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U.S. surgeon general raises concerns over e-cigarette use among youth

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:05:03 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday called for action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people, noting they have overtaken cigarettes to become the most commonly used tobacco products among this group. The nation's top doctor, Vivek Murthy, weighing in on the subject for the first time since e-cigarette use took off, said young people are more vulnerable to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure than adults. "These effects include addiction, prim(image)

EU regulator accepts Sanofi/Regeneron's Dupixent product for review

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:55:26 -0500

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Union's health regulator, has accepted for review the Dupixent product being developed by drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron, the companies said on Thursday.(image)

U.S. Senate joins House to pass sweeping new health bill

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:03:02 -0500

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to support sweeping legislation that will reshape the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines.(image)

Ohio lawmakers pass "heartbeat" abortion legislation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:58:50 -0500

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio lawmakers approved a bill that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception, clearing the way for one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the United States if it becomes law.(image)

J&J questions fairness of hip implant trial, $1 billion verdict

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:30:45 -0500

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson will challenge the fairness of a trial that produced a verdict of $1 billion in damages against the company last week over allegations of design flaws in its Pinnacle hip implant.(image)

Trump vows to bring down drug prices, doesn't say how

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:36:14 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump took aim at drugmakers on Wednesday by promising in a magazine interview that "I'm going to bring down drug prices," sending shares of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies lower.(image)

GNC settles dietary supplements case with U.S. government

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:54:25 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - GNC Holdings Inc, the largest global dietary supplement retailer, has agreed to pay $2.25 million to avoid federal prosecution over its alleged sale of illegal dietary supplements, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.(image)

Britain's watchdog bans ads for unhealthy foods on kids media

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:09:22 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's advertising regulator announced new rules on Thursday banning advertising of food or drinks high in sugar, fat or salt in children's non-broadcast media, bringing standards in line with what is already required for television.(image)

Heart problems tied to increased risk of suicide

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:13:37 -0500

People with acute coronary syndrome caused by poor blood flow to the heart may be at an increased risk of suicide - especially in the six months following their diagnosis, according to a new study from Taiwan.(image)

Double test cuts odds of getting parasite from blood transfusion

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:15:39 -0500

An experimental test for the parasite that causes babesiosis was able to prevent the disease from infecting people through blood transfusion, according to a new study of nearly 90,000 U.S. blood donors.(image)