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  • China agriculture ministry says Hunan county hit by swine fever lifts restrictions

    December 21, 2018 3:19 AM 141

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday that the government of Baojing County in the southern province of Hunan has lifted swine fever restrictions. Baojing, in the western part of the province, reported China’s 50th case of the deadly disease in November. The outbreak killed four pigs, prompting a ban on the transportation of live hogs and pork products

  • U.S. FDA approves new protocol for study on Bayer's birth control device

    December 20, 2018 7:26 PM 102

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new protocol for a post-marketing study of Bayer AG’s Essure birth-control device, as the regulator seeks more information on the device’s safety. The study would now monitor here women implanted with the devices for five years, up from three years, and would need additional blood

  • U.S. agency recommends opioid overdose antidote to high-risk patients

    December 19, 2018 8:49 PM 116

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday recommended prescribing or co-prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, to high-risk patients. The agency’s recommendation comes a day after an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) narrowly recommended prescribing the drug, along with addictive

  • Tennessee dad faces fatal, untreatable illness as family hopes for cure

    December 18, 2018 5:03 PM 118

    Tony Gibson, a 32-year-old welder and ironworker, initially showed symptoms of confusion and forgetfulness earlier this year. (iStock) A Tennessee father who was given a year to live after being diagnosed with an extremely rare degenerative illness now requires 24-hour care at a nursing facility as his family hopes for a cure for the currently untreatable

  • China first to approve AstraZeneca, FibroGen anaemia drug

    December 18, 2018 11:20 AM 130

    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 124

    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 125

    (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 118

    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 105

    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 107

    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