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  • Novo Nordisk gets nod from U.S. drug purchaser for new diabetes hope

    February 21, 2018 4:59 PM 22

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Insulin maker Novo Nordisk said its Ozempic diabetes drug had been included on a list of medicines approved for patients covered by U.S. private health schemes, setting the stage for a battle with Eli Lilly’s Trulicity. Novo Nordisk, the world’s biggest insulin maker, launched Ozempic, known generically as semaglutide, in the United

  • Aimmune's peanut allergy drug meets main goal of key study

    February 20, 2018 12:53 PM 24

    (Reuters) - U.S. drug developer Aimmune Therapeutics Inc said on Tuesday its peanut allergy drug met the main goal of an eagerly awaited late-stage study. The company said 67.2 percent of patients administered AR101 aged between 4–17 tolerated at least a 600-mg dose of peanut protein in the exit food challenge, compared to 4.0 percent of patients on placebo

  • Make-a-Wish grants leukemia patient her dream of having a backyard pirate ship

    February 19, 2018 9:35 PM 19

    The Make-a-Wish Foundation made a little girl's seafaring dreams come true, gifting five-year-old Leona Evans her very own backyard pirate ship. Evans is a leukemia patient and often can't play at public playgrounds during treatment because of her delicate immune system. Now she can combine her two favorite things, playing outside and playing pirates

  • Autistic boy gets birthday surprise from 'Army guys' he 'idolizes'

    February 19, 2018 9:15 PM 20

    Half a dozen members of the army stepped up to make an autistic boy's ninth birthday one he'll never forget. A boy with autism who loves the military had a special birthday visit from a few men in fatigues. A group of soldiers from the U.S. Army surprised 9-year-old Riley at his Sacramento area home for his birthday. His mother, Jessica Upchurch, told Fox 40, “He wanted

  • U.S. FDA approves AstraZeneca's immunotherapy for lung cancer

    February 16, 2018 10:22 PM 29

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted approval for expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc‘s, immunotherapy drug, Imfinzi, to treat non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors can’t be surgically removed. The approval was based on a trial testing on 713 patients whose cancer had not progressed after chemotherapy and radiation

  • Brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign struggling to meet goal

    February 15, 2018 10:13 PM 46

    Brazil's Health Ministry says a massive yellow fever vaccination campaign has reached less than 20 percent of the targeted population since it began three weeks ago. Authorities have confirmed 407 cases in the current outbreak, including in areas not previously considered at risk. Of those, 118 have died. The campaign aims to vaccinate more than 20 million

  • Spouses have strong influence on risk for alcohol abuse

    February 15, 2018 8:09 PM 24

    (Reuters Health) - Spouses with uncontrolled drinking problems have a “large and rapid” influence on the likelihood their partner will also be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, according to a long-term study of married couples in Sweden. After a husband was first diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD), his wife’s risk of a similar diagnosis

  • Minnesota renews push for tax on prescription opioids

    February 14, 2018 7:57 PM 26

    (Reuters) - Citing rising opioid fatalities, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday announced a renewed legislative proposal to tax prescription opioid pills to help fund treatment. Minnesota is one of at least 13 states to have considered an opioid tax in recent years to help pay for the fallout from the United States’ opioid epidemic, although

  • FDA approves J&J prostate cancer treatment

    February 14, 2018 7:16 PM 26

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Johnson & Johnson’s Erleada treatment for use in prostate cancer patients whose cancer has not spread but continues to grow despite hormone therapy. The approval was based on a trial goal that measured the length of time tumors did not spread to other parts of the body, or death

  • Conjoined 13-month-old twin girls successfully separated, hospital says

    February 14, 2018 12:00 AM 44

    Hospital personnel wheel conjoined twins, Anna and Hope Richards, to surgery to separate the toddler girls on Jan. 13. The girls who were born in 2016 were conjoined at the chest and abdomen. (Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children's Hospital via AP) A Texas hospital announced the successful operation separating twin baby girls who were conjoined at the chest