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Amgen files for U.S. approval of biosimilar to Humira
25 Nov 2015 at 1:17pm
Amgen Inc on Wednesday said it filed with U.S. health regulators seeking approval to sell its first biosimilar drug, which would be a less expensive alternative to AbbVie's Humira, the world's top-selling prescription medicine. Amgen said its drug, ABP 501, has demonstrated clinical equivalence and comparable safety to Humira (adalimumab) in late stage clinical trials for rheumatoid arthritis and the skin condition plaque psoriasis. Data to support the switching of patients from Humira to ABP 501 was included in the submission to regulators, Amgen said.
Family of Frank Gifford says late NFL star suffered from brain disease
25 Nov 2015 at 1:15pm
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of Frank Gifford said on Wednesday the late NFL Hall of Famer suffered from the degenerative brain disease CTE and that his brain had been donated to help researchers explore the link between football and traumatic head injuries. Gifford, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection for the New York Giants, died of natural causes in August at the age of 84. Gifford's' survivors, including his wife, "Today" show host Kathie Lee Gifford, said in a statement released by NBC that pathologists confirmed their suspicions that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma.
For women with diabetes, air pollution has higher heart risks
25 Nov 2015 at 1:12pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Particle pollution like soot is a known health hazard and linked to the risk of heart disease and stroke, but women with diabetes are even more vulnerable than most people, according to a new U.S. study. ?There is a convincing literature that long-term air pollution is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease,? said lead author Jaime E. Hart of Brigham and Women?s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, adding, ?a number of studies of short-term air pollution exposures have suggested that individuals with diabetes are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.? The researchers studied 114,537 women in the decades-long Nurses? Health Study for whom there was data on pollution exposure and health outcomes.
Food Must Be Part of the Climate Change Conversation
25 Nov 2015 at 1:03pm
As Paris mourns its recent tragedy, it also looks to the future, hosting the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference -- COP21 -- starting next week. At this meeting, every nation will hopefully commit to reducing its emissions, and together, take a significant step towards determining a sustainable future for all. Despite much hope and optimism...
Clarification: Congress-Health Repeal story
25 Nov 2015 at 12:58pm
In a story Nov. 24, The Associated Press listed Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., as one of several Republican senators who might find it difficult to vote for a bill eliminating federal money for Planned Parenthood. ...
Frank Gifford's family says CTE found in his brain
25 Nov 2015 at 12:40pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death.
Second language linked to better brain function after stroke
25 Nov 2015 at 12:39pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who speak two languages are twice as likely as those who only speak one to regain normal cognitive function after a stroke, according to a new study. In recent years it has become clear that life experiences modify the way disease expresses itself in the brain, said lead author Dr. Suvarna Alladi, a neurology professor at Nizam?s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India. ?One study in Toronto demonstrated that people who could speak two languages had later onset dementia,? Alladi told Reuters Health.
EPA nixes approval of new weed killer for engineered crops
25 Nov 2015 at 12:34pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to withdraw approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.
A Year-Round Gratitude Practice Through Mindfulness
25 Nov 2015 at 11:41am
Mindfulness First has been implementing a school-wide mindfulness program at David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona since August of this year. Our goal is to make it the first entirely mindful school in Arizona. Our instructors regularly visit each classroom and practice mindfulness with the students as well as teach them various...
Dermatology drug prices in U.S. soared in recent years
25 Nov 2015 at 11:37am
"It was shocking to us when we saw some of the prices," said senior author Dr. Steven Rosenberg, who is a voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "We double checked with the pharmacies to make sure they were accurate." Drug prices recently became a topic of national debate after Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of an older antimicrobial medicine by more than 5,000 percent. To assess trends in dermatology drug prices, the researchers asked pharmacies at Costco, CVS, Sam's Club and Walgreens in the West Palm Beach area about the retail prices of certain brand-name drugs in 2009.
Red meat linked to increased stroke risk
25 Nov 2015 at 11:20am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Red meat ? but not other types of protein - is linked to an increased stroke risk, and the odds go up the more meat people eat, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on about 11,000 middle-aged people who didn?t have other risk factors for strokes such as diabetes or heart disease, and followed half of them for around 23 years. The people in the study who consumed the most red meat had a 47 percent higher risk of ischemic stroke ? caused by blockages in blood vessels supplying the brain - than those who typically ate the smallest amount of red meat.
Peru lawmakers reject abortions for raped women
25 Nov 2015 at 11:18am
Lawmakers in Peru on Wednesday dismissed proposals to decriminalize abortions for women who have been raped. A legal commission in the Congress voted to reject a bill to permit abortion in such cases, blocking the lower house from holding a full debate on the proposal. Women's rights groups had brought a popular motion backed by 50,000 signatures for the reform, already rejected in May by another congressional commission.
I've A Few Reasons to Be Thankful But I Am
25 Nov 2015 at 11:17am
I see it; that look on people's faces when I limp by that lets me know I am being pitied. A few times, people have actually asked me, a stranger, why I walk with difficulty. I always answer. I say, "I'm not drunk or anything just more sick than I appear with an autoimmune disease."I struggle to work as regularly as I can because there I'm...
Human error led to deadly U.S. strike on Afghan hospital: military
25 Nov 2015 at 11:17am
By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation found that the deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres was a tragic and avoidable accident caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday. Some U.S. personnel were suspended and could face disciplinary action after failing to follow U.S. rules of engagement in a war zone, said U.S. Army General John Campbell, who leads international forces in Afghanistan. It remained unclear whether the U.S. military, even as it expressed remorse and wholly accepted blame, would be able to quickly mend its image in Afghanistan and elsewhere after the attack, which killed 30 people.
???Kissing Bug??? Can Lead to Dangerous Parasite Infection While You Sleep
25 Nov 2015 at 10:59am
Insects that can spread the disease are being found in southern U.S. states.