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Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:46:07 -0400

(Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.(image)

Trump fights for healthcare bill, makes headway with conservatives

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:43:55 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives leaders pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation.(image)

Israel looks to leverage tech in $50 billion medical marijuana market

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:12:52 -0400

Tel Aviv (Reuters) - Israel, a leader in marijuana research and health technology, is attracting international investment as it tries to position itself as a cutting-edge exporter in the rapidly-growing market for medical-grade cannabis.(image)

Facial injuries are common in U.S. nursing home residents

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:22:13 -0400

More than 20,000 people living in U.S. nursing homes experienced serious injuries to the face last year, mainly from falling and hitting hard surfaces or while getting in and out of bed, a recent study suggests.(image)

Crunch week looms for Sanofi, Roche and GSK at U.S. drugs agency

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:28:10 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Three of Europe's top drugmakers face critical verdicts from U.S. regulators next week, with Sanofi and Roche likely to win approvals for two new products, while GlaxoSmithKline braces for a potential generic rival.(image)

FDA approves Pfizer, German Merck immunotherapy for skin cancer

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:11:51 -0400

(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved a drug developed by Merck KGaA and Pfizer Inc that helps the immune system to fight a rare form of skin cancer once it has spread to other parts of the body.(image)

‘Healthy’ obese still face higher heart disease risk

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:31:43 -0400

Even without high blood pressure or other signs of illness, obese adults have a much higher risk of developing heart disease than normal-weight peers, according to a study from Denmark.(image)

Foam soap may not measure up to liquid soap

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:20:50 -0400

Foam soaps are increasingly replacing traditional liquid soaps in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, the food industry and other public spaces, but the trend may carry a risk, a small study suggests.(image)

Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin' that can feel

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:04:34 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch.(image)

Saudi Arabia halts Brazilian beef and poultry imports over food safety fears

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:15:57 -0400

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has stopped beef and poultry imports from four Brazilian companies over concerns about food safety after accusations that individuals had been bribed to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.(image)