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UNICEF says 75,000 children could die in Nigeria hunger crisis
29 Sep 2016 at 11:10am
Famine-like conditions in the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid, the United Nations children's agency said on Thursday.
Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law
29 Sep 2016 at 10:57am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress' investigative arm said Thursday.
Ex-Insys sales manager arrested in U.S. fentanyl-kickback case
29 Sep 2016 at 10:56am
A former Insys Therapeutics Inc district sales manager was arrested on Thursday on charges he participated in a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors to prescribe a drug containing the opioid fentanyl, U.S. prosecutors said. Jeffrey Pearlman, 49, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, becoming the latest individual to face prosecution in connection with probes involving Insys' drug Subsys. Prosecutors did not identify Insys by name, but a LinkedIn profile for Pearlman showed he worked at Insys from 2012 to 2015, and the description of his employer by authorities matched that of the Arizona-based pharmaceutical company.
Physical therapy may help kids with constipation
29 Sep 2016 at 9:36am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many children with constipation may have an easier time going to the bathroom when potty training is paired with exercises to improve posture and strengthen pelvic muscles, a recent study suggests. Researchers focused on 53 school-age kids with what?s known as functional constipation, a common childhood problem that can be caused by psychological or neurological issues. This type of constipation isn?t due to physical or hormonal issues that make bowel movements difficult.
Alcobra plunges after FDA places hold on ADHD drug
29 Sep 2016 at 9:25am
(Reuters) - Alcobra Ltd's market value more than halved on Thursday, a day after the company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had placed a hold on its lead experimental drug. The hold affects an ongoing late-stage study of drug, MDX, in adult patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as its application to test the drug in adolescents with ADHD and Fragile X syndrome (FXS), Alcobra said on Wednesday. "We view this setback as a delay to commercialization of MDX with increased uncertainty around future cash requirements", Jay Olson, an analyst with Oppenheimer, wrote in a note on Thursday.
Study finds Zika infects neural cells related to skull formation
29 Sep 2016 at 9:24am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The Zika virus causing an epidemic in Brazil and spreading through the Americas can infect and alter cells in the human nervous system that are crucial for formation of bones and cartilage in the skull, a study found on Thursday. Zika has already been shown to attack foetal brain cells known as neural progenitor cells - a type of stem cell that gives rise to various kinds of brain cells. The death of these cells is what disrupts brain development and leads to microcephaly, the severe birth defect seen in babies whose mothers were infected with Zika during pregnancy.
Europe's food safety watchdog says to release studies on weed-killer glyphosate
29 Sep 2016 at 9:17am
By Kate Kelland and Alissa de Carbonnel LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's food safety watchdog will release data from some of the scientific studies it reviewed in its assessment of glyphosate, an ingredient in Monsanto's widely used herbicide Roundup and subject of a fierce row over possible cancer risk. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on Thursday it had decided to release the raw data as part of its "commitment to open risk assessment". EFSA had received several requests for data in relation to its glyphosate assessment, including from members of the European parliament.
Fears of ageing may cause earlier death: UN
29 Sep 2016 at 8:39am
Being afraid of growing old may shorten your life, the UN health agency said Thursday, as new data highlighted the widespread prevalence of ageist attitudes worldwide.
Horizon Pharma to pay Express Scripts $65 million to settle rebate litigation
29 Sep 2016 at 8:05am
Horizon Pharma Plc said it would pay pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding $65 million to settle litigation related to after-market rebates for three of its medicines. Express Scripts, the largest manager of U.S. drug benefits, in November sued Horizon for a breach of contract, seeking $166.2 million in rebates related to Duexis, Rayos and Vimovo. Horizon contested the claim and contended that Express Scripts had breached the rebate agreement.
Bike lanes are a sound public health investment
29 Sep 2016 at 8:00am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Every $1,300 New York City invested in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents, according to a new economic assessment. New York built 45.5 miles of bike lanes in 2015, with an investment of about $8 million.
Therapists busy fighting Venezuela's emotional crisis
29 Sep 2016 at 7:59am
In Venezuela, if the hunger, armed robbers and medicine shortages don't kill you, then the demons of depression and anxiety just might. Plunged into depression after the death of his mother, a failed relationship and being targeted three times by robbers, Omar Mendoza did what many Venezuelans are doing -- he called a therapist. "I had to seek help," Mendoza, a 45-year-old lawyer, told AFP, sitting in a black leather chair in his therapist's waiting room.
U.S. teen's family decries 'senseless' shooting as police seek clues
29 Sep 2016 at 7:58am
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The family of a 14-year-old South Carolina boy accused of killing his father and wounding two elementary school students and a teacher lamented his actions on Thursday but gave no clues about a motive for the shooting spree a day earlier. The teenager, who was in custody and whose name has not been released, fatally shot his father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, 47, on Wednesday afternoon in rural Townville, about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Atlanta, police said. "Our entire family is absolutely shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of our son and grandson," the Osborne family said in a statement provided to The Greenville News.
Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?
29 Sep 2016 at 7:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror.
Fears of ageing may cause earlier death, says UN
29 Sep 2016 at 7:16am
Being afraid of growing old may shorten your life, the UN health agency said Thursday, as new data highlighted the widespread prevalence of ageist attitudes worldwide. The data confirms "that ageism is extremely common," said John Beard, WHO's head of Ageing and Life Course. "There is very good evidence that people who have negative views of themselves as they grow older... it shortens their lives," Beard told reporters.
Amgen, Arrowhead team up on gene-therapies for heart disease
29 Sep 2016 at 7:15am
Amgen Inc said on Thursday it would buy a stake in Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc and collaborate with the company to develop gene-silencing therapies for heart disease. Arrowhead will get $35 million up front and a $21.5 million injection from Amgen that will give the world's No. 1 biotech company by market value an equity stake of 4.5 percent. Pasadena, California-based Arrowhead will also eligible for up to $617 million in further milestone and equity payments.