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  • Russia reports two outbreaks of bird flu

    December 30, 2016 11:52 AM 17

    MOSCOW Russia has registered outbreaks of bird flu on two poultry farms in its southern regions of Krasnodar and Rostov, the agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in two statements on Friday. Bird flu was found among turkey in the Rostov region and among geese in the Krasnodar region, it said. The watchdog did not say which strain of avian

  • Report shows death rates spiking due to opioids

    December 30, 2016 1:05 AM 26

    Numbers from a recent report showed drug overdose deaths involving opioids spiking nationwide, affecting many families and loved ones. A recent report from the New York Times said the number of deaths between 1999 and 2014 has nearly tripled in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said; more than 47,000 of those deaths were accidental

  • Psychiatric conditions increase risk of long-term opioid use

    December 29, 2016 8:35 PM 21

    Researchers find link between psychiatric conditions and an increase in long-term opioid use. WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A study by Wolters Kluwer Health finds that pre-existing psychiatric conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs increase a person's risk of long-term use of opioid pain medication. Researchers used a nationwide insurance database

  • Slovakia reports outbreak of severe bird flu: OIE

    December 29, 2016 5:18 PM 10

    PARIS Slovakia has confirmed an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday, citing a report from the country's agriculture ministry. The disease was detected among laying hens in a backyard in the capital Bratislava. It killed 64 out of 65 birds exposed to the virus, with the remaining

  • Gates Foundation to Invest Up to $140 Million in HIV Prevention Device

    December 29, 2016 3:00 PM 10

    Intarcia Therapeutics is developing implantable pump which holds six or 12 months’ supply of medicine The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere from becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes

  • 32 Happy New Year Wishes and Images

    December 29, 2016 2:38 PM 29

    Ring in the New Year by enjoying and sharing this collection of happy New Year wishes and New Year images. The New Year brings with it a fresh start and a sense of rejuvenation and rebirth. We often make New Year's resolutions in an attempt to improve ourselves and the lives of those around us. Expressing our love, gratitude and appreciation to others

  • BRIEF-Argenx publishes seminal data supporting therapeutic potential of ARGX-110

    December 29, 2016 6:18 AM 15

    * Publication of new preclinical data on CD70/CD27 pathway that provide further rationale for ARGX-110 therapy for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) * Data show CD70/CD27 pathway to be critical in biology of leukemic stem cells, and critical therapeutic intervention using a CD70-targeted antibody to enable selective targeting of leukemic stem cells

  • Alere Files Appeal With CMS Judge Over Medicare Billing Decision

    December 28, 2016 11:43 PM 18

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services alleged Alere’s Arriva Medical unit submitted claims for deceased patients and revoked its Medicare enrollment Health-care diagnostics company Alere Inc. is taking steps to get Medicare billing privileges reinstated for its Arriva Medical LLC diabetes unit, challenging the actions of the Centers for Medicare

  • FTC requires divestitures in $13.53 billion Boehringer-Sanofi deal

    December 28, 2016 7:26 PM 21

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to divest five types of animal health products to settle FTC charges that a proposed asset swap with Sanofi would harm competition. The proposed asset swap involved Boehringer Ingelheim's acquisition of Sanofi's $13.5 billion

  • Financial penalties reduce hospital readmissions: Study

    December 28, 2016 2:07 PM 18

    Study finds penalties for hospital readmissions do work to reduce readmission rates. NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Financial penalties work in reducing hospital readmission rates, according to a new study by the Yale University School of Medicine. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, or HRRP, was enacted as part of the Patient Protection