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U.S. Republican leaders seek votes for healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prospects for U.S. House passage of a healthcare system overhaul before President Donald Trump's 100th day in office dimmed on Thursday as Republicans struggled to find the needed votes, lawmakers and aides said. Learn More

 

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FDA approves Bayer's Stivarga to treat most common liver cancer

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has approved Bayer AG's drug Stivarga to treat liver cancer, the first such approval in nearly a decade. More »

 

South Korea fines Novartis $49 million over kickbacks, suspends insurance payment

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Thursday it has fined Swiss drugmaker Novartis 55.1 billion won ($48.80 million) for offering doctors kickbacks to recommend the company's drugs, and also suspended insurance coverage for some of its drugs. More »

 

Police-associated injury not on the rise in U.S.

(Reuters Health) - Despite increased attention to deaths and injuries resulting from clashes with police, U.S. emergency department visits for police-associated injuries have remained stable at about 51,000 a year since 2006, researchers say. More »

 

UK cancer fund was poor value and may have caused patient suffering

LONDON (Reuters) - A special U.K. Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) set up in 2010 spent over 1.2 billion pounds ($1.55 bln) but failed to deliver value for patients or society and may have caused unnecessary suffering, an analysis has found. More »

 

Can puppies protect babies from allergies and obesity?

Reuters Health) - Exposing babies to puppies and other furry pets might help them accumulate two types of bacteria in their gut that are associated with a lower risk of allergies and obesity, a Canadian study suggests. More »

 

Taking the stairs may boost energy more than drinking a soda

(Reuters Health) - For young women running on little sleep, 10 minutes of stair walking increased energy more than the amount of caffeine in a soda or half a cup of coffee, according to a small study. More »

 

Going to college may increase risk of marijuana use

(Reuters Health) - College is increasingly a gateway for young adults in the U.S. to begin using marijuana and the risk keeps growing the more “normalized” pot use becomes, researchers say. More »

 

Biomarin sets high price for rare pediatric brain disease drug

(Reuters) - Biomarin Pharmaceuticals Inc said the annual price for its drug, which won U.S. approval on Thursday, to treat a rare and fatal type of pediatric brain disease is expected to be $486,000 after mandatory government discounts and rebates. More »

 

Many exercise options are tied to better brain function

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who want to get moving to help boost their brain function have a wide variety of workouts to choose from, a research review suggests. More »

 

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