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Biogen to seek U.S. approval for Alzheimer's drug; shares jump 21%..

Date: October 22, 2019 | Time: 3:57am

Biogen Inc is planning to file for U.S. regulatory approval for its Alzheimer's treatment aducanumab after fresh analysis of its clinical trial showed promise, the drugmaker said on Tuesday, sending its shares up 21% before the bell. .... <view entire article>

HIV-positive British living in Spain could lose healthcare post-Brexit..

Date: October 22, 2019 | Time: 3:19am

(Reuters Health) - British citizens with HIV who live in Spain could face serious healthcare challenges in the event of a no-deal Brexit, potentially risking public health at large, researchers say. .... <view entire article>

Kenya launches first breast milk bank to help newborns..

Date: October 22, 2019 | Time: 3:13am

The five mothers sat in a bright blue room in Kenya's largest maternity hospital waiting to pump breast milk - but not for their own newborns. .... <view entire article>

Drugstore drones: UPS will fly CVS prescriptions to U.S. customers..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 4:51pm

United Parcel Service Inc's new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start home prescription delivery from CVS Health Corp . .... <view entire article>

Drug firms avert landmark opioid trial as talks on $48-billion settlement set to resume..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 4:45pm

Four large drug companies could resume talks on Tuesday to try to reach a $48 billion settlement of all opioid litigation against them, after agreeing with two Ohio counties to a $260 million deal to avert the first federal trial over their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic. .... <view entire article>

October brings losses for short sellers in U.S. opioid-related shares..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 4:01pm

October has been a rough month for short sellers betting against companies at the heart of the opioid crisis, although those traders still have paper profits of almost $600 million for the year, according to data from financial analytics firm S3 Partners. .... <view entire article>

Vertex prices cystic fibrosis combo treatment at $311,000-per-year..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 3:31pm

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc has priced its three-drug combination for cystic fibrosis (CF) at $311,503 per year, after winning early U.S. approval on Monday. .... <view entire article>

Massachusetts vaping sales ban can stand but needs fixes: judge..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 3:28pm

A Massachusetts judge on Monday declined to immediately halt a ban on the sale of vaping products adopted after an outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries, but he said the state must redo the ban and get public comment this time. .... <view entire article>

Factbox: Billion-dollar lawsuits accuse drugmakers, distributors of fueling U.S. opioid crisis..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 3:26pm

On Monday, two Ohio counties reached a last-minute settlement with four companies they accused of fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic. The counties were seeking billions of dollars to cover the cost of addiction treatment programs, healthcare and other services. .... <view entire article>

Factbox: The U.S. opioid epidemic by the numbers..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 3:26pm

Opioid deaths in the United States have soared over the last two decades, driving a wave of litigation against drugmakers and distributors. .... <view entire article>

Movement during class improves students' academic abilities..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 2:54pm

(Reuters Health) - When academic classes include physical activity, like squats or running in place, students do better on tests, a new study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Doctors still need to tell parents about safe infant sleep practices..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 2:11pm

(Reuters Health) - Parents are more likely to follow safe infant sleep practices when doctors tell them clearly what to do and what to avoid, to minimize the chances of babies getting injured or dying during the night, a U.S. study suggests. .... <view entire article>

Democratic 2020 hopeful Warren still weighing Medicare for All financing options..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 1:06pm

White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is taking heat from her Democratic rivals for her demurrals when asked whether her Medicare for All healthcare plan would require raising taxes on middle-class households. .... <view entire article>

Breastfeeding tied to lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 1:03pm

(Reuters Health) - Women who breastfeed may be less likely to develop diabetes and high blood pressure, a research review suggests. .... <view entire article>

Opioid talks with Teva, distributors could resume Tuesday: attorney..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 12:06pm

Talks to reach a settlement of thousands of lawsuits stemming from the U.S. opioid addiction crisis could resume as soon as Tuesday, an attorney for local governments said on Monday. .... <view entire article>

Trump urges quicker action to allow imported drugs from Canada..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 10:02am

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar to speed up the administration's efforts to allow cheaper medicines to be imported from Canada. .... <view entire article>

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion, same-sex marriage changes..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 9:02am

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland's same-sex marriage ban and restrictions on abortion gathered in Belfast on Monday to prepare for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight. .... <view entire article>

Study shows more thinking problems in former pro soccer players..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 8:57am

(Reuters Health) - A study of more than a thousand former professional soccer players has uncovered significantly more deaths from brain disease than among non-players. .... <view entire article>

Teva, three U.S. drug distributors reach opioid settlement - source..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 5:35am

Drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc and the three biggest U.S. drug distributors reached a settlement on Monday to avoid a trial over their role in the opioid addiction crisis, a source said on Monday. .... <view entire article>

Smith+Nephew CEO steps down over pay, ex-Roche Diagnostics chief to take over..

Date: October 21, 2019 | Time: 5:17am

Smith+Nephew Plc Chief Executive Namal Nawana is stepping down after just 17 months in the role after becoming dissatisfied with his salary at the medical device maker. .... <view entire article>

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