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Merck's Keytruda succeeds in key lung cancer trial

January 16, 2018 - 5:42pm
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday that a key late-stage study testing its blockbuster drug Keytruda as a treatment for a type of lung cancer was successful.

U.N. hopes imports will help 'stave off famine' in Yemen as diphtheria spreads

January 16, 2018 - 4:36pm
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has authorized four U.S.-funded cranes to operate at Hodeidah port until Friday, United Nations aid agencies said on Tuesday, calling for the date to be extended to permit continued offloading of life-saving goods.

Greater screen time linked to worsening sleep quality in early childhood

January 16, 2018 - 1:19am
(Reuters Health) - Higher use of electronic media is tied to poorer sleep quality in children as young as three, a new study from Germany suggests.

Hip fractures on the rise in older U.S. women

January 15, 2018 - 11:01pm
(Reuters Health) - The incidence of hip fractures in older women in the U.S. is rising after more than a decade of decline, according to a large new study of Medicare recipients.

German watchdog calls for direct comparison of cancer immunotherapies

January 15, 2018 - 10:27pm
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's drug assessment body has criticized a lack of data directly comparing drugs in a promising new class of cancer immunotherapy, saying physicians could be overwhelmed or misled by the available information.

Drugmaker Dermapharm gears up for likely first German IPO of 2018

January 15, 2018 - 9:53pm
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Dermapharm is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), probably stealing a march on much larger Siemens' healthcare unit Healthineers as the first stock market flotation in Germany this year.

Insurance billing notices threaten young adults’ confidentiality

January 15, 2018 - 8:51pm
(Reuters Health) - Young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents.

Partner's scent eases women’s response to stress

January 15, 2018 - 8:49pm
(Reuters Health) - During a stressful time, smelling a partner’s scent might help ease anxiety, a study suggests.

French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall: group

January 15, 2018 - 4:59pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families affected by a recall of baby milk by dairy firm Lactalis due to salmonella contamination plan to take legal action against supermarket chains, the head of a victims group said on Monday.

Google venture arm backs UK universal flu vaccine company

January 15, 2018 - 5:40am
LONDON (Reuters) - A private British company developing a vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of flu has raised 20 million pounds ($27 million) from investors including GV, the venture capital arm of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

Zambia relaxes restrictions as cholera outbreak slows

January 14, 2018 - 8:40pm
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia on Sunday relaxed rules imposed to curb the spread of cholera as the number of new cases being reported has halved, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said.

Lactalis offers salmonella compensation, French government says probe continues

January 14, 2018 - 7:23pm
PARIS (Reuters) - France welcomed dairy group Lactalis' pledge to compensate victims of a Salmonella contamination in its baby milk on Sunday, but said a judicial investigation to determine who was responsible would continue.

For now, Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

January 14, 2018 - 6:41am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs.

France's Lactalis will pay damages in salmonella scare: report

January 14, 2018 - 5:49am
PARIS (Reuters) - French dairy group Lactalis will pay damages to families affected by a Salmonella contamination at one of its plants producing baby milk, the company's Chief Executive Emmanuel Besnier told the weekly Journal du Dimanche.

Illinois nursing homes sue state over low Medicaid rates

January 13, 2018 - 7:32am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the state's Department of Healthcare and Family Services on Friday, saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care.

Trump in 'excellent health,' White House doctor says after exam

January 13, 2018 - 5:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House physician pronounced Donald Trump to be in "excellent health" after Trump had his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday, capping off a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low

January 13, 2018 - 5:04am
(Reuters) - Britain's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for the first time in the country this winter.

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisions

January 13, 2018 - 3:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.

Medicaid payment increases tied to greater pediatrician participation

January 13, 2018 - 3:15am
(Reuters Health) - - When state Medicaid programs increased physician payment rates, more pediatricians agreed to treat low-income kids covered by the health insurance program for the poor, a U.S. study suggests

Kentucky becomes first U.S. state to impose Medicaid work provisos

January 13, 2018 - 2:01am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to require that Medicaid recipients work or get jobs training, after gaining federal approval for the fundamental change to the 50-year-old health insurance program for the poor.