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GSK slims portfolio with sale of rare disease gene therapy drugs

April 12, 2018 - 2:21pm
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline is divesting its rare disease gene therapy drugs to Orchard Therapeutics, it said on Thursday, as Chief Executive Emma Walmsley makes good on her promise to prune the drugmaker's pharmaceuticals portfolio.

GSK divests rare disease gene therapy drugs to Orchard Therapeutics

April 12, 2018 - 12:48pm
LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday is was transferring its rare disease gene therapy drugs to Orchard Therapeutics as Chief Executive Emma Walmsley makes good on her promise to prune the drugmaker's pharmaceuticals portfolio.

Healthcare group Sanofi to invest 350 million euros in Canada vaccine facility

April 12, 2018 - 10:59am
PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi is investing 350 million euros ($432.4 million) in a Canadian vaccine facility, which the drugmaker said would help it meet growing demand in this area.

U.S. judge schedules 2019 trial in opioid litigation

April 12, 2018 - 4:45am
(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits seeking to hold drug companies responsible for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Wednesday set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019.

New weapon in malaria fight: a better bed net

April 12, 2018 - 4:03am
LONDON (Reuters) - A new kind of bed net that blocks mosquitoes' resistance to a common insecticide provides substantially improved protection against malaria, a major study has found.

Men's risk of sexually spreading Zika virus dissipates after first month

April 12, 2018 - 2:42am
(Reuters Health) - Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in unborn babies, can also be spread to a woman through sexual contact. But a new study suggests the risk may be limited to the first few weeks after symptoms appear in her male partner.

J&J, Imerys unit must pay $117 million in N.J. asbestos cancer case

April 12, 2018 - 2:15am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, a unit of Imerys SA, must pay $117 million in damages in a case involving a man who said he developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said on Wednesday.

Montreal men take hockey to heart

April 12, 2018 - 1:54am
(Reuters health) - Canadians are passionate about the sport of hockey, but getting too excited by a big game may put men at higher risk for heart attack, researchers say.

Johnson & Johnson, Imerys must pay $117 million to New Jersey man in asbestos cancer case

April 12, 2018 - 12:51am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson and a unit of Imerys SA must pay $117 million in damages to a man who said he developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said on Wednesday.

Food delivery programs may reduce senior healthcare costs

April 12, 2018 - 12:44am
(Reuters Health) - Ensuring that vulnerable elderly are well-fed could trim their healthcare costs, especially for emergency-room visits, U.S. researchers say.

Johnson & Johnson, Imerys must pay $80 million punitive damages in case linking cancer to asbestos in talc

April 12, 2018 - 12:28am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson and an Imerys SA unit must pay an additional $80 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit claiming a man developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products, a New Jersey state court jury said on Wednesday.

Irritability in childhood linked to teen suicide risk

April 11, 2018 - 11:29pm
(Reuters Health) - Most children experience mood swings from time to time, but kids with chronic irritability and serious depression or anxiety are at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in adolescence, suggests a large Canadian study.

Hospitals must support breastfeeding which saves lives - WHO, UNICEF

April 11, 2018 - 11:18pm
GENEVA (Reuters) - Babies, even those who are premature, underweight or sickly, should be exclusively breastfed, from the maternity ward and ideally for two years, the U.N. agencies said on Wednesday.

ACLU sues to block new Kentucky law restricting abortions

April 11, 2018 - 11:14pm
LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - A civil rights group on Wednesday sued to block a Kentucky law that restricts abortion access in the state a day after the governor signed the bill.

Malawi cholera death toll rises to 30 after heavy rainfall hits capital

April 11, 2018 - 10:38pm
LILONGWE (Reuters) - The death toll from cholera in Malawi has risen to 30 from the 26 recorded last month, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

Biotech M&A rolls on as Alexion snaps up Wilson for $855 million

April 11, 2018 - 10:37pm
(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to buy Sweden's Wilson Therapeutics for 7.1 billion Swedish crowns ($855 million), boosting its line-up of rare disease drugs as a wave of deal-making in the biotechnology sector continues.

U.S. FDA approves AI device to detect diabetic eye disease

April 11, 2018 - 9:47pm
(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators said on Wednesday it will allow sale of the first medical device that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect greater than a mild level of the most common cause of vision loss among more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes.

ACLU sues to block new Kentucky law restricting abortions

April 11, 2018 - 9:21pm
LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - A civil rights group on Wednesday sued to block a Kentucky law that restricts abortion access in the state a day after the governor signed the bill.

CVS rolls out new tool to combat rising drug prices

April 11, 2018 - 8:27pm
(Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp on Wednesday launched a new tool that will allow pharmacies help customers tackle the soaring cost of drugs by comparing prices of medicines.

Biotech M&A rolls on as Alex ion snaps up Wilson for $855 mln

April 11, 2018 - 7:24pm
(Reuters) - Alex ion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to buy Sweden's Wilson Therapeutics for 7.1 billion Swedish crowns ($855 million), boosting its line-up of rare disease drugs as a wave of deal-making in the biotechnology sector continues.