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U.S. prosecutors consider more charges against ex-CEO Shkreli

(Reuters) - Former drug executive Martin Shkreli, who last year became a lightning rod for outrage over soaring prescription drug prices, may face additional U.S. charges of securities fraud, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Learn More


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U.S. kills 39,000 turkeys in outbreak of mild bird flu - OIE

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities destroyed 39,000 turkeys in Missouri due to an outbreak of a mild form of avian flu, the World Organization for Animal Health said on Tuesday, as officials remained on alert for new cases. More »


Polluted air may up risk of many cancers

(Reuters Health) - For elderly people in Hong Kong, long term exposure to fine-particle air pollution is tied to an increased risk of dying from many cancers, including breast, liver and pancreatic cancer, in addition to the expected lung cancer risk, according to a new study. More »


U.S.-funded abstinence programs not working in Africa

(Reuters Health) - The U.S. funds abstinence and faithfulness education in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent HIV transmission, but a new study suggests the investment doesn't lead to less risky sexual behaviors in that area. More »


Flu strikes fewer infants when pregnant women get vaccinated

(Reuters Health) - Infants have a much lower risk of getting influenza when their mothers are vaccinated against the virus during pregnancy, a U.S. study confirms. More »


New drugs fuel strong Pfizer results; company raises 2016 forecasts

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc, which last month abandoned its $160 billion quest for Allergan Inc, reported quarterly results that blew past analyst estimates on sales of its new cancer and arthritis treatments and the acquisition last year of hospital products company Hospira. More »


Heavy drinking may make it harder to quit smoking

(Reuters Health) – Alcohol-dependent people quickly process nicotine in their bodies and that may make it more difficult to quit smoking, suggests a small study of Polish men. More »


Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 mln in talc-powder trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. More »


France gets G7 to discuss global regulation of medicine prices

PARIS (Reuters) - France will press its G7 partners this month to launch an "irreversible" process to control the prices of new medicines, part of a global drive to make life-saving drugs more affordable, three sources told Reuters. More »


U.S. top court rejects POM Wonderful appeal over ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Businesses better have good evidence to back up claims of health benefits from their products, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Monday after the Supreme Court rejected POM Wonderful's challenge to FTC findings that the juice maker's advertising was misleading. More »


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