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Donors pledge $2.6 billion for 'last mile' of polio eradication

5 hours 1 min ago
Donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion on Tuesday to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the "last mile".

Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on 'Medicare for All' ahead of next debate

6 hours 27 min ago
Perhaps no issue has divided the field of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls more than the debate over "Medicare for All."

California sues e-cigarette maker Juul for selling nicotine products to youth

16 hours 13 min ago
The state of California on Monday sued e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, alleging the San Francisco company engaged in a "systematic" and "wildly successful" campaign to attract teenagers to its nicotine devices.

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

17 hours 35 min ago
Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc's Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient data the hospital chain is storing on the cloud is used.

Most parents struggle to distinguish teen angst from depression

18 hours 47 min ago
(Reuters Health) - Telling the difference between a teen's normal ups and downs and something bigger is among top challenges parents face in identifying youth depression, a new national poll suggests.

Immigrants don't flock to states that expand health benefits

19 hours 47 min ago
(Reuters Health) - States that expand public health benefits to cover low-income legal immigrants don't appear to experience a surge in immigrants moving to get medical coverage, a U.S. study suggests.

Statins not linked with memory loss in seniors, study finds

21 hours 19 min ago
(Reuters Health) - With several small studies suggesting that the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, might be linked to memory loss in seniors, patients were understandably concerned. But a large new study finds no link between memory loss and the drugs.

Colchicine cuts odds of new heart attack, stroke in heart attack survivors

21 hours 59 min ago
(Reuters Health) - The inflammation-fighting drug colchicine, already a treatment for gout, dramatically reduces the odds of future cardiovascular problems in people who have just survived a heart attack, a large new study has concluded.

Portuguese foundation launches world's largest cancer award

November 18, 2019 - 10:05pm
Portugal's Champalimaud Foundation announced on Monday the world's largest annual prize, worth 1 million euros, for research and clinical practices aiming to control or eradicate cancer.

Morphosys to boost size of tafasitamab drug trial on encouraging interim data

November 18, 2019 - 9:40pm
German biotech company Morphosys said more patients would be recruited for a study testing its most advanced drug against a common type of blood cancer, following an encouraging interim data readout.

Novartis switches gears in Shanghai from research to drug development

November 18, 2019 - 8:24pm
Novartis is exiting drug discovery at its Shanghai site and shifting its focus to drug development, saying accelerating approvals in China are pushing the Swiss company to dedicate the operation's resources to getting its medicines to market.

Close contacts of China plague patients released after showing no symptoms: official

November 18, 2019 - 7:40pm
Some people who had been in close contact with pneumonic plague patients from Inner Mongolia have been released from medical observation, China's health authority said on Monday.

Merck and Bayer's heart drug meets main goal of late-stage study

November 18, 2019 - 6:09pm
Merck & Co Inc <MRK.N said on Monday an experimental treatment being developed with Bayer AG for patients with worsening chronic heart failure met the main goal of a late-stage study.

Novartis shifts Shanghai's focus from research to early development

November 18, 2019 - 5:47pm
Novartis is halting early-stage research in Shanghai and shifting the site's focus to commercial development three years after the Swiss drugmaker christened the new $1 billion campus as its Chinese drug discovery hub.

India says e-cigarette ban implies use of devices also prohibited

November 18, 2019 - 5:18pm
The Indian government has told a court that its federal ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes implies that their use is also prohibited, legal documents seen by Reuters showed, in a further clampdown on the devices.

Explainer: Don't panic about China's "Black Death" plague cases

November 18, 2019 - 1:26pm
China reported a third case of bubonic plague on Sunday after two other plague cases were revealed last week, but the disease remains rare despite its fearsome reputation and authorities say the cases appear unrelated.

China to launch inspection on use of illegal African swine fever vaccines

November 18, 2019 - 12:43pm
China's agriculture ministry said on Monday it will launch an investigation into the illegal production, sale and use of African swine fever vaccines in the country, citing online reports of their use by some farmers.

China's Inner Mongolia reports fresh bubonic plague case

November 17, 2019 - 2:08pm
China's Inner Mongolia reported a fresh, confirmed case of bubonic plague on Sunday, despite an earlier declaration by the country's health officials that the risk of an outbreak was minimal.

Samoa declares state of emergency as measles spreads across Pacific

November 17, 2019 - 7:48am
Samoa declared a state of emergency this weekend, media reported, closing all schools and cracking down on public gatherings, after several deaths linked to a measles outbreak that has spread across the Pacific islands.

Stents no better than drugs for many heart patients: U.S. study

November 17, 2019 - 12:34am
Many patients with severe but stable heart disease who routinely undergo invasive procedures to clear and prop open clogged arteries would do as well by just taking medications and making lifestyle changes, U.S. researchers reported on Saturday.