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Novartis tries to get U.S. ban lifted on sale of Neupogen copycat
3 Jun 2015 at 1:47pm
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Novartis AG unit Sandoz asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to lift a preliminary injunction barring it from selling its biosimilar Zarxio, a cheaper version of a drug that fends off infections in cancer patients. In October, Amgen Inc, maker of the $1.2 billion-a-year drug Neupogen, sued Sandoz in district court in San Francisco, saying Zarxio infringed the patent on Amgen's drug. The court refused to grant a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Zarxio while the lawsuit continued, but in May the injunction was granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
U.S. agency refuses farmers' requests on bird flu vaccine
3 Jun 2015 at 1:45pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday that it would not allow commercial release of a poultry vaccine to fight the worst outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history because it was not effective enough. The agency said in a notice that additional criteria must be met before a vaccine can be approved for emergency use. The USDA has been developing a vaccine against bird flu and was weighing whether to release it to drug makers for widespread production.
Going gluten-free may not improve athletic performance
3 Jun 2015 at 1:39pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Going gluten-free may not do anything to improve athletic performance, a small study of cyclists suggests. Eliminating grains like wheat and rye that contain the protein gluten has become a trendy extension of popular carb-cutting diets. ?There is no evidence to suggest that gluten removal itself is linked to improved health or performance outcomes,? lead study author Dana Lis, a health sciences researcher at the University of Tasmania, said by email.
GOP-controlled House backs state medical marijuana laws
3 Jun 2015 at 1:20pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The GOP-controlled House voted Wednesday to prevent the federal government from blocking state laws that permit the use of medical marijuana.
Group sues to compel U.S. to evacuate Americans from Yemen
3 Jun 2015 at 1:20pm
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Lawyers representing a group of Yemeni Americans on Wednesday sought to have a federal judge force the government to order emergency evacuations of 37 American citizens stranded in Yemen since a deadly conflict broke out in March. The U.S. government is needlessly putting citizens in imminent danger by not moving to get them out, lawyers for the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told Judge Sean Cox in Detroit. The group is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States.
Contact lens wearers have unique eye microbes
3 Jun 2015 at 1:01pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who wear contact lenses have different microorganisms living on the surface of their eyeballs than those who do not, according to new research. ?As other body sites such as gut, skin and mouth, the eye has a normal community of bacteria, expected to confer resistance to invaders,? said senior author Maria G. Dominguez-Bello of New York University School of Medicine. ?Despite being important in ophthalmology, the eye microbiome has been largely neglected, and its functions remain unknown,? Dominguez-Bello told Reuters Health in a statement.
Hormone therapy after menopause not linked to mental decline
3 Jun 2015 at 12:19pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - In a four-year study of newly menopausal women taking hormone therapy, mental sharpness did not get better or worse. Hormone therapy has been linked to mental decline for women over age 65, the authors write in the new study, but that did not happen for this group of U.S. women who were mostly in their fifties. ?Given that the women enrolled in the trial were young and healthy the cognitive findings are not particularly surprising, but the mood findings were unexpected,? said lead author Carey E. Gleason of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
More poor babies get checkups when parents get extra help
3 Jun 2015 at 12:17pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Low-income parents may be more likely to get their infants routine checkups and vaccinations when clinics offer extra support navigating healthcare issues and addressing basic needs like food and housing, a U.S. study suggests. To see if they could make visits to the pediatrician more worthwhile, researchers in Boston assigned specialists to meet with 167 low-income families while they waited for doctor appointments and offer any needed assistance with food, housing, phone service or utilities. ?We believe that the relationship with, and additional support from, the family specialist made the visit to primary care more valuable for them.? Sege and colleagues focused on babies from birth to six months, comparing infant visits for families who received extra support to 163 families that didn?t.
Many patients skip prescribed drugs after a heart attack
3 Jun 2015 at 12:10pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many patients who survive a heart attack don?t consistently take medications prescribed to prevent it from happening again, a large U.S. study suggests. Researchers asked 7,425 patients how often they took all the drugs physicians prescribed shortly after their heart attack, and about 2,150 of them confessed to following doctors? orders only some of the time. While each patient may have unique motivations for deciding whether or not to take medications, it?s not uncommon for people who skip doses or fail to fill prescriptions to do so because they misunderstand the role of pills in preventing another heart attack, fear side effects, or lack funds to pay for drugs, lead author Dr. Robin Mathews told Reuters Health in an email.
US issues new rules limiting antibiotic use in animals
3 Jun 2015 at 11:58am
The agency that regulates food and drugs in the United States has drawn up new rules restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to combat a growing resistance to the drugs. Only veterinarians will now be allowed to administer antibiotics used by humans to cattle, sheep or poultry, and only when needed for specific animals' health reasons, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday. Antibiotics for livestock have been sold as nonprescription drugs in the United States until now.
Pentagon: 51 labs in 17 states, three nations got suspected live anthrax samples
3 Jun 2015 at 11:56am
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that 51 labs in 17 U.S. states and three foreign countries have received suspected live samples of anthrax - a larger number than previously disclosed - and that the number may rise as an investigation continues. The Pentagon said there were no signs of anyone becoming infected or any danger to the public. The Pentagon previously disclosed the three foreign countries as Australia, South Korea and Canada.
Czechs to ban smoking in restaurants like most of EU
3 Jun 2015 at 11:33am
The Czech government on Wednesday agreed to ban smoking in cafes and restaurants starting in 2016, paving the way for the country to fall in line with the rest of Europe. The centre-left cabinet of Prime Minister Bohulsav Sobotka approved the bill unanimously but it still needs a green-light from parliament and President Milos Zeman, a chain-smoker. The Czech Republic is currently an "island where it is possible to smoke in places where it's almost impossible elsewhere in Europe," Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek told reporters.
Problem drinking affects 33 million _ 14 pct. of US adults
3 Jun 2015 at 11:11am
CHICAGO (AP) ? Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment, according to a government survey that suggests rates have increased in recent years.
Peruvian women haunted by forced sterilization seek state apology
3 Jun 2015 at 10:52am
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Government health workers spent hours going from door to door to coax, cajole and bully women in a farming community in Peru's highlands to come with them for free medical treatment. Esperanza Huayama, then three months pregnant, was one of scores of women who clambered onto buses that morning 20 years ago for the three-hour ride to a clinic. "They threatened us and said those who refuse to go wouldn't get medical care in the future," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview from Peru's northern Huancabamba province.
MERS Outbreak in South Korea Forces Over 1,000 Into Quarantine
3 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
South Korean hospitals are setting up temporary quarantine areas in hospitals to spot the spread of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome after two died in the outbreak.