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U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Learn More


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Honduras detects 8 cases of babies with Zika-related defect

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Health officials in the Central American nation of Honduras on Tuesday reported eight cases of newborns with microcephaly born to women who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy. More »


FDA enhances warnings on group of strong antibiotics

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has enhanced warnings of side effects of a group of strong antibiotics used to treat a variety of respiratory and urinary tract infections and limited their use to patients with no alternatives. More »


Exercise ability in middle age may be one key to longer life

(Reuters Health) - Middle-aged men who have more endurance in exercise tests may end up living longer than their peers who struggle with physical activity, a Swedish study suggests. More »


U.S. health officials update Zika transmission and testing guidance

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials issued updated recommendations for preventing and testing for Zika infection on Monday, warning that the virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected female partner. More »


Recro Pharma's intravenous painkiller succeeds in trial, shares soar

(Reuters) - Recro Pharma Inc said an intravenous version of its lead painkiller was successful in the first of two pivotal late-stage trials, sending the company's shares surging 50 percent in trading after the bell. More »


Lilly sales beat estimates, helped by newer drugs

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday reported better-than-expected quarterly sales, fueled by newer drugs, and predicted average annual revenue growth of at least 5 percent through the end of the decade due to its growing roster of medicines. More »


Blood clot deaths tied to hours of daily TV time

(Reuters Health) - People who watch television for five or more hours a day have more than twice the risk of those who watch half as much TV to die of a blood clot in the lung, a large Japanese study suggests. More »


Teens who play sports less likely to say they’ve done heroin

(Reuters Health) - Teens who play sports are less likely than those who don’t to say they’ve ever used opioid painkillers without a prescription or heroin, according to a new U.S. study. More »


Centene says it does not have network for Aetna's assets

(Reuters) - Centene Corp's chief executive said the mid-cap health insurer did not have the network for the Medicare Advantage assets Aetna Inc or other large managed care companies are looking to sell as part of the industry-wide consolidation. More »


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