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Fight over hot new cholesterol drugs may be won in milligrams
25 May 2015 at 10:33pm
By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two powerful and innovative cholesterol drugs likely to be approved this summer both target the same protein and have been shown to sharply lower LDL in high-risk patients. But there is at least one significant difference between the two offerings: the dosages in which they will be sold. Assuming approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Amgen Inc. will offer its drug, Repatha, as a biweekly 140 mg injection or a monthly injection of 420 mg, while Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi, will be offered in biweekly injections of 75 mg or 150 mg. The difference in dosages is likely to lead to very different sales strategies for the two drugs, in what could be a fierce competition for market share.
Fire at China nursing home kills 38: state media
25 May 2015 at 9:40pm
Thirty-eight people were killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China's central Henan province, state media said, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety. The fire broke out late on Monday at the "privately-owned Kangleyuan rest home in Lushan county", the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities. The cause of the fire, which injured another six people, was unclear, Xinhua said.
What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation
25 May 2015 at 9:28pm
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 than in any other year in history, humankind has never been more inventive, whether in designing driverless cars, discovering new drugs for cancer or building bionic limbs. While part of that may be due to tighter patenting rules in the United States, there are also signs of more fundamental shifts, with the volume of published scientific literature -- a precursor to patents -- down 22 percent across 12 industries.
Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip
25 May 2015 at 7:53pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever ? a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.
Canada salmonella outbreak leaves 34 people sick after poultry contact
25 May 2015 at 5:00pm
Canadian health authorities are investigating after 34 people became sick with salmonella infections after contact with live baby poultry, the country's Public Health Agency said on Monday. Symptoms of salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include fever, cramps and vomiting. It often clears up without treatment in healthy people, the Public Health Agency said, but some can become severely ill.
Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk
25 May 2015 at 3:41pm
Teenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published Monday. At the time of conscription, around 12 percent of the men were underweight, more than 80 percent were of normal weight and five percent were moderately overweight. Of the remainder, 1.5 percent were very overweight -- with a body mass index of between 27 and nearly 30 -- and one percent were obese, with a BMI of more than 30.
Three hurt as waterspout sends bouncy house flying at Florida beach
25 May 2015 at 1:24pm
(Reuters) - A waterspout touched down on Florida's Fort Lauderdale beach amid a Memorial Day crowd on Monday, lifting an inflatable bouncy house into the air and injuring three children, police said. The waterspout, a swirling funnel of water similar in some ways to a tornado, uprooted the bouncy house and sent it across a parking lot into a roadway, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale police said on Twitter. Three children were hurt but the extent of their injuries as well as their conditions was not immediately known, Greenlaw said in her Twitter post.
Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate
25 May 2015 at 1:22pm
It's schoolchildren's favorite time of the year -- when they don't have to go to school and can just enjoy being children. As summer vacation begins, many kids will be off to camp; others will join their parents on vacation. Both are great reasons to make sure everyone's, parents and kids, vaccinations are up to date. It's the perfect time to...
'Food Nazi' or Responsible Foreperson?
25 May 2015 at 11:57am
Several weeks ago, I led a conversation at my son's school about healthy eating. Parents, teachers, and administrators participated. After I made a case for better nutrition, one father voiced concern about becoming a "Food Nazi." Should he deny his child the package of Oreos and bag of chips with lunch? -- a lunch that might also include...
North American weed poses hay fever problem for Europe
25 May 2015 at 11:48am
Itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing are likely to spread in Europe in coming decades as a notorious allergy-causing North American weed goes on the rampage, scientists said on Monday. Introduced to Europe in the late 19th century, common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is a plant with reddish stalks whose tassel flowers are massive producers of pollen. Today, the plant is firmly established in northern Italy and southeastern France, and is spreading elsewhere in niche habitats such as farmland, roadside verges and railway embankments.
In the US, at least one in four pre-packaged foods contains trans fats
25 May 2015 at 8:48am
Trans fats, those industrial oils that give foods more consistency, are present in 27% of 84,000 supermarket products tested, according to a recent study published by US non-profit the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Trans fats or hydrogenated oils have no nutritional value and numerous epidemiological studies have shown that excessive consumption of them, which increases the production of "bad cholesterol," is linked to an increase in the risk of cardiovascular problems. Trans fats can be found predominantly in processed foods such as pizzas, pies, French fries and prepared meals, but also in chocolate bars and margarines.
Study: E-cigarettes good as short-term quitting aid
25 May 2015 at 8:30am
A new study into how e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking long-term suggests that the biggest effects are felt over the first month.
More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India
25 May 2015 at 8:12am
Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F). Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly or the homeless in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said officials, but some deaths have also occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming
25 May 2015 at 8:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.
Donor fatigue hits Nepal one month after mega earthquake: U.N.
25 May 2015 at 8:06am
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter. The impoverished Himalayan nation is reeling from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on April 25, disrupting the lives of almost a third of the 28 million population. "I am disappointed in the sense that there was such an impressive response in terms of search and rescue - all the teams that came in to do the work, they did very impressively and comprehensively - and maybe they think that's the job done," said Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. resident coordinator in Nepal.