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U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana 'selective' abortion law

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:37:43 -0400

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down's syndrome, of their fetuses.(image)

Germany's Merck seeks partners for cancer and immune system drugs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:14:11 -0400

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Merck KGaA will seek development partners for experimental treatments including tepotinib as the German company looks to licensing deals to help fund clinical trials, according to its head of drug R&D.(image)

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

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:06:52 -0400

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.(image)

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

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:34:03 -0400

(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.(image)

WHO recommends testing before use of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:22:29 -0400

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.(image)

Biogen boosts investment in neurology with $1 billion Ionis deal

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:04:04 -0400

(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Biogen Inc rolled out part of its $37 billion investment warchest on Friday, signing a $1 billion deal that seeks to expand on the strength of an existing partnership with Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc.(image)

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

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:16:24 -0400

(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.(image)

FDA staff raises safety concerns over Lilly/Incyte arthritis drug

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:45:54 -0400

(Reuters) - An experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug developed by Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp poses serious risks of deadly blood clots at higher doses, U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff said on Thursday, the latest setback to a treatment regulators declined to approve last year.(image)

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

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:26:22 -0400

(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.(image)

Improving overall heart health may reduce risk of atrial fibrillation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:14:32 -0400

(Reuters Health) - Following practices recommended for "optimal" heart health may also reduce the risk of developing a serious heart-rhythm disorder, researchers say.(image)