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Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug
27 Aug 2015 at 6:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades.
Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle
27 Aug 2015 at 4:38pm
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging.
Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court
27 Aug 2015 at 4:28pm
DENVER (AP) ? Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.
FDA proposes adding suffixes to distinguish biosimilar drug names
27 Aug 2015 at 3:57pm
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed on Thursday identifying cheaper versions of biologic drugs with a suffix to distinguish them from their more expensive, branded counterparts. The FDA said its draft guidance is designed to prevent the inadvertent substitution of non-interchangeable products and to make it easier to monitor and track usage once the products are on the market. Biologic drugs are made from living organisms and, unlike most traditional drugs, cannot be easily replicated.
FDA approves Amgen's cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha
27 Aug 2015 at 3:55pm
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Amgen Inc's Repatha drug for patients with hereditary forms of high cholesterol and those with cardiovascular disease. Last month the FDA approved a similar drug from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA. The drugs belong to a potent new class of injectable LDL-lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors. It was also approved for patients with cardiovascular disease including heart attack or stroke, who require additional cholesterol lowering.
High blood pressure in pregnancy tied to family risk
27 Aug 2015 at 3:51pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - For women with pregnancy-related high blood pressure, the higher risk of hypertension that follows them through life may be due not just to the episode in pregnancy but also to family risk factors, researchers say. "We wanted to really be able to isolate a women?s pregnancy from her family history," said lead author Tracey Weissgerber, who is also from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado
27 Aug 2015 at 3:16pm
AURORA, Colo. (AP) ? A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins said Thursday that one of the babies died after a complicated five-hour separation procedure.
Houston police officer shoots hospital patient during struggle
27 Aug 2015 at 3:16pm
A Houston police officer working a second job as a hospital security guard shot and critically wounded on Thursday a patient who had been combative with staff and fought with security, a Houston police spokesman said. The officer was one of two off-duty police officers working as security at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston who were called into the room to subdue the suspect, described as a 26-year-old male, the spokesman said. One of the officers deployed his Taser but that did not appear to have any effect, spokesman Kese Smith said.
Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done
27 Aug 2015 at 3:02pm
By Jeff Mason NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines in 2005 after a devastating flood was exacerbated by a slow government response, Obama toured a neighborhood of colorful new houses and a new school and community center. "Just because the houses are nice doesn't mean our job's done," Obama told reporters after shaking hands with residents and greeting children from the community.
See a Pair of Twins Hear Their Mom for the First Time
27 Aug 2015 at 2:42pm
Kayla and Kiara Hernandez were born with moderate hearing loss.
Planned Parenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress
27 Aug 2015 at 2:39pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to congressional leaders and included a report by experts it hired who found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.
U.S. prosecutors join probe into New York inmate's death
27 Aug 2015 at 2:36pm
Federal prosecutors have joined an investigation into the death of a New York prison inmate who was involved in a confrontation with guards in April. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on Thursday that his office was working with the local district attorney in Dutchess County, New York, to investigate the April 21 death of Samuel Harrell at the Fishkill Correctional Facility. Lawyers for Harrell's family have said that he was beaten to death by corrections officers.
'We Were Lucky This Time': How Experts are Battling the Next Ebola
27 Aug 2015 at 2:14pm
We're over 20 months into the Ebola epidemic, and while it has slowed over the last few months, new cases continue to emerge each week. Liberia, declared Ebola-free for over two months, suffered another death from the disease last month, spreading fears of a comeback in the country.However, despite the over 27,000 cases and 11,000 deaths as of...
U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk
27 Aug 2015 at 2:01pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study. Only 1.7 percent of U.S. parents of kindergartners sought exemptions in 2014 from laws requiring children be vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. "Pockets of children who miss vaccinations exist in our communities and they leave these communities vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases," Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a media briefing.
7 Tips to Survive the End-of-Summer Blues
27 Aug 2015 at 2:01pm
End of summer blues is a common affliction. I see it in my office, I hear about it from friends and in the spirit of transparency, Labor Day is more bitter than sweet for me. Transitions are hard and the end of summer can be particularly difficult for a number of reasons.On a symbolic level, the end of summer signifies the end of fun for many...