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Republicans scramble for health bill votes after Trump ultimatum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican lawmakers struggling to overcome differences over new healthcare legislation confronted a stark choice after President Donald Trump delivered an ultimatum: pass the bill on Friday or keep Obamacare in place. Learn More


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House clears way for debate on Trump-backed healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday cleared the way for a contentious debate on legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more limited federal healthcare insurance program. More »


Caregiver nuns model skillful ways to speak to infirm seniors

(Reuters Health) - The sisters caring for cognitively impaired elderly nuns in a Midwestern convent spoke to their care recipients in a way that sounded strikingly different to linguistic anthropologist Anna Corwin. More »


Israel looks to leverage tech in $50 billion medical marijuana market

Tel Aviv (Reuters) - Israel, a leader in marijuana research and health technology, is attracting international investment as it tries to position itself as a cutting-edge exporter in the rapidly-growing market for medical-grade cannabis. More »


Drugmaker Lilly to invest $850 million in U.S. operations in 2017

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday it would invest $850 million in its U.S. operations this year, and the drugmaker signaled it would be willing to spend more if the Trump administration were to overhaul tax laws. More »


China confirms outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on Hunan egg farms

BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu at a poultry farm in Hunan province in the southern part of the country, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement on Friday. More »


South Africa to try Japanese drug against resistant form of TB

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa launched a new drug program to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) on Friday in a bid to combat the leading cause of natural deaths in Africa's most industrialized economy. More »


EMA panel backs Novo Nordisk's hemophilia B drug

(Reuters) - A panel of the European Medicines Agency said it recommended granting marketing approval to Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk's hemophilia B drug. More »


Judge dismisses two Express Scripts claims in Anthem drug pricing lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed two of the six counterclaims that pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co raised in health insurer's Anthem Inc's $15 billion lawsuit claiming it charged too much for drugs. More »


Shares slump after Xenon Pharmaceuticals abandons acne drug

(Reuters) - Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc's shares tumbled 45 percent in premarket trading on Friday after the drug developer said it would discontinue developing its acne drug as it failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study. More »


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