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GW Pharma gets FDA panel nod, first cannabis-based drug nearing approval

April 19, 2018 - 11:56pm
(Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of approving the first cannabis-derived medicine in the country, a childhood epilepsy treatment developed by GW Pharma.

WHO recommends more tests for Sanofi's dengue vaccine

April 19, 2018 - 10:05pm
PARIS/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday Sanofi's vaccine against dengue should only be used after testing on individuals to assess whether they have ever been exposed to the infection.

Large spleen helps explain deep-diving skills of Southeast Asian 'sea nomads'

April 19, 2018 - 10:04pm
(Reuters Health) - An age-old nomadic community of Southeast Asian boat-dwellers who get their food from the sea appear to have evolved enlarged spleens that may help explain their extreme diving prowess, a new study suggests.

FDA panel unanimously backs GW Pharma's cannabis-based epilepsy drug

April 19, 2018 - 9:38pm
(Reuters) - GW Pharmaceuticals Plc's cannabis-derived drug to treat a severe form of childhood epilepsy was unanimously backed on Thursday by an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Concussion raises Parkinson's disease risk in large U.S. study

April 19, 2018 - 8:46pm
(Reuters Health) - A new study of hundreds of thousands of U.S. armed forces veterans concludes that banging your head severely enough to lose consciousness can dramatically increase the risk of Parkinson's, the brain disease marked by tremors, slow movements, balance problems and difficulty walking.

WHO recommends testing before use of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

April 19, 2018 - 8:10pm
PARIS (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation on Thursday said Sanofi's vaccine against dengue should only be used after testing individuals to assess whether they could have been exposed before to the infection.

"Play outside": Belgium tells kids to leave TV for sun and games

April 19, 2018 - 6:55pm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - No television and no tablets. It sounds like a punishment, but across Belgium it was the recipe for the nationwide children's "play outside" day.

FDA staff raises safety concerns over Lilly/Incyte arthritis drug

April 19, 2018 - 6:21pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff flagged concerns on Thursday about potentially fatal blood clots from higher doses of a rheumatoid arthritis drug developed by Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp, a fresh setback after regulators declined to approve the treatment last year.

FDA staff cites safety issues for Lilly, Incyte's rheumatoid arthritis drug

April 19, 2018 - 5:46pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff on Thursday flagged concerns about potentially fatal blood clots from higher doses of Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp's rheumatoid arthritis drug.

Novartis CEO feels heat on U.S. generics, Cosentyx drop

April 19, 2018 - 5:36pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis' first quarterly results under new CEO Vas Narasimhan have been marred by a prized psoriasis treatment that disappointed and a sharp slump in sales by its U.S. generics unit.

More than half of world's wealthy expect to live to 100 :survey

April 19, 2018 - 4:16pm
LONDON (Reuters) - More than half of wealthy investors around the world expect to live to the age of 100, with almost two in three planning to work longer in life to afford a comfortable retirement, according to a survey on Thursday.

AstraZeneca wins U.S. approval for 1st-line use of lung cancer drug

April 19, 2018 - 6:26am
(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have expanded use of AstraZeneca's lung cancer drug Tagrisso to include initial treatment of patients with a specific genetic mutation, the company said on Wednesday.

AstraZeneca wins U.S. FDA approval for first-line use of lung cancer drug

April 19, 2018 - 5:32am
(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the 1st-line use of its lung cancer drug, Tagrisso.

AI pharma firm BenevolentAI raises $115 million in funding

April 19, 2018 - 4:33am
LONDON (Reuters) - BenevolentAI, a British pharmaceutical company that uses artificial intelligence to identify new drug candidates, said it had raised $115 million in a funding round that valued it at $2 billion. 

Experts query case for GlaxoSmithKline's new 3-in-1 lung drug

April 19, 2018 - 2:33am
LONDON (Reuters) - Two medical experts have urged caution in using a new three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease from GlaxoSmithKline, which the company hopes will help it keep its lead in respiratory medicine despite rising competition.

Later middle school start times tied to longer sleep for kids

April 19, 2018 - 1:20am
(Reuters Health) - Starting middle school classes after 8 a.m. could help pre-teens get more sleep and be more awake during their morning lessons, a U.S. study suggests.

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

April 18, 2018 - 11:45pm
LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

Tooth loss in middle age linked to heart disease

April 18, 2018 - 11:42pm
(Reuters Health) - Losing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests.

U.S. appeals court says Ohio cannot block Planned Parenthood funds

April 18, 2018 - 10:45pm
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law that would cut federal taxpayer funding to 28 Planned Parenthood clinics, holding that it imposed unconstitutional conditions by denying funds to abortion providers.

Cleaned endoscopes often contaminated

April 18, 2018 - 10:32pm
Many patients may be undergoing endoscopy with contaminated instruments, a pair of new studies suggest.