned her post as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over financial conflicts of interest, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Wednesday.
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Japan's revised smoking measures threaten smoky 2020 Olympics, critics say

January 31, 2018 - 8:38am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese doctors on Wednesday raised concerns about the government's latest effort to prevent second-hand smoking, saying it could lead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo being held in an "extremely smoky environment".
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Southeast Asia a 'hotspot' for antibiotic abuse, FAO official says

January 31, 2018 - 8:37am
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistant to treatment.
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EU executive rebuffs Italy's push to host drugs regulator

January 31, 2018 - 7:57am
BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - The European Union executive on Wednesday brushed off a renewed Italian bid to host the bloc's drug agency after Brexit, saying calls to give the body to Milan were election campaigning.
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Pharmacist to be sentenced for role in U.S. meningitis outbreak

January 31, 2018 - 7:04am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist is set to be sentenced on Wednesday after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more.
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EU decision on EMA move to Amsterdam is done: EU Commissioner

January 31, 2018 - 6:45am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's decision to move the European Medicines Authority to Amsterdam after Brexit is a done deal, the bloc's health commissioner said on Wednesday.
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EU proposes joint studies to speed acceptance of new medicine

January 31, 2018 - 6:12am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday joint clinical assessments to determine whether approved new drugs and medical devices offer value for money and should be prescribed for patients within national healthcare systems.
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Sanofi and partner seek European Medicines Agency review for sleep sickness product

January 31, 2018 - 2:20am
PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi, along with its business partner, has asked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to review the fexinidazole product for the treatment of sleeping sickness, the company said on Wednesday.
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Trump urges U.S. Congress to back 'right to try' for terminally ill

January 31, 2018 - 1:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said in his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that he wants lawmakers to support the "right to try" for terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies not approved by federal authorities.
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Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan partner to cut U.S. healthcare costs

January 30, 2018 - 9:52pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inc , Berkshire Hathaway Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Tuesday they will form a company to cut health costs for hundreds of thousands of their employees, setting up a major challenge to an inefficient U.S. healthcare system.
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Scientists urge UK to fortify flour with folic acid to limit birth defects

January 30, 2018 - 8:06pm
LONDON(Reuters) - Britain's failure to legislate to make food producers fortify flour with folic acid to help prevent babies being born with birth defects is based on flawed analysis and should be reversed, scientists said on Wednesday.
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Global cancer survival rates improve, but wide gaps remain

January 30, 2018 - 6:33pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Cancer patients' survival prospects are improving, even for some of the deadliest types such as lung cancer, but there are huge disparities between countries, particularly for children, according to a study published on Wednesday.
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Bellicum's cancer drug trials on clinical hold, shares tumble

January 30, 2018 - 5:45pm
(Reuters) - Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had placed a clinical hold on U.S. trials of the company's experimental cancer drug after three cases of brain disease linked to head trauma.
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Mediterranean diet may reduce risk of frailty in old age

January 30, 2018 - 5:41pm
(Reuters Health) - The more “Mediterranean” older adults’ diets are, the less likely they are to become frail over time, suggests an analysis of existing research.
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U.S. judge sentences Novelion's Aegerion in drug marketing case

January 30, 2018 - 5:32pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc for improperly marketing a cholesterol drug and ordered that some of the $40.1 million it agreed to pay to resolve a U.S. investigation go to the company's victims.
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Lower risk of certain cancers with the Pill applies across lifestyles

January 30, 2018 - 4:14pm
(Reuters Health) - Women who use oral contraceptives for at least a decade may be less likely to develop ovarian or endometrial malignancies, and this benefit doesn’t seem to be diminished by other lifestyle risk factors, a U.S. study suggests.
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Weight-loss surgery tied to slight increased risk of suicide

January 30, 2018 - 3:16pm
(Reuters Health) - Obese people who get surgery to lose weight are slightly more likely to attempt suicide than their counterparts who try other approaches to shed excess pounds, a Swedish study suggests.
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Wrigley lawsuit: Don't use Starburst, Skittles to sell e-cigarette liquid

January 30, 2018 - 2:05pm
(Reuters) - The chewing gum and candy company Wm Wrigley Jr Co said in a new lawsuit that a seller of e-liquid for electronic cigarettes should stop trading off its Starburst and Skittles brands in its marketing.
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Vape shops sue to block U.S. regulation covering e-cigarettes

January 30, 2018 - 1:52pm
(Reuters) - A group of vape shops in five U.S. states on Tuesday announced a trio of lawsuits challenging a rule adopted by the Food and Drug Administration that allows the regulator to treat e-cigarettes and similar devices like cigarettes.
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