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Selena Gomez to take career break after panic attacks
30 Aug 2016 at 2:27pm
(Reuters) - Pop singer Selena Gomez said on Tuesday she was taking time out to deal with panic attacks and depression thought to be a side effect of her lupus disease. Gomez, 24, issued the statement in the midst of her Revival world tour, and about a year after revealing that she had been diagnosed with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body and affects some 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Novartis wins US OK for biosimilar version of Amgen's Enbrel
30 Aug 2016 at 2:21pm
U.S. regulators have approved the first near-copy of Enbrel, drugmaker Amgen's pricey biologic medicine for treating rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders.
CDC adds Zika-hit Singapore to interim travel guidance list
30 Aug 2016 at 2:01pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had added Singapore to its interim travel guidance list, following reports of Zika infections in the country. The number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, with some of the latest infections detected beyond the area of the initial outbreak. The CDC recommended that travelers to Singapore protect themselves from mosquito bites and warned that sexual transmission of Zika virus is also possible, according to a statement on its website.
U.S. FDA approves Novartis biosimilar to Amgen's Enbrel
30 Aug 2016 at 1:44pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Novartis AG's biosimilar version of Amgen Inc's arthritis drug Enbrel. The FDA approved the drug, Erelzi, known also as etanercept-szzs, for multiple inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis, a skin condition. The agency approved the drug as a biosimilar, meaning there is no clinically meaningful differences between Erelzi and Enbrel.
More teens get needed vaccines in ?blue states?
30 Aug 2016 at 1:17pm
Dividing states into red and blue based on how they voted in the 2012 presidential elections, researchers found that in that year, adolescents in blue states were significantly more likely to have received three important vaccines recommended for 11 to 12 year olds. ?These associations are important because they demonstrate that there are broader forces associated with political affiliation that may influence acceptance of immunizations for adolescent children,? said senior author Linda M. Niccolai of the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven. ?The decision to immunize a child does not occur in vacuum and is not as straightforward as simply accepting a preventive medical intervention or not.? Current recommendations include human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, tetanus-diphtheria-acellar pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) for boys and girls aged 11 to 12.
Health commissioner: State acted properly on tainted water
30 Aug 2016 at 12:46pm
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (AP) ? New York's health commissioner says federal guidelines on maximum levels of the chemical PFOA in drinking water are intended to trigger action to reduce it, not to warn against drinking the water.
Want to detect gluten on the go? There's a device for that
30 Aug 2016 at 12:04pm
By Ben Gruber SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go. "Even when you go out and see these labeled menu items, you are still playing Russian roulette," said Shireen Yates, co-founder and chief executive of NIMA, which was founded in 2013. Designed in San Francisco by a team from MIT, Stanford, Google and Nike, NIMA can analyze any type of food or beverage for gluten down to 20 parts per million, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classification for gluten-free products.
Haiti fights losing battle against cholera
30 Aug 2016 at 12:03pm
Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Plastic-sheeted cots for men, women and children are crammed side by side in a former hangar. At the cholera treatment center in the Haitian city of Carrefour, the sick have no privacy. Djelile Pierre gingerly uses a syringe to feed her five-year-old daughter, who has been hospitalized there near the capital of Port-au-Prince for three days.
2011 Ohio law made abortions riskier, more costly
30 Aug 2016 at 12:00pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - After Ohio enacted a law forcing abortion providers to prescribe an outdated drug regimen, women who received medication abortions there were more likely to experience complications and higher prices, a study shows. "That?s what happens when laws aren?t based on scientific evidence," said lead researcher Ushma Upadhyay, of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. Medication abortions use drugs to end early pregnancies.
University study finds flaws in criticism of St. Jude cyber security
30 Aug 2016 at 11:41am
University of Michigan researchers on Tuesday said their own experiments undermine recent allegations of security flaws in St. Jude Medical Inc's pacemakers and other implantable medical devices. Shares of St. Jude fell 5 percent on Thursday after short-selling firm Muddy Waters and its business partner, cyber security company MedSec Holdings Inc, alleged finding significant security bugs in the company's Merlin@home device for monitoring implanted heart devices. The university said its researchers came "to strikingly different conclusions" after generating the conditions reported by Muddy Waters and not finding a security issue.
20 Democratic senators blast steep price hike for EpiPens
30 Aug 2016 at 11:41am
In a sign of growing concern in Congress, 20 Democratic senators are demanding answers about steep price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen injector device. The senators said in a letter Tuesday that price ...
Upbeat music may make people more cooperative
30 Aug 2016 at 11:25am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - The right mood music can influence how well people work together, a new management-oriented study suggests. Many retail establishments carefully select the music they play in order to influence consumer behavior, such as encouraging shoppers to buy more, the authors write. In the first of two studies, 78 participants were randomly divided into two groups: a ?happy music? group that heard songs like ?Yellow Submarine? by The Beatles and the theme from the television show ?Happy Days,? and an ?unhappy music? group that heard less familiar heavy metal songs like ?Smokahontas? by Attack Attack! The participants in each group used a computer application in which they played a sort of economics game with other unidentified participants in the same room, but players didn?t speak to one another.
Italy holds funeral for quake victims as search continues
30 Aug 2016 at 11:07am
By Giulia Segreti and Iona Serrapica AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - Italy held a state funeral in pouring rain on Tuesday for some of the victims of an earthquake which leveled mountain communities last week, killing at least 292 people. Of the 292 confirmed dead, 231 perished in Amatrice.
New York expands access to restrictive medical marijuana program
30 Aug 2016 at 10:40am
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state will loosen rules on marijuana prescribing, allow home delivery of the drug and take other steps to expand its medical cannabis program, health officials announced on Tuesday. The announcement follows a report issued earlier this month by the New York Department of Health recommending that the state increase access to the program, seen by experts as one of the most restrictive of its kind in the United States. "We are constantly evaluating the program to make it more effective for patients and practitioners, and we believe that the implementation of these recommendations will do just that,? Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement. New York opened its first medicinal cannabis dispensaries in January, joining 22 other states and Washington, D.C., with medical marijuana programs.