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FDA asks for more data on over-the-counter hand sanitizers
29 Jun 2016 at 6:49am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is requesting additional data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in topical consumer antiseptic rubs, including hand sanitizers, that are sold over-the-counter. The request for more data is intended to help the agency ensure that regular use of these products does not present unknown concerns, and does not mean the FDA believes that these products are ineffective or unsafe.
U.S. lifts 'too big to fail' designation of GE's financing unit
29 Jun 2016 at 6:28am
Lender GE Capital on Wednesday became the first firm to lose its designation as "systemically important," a label born of the financial crisis that the U.S. government gives to institutions with potential to wreck the economy in the event of distress. The designation can trigger stricter oversight and require firms to hold higher levels of capital, according to the U.S. Treasury. ?The council will remove a designation when that company no longer poses risks to U.S. financial stability,? said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in a statement.
Pakistan extends Afghan refugee registration deadline by six months
29 Jun 2016 at 6:01am
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has extended by six months a deadline for Afghan refugees to register with the government, a refugee official said on Wednesday, a day before the deadline was set to expire. Pakistan has the world's second largest refugee population, with more than 1.5 million registered, and about a million unregistered, refugees from Afghanistan, most of whom fled the Soviet occupation of their country in the 1980s. The number of Afghans voluntarily returning home has plunged this year as violence worsens in Afghanistan, where the government and its U.S. allies are fighting a stubborn Taliban insurgency.
Shire says ADHD drug meets main goal of study
29 Jun 2016 at 5:19am
(Reuters) - Irish drugmaker Shire Plc said a study testing an experimental drug to treat attention-deficit disorder met the main goal, bringing the drug one step closer to approval in the United States. The company's shares were up 3 percent at 4381 pence at 12.52 GMT (8.52 a.m. ET) on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Shire's U.S.-listed shares were up 3 percent at $176.28 in light premarket trading on the Nasdaq.
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29 Jun 2016 at 5:15am
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Lipocine says FDA does not approve its testosterone drug
29 Jun 2016 at 5:10am
(Reuters) - Lipocine Inc said its oral testosterone replacement product did not get the approval in the United States, sending the drugmaker's shares down 52 pct in premarket trading. LPCN 1021, Lipocine's most advanced drug, is intended to treat adult males who suffer from deficiency or absence of testosterone that could lead to a loss of libido, decreased muscle mass, fatigue and depression. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision was conveyed via a complete response letter, which said the "application cannot be approved in its present form".
Tesaro's ovarian cancer drug shows benefit in late-stage trial
29 Jun 2016 at 5:09am
(Reuters) - Tesaro Inc said its ovarian cancer drug met the main goal of prolonging survival in patients, without the disease worsening, in a late-stage trial, sending its shares up 84 percent in premarket trading. The drug, niraparib, improved progression-free survival in certain ovarian cancer patients. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States every year, and nearly 80 percent are diagnosed after it has progressed to a severe stage.
Golfer Spieth unsure about taking part in Rio
29 Jun 2016 at 4:35am
(Reuters) - Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals. The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after number one Jason Day withdrew on Tuesday, citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas. "Right now, I'm uncertain," Spieth told reporters ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Olympics-Golfer Spieth unsure about taking part in Rio
29 Jun 2016 at 4:30am
Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals. The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after number one Jason Day withdrew on Tuesday, citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas. "Right now, I'm uncertain," Spieth told reporters ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
New research looks at obesity in early adulthood and risk of multiple sclerosis
29 Jun 2016 at 4:27am
New research published this week in the journal PLOS Medicine indicates that a link exists between obesity in early adulthood and an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, conducted by a team from the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Quebec, Canada, provides further confirmation of an association between obesity and the disease, which had previously been seen in observational studies. To carry out their research the team looked at statistics from the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) consortium, the largest genome-wide association study for BMI and the International MS Genetics Consortium (IMSGC), the largest genome-wide association study for MS, to investigate whether genetically determined obesity was associated with increased risk of MS.
UK car industry - demand not hit by Brexit vote yet, forecast unchanged
29 Jun 2016 at 4:05am
UK car dealerships saw the same number of customers over the weekend as before Britons voted for Brexit last week, Britain's car industry association said on Wednesday, noting that it would not change its forecast for record sales this year. The CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the pace of sales growth had slowed in recent months but that he was not immediately changing the forecast of about 2.7 million registrations in 2016. In essence, the fundamentals of the market are still strong," Mike Hawes told reporters at a briefing in London.
Volkswagen owners say core business still strong
29 Jun 2016 at 3:03am
Volkswagen's top shareholders said the group's core business is still robust, after the carmaker agreed a record $15.3 billion settlement in its emissions-cheating scandal in the United States. "We are firmly convinced that Volkswagen (VW) has long-term potential to gain in value," Hans Dieter Poetsch, chief executive of Porsche SE , which owns 52 percent of VW's voting shares, said on Wednesday. "Despite all difficulties that VW is currently facing in the wake of the diesel issue, we should always bear in mind that its core business is healthy and robust," Poetsch said at Porsche SE's annual shareholder meeting.
Biden hosting cancer summit to try to accelerate research
29 Jun 2016 at 3:02am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Vice President Joe Biden will try to give efforts to cure cancer a jolt during a summit in Washington that's casting a spotlight on research and innovative trials taking place across the country.
Research highlights possible genetic trigger for autoimmune disease
29 Jun 2016 at 2:08am
American researchers have pinpointed a genetic trigger that could be linked to systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus and Sjögren's syndrome. The scientists discovered that the abnormal expression of genetic elements called "L1 retroelements" could trigger an immune response similar to that produced by external viruses.
California gets go-ahead to vote on legalization of marijuana
29 Jun 2016 at 1:25am
The proposed so-called "Adult Use of Marijuana Act," which is supported by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom among others, would allow people aged 21 and older to possess as much as an ounce of marijuana for private recreational use and permit personal cultivation of as many as six marijuana plants. "Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself," initiative spokesman Jason Kinney said in a statement. The measure would also establish a system to license, regulate and tax sales of marijuana, while allowing city governments to exercise local control over or disallow commercial distribution within their borders.