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$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice
29 Jul 2014 at 12:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US
28 Jul 2014 at 4:42pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.
Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says
28 Jul 2014 at 10:11am
NEW YORK (AP) ? When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
FDA raises concerns about Impax's Taiwanese plant
29 Jul 2014 at 6:28am
(Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued certain observations regarding violations in the company's manufacturing plant in Taiwan. Shares of Impax, which makes generics and specialty drugs to treat central nervous system disorders, fell about 17 percent to $23.15 premarket on Tuesday. The FDA's investigation revealed issues including invalidated equipment used in the drug manufacturing process and a failure to reject drug products that do not conform to specifications and conduct a thorough review of failed batches. Impax said on Tuesday that the FDA did not specify the impact its observations will have on Rytary's Oct. 9 review date.
West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola
29 Jul 2014 at 6:18am
LOME, Togo (AP) ? The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.
The Fight for Women's Health Post-Hobby Lobby
29 Jul 2014 at 6:15am
When I joined the National Health Law Program as its new executive director, I knew to expect challenges. After all, our mission -- securing health care rights for those in need -- is a challenging one, perhaps never more so than now. The Affordable Care Act offers great hope for the tens of thousands of Americans who have been living with no...
Aetna to sell Obamacare exchange plans in Georgia
29 Jul 2014 at 6:01am
(Reuters) - Aetna Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said on Tuesday that the company would begin selling Obamacare exchange plans in Georgia in 2015, adding the southern state to the 17 states where it sold these plans in 2014. Bertolini said it was still too soon to tell if the new customers it gained through the exchanges in the first half of this year are more expensive than it expected, but based on what Aetna has seen, it still expects the business to be only a "modest headwind" to 2014 profits. He made the comments during a call with investors. ...
Merck second quarter profit tops estimates on strong consumer sales
29 Jul 2014 at 5:58am
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday, with sales of consumer products and medicines for arthritis and HIV helping to offset the impact of generic competition on other drug sales. Merck, the No. 2 U.S. drugmaker, earned $2.03 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the second quarter. Analysts, on average, expected 81 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Global revenue slipped 1 percent to $10.93 billion, but exceeded expectations of $10.6 billion. On May 6, it agreed to sell its consumer care business to Germany?s Bayer AG for $14.2 billion, and expects to close the deal in the second half of the year.
5 Office Yoga Poses (That Won't Freak Out Your Coworkers)
29 Jul 2014 at 5:33am
It's no surprise that sitting at a desk all day is not good for our health. So instead of feeling fidgety with discomfort, try these five yoga poses for a midday feel good stretch that will leave you tension-free and energized. Not to mention your co-workers will be able to continue their conference call, uninterrupted.1. Seated BackbendWhile...
Pfizer beats forecasts as oncology drugs grow
29 Jul 2014 at 5:05am
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc , which in May officially abandoned its bid to buy British rival AstraZeneca Plc, reported higher-than-expected second-quarter revenue, helped by growing demand for its cancer medicines. Analysts on average expected 57 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sales fell 2 percent to $12.77 billion, hurt by declines for generic medicines that Pfizer calls established products, but they exceeded Wall Street expectations of $12.46 billion.
Aetna says Coventry purchase boosted second-quarter profit
29 Jul 2014 at 4:44am
(Reuters) - Aetna Inc , the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Tuesday reported a higher second-quarter profit that beat analyst expectations, helped by last year's acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid provider Coventry Health Care. Revenue rose to $14.5 billion from $11.5 billion and Aetna raised its forecasts for 2014 profit and customer growth. The cost of a new hepatitis C treatment held back further gains in profit, but Aetna said its outlook was for the 2014 increase in medical cost spending to be at the lower end of the 6 to 7 percent range it had been expecting. Medical costs are an important component of profit for Aetna, which sells insurance both through employers and for government-paid programs.
Kurbo Health Raises $5.8 Million To Fight Childhood Obesity Via An App, Live ...
29 Jul 2014 at 4:30am
Kurbo Health, a mobile subscription service focused on fighting childhood obesity through the use of simple food diaries and live coaching, is today opening its doors to all families who want to sign up and try its weight loss program, initially available as an iOS application. The company also just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding...
Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution
29 Jul 2014 at 4:19am
By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco?s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years ? and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan. Sex workers argue that decriminalizing prostitution would be the best way to fight trafficking by ending the black market, and giving women the ability to report crimes against them.
Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies
29 Jul 2014 at 4:13am
Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, with one town reaching "very unhealthy" levels as haze -- mostly from forest fires in Indonesia -- obscured skies. Kuala Lumpur residents wore face masks as protection from the choking smog, while visibility was low. Nine out of some 50 measuring stations recorded air pollutant index readings above 100, which signify "unhealthy" air quality. In Indonesia, the National Disaster Management Agency deployed a chopper to conduct water bombing to West Kalimantan on Borneo to tame 268 so-called hotspots detected in the province as haze also shrouded skies there and on Sumatra island.
Fist bumps relay 90 percent less germs than handshakes: study
29 Jul 2014 at 3:30am
Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday. The study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that fist bumps, where two people briefly press the top of their closed fists together, transferred about 90 percent less bacteria than handshakes. "People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands," Dave Whitworth, a biologist at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom who co-authored the study, said in a statement. The fist bump appears to enjoy the support of both U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, both of whom have been seen enthusiastically using the greeting, the study notes.