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Novartis touts U.S. filing plans for MS drug as patent losses loom

3 hours 46 min ago
ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis plans to file its BAF312 multiple sclerosis drug for U.S. approval within weeks, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as it seeks to refresh its portfolio of neurological medicines that is about to be hit by patent losses.

Severe combat wounds, PTSD tied to high blood pressure

6 hours 27 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Members of the military who received severe combat wounds and have chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an amplified risk of high blood pressure as well, according to a U.S. Veterans Affairs study.

Chipotle wins dismissal of investor lawsuit over foodborne illness

8 hours 24 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday won the dismissal of an investor lawsuit claiming it concealed food safety risks, causing its stock to drop after widely publicized outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in 2014 and 2015.

E-cigarettes tied to less smoking cessation

8 hours 48 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Smokers who also use e-cigarettes may be half as likely to give up tobacco as smokers who never vape at all, a European study suggests.

Chipotle wins dismissal of investor lawsuit over food-borne illness

March 22, 2018 - 11:45pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday won the dismissal of an investor lawsuit claiming it concealed food safety risks, causing its stock to drop after widely publicized outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in 2014 and 2015.

Austrian lawmakers vote to hinder smoking ban in restaurants and bars

March 22, 2018 - 10:29pm
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to scrap an impending ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, backing the coalition government despite opposition from health campaigners and opposition parties.

More preemies developing motor impairments

March 22, 2018 - 9:21pm
(Reuters Health) - More than one-third of extremely premature and underweight babies have cerebral palsy or other motor impairments that can make it hard for them to do basic things like ride a bike or use a fork, an Australian study suggests.

AbbVie's lung cancer drug data disappoints; shares slump

March 22, 2018 - 9:10pm
(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc's experimental lung cancer drug data was not effective enough to seek a faster approval, in a setback to the company's efforts to build its cancer drug pipeline and cut dependence on its blockbuster Humira.

Patient information might end up in hospital recycling

March 22, 2018 - 9:09pm
(Reuters Health) - The move to electronic health records comes amid laws in most places requiring patient personal information to be protected, but it may also be creating a new risk to patient privacy, Canadian researchers say.

AbbVie says not to seek faster approval for lung cancer drug

March 22, 2018 - 6:50pm
(Reuters) - Drugmaker AbbVie Inc said on Thursday it would not seek accelerated approval for its experimental lung cancer treatment based on the results from a mid-stage study, sending its shares down 6 percent in premarket trading.

India allocates $1.5 billion for 'Modicare' health insurance

March 22, 2018 - 5:23pm
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has allocated $1.54 billion for its ambitious health program aimed at providing insurance cover for about half the population, the health minister said on Thursday, labeling it the largest such scheme in the world.

Denmark to build wild boar fence on German border

March 22, 2018 - 4:03pm
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said Thursday it will build a 70 kilometer (43.5 mile) fence on its German border to keep out wild boars that can carry the deadly infection African swine fewer to farm pigs and threaten the country's large pork industry.

Longtime U.S. AIDS researcher picked to run CDC

March 22, 2018 - 4:18am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Longtime AIDS researcher Dr. Robert Redfield will be the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday.

Endo, others to pay $270.8 mln to resolve Lidoderm U.S. antitrust cases

March 22, 2018 - 3:37am
(Reuters) - Endo International Plc and two other companies have agreed to pay $270.8 million to resolve class action lawsuits alleging Endo paid a generic drug manufacturer to delay launching a cheaper version of its Lidoderm painkiller patch.

Gluten-free diet may still allow harmful levels of exposure

March 22, 2018 - 2:48am
(Reuters Health) - Carefully following a gluten-free diet might not protect people with celiac disease from exposure to potentially harmful amounts of gluten, new findings suggest.

Shoe inserts may not help plantar heel pain

March 22, 2018 - 12:34am
(Reuters Health) - Mass-produced shoe inserts available on drugstore shelves and customized orthotics may not work for plantar heel pain, a research review suggests.

U.S. infant mortality high even for full-term babies

March 22, 2018 - 12:25am
(Reuters Health) - Infant mortality rates for full-term babies vary across the U.S., but all states are worse than many European countries, a new study suggests.

Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

March 21, 2018 - 11:35pm
(Reuters) - British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally.

Britain's use of copycat biotech drugs takes off while U.S. lags

March 21, 2018 - 11:05pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Cut-price copies of an expensive Roche biotech drug for blood cancer have taken 80 percent of the British market since launching last year, saving the healthcare system 80 million pounds ($113 million) a year, experts said on Wednesday.

Germany confirms H5N6 bird flu case on island farm

March 21, 2018 - 10:30pm
HAMBURG (Reuters) - German authorities have confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm on an island off the German North Sea coast, the Schleswig-Holstein state agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.