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French Senate approves bill allowing IVF for single women, lesbians
22 Jan 2020 at 3:33pm
France's Senate voted on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would allow single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF), the first major social reform of President Emmanuel Macron's term.
China's Wuhan shuts down transport as global alarm mounts over virus spread
22 Jan 2020 at 3:07pm
Deaths from China's new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, leading the city at the center of the outbreak to close transportation networks and urge citizens not to leave as fears rose of the contagion spreading.
WHO says will decide on Thursday if China virus is a global health emergency
22 Jan 2020 at 3:07pm
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will decide on Thursday whether to declare a global emergency over the outbreak of a new flu-like virus spreading in and beyond China.
Endometriosis drug reduces bleeding in women with fibroids
22 Jan 2020 at 2:32pm
(Reuters Health) - The AbbVie drug elagolix, already used to treat the pain of endometriosis, can significantly reduce the chances of heavy menstrual bleeding caused by uterine fibroids, according to the results of two studies reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Vaccine prevents deadly meningitis B in infants
22 Jan 2020 at 2:29pm
(Reuters Health) - Innoculating infants with the Bexsero vaccine against group B meningitis provides protection from the deadly infection for at least two years in 75% of young children, according to results from the first large real-word test of the vaccine, conducted in the United Kingdom.
Cathay to let crew wear masks on all flights due to new coronavirus
22 Jan 2020 at 2:22pm
Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd will allow all crew members and frontline employees to wear surgical masks due to concerns over a new coronavirus, and said passengers to and from Wuhan, China, could change or cancel flights for free through March 31.
Sarepta shares fall 4% after FDA documents show safety concerns about drug
22 Jan 2020 at 1:42pm
Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc were down around 4% Wednesday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed documents detailing concerns it had about the safety and efficacy of one of the company's recently approved Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drugs.
WHO commends China measures in Wuhan to limit virus spread
22 Jan 2020 at 1:21pm
The World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general said on Wednesday that measures being taken in the Chinese city of Wuhan to close down transport to limit spread of the new coronavirus showed commitment to minimising risks locally and abroad.
Factbox: What we know about the new coronavirus spreading in China and beyond
22 Jan 2020 at 1:06pm
At least nine people have died from a new coronavirus in China following an outbreak in the city of Wuhan and more than 470 cases have been reported globally, most in China.
Texas judges increasingly block minors seeking abortion without parental consent
22 Jan 2020 at 12:43pm
(Reuters Health) - Texas statistics show that judges are increasingly blocking minors who wish to terminate a pregnancy without their parents' consent, a new study finds.
Factbox: Key facts about Wuhan, epicenter of China's virus outbreak
22 Jan 2020 at 12:39pm
Here are key facts about China's central city of Wuhan, home to more than 11 million people, which has emerged as the epicenter of a new virus outbreak that has infected 440 people and killed nine, spurring comparisons to the SARS epidemic of 2003.
Saudi Arabia to screen travelers from China after virus outbreak
22 Jan 2020 at 12:39pm
Saudi Arabia will start screening passengers arriving from China and take other preventive measures following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China, the kingdom's health ministry said on Wednesday.
Later school start times may help teens get needed sleep
22 Jan 2020 at 12:38pm
(Reuters Health) - Teens who start school at 9 a.m. may get about an hour more sleep at night than peers who have to be in class at 8 a.m., a small German study suggests.
Hairy situation: Scientists explain how stress-related graying occurs
22 Jan 2020 at 12:27pm
Marie Antoinette's hair turned white overnight, according to folklore, before she was executed by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution. The ill-fated queen embodied an extreme example of the phenomenon of stress-induced graying of the hair.
Chinese virus-hit city of Wuhan closes transport networks: state media
22 Jan 2020 at 11:11am
The Chinese city of Wuhan, the source of an outbreak of a new flu-like virus, is closing its transport networks and advising citizens not to leave the city, state media reported on Thursday.