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  • South Africa detects foot and mouth disease in Limpopo province

    January 8, 2019 10:53 AM 30

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The highly contagious foot and mouth disease, which poses a threat to the livestock industry, has been detected in a northern district of South Africa’s Limpopo province, the country said on Tuesday. Positive laboratory results for the viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, were taken in the Vhembe

  • Sanofi to pay Regeneron $462 million in revised immuno-oncology deal

    January 7, 2019 5:25 PM 40

    PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi will pay Regeneron some $462 million in a revision of their deal in immuno-oncology, a growing sector in healthcare research which aims to help the body’s own immune system fight cancer. The two companies said the new arrangement would give France’s Sanofi increased flexibility to advance its early-stage immuno-oncology pipeline

  • Boy survives horrific injury after bolt pierces skull

    January 7, 2019 3:30 PM 42

    A 5-year-old boy somehow escaped a severe brain injury after a water pump explosion caused a metal bolt to pierce his skull, missing his brain by just millimeters. Chhabila Jumar, of Kathariya, India, was reportedly playing in a field near the broken pump while it was being repaired, according to SWNS. At some point, the pump’s fan belt snapped and sent fragments

  • High rate of food allergies seen in U.S. adults

    January 4, 2019 8:16 PM 30

    (Reuters Health) - More than 10 percent of American adults are allergic to at least one food, a new study suggests. Among more than 40,000 adults surveyed, 10.8 percent reported the kinds of severe symptoms that are consistent with a food allergy, and another 8.2 percent said they believed they had food allergies, but their symptoms suggested other causes

  • China strengthens slaughter regulations to combat African swine fever

    January 3, 2019 5:22 AM 34

    (This version of the January 2nd story corrects 10th paragraph to show more than 200,000 pigs culled on infected farms, not in total) BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday that slaughterhouses will need to run African swine fever virus tests for pig products before selling them to the market, in a move to control spread of the highly

  • Woman develops donor's peanut allergy after lung transplant

    December 31, 2018 2:18 PM 33

    There have only been about four or five case reports in which organ recipients have acquired peanut allergies with anaphylaxis following a lung transplant. (iStock) Sometimes, you just really want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And, as long as you're not allergic to the ingredients, that's totally fine. At least, that's what one woman thought

  • International traveler with measles arrived at New Jersey airport, state health officials say; warn of possible exposure

    December 29, 2018 9:14 PM 54

    An individual who flew to a New Jersey airport on Christmas Eve has a confirmed case of the measles, health officials said Friday, while warning that others could’ve potentially been exposed. (iStock) An individual who flew to a New Jersey airport on Christmas Eve has a confirmed case of the measles, health officials said Friday, warning that others

  • Minnesota hospital staff welcomes 32 babies in 2018: 'If we try to do a playdate, it’s going to be pure chaos'

    December 28, 2018 5:18 PM 47

    And next year is shaping up to be another “baby boom” too. Thirty-one members of the staff at the St. Cloud Hospital’s Family Birthing Unit in St. Cloud, Minn., welcomed a total of 32 babies in 2018 ─ one had twins ─ doubling the previous in-house record set by staffers years before. “A while back they had 15 or 17 in one year and that was a lot, so I think

  • Scheduled dialysis for undocumented immigrants saves money and lives

    December 28, 2018 4:17 PM 40

    (Reuters Health) - Providing scheduled dialysis for undocumented immigrants with kidney failure, rather than offering them only emergency dialysis, dramatically reduces deaths, healthcare use and costs, a study in Texas suggests. The difference was so significant that the study authors recommend scheduled, three-times-a-week dialysis as the universal

  • 'Selfie wrist' an emerging hazard of digital age, doctor warns

    December 27, 2018 11:13 AM 63

    Young flamenco dancers take a selfie before performing in the street during the 26th International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Associated Press) Your next selfie could be your most painful one, a California doctor has warned. Dr. Levi Harrison, a San Francisco-based physician, is warning people about selfie wrist caused by people