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  • AstraZeneca among backers as Swiss cancer biotech raises $200 million

    October 23, 2017 11:56 AM 39

    LONDON (Reuters) - An unlisted Swiss biotech company focused on developing “armed antibodies” to fight cancer has raised $200 million in a funding round backed by AstraZeneca and other private backers. The new money will allow ADC Therapeutics (ADCT) to advance two experimental drugs into clinical trials next year, which could be used to seek regulatory

  • Henna artist from Idaho uses talents to help cancer patients

    October 20, 2017 1:00 AM 38

    Dana Bellefeuille brings smiles, support and the gift of art to an 8-year-old girl is diagnosed with leukemia. A henna artist from Idaho is using her talents to help children with cancer. Dana Bellefeuille, with Henna and Cake, a skin care service in Coeur d’Alene, helped 7-year-old cancer patient Alex feel like a real-life princess when she drew a “henna

  • FDA OKs 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer; 1st for adults

    October 18, 2017 10:39 PM 33

    The Food and Drug Administration approved sales of the therapy from Kite Pharma on Wednesday. The treatment involves removing immune system cells called T cells from a patient, reprogramming them to target and kill cancer cells and giving them back to the patient. It uses the same technology as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S., Novartis AG's treatment

  • Michigan university could be first offering marijuana-based curriculum

    October 17, 2017 10:54 AM 71

    A Michigan college is believed to be the first in the nation to offer up a marijuana-based undergraduate curriculum. If you’re ready for a joke about “Pot University” or class times at 4:20 p.m. you’re likely not the caliber of student cut out for the classes — as the professors linked to the program at Northern Michigan University explain: this is a tough

  • Pregnant woman who survived Las Vegas massacre gives birth 2 days later

    October 17, 2017 1:17 AM 68

    A pregnant woman and her boyfriend who escaped the Las Vegas shooting welcomed their little bundle of joy into the world just two days after they'd been fleeing gunfire. Baby Wyatt was born on Oct. 3 in Las Vegas to parents Markie Coffer and Travis Matheson. The couple was attending the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. They were excited

  • Hospitals in England to ban 'super-size' chocolate bars

    October 16, 2017 1:04 AM 66

    "Super-sized" chocolate bars are to be banished from hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, NHS England says. Sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be 250 calories or under, the head of the body says. Under the plans, most "grab bags" will be banned - with hospitals given a cash boost for facilitating the change. The proposals would also see 75% of pre-packed

  • Woman gives birth, then loses all 4 limbs to flesh-eating disease

    October 15, 2017 7:46 PM 38

    Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman was diagnosed with flesh-eating disease four days after her son was born in March and now she is a quadruple amputee. Last week, the woman and her fiance filed a negligence lawsuit in Nova Scotia Supreme Court against the hospital where she gave birth, IWK Health Center, and five doctors. "What Lindsey and her family

  • GlaxoSmithKline's shingles vaccine gets approval in Canada

    October 13, 2017 7:00 PM 28

    (Reuters) - Canadian health regulators have approved GlaxoSmithKline’s key shingles vaccine, the company said on Friday. Shingrix, the British pharma company’s shingles vaccine for people aged 50 years or older, was unanimously recommended for approval by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel last week. Older people are most at risk of an outbreak

  • UK anti-trust regulator investigates South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare

    October 13, 2017 4:05 PM 30

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Britain’s competition regulator has launched an investigation into Africa’s biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare over alleged anticompetitive conduct in the supply of blood pressure and arthritis drugs, Aspen said on Friday. “The investigation is at an early, information-gathering stage and the CMA has confirmed that, at this time, it has not reached

  • Sanofi invests 170 million euros in French vaccines facility

    October 12, 2017 5:08 AM 33

    PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi will invest 170 million euros ($202 million) to expand its vaccines manufacturing site at Val-de-Reuil in north-western France, in a drive aimed at boosting the production of one of its influenza vaccines. The French drugmaker said on Thursday that the new facility would allow its Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division to expand the supply