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Cigarette use declines among U.S. young women, but marijuana blunt use rises
20 Jul 2018 at 2:58pm
(Reuters Health) - Cigarette use decreased among young women - including pregnant women - during the past decade in the U.S., according to a new study. But, researchers found, use of marijuana blunts rose.
Bayer to phase out Essure birth control device in U.S.
20 Jul 2018 at 2:54pm
Life sciences company Bayer AG said on Friday it would discontinue the sale of its birth control product Essure in the United States, citing a decline in sales of the implantable device that made the business no longer sustainable.
CPR training should change, and maybe there should be an app for that
20 Jul 2018 at 2:54pm
(Reuters Health) - To help more patients survive cardiac arrest, traditional CPR training needs an overhaul with more chances for practice - and instructions on social and digital platforms might help lessons stick, some doctors argue.
'Invisible' stool blood tied to increased risk of premature death
20 Jul 2018 at 2:52pm
(Reuters Health) - A screening test for colon cancer that looks for "invisible" blood in stool may also predict a heightened risk of premature death from other causes, a recent study suggests.
U.S. court rejects Allergan bid to shield patents through tribe deal
20 Jul 2018 at 1:26pm
A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a novel strategy adopted by drug company Allergan PLC to shield patents from review by an administrative court by transferring them to a Native American tribe.
Swiss, German drugmakers join U.S. price freeze
20 Jul 2018 at 11:00am
European drugmakers Roche, Bayer and Merck KGaA became the latest companies to freeze prices in the United States for the rest of 2018 following criticism by President Donald Trump over the cost of medicine.
Agios Pharmaceuticals leukemia drug gets U.S. approval
20 Jul 2018 at 9:29am
Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment for a type of leukemia, the first targeted drug for patients with a specific genetic mutation.
Virtual reality may help cure fear of heights
20 Jul 2018 at 7:09am
(Reuters Health) - A virtual reality program may work at least as well as one-on-one therapy to help people overcome a fear of heights, a UK study suggests.
Honduras appeals WTO landmark ruling on Australia's plain tobacco packaging
20 Jul 2018 at 6:20am
Honduras has appealed against a WTO ruling won last month by Australia on its "plain" packaging requirements for tobacco, a WTO spokesman said on Friday.
EU drug regulators step up work to prepare for 'no deal' Brexit
20 Jul 2018 at 4:34am
Drug regulators across Europe are hiring extra staff and increasing their workload as the role of British experts in the EU-wide system of medicines supervision winds down ahead of Brexit.
Roche gets breakthrough status for Alzheimer's test Elecsys
19 Jul 2018 at 10:33pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Roche an accelerated review for its Elecsys product used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday.
Brazil's 'Dr. Butt' plastic surgeon arrested after patient death: police
19 Jul 2018 at 5:22pm
A plastic surgeon known as "Dr. Bumbum" or "Dr. Butt" on social media because of his buttock-enhancement operations was arrested on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, four days after one of his patients died, police said.
Merck lowers prices of some drugs after Trump calls out industry
19 Jul 2018 at 3:19pm
Merck & Co on Thursday announced price cuts to some of its medicines, including a 60 percent reduction to a hepatitis C treatment, after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized drugmakers for failing to help reduce healthcare costs for consumers.
Police killings tied to worse mental health for African-Americans
19 Jul 2018 at 3:17pm
(Reuters Health) - Police killings of unarmed black people are associated with worse mental health for African-Americans across the country, even when they have no direct connection to the deaths, a U.S. study suggests.
Mixing alcohol and drugs poses bigger unsafe sex risk for women
19 Jul 2018 at 3:10pm
(Reuters Health) - Drinking alcohol and smoking pot at the same time is more likely to increase the odds of unsafe sex for young women than for men, a small U.S. study suggests.