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Feds distribute $53 million to fight opioid problem
30 Aug 2016 at 9:33pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse.
Singapore urges tests for pregnant women with Zika signs
30 Aug 2016 at 9:31pm
Singapore on Wednesday urged all pregnant women showing symptoms of fever or rashes to have themselves tested for the Zika virus after the number of cases in the city-state soared to 82. Zika, which has been detected in 58 countries including hardest-hit Brazil, causes only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rash. The health ministry said that "all pregnant women in Singapore with symptoms of Zika -- fever and rash and other symptoms such as red eyes or joint pain" should be tested for infection.
Express Scripts diabetes program aims to cap costs for customers
30 Aug 2016 at 9:02pm
Express Scripts Holding, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said on Wednesday it will implement a program next year that guarantees per-patient spending caps on diabetes drug costs in an effort to limit soaring increases for its customers. U.S. diabetes prescription drug spending increased 14 percent in 2015 and is forecast to rise at an even faster rate this year and next, according to an Express Scripts report. For example, if an employer is expected to incur a 20 percent increase in diabetes drug spending in 2017, Express might set a per person/per year cap of no more than a 10 percent increase for its employees.
Theranos withdraws new Zika test after FDA inspection: WSJ
30 Aug 2016 at 7:14pm
(Reuters) - Blood-testing firm Theranos Inc withdrew its request for emergency clearance of a Zika-virus blood test after U.S. regulators found the company did not include proper patient safeguards in a study on the test, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Theranos was not immediately available for comment. The diagnostic test for Zika can detect additional strains of the mosquito-borne virus from blood drops finger-pricked from patients, Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes said earlier this month.
Three new cases of local Zika transmission in Florida: officials
30 Aug 2016 at 7:13pm
The new infections bring the state's total of non-travel-related cases to 46, according to the Florida Department of Health. Only one of Tuesday's three new cases was linked to Miami Beach, which is known to be an active area for local Zika transmission. The department said it believes ongoing transmission is only taking place in parts of Miami Beach and the trendy Miami neighborhood of Wynwood, the site of the first local Zika transmission in the United States.
U.N. defends aid work in Syria after accusations of being too close to govern...
30 Aug 2016 at 5:42pm
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations defended its aid funding in Syria on Tuesday after an investigation revealed lucrative contracts were awarded to people close to the nation's President Bashar al-Assad. The U.N.'s Syrian contracts came under fire in British newspaper The Guardian which said aid money has gone to a charity set up by Assad's wife and to groups and businesses under U.S. and European Union sanctions. More than 250,000 people have died and 11 million from a population of 23 million have been forced from their homes in Syria's five-year war which started as an uprising against Assad's rule.
Study finds flaws in criticism of St. Jude cyber security
30 Aug 2016 at 5:01pm
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.
Hospital, hepatitis C outbreak victims reach settlement
30 Aug 2016 at 4:59pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ? Trinity Health and its hospital in Minot have agreed in principal on a legal settlement with 21 victims of the largest hepatitis C outbreak in recent U.S. history, though Trinity's legal fight with a nursing home where most people were sickened will continue.
Lawyer investigating lead at Indiana housing complex
30 Aug 2016 at 4:55pm
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) ? An attorney for families in an Indiana public housing complex slated to be demolished because of lead contamination says he's investigating whether public officials knew about the problem and allowed children to be "poisoned."
AstraZeneca to pay $5.52 million to resolve SEC foreign bribery case
30 Aug 2016 at 4:33pm
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission detailed the settlement with the London-based drug company in an order instituting an administrative proceeding arising out of violations of provisions in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. AstraZeneca, which cooperated with the probe, neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.
Selena Gomez to take career break after panic attacks
30 Aug 2016 at 4:25pm
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.
Senators press Mylan on 'exorbitantly expensive' EpiPen
30 Aug 2016 at 4:11pm
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Elizabeth Warren and 19 other U.S. senators voiced concern to the chief executive of Mylan NV about the high cost of its EpiPen on Tuesday, calling the device used in the case of life-threatening allergies "exorbitantly expensive." Mylan has been under fire for steadily raising the price of the device from about $100 in 2008 to about $600 currently. In a letter to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, the daughter of Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the lawmakers asked the company to spell out the company's programs to provide some people with lower cost EpiPens. Mylan said this week it would launch the first generic version of its allergy auto-injector EpiPen for $300, half the price of the branded product, the drugmaker's second step in less than a week to counter the backlash over the product's steep price.
CDC adds Zika-hit Singapore to interim travel guidance list
30 Aug 2016 at 3:37pm
(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.
Singapore confirms Zika spread; U.S. and other countries issue travel warnings
30 Aug 2016 at 3:37pm
By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Confirmed cases of Zika virus in Singapore rose to 82 on Tuesday, as the United States joined a growing list of countries warning pregnant women or those trying to get pregnant to avoid travel to the city-state. The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has caused explosive outbreaks in the Americas and the Caribbean since late last year, poses a particular risk to pregnant women because it can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains. On Tuesday, the United States warned pregnant women not to travel to Singapore, joining Australia, Taiwan and South Korea.