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  • China loosens pig transport ban to ensure supplies amid African swine fever

    December 27, 2018 10:09 AM 122

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has loosened the rules on the transportation of breeder pigs and piglets in provinces that are affected by the African swine fever, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday. Breeder pigs and piglets from counties without outbreaks of the disease will be allowed to be transported to other provinces, the Ministry of Agriculture

  • Sanofi's pediatric hexavalent vaccine approved by U.S. FDA

    December 26, 2018 9:13 PM 102

    PARIS (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sanofi’s new pediatric vaccine immunizing children against six diseases, the French pharmaceutical lab said on Wednesday. Sanofi developed the new vaccine, dubbed Vaxelis, in partnership with Merck. Vaxelis is designed for children aged 6 weeks to 4 years old and is designed to keep them from contracting

  • Opioid abuse up in people who need heart surgery, increasing risk of complications

    December 26, 2018 4:55 PM 96

    (Reuters Health) - The proportion of U.S. heart surgery patients with opioid use disorders has surged in recent years, and a new study suggests addicts are much more likely to develop major surgery complications. Prolonged opioid use is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes as well as endocarditis

  • U.S. drug developer Capricor places Duchenne drug trial on hold

    December 26, 2018 1:57 PM 128

    (Reuters) - Capricor Therapeutics Inc said on Wednesday it had put on hold a clinical trial of its drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a muscle-wasting disorder, citing a safety review. The review follows a severe allergic reaction during infusion of the drug, the company said in a filing here. The patient responded well to medical treatment

  • Thailand approves medical marijuana in New Year's 'gift'

    December 25, 2018 8:45 AM 124

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand approved marijuana for medical use and research on Tuesday, the first legalization of the drug in a region with some of the world’s strictest drug laws. The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in an extra

  • Kansas man getting Christmas wish for '2 front teeth' after present wrapping disaster

    December 24, 2018 6:56 PM 145

    The friends and family of Evans Kamuru pulled together to buy dental implants to replace his two missing front teeth. A Kansas man who lost his front tooth while scrambling to wrap Christmas presents last year will get his wish for two front teeth after a video of him singing a popular holiday jingle was posted to Facebook and set off a chain of secret

  • South African musician plays guitar while undergoing brain surgery

    December 24, 2018 3:09 AM 115

    In this photo supplied by the Department of Neurosurgery, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, taken earlier this month during surgery South African musician, Musa Manzini, plays a guitar during brain surgery. (OnyekaValentine Ilorah for Department of Neurosurgery, Inks Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, via AP) JOHANNESBURG

  • Arkansas reports first pediatric flu death of season, health department says

    December 22, 2018 8:26 PM 168

    The state of Arkansas has experienced its first pediatric flu-related death of the season, health officials confirmed this week. The child, who has not been identified, was between newborn and 4 years of age, the Arkansas Department of Health said Friday, according to THV11. It's not currently clear where in the state the child was from or if he or she had received

  • African boy, 8, brought to US for surgery by NBA great Dikembe Mutombo dies, foundation says

    December 22, 2018 4:57 PM 153

    A boy NBA great Dikembe Mutombo helped bring to the U.S. for surgery died on Friday, his foundation said. (Getty Images) An eight-year-old African boy who was brought to the U.S. for surgery on a facial tumor died Friday night, NBA great Dikembe Mutombo’s Foundation said. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation announced Saturday that Matadi Sela Petit died after

  • Alexion wins early U.S. approval for rare blood disorder drug

    December 21, 2018 5:21 PM 125

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Friday Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc’s rare blood disorder drug Ultomiris, an early backing that also solidifies the company’s dominant market position. The company’s flagship drug, Soliris, was the lone FDA-approved treatment for the blood disorder, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)