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  • Greece makes measles vaccination appeal amid European spike

    September 22, 2017 11:01 AM 21

    Health authorities in Greece have issued a public appeal to participate in vaccination and booster shot programs following a spike in measles cases in the country amid an outbreak in Europe. The Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 166 cases had been reported in the country in 2016-17, with an increase in recent days. More than 17,000 measles

  • Roche receives EU approval for Gazyvaro, European approval for Actemra

    September 22, 2017 5:32 AM 36

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche said it has received European approval for its Actemra medication in giant cell arteritis (GCA), the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday. “As the first effective non-steroid therapy for GCA, Actemra/RoActemra has the potential to fundamentally change how this condition is treated,” Sandra Horning, Roche’s chief medical officer and global

  • Versartis growth hormone drug fails key study, shares sink

    September 21, 2017 10:00 PM 22

    (Reuters) - Versartis Inc said its experimental drug for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children did not meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending its shares tanking 85 percent. The drug, somavaratan, is a long-acting recombinant human growth hormone. The company said patients receiving somavaratan failed to show non-inferiority

  • 7-year-old fitted with 3-D printed hand to throw first pitch at World Series

    September 21, 2017 5:35 PM 50

    Hailey Dawson, 7, was invited to throw out the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series. (FOX5 Vegas) The 7-year-old Las Vegas girl who made headlines for wanting to throw a pitch at every MLB ballpark will take the mound this fall to toss the ceremonial first pitch during Game 4 of the World Series. Hailey Dawson, who was born with Poland syndrome

  • Merck KGaA, Pfizer's cancer drug Bavencio gets EU nod

    September 21, 2017 7:21 AM 33

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European regulators on Thursday granted market approval for Merck KGaA and Pfizer’s immuno-oncology drug Bavencio to treat a rare and aggressive type of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma. In May, Bavencio was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat bladder cancer and in March to treat Merkel cell carcinoma

  • Hospital lets kids drive themselves to operating room

    September 20, 2017 12:47 AM 58

    Rady Children's Hospital unveils remote control cars that will transport young patients to the operating room in San Diego (Copyright Reuters 2017) LOS ANGELES – A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room. The cars at the Rady Children's

  • 9 of 10 docs unprepared to prescribe marijuana

    September 20, 2017 12:38 AM 80

    "Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation," said senior author Dr. Laura Jean Bierut, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Physicians in training need to know the benefits and drawbacks associated with medical marijuana so they know when or if, and to whom, to prescribe the drug," she explained

  • Shaken baby syndrome found to be evidence-based diagnosis

    September 19, 2017 5:59 PM 67

    Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Physicians have come to a consensus that shaken baby syndrome is an evidence-based diagnosis, despite controversy in courts and the media. Shaken Baby Syndrome: Science vs. Myth will be presented today at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. According to the Centers for Disease Control

  • Naval hospital removes staff seen in inappropriate pictures with newborns

    September 19, 2017 5:52 PM 56

    Naval Hospital Jacksonville, not pictured here, issued a statement shortly after the images began circulating. (iStock) A hospital in Florida said it has identified and removed the employees who were pictured making inappropriate gestures with a newborn baby and making another one dance to a rap video. The photos, allegedly taken by a nurse employed

  • College footballer dies after complaining of illness following game

    September 18, 2017 6:28 PM 26

    A senior offensive lineman for College of Wooster died suddenly after helping his team to a 38-20 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. Clayton Geib, 21, fell ill after joining his teammates in the locker room and was taken to Wooster Community Hospital, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Geib, a chemistry major, died Sunday at the hospital. A cause of death