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  • Gilead Sciences to hire Roche executive O'Day as new CEO: source

    December 10, 2018 2:52 AM 116

    (Reuters) - Drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc will name Roche Holding AG executive Daniel O’Day as its new chief executive officer, according to a source familiar with the matter. The announcement of O’Day’s hiring could come as early as Monday, the source said. It is not clear when O’Day, currently the CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals, will start at Gilead

  • Michigan boy, 12, rakes leaves to raise money for gravestone of friend who died of cancer

    December 10, 2018 2:17 AM 487

    The best friend of a 12-year-old boy who lost his life to Leukemia has decided to raise money to pay for a headstone. Kaleb Klakulak and Kenneth “K.J.” Gross had been BFFs since second grade before K.J. died in May of congestive heart failure after years of chemotherapy to fight leukemia. Now, Kaleb, a 12-year-old Michigan boy, is working odd jobs to raise

  • Exclusive: Dutch hospitals to drop U.S. body brokers, cite ethical concerns

    December 8, 2018 7:14 PM 117

    AMSTERDAM - Two major Dutch hospitals say they will stop importing human body parts from American firms, which they have been doing without any regulation for a decade. The hospitals told Reuters in recent weeks they made their decisions on ethical grounds. The move comes amid investigations by U.S. law enforcement into some so-called body brokers - companies

  • Mom with cancer whose search for bone marrow donor went viral gives birth to twins

    December 7, 2018 4:59 PM 125

    Susie Rabaca, 36, delivered a boy and a girl on Thursday and now faces a bone marrow transplant. (Fox 11) A California mother who was diagnosed with leukemia while pregnant with twins gave birth to a boy and girl on Thursday, named Rainy and Ryan. Susie Rabaca, whose search for a bone marrow donor went viral last month, is reported to be doing well, according

  • J&J unit to pay $360 million to U.S. to resolve charity kickback probe

    December 6, 2018 10:17 PM 124

    BOSTON (Reuters) - A Johnson & Johnson unit will pay the U.S. government $360 million to resolve an investigation into its financial support of a charity that helped Medicare patients cover out-of-pocket drug costs, the Justice Department said on Thursday. The settlement with Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc, which became a subsidiary of J&J following

  • Migrants tend to be healthier, live longer: study

    December 6, 2018 5:01 AM 125

    (Reuters) - Migrants tend to be healthier than the residents of wealthy countries they travel to, such as the United States, and often help fight diseases by becoming healthcare workers in those nations, according to a study published on Wednesday. The two-year study found that migrants, in general, have a greater life expectancy than residents of host countries

  • AbbVie halts late-stage trial for lung cancer drug Rova-T

    December 5, 2018 10:36 PM 111

    (Reuters) - AbbVie Inc said on Wednesday it had halted enrollment for a late stage trial of Rova-T as a second-line therapy for advanced small-cell lung cancer, following recommendations made by an independent data monitoring committee. The committee’s recommendations were based on shorter overall survival in the Rova-T arm, compared with the topotecan

  • Florida firefighter donates kidney to help save stranger

    December 5, 2018 7:27 PM 127

    Heidi Hughes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is thankful and says she intends to take good care of Blair's gift. (iStock) The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports doctors at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, removed a kidney from 41-year-old Edgewater firefighter David Blair on Nov. 15 and prepped 33-year-old Heidi Hughes to receive it. The surgery

  • Sierra Leone doctors strike over conditions, nurses may follow

    December 5, 2018 2:34 PM 122

    FREETOWN (Reuters) - Doctors in Sierra Leone’s public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they may follow suit. Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s poorest countries and its public hospitals lack equipment. The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic killed nearly 4000 people, including more than 250 medical

  • U.S. FDA removes safety warning from Smith & Nephew's diabetic gel

    December 5, 2018 2:32 PM 114

    (Reuters) - British medical products maker Smith & Nephew said on Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the removal of a safety warning on its treatment for lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers. The label on the box of the Regranex gel since 2008 warned of “increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy