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White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Donald Trump may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana use, a White House spokesman said on Thursday, setting up potential conflicts in states where the drug is legal. Learn More


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Deadly U.S. heroin overdoses quadrupled in five years: study

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased. More »


Millions at risk from African famine worsened by Boko Haram: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) - Aid agencies must get food to close to 3 million people by July to avert a famine in Africa's Lake Chad region caused by drought, chronic poverty and Islamist insurgents Boko Haram, the United Nations said on Friday as it launched a funding appeal. More »


Novartis wins CHMP nod for drug combo against some lung cancers

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis's drugs Tafinlar and Mekinist edged closer to approval in Europe to be used together against a type of lung cancer after a key committee on Friday published a recommendation to expand the combination's indications. More »


Cempra's bacterial skin infection drug clears study, shares surge

(Reuters) - Cempra Inc said on Friday that its experimental oral drug to treat acute bacterial skin infections cleared a late-stage study, bringing the antibiotic developer one step closer to getting its first drug to market. More »


China egg producers brace for pain from bird flu crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - With many poultry markets closed in the wake of China's worst-ever bird flu outbreak, local egg producers are being forced to shell out to feed and water chickens long after they would normally have been killed and sold for meat. More »


Merck drug prevents serious infection after marrow transplant: study

(Reuters) - An experimental Merck & Co drug succeeded in preventing clinically serious cytomegalovirus (CMV) following bone marrow transplant and was associated with a lower death rate compared with placebo in a late state study, the company said. More »


Scientists test deep brain stimulation as potential anorexia therapy

LONDON (Reuters) - A small study in 16 people with severe anorexia has found that implanting stimulation electrodes into the brains of patients could ease their anxiety and help them gain weight. More »


CVS removes artificial trans fats from its food brands

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said its pharmacy chain had removed artificial trans fats, which have been linked to rising rates of heart diseases, from its store-branded food products well ahead of a June 2018 federal deadline. More »


Boston Scientific recalls Lotus Valve heart devices

(Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp said on Thursday it was recalling its Lotus range of heart devices, citing reports of problems with the locking mechanism, sending its shares down as much as 7.4 percent. More »


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