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Bangladesh plans to ban e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns

December 1, 2019 - 6:11pm
Bangladesh plans to prohibit the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, a health official said on Sunday, as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to health risks and teen addiction.

Samoa measles cases, deaths more than double over past week

December 1, 2019 - 10:04am
The number of suspected cases of measles on the Pacific island of Samoa has more than doubled over the past week to 3,530 and deaths related to the outbreak rose to 48 from 20 a week ago, the country's Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

China to use drug bulk-buy program to close price gap

November 30, 2019 - 9:25pm
China will use its national drug bulk-buy scheme to lower the price of drugs currently sold at higher prices compared with other markets, it said in an official statement.

Morphosys CFO says tafasitamab drug sales potential above $1 billion: magazine

November 30, 2019 - 4:08pm
German biotech company Morphosys' tafasitamab, the group's most advanced drug which is currently being tested, has sales potential of significantly more than $1 billion a year, its finance chief said in remarks to a magazine.

Drinking-related liver disease and deaths on the rise in U.S.

November 30, 2019 - 1:11am
(Reuters Health) - Americans today are expected to live shorter lives than just a few years ago, in contrast with trends seen in other developed nations, and rising deaths from alcohol-related liver disease may be partly to blame, researchers say.

Diet pills, laxatives may signal eating disorder risk in young women

November 30, 2019 - 12:12am
(Reuters Health) - Teens and young women who use diet pills and laxatives for weight control are five to six times more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder in the next three years, a U.S. study suggests.

Short sleep after menopause linked to weaker bones

November 29, 2019 - 11:39pm
(Reuters Health) - Bones may age faster in older women who get too little sleep, a U.S. study suggests.

Fatal attacks on Congo clinics risk resurgence of Ebola epidemic

November 29, 2019 - 8:28pm
International organizations warned on Friday of a potential resurgence of Ebola in Congo after deadly militia attacks on health centers forced aid groups to suspend operations and withdraw staff from the epidemic's last strongholds.

Fired Zimbabwe state doctors reject offer to return to work

November 29, 2019 - 5:11pm
Zimbabwe state doctors who were fired for going on strike have rejected a government offer to return to work, their union said on Friday.

AstraZeneca's Imfinzi gets speedy FDA review for small cell lung cancer

November 29, 2019 - 2:04pm
British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said on Friday its immunotherapy cancer treatment Imfinzi has been granted a speedy review by the U.S. medicines watchdog for the treatment of a particularly aggressive type of lung cancer.

AstraZeneca's Imfinzi gets FDA priority review for small cell lung cancer

November 29, 2019 - 12:54pm
British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said on Friday its cancer drug Imfinzi has been granted a speedy review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of a particularly aggressive type of lung cancer.

Samoa measles toll hits 42 as nations dispatch medical teams, supplies

November 29, 2019 - 10:55am
More nations were flying medical staff and supplies to Samoa on Friday to battle a measles outbreak that prompted the Pacific island nation to declare a state of emergency this month, as the death toll rose to 42, most of them children younger than four.

Inducing labor at 41 weeks safer than 'wait and see' approach

November 28, 2019 - 10:45pm
(Reuters Health) - For late-term pregnancies, inducing labor at 41 weeks may be safer than waiting until week 42, a large Swedish study suggests.

No evidence stretching prevents running injuries

November 28, 2019 - 10:45pm
(Reuters Health) - It's a common and persistent myth that static stretching improves running performance and decreases the risk of injuries, researchers say.

Large waist in normal-weight elderly tied to higher dementia risk

November 28, 2019 - 9:16pm
(Reuters Health) - Older adults with normal weight but a wider waist may be at a higher risk of developing dementia, a Korean study suggests.

Four killed in attacks against Ebola response centers in Congo

November 28, 2019 - 7:07pm
Militia fighters in eastern Congo killed four people and injured several others in attacks on two Ebola response centers on Thursday, in what the United Nations described as a setback to efforts to contain the disease.

Novartis's $90 million Swiss factory to help solve cell therapy bottleneck

November 28, 2019 - 3:50pm
Swiss drugmaker Novartis's new $90 million cell and gene therapy factory in northern Switzerland is on track to begin commercial production of treatments, including Kymriah for cancer and Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy, in 2020.

Three dead in attacks against Ebola response centers in Congo

November 28, 2019 - 3:47pm
Three health workers were killed and several injured in attacks against two Ebola response centers in eastern Congo early on Thursday, authorities and health services said.

ImmuPharma licenses lupus drug Lupuzor to Avion in the United States

November 28, 2019 - 3:27pm
British pharmaceutical firm ImmuPharma said on Thursday it had signed a licensing and development agreement for Lupuzor, a first-in-class treatment for auto-immune disease Lupus, with U.S. company Avion Pharmaceuticals.

China reports fourth case of plague this month

November 28, 2019 - 12:31pm
Chinese health authorities on Thursday reported a fresh case of bubonic plague in the country's northern Inner Mongolia region, bringing the total number of plague cases to four since the beginning of the month.