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Japan culls 753 hogs to contain swine fever outbreak

10 hours 36 min ago
Japanese officials have culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting an outbreak of swine fever, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Sunday.

Five confirmed cholera deaths in Sudan since August 28

September 14, 2019 - 1:14pm
There have been five confirmed deaths from cholera in Sudan's Blue Nile state since Aug. 28, the health ministry said in a statement.

Virtual reality helps kids getting X-rays

September 14, 2019 - 3:01am
(Reuters Health) - A virtual reality program with cartoon characters may reduce children's fear before imaging procedures, a South Korean study suggests.

First peanut allergy therapy gets backing from U.S. regulators' expert advisers

September 14, 2019 - 2:58am
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended approving the first therapy for peanut allergies, which affect over 1.6 million children in the United States, despite raising concerns about the risk of severe allergic reactions it poses to young patients.

Explainer: One possible culprit in vaping lung illnesses: 'Dank Vapes'

September 14, 2019 - 2:10am
As U.S health officials scramble to identify the root cause of hundreds of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping, one possible culprit identified so far is a line of illicit marijuana vape products sold under the brand names "Dank Vapes" and "Chronic Carts."

PTSD linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer

September 14, 2019 - 1:05am
(Reuters Health) - Women who exhibit many classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be much more likely to develop ovarian cancer than their counterparts who don't, a new study suggests.

U.S and European regulators reviewing safety of heartburn drugs like Zantac

September 13, 2019 - 10:46pm
U.S. and European drug regulators said on Friday they are reviewing the safety of the widely taken heartburn drug ranitidine, commonly known by the brand name Zantac, after they found traces of a probable cancer-causing impurities in some versions of the medicine.

More evidence links dog ownership to better heart health

September 13, 2019 - 10:43pm
(Reuters Health) - No one can say if it's the walks or the unconditional love, but there's something about owning a dog that goes hand in hand with better heart health, suggests a study in eastern Europe.

WHO investigating death in Tanzania due to unknown illness

September 13, 2019 - 10:16pm
A woman whose death in Tanzania is being investigated by the World Health Organization probably did not have Ebola, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

Biogen scraps two late-stage trials for Alzheimer's treatment

September 13, 2019 - 9:41pm
Biogen Inc and Eisai Co Ltd are abandoning two late-stage trials for their Alzheimer's treatment in a widely anticipated move that comes months after the companies scrapped trials of another drug for the memory-robbing disease.

E-scooter injuries rising, often involve drugs or alcohol

September 13, 2019 - 9:12pm
(Reuters Health) - As the popularity of electric scooters increases, so do injuries sending users to the hospital, a U.S. study suggests.

U.S. FDA flags probable cancer-causing impurity in common heartburn drugs

September 13, 2019 - 8:11pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that some medicines containing ranitidine, including Sanofi SA's Zantac, had traces of a probable cancer-causing impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels.

Exclusive: While battling opioid crisis, U.S. government weighed using fentanyl for executions

September 13, 2019 - 8:10pm
The U.S. Department of Justice examined using fentanyl in lethal injections as it prepared last year to resume executing condemned prisoners, a then untested use of the powerful, addictive opioid that has helped fuel a national crisis of overdose deaths.

Kenya becomes third African nation to introduce malaria vaccine

September 13, 2019 - 6:28pm
Kenya on Friday began adding a malaria vaccine to its routine immunization schedule for babies and toddlers, becoming the third African country to roll out the vaccine for a disease that threatens children across the continent.

Biogen scraps two late-stage Alzheimer's trials

September 13, 2019 - 6:21pm
Biogen Inc and partner Eisai Co Ltd said on Friday they would abandon two late-stage trials testing experimental Alzheimer's treatment elenbecestat, months after scrapping trials of another drug for the memory-robbing disease.

Novartis MS drug cuts relapse rate by half compared to Sanofi medicine

September 13, 2019 - 6:17pm
Novartis's investigational multiple sclerosis drug ofatumumab cut the relapse rate in patients by more than half in trials comparing it to Sanofi's Aubagio as the Swiss drugmaker aims to refresh its portfolio of medicines in neurological diseases.

Russia plans excise taxes on e-cigarettes - media

September 13, 2019 - 5:25pm
Russia's healthcare ministry has drafted a bill to introduce excise taxes on electronic cigarettes, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, citing minister Veronika Skvortsova.

Indonesia to raise cigarette prices by more than a third at start of 2020

September 13, 2019 - 4:41pm
Indonesia will raise the minimum price of cigarettes by more than a third from January next year, a finance ministry spokesman said on Friday, as part of the government's efforts to reduce smoking rates.

Thais allowed six cannabis plants per household under draft law

September 13, 2019 - 3:29pm
A party in Thailand's ruling coalition has proposed a draft law that would allow Thais to grow a limited amount of cannabis at home, less than a year after the country legalised the drug for medicinal purposes and research.

Russia plans excise taxes on e-cigarettes: reports

September 13, 2019 - 2:09pm
Russia's healthcare ministry has drafted a bill to introduce excise taxes on electronic cigarettes, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, citing minister Veronika Skvortsova.