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California to list herbicide as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:02:39 -0400

(Reuters) - Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.(image)



Facing revolt on healthcare bill, Senate Republicans delay vote

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:39:42 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing a potentially disastrous defeat by members of his own party, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided on Tuesday to delay a vote on healthcare legislation in order to get more support from Republican senators.(image)



Merck heart drug surprises with positive result; questions linger

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:36:48 -0400

(Reuters) - Merck & Co said on Tuesday its experimental cholesterol drug from a class with a history of consistent failure lowered deaths and heart attacks in a large trial, but the company has yet to decide whether to seek approval despite the surprise success.(image)



AstraZeneca cancer drug trial prompts investors to take options cover

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:06:49 -0400

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors in drugmaker AstraZeneca have taken defensive positions in the options market ahead of eagerly awaited results of a major trial of a lung cancer treatment, which are due any day now.(image)



WHO hopes Yemeni cholera outbreak is half done at 218,000 cases

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:30:28 -0400

GENEVA (Reuters) - A major cholera outbreak in Yemen may have reached the halfway mark at 218,798 cases as a massive emergency response has begun to curb its spread two months into the epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.(image)



Authorities confirm bird flu case in southern Belgium

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:12:53 -0400

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian health authorities said they confirmed a case of bird flu in southern Belgium concerning the highly contagious H5N8 virus, and established a 3 kilometer perimeter around the area where the transport of birds and eggs was forbidden.(image)



Linde's Lincare settles U.S. whistleblower case for $20 million

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:27:34 -0400

(Reuters) - Linde AG's Lincare unit has agreed to pay $20 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the company of fraudulently billing the U.S. government for oxygen and respiratory care equipment.(image)



Can electroacupuncture decrease stress incontinence?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:41:38 -0400

(Reuters Health) - Acupuncture paired with mild electric currents may be better than doing nothing at all to relieve a common type of urinary incontinence in women, a Chinese study suggests.(image)



French ethics panel backs lesbian procreation help

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:04:16 -0400

PARIS (Reuters) - Campaigners for lesbian motherhood got a significant boost in France on Tuesday when a panel of ethics specialists said that female couples and single women should be granted access to sperm-donor techniques of medically assisted reproduction.(image)



Few players screened for concussions in last soccer World Cup

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:26 -0400

(Reuters Health) - After more than four out of every five head collisions during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, soccer players didn’t get recommended concussion checks on the sidelines, an analysis of game videos suggests.(image)