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California judge tosses $417 million talc cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson

8 hours 15 min ago
(Reuters) - A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.
Categories: Health

Peru Congress passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

8 hours 23 min ago
LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late on Thursday with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.
Categories: Health

GlaxoSmithKline adult shingles vaccine wins U.S. approval

9 hours 34 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline's Shingrix shingles vaccine for use in adults aged 50 and over, a move widely expected after an advisory panel to the agency last month voted unanimously to recommend its approval, the company announced on Friday.
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DBV Technologies peanut allergy drug fails key study

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:27
(Reuters) - DBV Technologies SA said on Friday its peanut allergy treatment did not meet the main goal in a highly anticipated late-stage study, sending its U.S.-listed shares sharply down.
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Does diabetes make a heart attack feel different?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:12
(Reuters Health) - People with diabetes may not always feel classic symptoms like acute chest pain when they have a heart attack, according to a small study that offers a potential explanation for why these episodes are more deadly for diabetics.
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With time, shoe inserts may help ease plantar heel pain

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:58
(Reuters Health) - It could take a little time for orthotic shoe inserts to help relieve plantar heel pain, but the prefabricated versions sold in drugstores may work just as well as more expensive custom alternatives, a recent study suggests.
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Pharmacist's 'deadly' choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:23
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients' lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer.
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Follow-up care for acute kidney injury may be lacking

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:52
(Reuters Health) - Kidney specialists recommend follow-up care for most patients who have experienced acute kidney injury, but only a minority of patients have been getting that care, according to a Canadian study.
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Frailty, loss of mental function independently affect elderly survival

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:17
(Reuters Health) - Frail older people don’t live as long as their stronger peers, and loss of mental function further increases their risk of death, recent research shows.
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FDA teams with medical companies in Puerto Rico to tackle shortages

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:35
(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the agency was working with several pharmaceutical and medical device companies in Puerto Rico to prevent shortages of medical products in the United States as it joins a massive effort to help rebuild the island that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
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Prosecutors seek pharmacist's conviction over U.S. meningitis outbreak

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:12
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a "depraved heart" while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs.
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Plague kills 94 in Madagascar, WHO says working to prevent spread

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:37
GENEVA (Reuters) - A plague epidemic has killed 94 people on the island of Madagascar and could spread further, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
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Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:50
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.
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Toxic firecracker haze darkens Indian capital after festival of lights

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:38
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Air pollution in New Delhi hit 18 times the healthy limit on Friday under a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali - despite a court-ordered ban on their sales.
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Australia's second largest state edges towards permitting euthanasia

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:34
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The parliament of Australia's second largest state passed legislation on Friday to allow terminally ill patients to seek medical help to end their lives, a bill that is expected to act as a catalyst for the rest of the country to adopt similar laws.
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Imprimis Pharma to take on Allergan's Restasis with cheaper product

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:29
(Reuters) - Shares of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc sky-rocketed as much as 91 percent on Thursday, after the company said it would launch a cheaper alternative to Allergan Plc's controversial dry eye drug, Restasis, by next month.
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White House says rollback of Obamacare must be part of short-term fix

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior White House aide said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump would demand steps toward repealing Obamacare in any healthcare legislation, comments that cast doubt on the prospects for a short-term bill to shore up insurance markets.
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Celgene abandons Crohn's drug trials, shares drop

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:28
(Reuters) - Celgene Corp said it would abandon testing a drug to treat Crohn's disease, in a major setback to the U.S. biotechnology company's pipeline amid attempts to lower dependence on its mainstay Revilimid.
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Merck cyber attack may cost insurers $275 million: Verisk's PCS

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:26
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Insurers could pay $275 million to cover the insured portion of drugmaker Merck & Co's loss from a cyber attack in June, according to a forecast by Verisk Analytics Inc's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit.
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More Republican senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition, but still faced an uphill battle.
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