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U.S. faces oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken: Sanderson Farms

January 17, 2018 - 5:53am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Supplies of chicken raised without antibiotics are outstripping demand, a major U.S. poultry producer said on Tuesday, a sign of overproduction that could eat into processors' profits.

Trump is fit for duty, but should hit the gym: White House doctor

January 17, 2018 - 5:31am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump passed a test for signs of dementia and is in overall excellent health, but needs to shed weight by cutting calories, fats and carbohydrates and starting a daily exercise routine, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

Childhood bullying linked to suicide risk for teens

January 17, 2018 - 3:46am
(Reuters Health) - Adolescents who experienced severe bullying by their peers earlier in childhood may be more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts than teens who weren’t routinely victimized by other kids, a Canadian study suggests.

WHO recommends yellow fever shot to Sao Paulo visitors

January 17, 2018 - 2:57am
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the whole of Sao Paulo state, which includes Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, should be considered at risk for yellow fever and recommended foreign travelers get vaccinated before visiting.

White House doctor says Trump in 'excellent' overall health

January 17, 2018 - 2:40am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

Early puberty puts women at higher risk for heart disease and stroke

January 17, 2018 - 2:38am
(Reuters Health) - Girls who start menstruating before they’re 12 years old may have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke later in life than their peers who go through puberty later, a U.K. study suggests.

Longer breastfeeding tied to lower diabetes risk for mothers

January 17, 2018 - 12:45am
(Reuters Health) - Mothers who nurse their babies now have another reason to continue as long as they can: longer periods of breastfeeding are associated with a lower risk of diabetes even decades later, a U.S. study suggests.

FDA expects IV fluid shortage to improve in coming weeks, months

January 17, 2018 - 12:32am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it expects a shortage of intravenous saline fluids for hospitals due to damage to key manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico to improve over the coming weeks and months.

FDA to speed review of medical products for use by military

January 16, 2018 - 10:57pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Defense launched a program on Tuesday to speed the development and review of medical products needed by the military, such as freeze-dried plasma that could prevent wounded troops from bleeding to death.

Positive Keytruda lung cancer data sends Merck shares up 6 percent

January 16, 2018 - 10:33pm
(Reuters) - Positive lung cancer results for Merck & Co Inc's blockbuster drug Keytruda assuaged investor concerns about delays in testing and the withdrawal of an application for European use of the drug, sending the drugmaker's shares up more than 6 percent.

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup

January 16, 2018 - 10:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade.

Newer weight-reduction surgery effective, but may worsen acid reflux

January 16, 2018 - 9:57pm
(Reuters Health) - The two most popular types of weight-reduction surgery are almost equally effective at shedding pounds, reversing diabetes and possibly improving survival.

FDA to speed review of medical products used by military

January 16, 2018 - 9:38pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Defense launched a program on Tuesday to speed up the development of drugs that could be used by military personnel.

UnitedHealth raises 2018 profit outlook, to take benefit from tax law

January 16, 2018 - 9:24pm
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday raised its outlook for 2018 earnings per share by more than 16 percent due to the U.S. corporate tax cut and said it will speed up technology investments that aim to cut customer costs.

UK drugs regulator plays down Brexit disruption threat

January 16, 2018 - 7:34pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's drugs regulator said on Tuesday it would work to minimize disruption caused by the country leaving the European Union and spelt out plans to allay some of the worst fears of pharmaceutical companies.

Eiger to abandon blood pressure drug after trial failure

January 16, 2018 - 7:25pm
(Reuters) - Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday it would stop development of its drug to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure, after it failed in a mid-stage study.

UnitedHealth raises 2018 profit outlook citing tax benefits

January 16, 2018 - 6:57pm
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday raised its outlook for 2018 earnings per share by more than 16 percent due to the U.S. corporate tax cuts and said it would speed up investments in data analytics and technology to better serve consumers.

UnitedHealth's results top estimates, raises 2018 profit outlook

January 16, 2018 - 6:46pm
(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc beat analysts' estimates with its fourth-quarter profit and revenue and raised its forecast for full-year earnings per share, citing gains from lower federal taxes.

Eiger BioPharma abandons blood pressure drug after failed study

January 16, 2018 - 6:44pm
(Reuters) - Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday it would stop testing its drug ubenimex for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure, after the drug failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study.

Merck's Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in combination trial

January 16, 2018 - 6:26pm
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's blockbuster drug Keytruda in combination with two chemotherapy drugs was successful as a first line treatment for lung cancer, results from a key late-stage study showed on Tuesday.

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