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Trump says he is holding big Pharma accountable in opioid fight

ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump touted progress in the fight against opioid abuse on Wednesday and promised to hold drugmakers accountable for their part in the crisis, a day after his administration brought its first related criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives. Learn More


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New York City tickets 12 people for defying measles vaccination order

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has issued civil summonses to 12 people it said were not complying with a mandatory measles vaccination order as the number of recorded cases in the city's worst outbreak since 1991 rose to 390, according to data released on Wednesday. More »


Ebola first responders threaten strike if security not improved

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Health workers in one of the epicenters of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak threatened on Wednesday to go on strike as early as next week if authorities don't do more to protect them. More »


German scientists create see-through human organs

MUNICH (Reuters) - Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants. More »


WHO recommends one-hour maximum screen time per day for under-5s

GENEVA (Reuters) - Young children should not spend more than an hour a day watching television and videos or playing computer games and infants less than one year old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. More »


Gaming associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boys

(Reuters Health) - Playing video games may not necessarily impair children's social skills, and a new study suggests that any behavioral effect that frequent gaming might have may occur only in pre-teen girls. More »


Medically-tailored meal delivery tied to lower health spending

(Reuters Health) - Low-income people with chronic diseases who get free meals delivered that are tailored to their medical needs are less likely to be admitted to hospitals or nursing homes, a study in Massachusetts suggests. More »


Poverty, other disadvantages tied to higher smoking risk

(Reuters Health) - The more adversities people face, the more likely they are to start smoking and the less likely they are to quit, a U.S. study suggests. More »


Drones to deliver vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of drones will begin delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind, the global vaccine alliance GAVI said on Wednesday. More »


Novartis mulling $1.5 mln-$5 mln price range for SMA gene therapy

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said on Wednesday that the Swiss drugmaker is examining a price range for its Zolgensma gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) of between $1.5 million and $5 million per patient. More »


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