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Biden to host national cancer research summit in Washington
24 May 2016 at 3:18pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday.
Lilly says new type of pain drug could lessen need for opioids
24 May 2016 at 3:11pm
Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday said it and partner Pfizer Inc aim to seek approval by 2018 for a new type of pain drug that could be an alternative to opioids for osteoarthritis, chronic back pain and cancer pain. The Indianapolis drugmaker said tanezumab, given by injection every eight weeks, could be a far more effective and appropriate alternative for chronic pain than opioids, without their abuse potential.
SEC raises concerns about Valeant's use of 'Non-GAAP' measures
24 May 2016 at 3:10pm
The SEC has questioned Valeant's practice of stripping away acquisition-related expenses from its "non-GAAP" or adjusted metrics, given that the drugmaker had been fueling growth through frenzied deal making. In multiple letters, the SEC said Valeant's management is in possession of all the facts and urged for adequate and accurate financial disclosures. "We are concerned with your overall format and presentation of the non-GAAP measures and believe revisions to your future earnings releases and investor materials are appropriate," the SEC said in a letter to the company in February.
Washington, California sue over pelvic mesh implants
24 May 2016 at 3:10pm
SEATTLE (AP) ? Washington state and California sued Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, saying that for years the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold to repair pelvic collapse.
'Doctors waiting for death' - Syrian aid workers appeal for more protection
24 May 2016 at 3:07pm
By Alex Whiting ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syrian aid workers have pleaded for the international community to do more to protect them from deadly attacks, and to make sure aid reaches those most in need, saying statements of support need to be translated into concrete action. Speaking on the second day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the head of a medical organization inside Syria said people are now moving hospitals underground and into caves since international attempts to end attacks on them have failed. "Being a doctor inside the country means waiting for death," said Zedoun Al Zoubi, head of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), which works in Syria.
Lake Chad Basin is world's most neglected humanitarian crisis: U.N. aid chief
24 May 2016 at 3:06pm
By Alex Whiting ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa's Lake Chad region is the world's most neglected humanitarian crisis, where poverty and desertification have been compounded by violence caused by Boko Haram, the U.N. aid chief said on Tuesday at the World Humanitarian Summit. The gap between the suffering and the humanitarian response may be bigger than in Syria, Iraq or Yemen, a senior Red Cross official said. Violence has forced more than 2.4 million people to flee their homes in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, according to the United Nations.
Food aid to avert famine threat in Boko Haram hit northeast Nigeria: U.N.
24 May 2016 at 3:01pm
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 400,000 people in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria will receive food aid to avert the threat of famine as the lean season approaches, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. "It is a race against time as the lean and rainy season is upon us," WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin said at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. "We know that unless we act fast, and we act now, hunger will only deepen in the months to come." Poor sanitation, high rates of disease and a lack of access to food, water and healthcare could lead to a "famine-like situation" if aid is not urgently provided, the WFP said.
Monsanto rejects Bayer bid, but open to more talks
24 May 2016 at 3:00pm
Monsanto's decision, first reported earlier on Tuesday by Reuters, puts pressure on Bayer to decide whether to raise its bid, even as the company faces criticism from some shareholders that its $122-per-share cash offer is already too high. Monsanto shares ended trading up 3.1 percent at $109.3 in New York, substantially below Bayer's bid price, underscoring some investor skepticism that a deal can be done. Bayer shares rose 3.23 percent at 87.15 euros in Frankfurt.
Fountain House Symposium Looks for Answers to Suicide
24 May 2016 at 2:56pm
This year's Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took on a formidable subject. Titled "Suicide: Looking for Answers," the event recently drew more than 500 attendees to The Pierre in support of the innovative mental health programs of Fountain House, winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.In light of recent reports that suicide in...
U.S. FDA panel recommends approval of Novo Nordisk diabetes drug
24 May 2016 at 2:47pm
A U.S. advisory panel on Tuesday recommended approval of a new diabetes drug made by Novo Nordisk A/S that combines two of its existing treatments in a fixed-dose combination designed to be both effective and convenient. The panel voted 16-0 that the Food and Drug Administration should approve the drug, iDegLira, for patients with type 2 diabetes. The FDA is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so.
Massage may be option for pain relief
24 May 2016 at 2:42pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Massage is better than nothing for pain relief, according to a new review. The therapy may also be an acceptable choice for people considering other options like acupuncture and physical therapy. "It should be considered at least for musculoskeletal pain as a viable option in the mix of pain management techniques in these areas," said Dr. Wayne Jonas, president and CEO of the Samueli Institute in Alexandria, Virginia.
Liver donors may suffer long-term effects after donation
24 May 2016 at 2:41pm
?We were surprised donors continued to report some issues,? study leader Mary Amanda Dew told Reuters Health by phone. ?We thought by the time they were so far out from the date they donated part of their livers, they might not have difficulties.? Previous reports had tracked donors for only a year or two after donation. Organ donors are highly screened and are generally healthy psychologically and physically, she noted.
Baseball star Tony Gwynn's family sues tobacco companies over death
24 May 2016 at 2:38pm
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of the late baseball star Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Padres, has filed a lawsuit in California accusing makers of dipping tobacco of causing his death from cancer by getting him hooked at a young age. With the legal action, Gwynn becomes one of the most high-profile Major League Baseball stars to have his name used in a public attack on the tobacco industry. "Throughout his career, our dad was proud of his work helping kids and being a positive role model to his fans," his daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones said in a statement Tuesday.
Nasdaq rejects listing application by cannabis social network
24 May 2016 at 2:01pm
Stock exchange operator Nasdaq has rejected a listing application by MassRoots Inc on the grounds that it may aid in the use and dealing of an illegal substance, the cannabis social networking company said on Tuesday. The rejection, handed down on Monday, may insert roadblocks ahead of other cannabis-related companies seeking to list on a national stock exchange, MassRoots Chief Executive Isaac Dietrich said in a statement. "This will have ripple effects across the entire industry, making it more difficult for cannabis entrepreneurs to raise capital and slow the progression of cannabis legalization in the United States,? Dietrich said.
California sues Johnson & Johnson over marketing for pelvic mesh
24 May 2016 at 1:41pm
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - California has accused Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn doctors and patients about the severity and frequency of complications associated with its pelvic mesh devices. According to the lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general on Tuesday, J&J and its Ethicon unit falsely marketed the devices as a safe and superior option to non-mesh treatments for pelvic floor disorders, when it was aware that they could cause pain, bleeding, loss of sexual function and other side effects. "Johnson & Johnson put millions of women at risk of severe health problems by failing to provide critical information to doctors and patients about its surgical mesh products," California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement.