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  • Merck's Keytruda wins FDA nod for treating blood cancer

    March 14, 2017 10:26 PM 20

    Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday it had got a nod from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its already-approved immunotherapy drug Keytruda as a treatment for a type of blood cancer. The nod from the FDA marks the first approval of the treatment for blood cancer. Keytruda is already approved for treating lung, head and neck cancers, among others

  • The GOP masterminds behind Obamacare’s ‘death spiral’

    March 14, 2017 10:19 PM 20

    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) says Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” and he should know: He’s the one who cut the power to Obamacare’s engines and pointed its nose downward. President Trump says, “ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse,” and he should know: He’s the one who placed the explosives under Obamacare’s foundation. House Energy

  • FDA Advisory Panel Says Benefits of Painkiller Opana ER No Longer Outweigh Risks

    March 14, 2017 9:29 PM 20

    FDA must now decide whether to take regulatory action against Endo Pharmaceuticals’ Opana ER The benefits of an opioid painkiller linked to a 2015 HIV outbreak in Indiana no longer outweigh the risks, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded Tuesday. The FDA asked the experts to review the drug, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Opana

  • Teen asks 9-year-old boy battling cancer to prom

    March 14, 2017 5:06 PM 22

    A 9-year-old Virginia boy will soon take a brief break from battling stage 4 cancer to escort a neighborhood teen to her high school prom. Beckett Wyatt, who was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma in June, received his Hamilton-themed “promposal” from an older sister of one of his classmates, WRIC reported. “I wanted to take Beckett because what if he never

  • Trump: Letting Obamacare implode on its own 'certainly an option'

    March 13, 2017 6:08 PM 19

    President Donald Trump on Monday warned that Republicans “are putting themselves in a very bad position” by repealing and replacing Obamacare and said that letting it “implode” is still an option. Trump blasted Obamacare on Monday morning, telling so-called “victims” of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that “a lot of people in the Senate

  • Juan Williams: The worst 'TrumpCare' surprise of all

    March 13, 2017 3:35 PM 18

    How can President Trump and the GOP Congress escape the political damage from their failed pledge to produce a better healthcare plan than ObamaCare — one that covers more people, offers more choice and is cheaper? If Congress can’t pass the current flawed Republican plan, Trump told leading conservative groups last week, he has a Plan B. It is to keep badmouthing

  • Belgium's Tigenix says heart attack stem cell trial successful

    March 13, 2017 8:00 AM 21

    BRUSSELS Belgian biotech group Tigenix said on Monday its medical trial with a novel treatment for patients at risk of heart failure after a coronary attack was successful. The group said patients treated in its PhaseI/II trial of donor-derived expanded cardiac stem cells (AlloCSC) showed no side-effects and all of them continued to live after 30 days, six months

  • Trump said no Americans would lose coverage under Obamacare repeal. Paul Ryan won’t make that promise

    March 13, 2017 12:14 AM 24

    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that he doesn’t know how many Americans would lose coverage under his proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act, which is under fire from fellow Republicans, AARP and virtually every sector of the U.S. health care industry. “I can’t answer that question,” Ryan said in an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation

  • The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal

    March 11, 2017 5:24 PM 27

    The risks mounted steadily throughout this past week. The insurance and health care industry cited likely damage to medical coverage for millions of Americans. Conservatives fought the bill on the grounds that it did too little to reduce subsidies. And House leaders moved forward even though the influential Congressional Budget Office has yet to assess

  • Ryan becomes face of GOP health plan

    March 11, 2017 2:32 PM 20

    Ryan has been on a full-court media blitz to make the public sales pitch since the House GOP legislation was unveiled early this week. He’s appeared repeatedly on conservative media with top hosts including Fox News's Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, with more such interviews expected. Perhaps most memorably, Ryan made a show of a PowerPoint presentation