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Novartis data suggest payers getting breaks on gene therapy Zolgensma

Novartis sales data on Tuesday suggested the Swiss drugmaker is reaping less than the $2.1 million U.S. list price for its gene therapy Zolgensma, as insurers may be getting breaks on the world's..
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New App More Effective for Heart Patients

Forget doctor's instructions: New research shows a smartphone app is the best way to get heart patients to remember to take their medicines.
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Idorsia's Clozel says recruitment delay won't dent Fabry drug prospects

Fledgling Swiss biotech Idorsia has suffered delays in recruiting patients for a key trial of its experimental lucerastat drug but that will not damage its commercial prospects, founder Jean-Paul..
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8 Exercises to Avoid After 40

Working out comes with numerous health benefits but what you do in the gym may not always be good for your body, especially if you are getting older.
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New Alzheimer's Drug Improves Memory

Biogen Inc. on Tuesday made a surprising reversal on its Alzheimer's treatment with plans now to seek U.S. regulatory approval, after data from more patients in two discontinued studies showed that the..
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Reckitt Benckiser: no kidding


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Climate change hampers progress on fighting epidemics: Global Fund

Climate change is making it harder to eradicate deadly epidemics, with rising temperatures helping mosquitoes spread malaria in higher places in Africa, the head of a global health fund said on..
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Biogen resurrects Alzheimer's drug; shares jump 37%

Biogen Inc on Tuesday made a surprising reversal on its Alzheimer's treatment with plans now to seek U.S. regulatory approval, after data from more patients in two discontinued studies showed that the..
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Trump administration says Obamacare plan premiums to fall

Monthly premiums for an average 2020 Obamacare health insurance plan will fall about 4 percent from this year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Trump administration, which has tried to..
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Bristol-Myers' immunotherapies show promise in lung cancer trial; shares rise

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Tuesday an interim analysis of a late-stage trial testing a combination of its immuno-oncology drugs Opdivo and Yervoy met the main goal of extending life of previously..
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Biogen to seek Alzheimer’s drug approval

Shares jump 35% as biotech reverses course after abandoning treatment earlier this year
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Kenya launches first breast milk bank to help newborns

The five mothers sat in a bright blue room in Kenya's largest maternity hospital waiting to pump breast milk - but not for their own newborns.
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Northern Ireland abortion and same-sex marriage laws change

Abortion is now decriminalised and same-sex marriage is to be legalised in Northern Ireland.
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What are the UK's laws on abortion?

MPs in London voted for abortion laws to be changed in Northern Ireland.
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Eating disorders: Over-65s unable to access some clinics

Over-65s with eating disorders are being prevented from accessing specialist clinics.
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'Ask about sexual orientation to improve LGBT inequalities'

Hospitals and care homes should be fined if they do not ask about sexual orientation, MPs say.
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Drug firms avert landmark opioid trial as talks on $48-billion settlement set to resume

Four large drug companies could resume talks on Tuesday to try to reach a $48 billion settlement of all opioid litigation against them, after agreeing with two Ohio counties to a $260 million deal to..
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Viewpoint: Let's not wait any longer for the male pill

Blurring of traditional gender roles could finally mean that the male pill is on the horizon.
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October brings losses for short sellers in U.S. opioid-related shares

October has been a rough month for short sellers betting against companies at the heart of the opioid crisis, although those traders still have paper profits of almost $600 million for the year,..
Reuters - Published

Drugstore drones: UPS will fly CVS prescriptions to U.S. customers

United Parcel Service Inc's new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start home prescription delivery from CVS Health Corp.
Reuters - Published

Vertex prices cystic fibrosis combo treatment at $311,000-per-year

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc has priced its three-drug combination for cystic fibrosis (CF) at $311,503 per year, after winning early U.S. approval on Monday.
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Movement during class improves students' academic abilities

(Reuters Health) - When academic classes include physical activity, like squats or running in place, students do better on tests, a new study suggests.
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Drug groups and US states propose $48bn opioid settlement

Four plaintiffs aim to persuade others to sign on to deal framework
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Executive pay: investors ensure the excess is over

Shareholders have demanded restraint at Smith & Nephew and Standard Chartered
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Doctors still need to tell parents about safe infant sleep practices

(Reuters Health) - Parents are more likely to follow safe infant sleep practices when doctors tell them clearly what to do and what to avoid, to minimize the chances of babies getting injured or dying..
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Democratic 2020 hopeful Warren still weighing Medicare for All financing options

White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is taking heat from her Democratic rivals for her demurrals when asked whether her Medicare for All healthcare plan would require raising taxes on middle-class..
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Breastfeeding tied to lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure

(Reuters Health) - Women who breastfeed may be less likely to develop diabetes and high blood pressure, a research review suggests.
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Massachusetts vaping sales ban can stand but needs fixes: judge

A Massachusetts judge on Monday declined to immediately halt a ban on the sale of vaping products adopted after an outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries, but he said the state must redo the ban..
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Pro Soccer Players More Likely To Develop Dementia

Former professional soccer players have a significantly increased risk of death from brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, a new study finds.
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FDA approves Vertex Pharma's combo treatment for cystic fibrosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's combination treatment for a rare condition called cystic fibrosis, the agency said on Monday.
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Study Links Asbestos in Talcum Powder to Deadly Cancer

As concerns about baby powder being contaminated with asbestos mount, a new study finds a link between such contamination and a rare and deadly form of cancer.
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Opioid talks with Teva, distributors could resume Tuesday: attorney

Talks to reach a settlement of thousands of lawsuits stemming from the U.S. opioid addiction crisis could resume as soon as Tuesday, an attorney for local governments said on Monday.
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Deciding to donate a loved one's organs

How doctors and nurses help families reach a difficult decision which could save a stranger's life.
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Trump urges quicker action to allow imported drugs from Canada

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar to speed up the administration's efforts to allow cheaper medicines to be imported from Canada.
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GSK agrees €1bn sale of two vaccines

UK drugmaker offloads assets as it focuses on profitable and new products
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Judge orders Massachusetts to redo parts of vaping ban

A Massachusetts judge on Monday ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely unlawful,..
Reuters - Published

Study shows more thinking problems in former pro soccer players

(Reuters Health) - A study of more than a thousand former professional soccer players has uncovered significantly more deaths from brain disease than among non-players.
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Drug companies reach $260 million opioid settlement with Ohio counties, averting landmark trial

Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, striking a deal with two Ohio counties to avert the first federal..
Reuters - Published

Prime editing: DNA tool could correct 89% of genetic defects

New technology - called prime editing - is like a "genetic word processor" able to re-write DNA.
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Opioids Prescribed to 1 in 5 Who Get Pacemaker

Opioid painkillers are prescribed to 1 in 5 patients who get a pacemaker or other implantable heart device, a new study finds.
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Get the Fruits and Vegetables You Need Without Spending a Fortune

If you want to eat healthier by skipping processed, packaged foods, it is possible to keep costs under control and still get in the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
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Hidden Dangers in Bargain Beauty Products

You may luck out and find beauty products on sale at reputable retailers. But beware of prices that seem too good to be true on the internet or from sellers that may not be around tomorrow.
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'George Michael' comment NHS doctor struck off

The NHS bowel surgeon told patients to "assume the George Michael position", a tribunal hears.
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Unexpected Factor May Predict Your Risk of Dementia

Could your personality as a teen forecast your risk for dementia a half-century later? Very possibly, say researchers, who found that dementia risk is lower among seniors who were calm, mature and..
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