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CDC probes lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a "cluster" of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use after such cases were reported in 14 states. Learn More


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Novartis executive sold shares before drug data manipulation made public

VIENNA (Reuters) - An unnamed Novartis executive sold 925,400 Swiss francs ($946,000) worth of shares less than three weeks before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced data from tests of its gene therapy Zolgensma had been manipulated. More »


First two Ebola cases confirmed in Congo's South Kivu: officials

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - A woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in Congo's South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak. More »


Roche cancer treatment priced at $17,050 a month, lower than rival Vitrakvi

(Reuters) - Roche Holding AG has priced its personalized cancer treatment, Rozlytrek, at about $17,050 per month, nearly half of the monthly price of a rival drug from Bayer AG and Eli Lilly and Co that was approved last year. More »


China says pig herd shrinks by 32% in July amid swine fever outbreak

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's pig herd shrank by 32.2% in July from the same month a year ago, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday, as African swine fever continues to spread through the country. More »


AbbVie prices new rheumatoid arthritis drug at $59,000 a year

(Reuters) - AbbVie Inc has priced its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after gaining U.S. approval on Friday, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same condition. More »


FDA approves Celgene's bone marrow cancer treatment

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Celgene Corp's Inrebic to treat certain rare forms of bone marrow cancer called myelofibrosis, making it the second approved drug to treat the disease. More »


E.coli in water forces Tokyo to cancel swimming at Paratriathlon World Cup

TOKYO (Reuters) - High levels of E.coli bacteria forced Tokyo officials to cancel the swimming segment of Saturday's Paratriathlon World Cup, raising concerns about next year's Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. More »


Nordic walking may benefit breast cancer patients

(Reuters Health) - Nordic walking, an aerobic activity performed with walking poles similar to ski poles, may benefit patients with breast cancer, according to a review of existing research. More »


Sick hospital workers often expose patients to contagious illness

Hospital workers often come to work with contagious respiratory illnesses, against the recommendations of public health regulators, a Canadian study suggests. More »


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