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'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope in Huntington's disease

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:20:45 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington's disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease.(image)

Promising responses seen with Agios leukemia drug in study

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:03:10 -0500

(Reuters) - Nearly a third of patients with an advanced form of a fast-progressing leukemia who carry a specific genetic mutation experienced a complete or near complete response to an experimental Agios Pharmaceuticals drug, according to data from an early stage trial released on Monday.(image)

Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:32:59 -0500

(Reuters) - A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said would reduce how much Medicare pays for labs by about $670 million in 2018.(image)

Amgen's Kyprolis improves overall survival in blood cancer patients

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:36:40 -0500

(Reuters) - Amgen Inc said on Monday a final analysis of late-stage trial data showed that its Kyprolis combined with two other drugs helped blood cancer patients live longer.(image)

Austria to drop impending smoking ban, bucking Western trend

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:01:42 -0500

VIENNA (Reuters) - While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's impending ban is set to be stubbed out.(image)

FDA OKs Sanofi's follow-on biologic of Lilly's diabetes drug Humalog

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:05 -0500

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved Sanofi SA's Admelog as the first follow-on biologic version of Eli Lilly and Co's fast-acting insulin, Humalog.(image)

Air pollution fine particles linked to poor sperm quality

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:54:46 -0500

(Reuters Health) - Exposure to fine particles in air pollution may be another factor that affects men’s sperm quality and their fertility, suggest researchers in Taiwan.(image)

Retirement linked to longer, better sleep

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:57:43 -0500

(Reuters Health) – As work worries abate, sleep difficulties may also diminish when workers make the transition to retirement, according to a recent study from Finland.(image)

Opioid painkiller prescriptions may run in families

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:28:13 -0500

Reuters Health - When one person in a household gets prescribed opioids, the other people who live with them are more likely to get their own prescriptions for these narcotic painkillers, a U.S. study suggests.(image)

GSK's new pharma head on lookout for cancer deals to boost pipeline

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:17:46 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline will scout for deal opportunities in cancer medicine, as well as immunology, as the drugmaker seeks to rebuild its presence in oncology, its new head of pharmaceuticals told Reuters.(image)