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CPPIB buys stake in medical office buildings in California
4 Aug 2015 at 5:44am
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said on Tuesday it had formed a joint venture with Health Care REIT Inc , which operates senior housing centers in the United States, to hold a portfolio of medical office buildings in Southern California. The Toronto-based pension fund manager will own a 45 percent stake in the joint venture. Health Care REIT, which is selling the assets into the venture, will own the remaining 55 percent. ...
TeamHealth to buy IPC Healthcare in $1.6 billion deal
4 Aug 2015 at 5:34am
(Reuters) - TeamHealth Holdings Inc said it would buy IPC Healthcare Inc in a deal valued at $1.6 billion to expand its business that supplies doctors to U.S. hospitals. TeamHealth is offering $80.25 for every IPC share, a premium of 37.3 percent to IPC's Monday closing price of $56.46. (Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)
Aetna profit beats as moderate medical costs help government plans
4 Aug 2015 at 5:23am
The third-largest U.S. health insurer, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc , also raised its full-year forecast for adjusted net profit to at least $7.40 per share from $7.20-$7.40. Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp also plan to merge in a $47 billion deal. The merger trend is also related to medical costs that have risen with the improved economy and as millions more people who have become insured through Obamacare visit doctors and hospitals.
Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe?s view of war
4 Aug 2015 at 5:19am
By Linda Sieg FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan (Reuters) - When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticizing the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs. "Until then ...I felt somewhat uncomfortable about nuclear power, but not enough to oppose it. Rather, I was in a situation where it wasn't possible to oppose it," Hoshino, 87, told Reuters at his home in Fukushima City, about 60 km (37 miles)from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi plant, the country's first commercial nuclear plant when it went online in 1971.
The "Jungle" migrants of Calais: a day in the life
4 Aug 2015 at 5:18am
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - For most of the 3,000 inhabitants of the "Jungle", a shanty town on the sand dunes of France's north coast, the climax of each day is the nightly bid to sneak into the undersea tunnel they hope will lead to new life in Britain. France responded by drafting in 120 extra CRS riot police.
Shire goes public with proposed $30 billion Baxalta tie-up
4 Aug 2015 at 5:17am
London-listed group Shire said it was seeking to buy Baxalta in a $30 billion all-share deal, going public with its bid to create a global specialist in rare diseases after the U.S. firm spurned its initial approach. Shire said its unsolicited offer valued each Baxalta share at $45.23. Shire's Chief Executive Flemming Ornskov said he had gone public with its plan, which it first proposed privately last month, after Baxalta's board declined to engage in substantive discussions.
4 Everyday Foods That Can Help You Live Longer
4 Aug 2015 at 4:55am
Eat This...For ThatAsk people who know me, and they'll agree that when it comes to diet, I'm always singing the praises of automating what you eat. I know how easy it is to slip up and indulge in something unhealthy when better options aren't within reach. That's why I plan my meals and never look back. Breakfast is Greek yogurt...
More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote
4 Aug 2015 at 4:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.
S.Africa's Tutu discharged from hospital after recurring infection
4 Aug 2015 at 4:09am
Prominent anti-apartheid cleric and veteran South African leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was released from hospital on Tuesday after being re-admitted for a recurring infection related to treatment for his prostate cancer, his daughter said. Tutu, 83, who was hospitalised over the weekend at a Cape Town hospital, would continue his recovery at home, his daughter, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu said in a statement. "The infection was a consequence of treatment for prostate cancer that the archbishop has received over the past 18 years.
South Africa's Tutu discharged from hospital after recurring infection
4 Aug 2015 at 3:52am
Prominent anti-apartheid cleric and veteran South African leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was released from hospital on Tuesday after being re-admitted for a recurring infection related to treatment for his prostate cancer, his daughter said. Tutu, 83, who was hospitalized over the weekend at a Cape Town hospital, would continue his recovery at home, his daughter, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu said in a statement. "The infection was a consequence of treatment for prostate cancer that the archbishop has received over the past 18 years.
Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time
4 Aug 2015 at 3:49am
Japan has no active maximum level-four biosafety labs so the move will bring it in line with other G7 nations -- there are about 40 such sites worldwide including some run by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decision to boost it to the highest biosafety level came as Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki signed an agreement with the mayor of the Musashimurayama suburb on Monday. Healthcare experts welcomed the move, saying Japan trailed other countries -- including the United States, France, and Singapore -- and was hampered in its ability to contain deadly viruses in the event of an outbreak.
Gene identified as critical to low-oxygen tolerance
4 Aug 2015 at 3:49am
Researchers have identified a gene that helps people tolerate low-oxygen conditions, according to a study published Monday, opening the way for new treatments for heart failure and related conditions. "This is the first demonstration that a gene involved in high altitude adaptation is critical in protecting cardiac function in moderate to severe hypoxia at sea level," said lead author Gabriel Haddad, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Diego. The researchers identified a gene they believe may help Ethiopians who have lived at high altitudes, where oxygen levels are relatively low, for thousands of years.
FDA approves first 3D printed pill
4 Aug 2015 at 3:13am
Designed to treat epilepsy, a new drug whose ultra-porous, 3D printed surface allows it to disintegrate instantly with a sip of water, became the first of its kind to gain approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ohio-based Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company announced this week that the drug, Spritam, has been approved for the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in children and adults living with epilepsy. Developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the delivery technology is called ZipDose and it could soon change the way we take pills.
Researchers find biomarkers for early stage pancreatic cancer
4 Aug 2015 at 2:12am
A combination of three proteins appears to be a good indicator of early stage pancreatic cancer when found in high levels in urine, British researchers said in a study published Monday. The findings, published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, hold promise for developing an inexpensive, non-invasive test to detect the disease before it can spread, they said. There is no existing early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest five-year survival rate of all cancers, about three percent in Britain.
Obamacare research institute plans to spend $3.5 billion, but critics questio...
4 Aug 2015 at 2:00am
PCORI research designed to help patients, but list of grants has drawn criticism