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U.N. says 10,000 killed in Yemen war, far more than other estimates
30 Aug 2016 at 5:39am
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - At least 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's 18-month-old civil war, the United Nations on Tuesday, approaching double the estimates of more than 6,000 cited by officials and aid workers for much of 2016. The war pits the Iran-allied Houthi group and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is supported by an alliance of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia. The new toll is based on official information from medical facilities in Yemen, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick told a news conference in the capital Sanaa.
A growing problem, child malnutrition costs Philippines $7billion in a year
30 Aug 2016 at 5:11am
By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Child malnutrition cost the Philippines $7 billion or nearly 3 percent of its GDP in one year in terms of education spending and lost productivity, while hunger-related stunting is on the rise among children, a global aid agency said on Tuesday. A report by Save the Children found that the combined losses, calculated with data from 2013, are more than triple the cost of damage inflicted by 15 natural disasters that hit the Southeast Asian country last year. If you add that up over time - it's an anchor to progress," said Ned Olney, head of Save the Children in the Philippines, by Skype from Manila.
Rigel's bleeding disorder drug clears first of two key trials
30 Aug 2016 at 5:01am
(Reuters) - Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat a bleeding disorder met its main goal in the first of two late-stage trials, sending its shares up 12 pct in premarket trade. The drug, fostamatinib, is being studied to treat chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in which the immune system attacks and destroys the body's own blood platelets. Patients typically had an increase in platelet counts to a level above 50,000/uL within the initial weeks of treatment.
Kenya close to ending drought crises, says local scientist award winner
30 Aug 2016 at 4:22am
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya is on its way to breaking the devastating cycle of drought, poverty and hunger over the next decade, a leading scientist said as he was named winner of a prestigious award. Kenyan scientist Andrew Mude won the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application on Tuesday for developing livestock insurance, using state-of-the-art technologies, for herders in East Africa's drylands. "I am confident that with insurance and the related complementary services, the boom and bust cycle will come to an end," said Mude, principal economist at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Carmat jumps after first implantation of its bioprosthetic artificial heart
30 Aug 2016 at 4:12am
Carmat's shares jumped on Tuesday after the French company announced the first implantation of its bioprosthetic artificial heart in a final-stage clinical trial. Carmat said on Monday the implantation of its bioprosthetic artificial heart was carried out with the approval of the French national agency for safety of medicines and health products and the country's patient protection committee. It added that it would not publish "specific information concerning the implantations of each patient involved in the study or their condition." The company, whose first shareholders included planemaker Airbus and private equity fund Truffle Capital, has not generated any significant revenue but is closely followed by investors as heart diseases represent a leading cause of death worldwide and its devices could represent a major medical breakthrough if proven reliable.
Iran govt says to cover infertility treatment costs
30 Aug 2016 at 3:04am
Iran will help couples meet the cost of infertility treatment as the government tackles a growing crisis that has seen millions of couples failing to conceive, the government announced Tuesday. "As of today, all infertile Iranian couples, who number about two million couples, can enjoy the coverage of their expenses," ISNA news agency quoted deputy health minister Mohammad Aghajani as saying. State insurance will cover 85 percent of the costs, he said -- the first time infertility treatments have been covered -- and the government has allocated around $30 million (27 million euros) for the project.
Philippines says China must recognize South China Sea ruling
30 Aug 2016 at 2:49am
China will be the 'loser' if it does not recognize an international court ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday. An arbitration court in The Hague infuriated China in July when it ruled that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and it had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights. China has ignored the ruling that none of its claims in the disputed Spratly Islands entitled it to a 200-mile (320 km) exclusive economic zone.
Vectura's asthma therapy misses primary endpoint in final stage trial
30 Aug 2016 at 12:16am
(Reuters) - Respiratory drug specialist Vectura Group Plc said its asthma therapy Flutiform had not met the primary endpoint in a phase III trial carried out by its European partner Mundipharma. Vectura shares were down 10 percent at 124.8 pence at 0706 GMT. Flutiform had not shown "statistically significant" superiority in reducing the yearly rate of the worsening of moderate and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), when compared to mono-component LABA treatment, Vectura said on Tuesday.
Australia, Taiwan, South Korea issue travel warnings for Singapore
29 Aug 2016 at 11:41pm
By Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australia, Taiwan and South Korea advised pregnant women and those attempting to get pregnant to avoid travel to Singapore after an outbreak of the Zika virus infected more than 50 people in the city-state. Singapore reported its first case of locally-transmitted Zika at the weekend, and the number of reported infections of the mosquito-borne virus has since jumped to 56. It poses a risk to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.
Valeant is sued over Philidor ties, alleged racketeering
29 Aug 2016 at 2:41pm
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc was sued on Monday by buyers of its drugs, who accused the Canadian company of racketeering by forcing them to pay exorbitant prices. The proposed class-action complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on behalf of unionized New York City police detectives and hotel workers, regarding Valeant's ties to the now defunct specialty pharmacy Philidor RX Services LLC. The plaintiffs accused Valeant of violating the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and seeks compensatory and triple damages for U.S. health plans and others that bought its drugs from January 2013 to October 2015.
Mylan to launch generic EpiPen at half the price of original
29 Aug 2016 at 2:39pm
The company reduced the out-of-pocket costs of EpiPen for some patients on Thursday, but kept the list price at about $600, a move that U.S. lawmakers and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said was not enough. Mylan said on Monday it expected to launch the generic product "in several weeks", an unusual move considering the branded bestseller is still patent protected and major rival treatments have failed to get regulatory clearances. "Our decision to launch a generic alternative to EpiPen is an extraordinary commercial response," Chief Executive Heather Bresch said Monday.
Adult mosquitoes can pass Zika to their offspring: U.S. study
29 Aug 2016 at 2:16pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adult female mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus along to their offspring, U.S. researchers said on Monday, a finding that makes clear the need for pesticide programs that kill both adult mosquitoes and their eggs. The findings, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, show that as with many related viruses, including dengue and yellow fever, Zika can be transmitted from female mosquitoes to their offspring. Dr. Robert Tesh of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, a study co-author, said the fact that the virus can be passed along to mosquito offspring makes Zika harder to control.
Adult mosquitoes can pass Zika to their offspring -US study
29 Aug 2016 at 2:08pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Adult female mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus along to their offspring, U.S. researchers said on Monday, a finding that makes clear the need for pesticide programs that kill both adult mosquitoes and their eggs. The findings, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, show that as with many related viruses, including dengue and yellow fever, Zika can be transmitted from female mosquitoes to their offspring. Dr. Robert Tesh of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, a study co-author, said the fact that the virus can be passed along to mosquito offspring makes Zika harder to control.
EpiPen maker to offer generic amid price flap
29 Aug 2016 at 1:40pm
The drugmaker Mylan NV said Monday it would offer a generic version of the EpiPen, the company's second move in a week to contain public outrage over perceived price gouging. A five-fold increase in the price of the life-saving epinephrine injectors over a decade drew stinging rebukes last week, with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and others demanding the company drop its prices. In a statement, Mylan Chief Executive Heather Bresch said the generic injector version would offer "a long-term solution to further reduce costs and ease the burden and complexity of the process on the patient." Bresch is the daughter of Democrat US Senator Joe Manchin.