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  • China says to take tough steps to fight African swine fever

    November 19, 2018 7:09 AM 140

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will take tough steps to wipe out African swine fever and will crack down on any behavior that delays or covers up cases of the disease from being reported, a senior official at the agricultural ministry said. That came after the first case of the fever in Sichuan province, the country’s leading pig-herding region, was confirmed

  • Novartis' blood disorder drug gets FDA approval for expanded use

    November 16, 2018 11:11 PM 141

    (Reuters) - Novartis AG said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of its low platelets drug to treat patients with a rare, genetic blood disorder. The drug, Promacta, received the green light as a combination with standard immunosuppressive therapy to treat patients two years and older suffering from treatment-resistant severe

  • China reports first African swine fever case in wild boar

    November 16, 2018 11:18 AM 116

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said it had found African swine fever virus in a dead wild boar in Jilin province, the agriculture ministry said in a statement released on its website on Friday, the nation’s first case confirmed among wild hogs. The new case was found in Baishan city, Jilin province, in northeastern China, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural

  • Key AstraZeneca lung cancer treatment misses study goal

    November 16, 2018 10:35 AM 114

    (Reuters) - AstraZeneca (AZN.L) said on Friday its immunotherapy drug Imfinzi did not meet the main goal of improving survival rates for patients with the most advanced form of lung cancer, putting pressure on its shares. The study, known as “Mystic”, was among the industry’s most anticipated clinical experiments and was viewed as central to proving

  • China confirms African swine fever in top pig region Sichuan

    November 16, 2018 2:39 AM 114

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s agricultural ministry confirmed on Friday the first outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the southwest province of Sichuan, the country’s top pig-producing region, raising the likelihood of a major impact to pork supplies in coming months. The outbreak was found on a farm of 40 pigs in Yibin city, in Sichuan’s southeast

  • Houston company recalls nearly 7,000 pounds of chicken salad

    November 15, 2018 2:07 PM 117

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the recall by Ron's Home Style Foods. (USDA) A Houston company has recalled nearly 3½ tons (2.72 metric tons) of ready-to-eat chicken salad that regulators say may be contaminated with listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the recall by Ron's Home Style Foods

  • US officials report a record number of tick diseases

    November 14, 2018 6:30 PM 131

    New reports estimate that every state in the U.S. has seen cases of Lyme disease. What exactly is the tick-riddled disease and how can you be sure you have it? U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year. The 2017 tally of more than 59,000 cases is a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The Centers

  • Man whose wife died after collapse at hospital gets apology

    November 14, 2018 6:24 PM 124

    Laura Levis was eventually found unresponsive by a firefighter on the bench 29 feet from hospital's main entrance. (iStock) BOSTON – A Massachusetts man whose wife collapsed outside a locked hospital emergency room door and later died has received a face-to-face apology from the chief executive of the hospital's parent company. Patrick Wardell, CEO of Cambridge

  • Sobi buys rights to AstraZeneca infant drug for $1.5 billion upfront

    November 13, 2018 8:34 AM 124

    LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca (AZN.L) has taken another step to refocus on priority drugs by selling U.S. rights to a treatment for infant lung infections to Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (SOBIV.ST) for an upfront fee of $1.5 billion. Around 130 AstraZeneca staff will transfer to Sobi as the Swedish company, widely known as Sobi, takes over marketing of the treatment

  • British tourist dies after contracting rabies from cat bite in Morocco

    November 12, 2018 2:17 PM 215

    A British tourist died after she contracted rabies when she was bitten by a cat during a vacation in Morocco, officials announced Monday. Health officials in England said there was “no risk” to the public following the death. The person’s name was not released. “There is no risk to the wider public in relation to this case but, as a precautionary measure