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  • Britain's AstraZeneca to buy 9.8 percent stake in France's Innate Pharma

    October 23, 2018 5:45 AM 23

    PARIS (Reuters) - British drugmaker AstraZeneca will buy a newly issued equity stake of 9.8 percent in smaller French peer Innate Pharma, as consolidation intensifies in the healthcare sector. AstraZeneca will buy the stake via around 6.26 million new shares being issued to it at a price of 10 euros per share, the companies said on Tuesday. Innate Pharma

  • Childhood obesity tied to severe hip disorder

    October 22, 2018 9:31 PM 20

    (Reuters Health) - Kids who are obese may be more likely to develop a severe hip disorder than children who are not overweight, a UK study suggests. The disorder, known as slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), is one of the most common hip problems in children and adolescents. It can lead the ball at the head of the thigh bone to slip backward and often

  • Sanofi drug Dupixent wins FDA approval to treat asthma

    October 20, 2018 1:20 AM 36

    (Reuters) - France’s Sanofi SA said on Friday eczema drug Dupixent was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an additional maintenance therapy in patients with two types of asthma. Dupixent, co-developed with U.S.-based Regeneron, received approval to treat patients with eosinophilic asthma and those dependent on anti-inflammatory steroids

  • Court dismisses Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling

    October 19, 2018 2:11 AM 25

    (Reuters) - Australia’s competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court’s decision on whether Pfizer Inc’s local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sought leave to appeal against

  • Bulgaria reports bird flu outbreak on two farms in south

    October 18, 2018 3:50 PM 22

    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bird flu has broken out on a duck farm and a poultry farm in southern Bulgaria, the country’s food safety agency said on Thursday. All ducks and chickens at the farms in the village of Voivodovo will be culled, the agency said, without identifying the strain of the virus. It also banned the trade and movement of domestic, wild and other

  • Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell

    October 18, 2018 2:10 PM 17

    Cazenovia High School sophomore Jake Tobin, left, helps Fairport High School senior Luke Fortner, center, during a cross country race in Auburn, N.Y. Fortner, who is legally blind, fell towards the end of the race but was assisted by Tobin, and Jerry Thompson, right, his running aide. (AP) AUBURN, N.Y. – A New York high school cross-country athlete is being

  • China bans pigs and pork products imports from Moldova

    October 17, 2018 8:59 AM 25

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned imports of pigs and pork products from Moldova to prevent spread of African swine fever, Chinese customs said on Wednesday. The ban followed five African swine fever outbreaks reported in Moldova, the customs said in a statement on its website. China also ordered the return or destruction of products shipped from the European

  • Wegmans recalls store brand hummus that 'may contain pieces of black plastic'

    October 16, 2018 9:35 PM 26

    Attention, Wegmans customers: the company is recalling its own hummus products. The hummus involved in the recall includes the 8-ounce and 32-ounce sizes of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Original Hummus. The 8-ounce version has the Universal Product Code (UPC) 77890-26213, while the 32-ounce version has the UPC 77890-26221. Wegmans noted the recall

  • FDA approves Pfizer's drug for advanced breast cancer

    October 16, 2018 4:29 PM 25

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it approved Pfizer Inc’s drug for an advanced form of breast cancer tied to an inherited gene mutation. The drug, talazoparib, belongs to a closely watched class of new medicines called PARP inhibitors, which block enzymes involved in repairing damaged DNA, thereby helping to kill cancer

  • Chinese drug regulator fines Changsheng Bio-Tech unit over vaccine scandal

    October 16, 2018 11:36 AM 27

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s drug regulator imposed penalties on a unit of Changsheng Bio-Technology worth 9.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) over a vaccine scandal, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The penalties involved a fine and the confiscation of illegal earnings. The drug authority also banned 14 executives of Changsheng Bio-Technology from working