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  • China first to approve AstraZeneca, FibroGen anaemia drug

    December 18, 2018 11:20 AM 19

    LONDON (Reuters) - China has become the first country to approve a new anaemia drug from AstraZeneca and FibroGen, well before decisions by regulators in the United States or Europe. Despite the early win, the two partners said on Tuesday they did not expect to launch roxadustat in China until the second half of 2019. FibroGen sponsored the development

  • St. Louis woman, 18, serenaded by Jason Mraz dies while waiting for new lungs

    December 17, 2018 11:21 PM 22

    Madison Taliaferro, 18, "passed away peacefully" on Saturday at the St. Louis Children's Hospital Missouri, after she lost a "courageous-long-fought battle," a funeral home obituary stated. (Google Earth) A Kansas teen with cystic fibrosis who was recently serenaded by Jason Mraz reportedly died while awaiting a new pair of lungs. Madison Taliaferro

  • Evofem shares surge as contraceptive gel meets late-stage trial goal

    December 17, 2018 3:42 PM 15

    (Reuters) - Shares of Evofem Biosciences Inc jumped as much as 38 percent on Monday after its birth control gel showed effectiveness in a late-stage study, bringing the first hormone-free contraceptive close to approval. Male condoms and oral pills dominate the $5.5 billion contraceptive market in the United States. However, oral pills cause side effects

  • China confirms new African swine fever cases in Sichuan, Heilongjiang

    December 17, 2018 4:12 AM 17

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed two new cases of African swine fever, as the disease continues to spread through the world’s largest hog herd, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said late on Sunday in a statement on its website. One outbreak occurred on a farm of 210 pigs in Yanting county in the southwestern province of Sichuan, killing

  • 10 dead, 32 hospitalized after suspected food poisoning at Indian temple ceremony

    December 14, 2018 7:25 PM 21

    At least 10 people in southern India died Friday of suspected food poisoning after a ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Hindu temple, police said. Another 32 people were hospitalized after they ate at the ceremony in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka state, south of the state capital of Bangalore, said police officer Mahadev, who uses one name. Eight

  • Man left paralyzed for 2 days after taking weight loss supplements, report says

    December 14, 2018 6:18 PM 19

    It turned out the man, originally from Brazil, had been taking Killer Bee’s fat burner for two months, which triggered his TPP. (iStock) A man was left "paralyzed" for two days after common weight loss supplements triggered toxicity in his blood. The 33-year-old was admitted to hospital suffering weak arms and legs but had no history of spinal trauma

  • Woman’s tweets detailing heart attack go viral: ‘I was lucky’

    December 13, 2018 10:50 PM 28

    A woman who recently survived a heart attack is using her experience to remind others how symptoms of the sometimes fatal occurrence can differ for men and women. The woman, identified only as Twitter user @gwheezie, took to the social media platform on Sunday to share her story, detailing what she later realized were signs of a heart attack. “I want to warn women

  • South Africa's Aspen strikes distribution deal with U.S. drugmaker Mylan

    December 13, 2018 6:08 PM 24

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Aspen Pharmacare has struck a deal with U.S. generics maker Mylan to distribute a portfolio of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Australia and New Zealand. The arrangement by Aspen Global Incorporated and its Australian subsidiaries includes an option for Mylan to buy the portfolio for approximately 188 million Australian

  • Diabetic amputations on the rise in the U.S

    December 12, 2018 8:44 PM 24

    (Reuters Health) - - A growing number of people with diabetes in the U.S. are losing toes and feet to the disease by the time they reach middle age, according to a study that suggests a reversal after years of progress against diabetes. When people with diabetes have poorly controlled blood sugar, over time this can restrict blood flow to the lower legs and lead to nerve

  • Model awarded $125G after she unknowingly became face of HIV

    December 12, 2018 7:08 PM 26

    Avril Nolan, pictured in 2013, was awarded $125,000 from the Division of Human Rights for using her face in newspaper spots with the words, “I am positive” and “I have rights” for its 2013 public health campaign. (Getty) A Brooklyn model has been awarded $125,000 after she unwittingly became the face of HIV when a state agency used her stock photo