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Samoa says almost 90% of people vaccinated against measles after deadly outbreak..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 8:12pm

Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks. .... <view entire article>

Weight-loss surgery between pregnancies tied to better outcomes..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 4:06pm

(Reuters Health) - Obese women who have weight-loss surgery between pregnancies may be less likely to experience complications like high blood pressure and preterm births in their second pregnancy, a recent study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Bristol-Myers, bluebird therapy for multiple myeloma succeeds in mid-stage trial..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 3:09pm

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and bluebird bio Inc said on Friday their experimental therapy for a type of multiple myeloma met the main goal in a mid-stage study. .... <view entire article>

Brushing your teeth could be good for your heart..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 2:15pm

(Reuters Health) - People who brush their teeth three times a day are less likely to develop atrial fibrillation or heart failure than those with less consistent oral hygiene habits, a Korean study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Ice bath after workout may not improve fitness..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 1:36pm

(Reuters Health) - New research throws cold water on a popular exercise recovery regimen, finding that ice baths after a workout may actually impede muscle building. .... <view entire article>

Grifols says trial shows positive effects in slowing Alzheimer's..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 1:13pm

Spain's Grifols said on Friday the latest results from a clinical trial of its Alzheimer's treatment show positive effects by achieving a reduction of the disease's progression in patients with mild and moderate conditions. .... <view entire article>

FDA approves Amgen's biosimilar to J&J's rheumatoid arthritis drug..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 11:37am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Amgen Inc's biosimilar copy of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, Remicade, according to the regulator's website. .... <view entire article>

Alexion Pharma rejects Elliott's push for 'proactive sale'..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 11:10am

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Friday its board of directors had unanimously rejected hedge fund Elliott Management's push for a "proactive sale" process of the entire company because it would not be in the best interest of shareholders. .... <view entire article>

U.S. recorded 15 cases of measles over the past month..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 10:08am

The United States recorded 15 measles cases over about a month as of Dec. 5, taking the total cases for the year to 1,276 in the worst outbreak since 1992, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. .... <view entire article>

Brief visit to severely polluted city can up biomarkers of heart disease..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 9:37am

(Reuters Health) - Air pollution has often been linked with increased heart disease risk, but a "natural experiment" involving travelers to a city much more polluted than their own offers clues to how it may harm blood vessels over time, researchers say. .... <view entire article>

Bayer reaches agreement to postpone more glyphosate lawsuits for settlement talks..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 8:53am

Germany's Bayer has agreed with plaintiffs to postpone its next two U.S. lawsuits over the alleged cancer-causing effects of its glyphosate-based weed killers to allow more time for talks on a settlement. .... <view entire article>

Correvio slumps after FDA staffers say benefits of heart drug do not outweigh risks..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 8:41am

U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffers reviewing Correvio Pharma Corp's heart drug said on Friday they did not believe the benefits of the therapy outweighed its risks, sending the company's shares down nearly 38%. .... <view entire article>

Biohaven Pharma to continue late-stage study of Alzheimer's treatment..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 8:03am

Biohaven Pharmaceutical said on Friday it would continue testing its Alzheimer's disease treatment in a late-stage study as the drug had passed a so-called "futility analysis", sending shares up 4.1%. .... <view entire article>

Swiss approve insurance cover for Novartis, Gilead cell therapies..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 6:14am

The Swiss government approved on Friday health insurance coverage for CAR-T cell therapies from Novartis and Gilead Sciences, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient. .... <view entire article>

WHO decries 'collective failure' as measles kills 140,000..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 3:56am

Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. .... <view entire article>

FDA probes diabetes drug metformin for carcinogen NDMA..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 3:52am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other healthcare regulators are investigating whether diabetes drug metformin had contaminations of a cancer-causing chemical that prompted a recall of a commonly used heartburn medication this year. .... <view entire article>

North Korea to launch medical tourism, targeting visitors from China..

Date: December 6, 2019 | Time: 2:09am

North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive states, plans to branch out into medical tourism next year, offering foreign visitors, most likely from China, treatments including cataract surgery, dental implants and therapy for tumors. .... <view entire article>

New York doctor convicted of taking kickbacks from opioid maker Insys..

Date: December 5, 2019 | Time: 4:07pm

A New York doctor was convicted on Thursday of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing his patients an addictive fentanyl spray the drug manufacturer produced. .... <view entire article>

Biogen builds case for its Alzheimer's drug, skeptics say more data needed..

Date: December 5, 2019 | Time: 3:45pm

Biogen Inc on Thursday laid out more data on its experimental Alzheimer's drug that raised no major safety alarms but also offered little compelling evidence the drug, once declared a failure, actually works. .... <view entire article>

One in three U.S. high schools have no athletic trainers..

Date: December 5, 2019 | Time: 2:42pm

(Reuters Health) - One in every three high schools in the U.S. has no access to an athletic trainer, according to a large study. .... <view entire article>

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