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Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record
26 Nov 2014 at 9:52am
By Ludwig Burger and Ben Hirschler FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - The Western world's first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease. The sky-high cost of Glybera, from Dutch biotech firm UniQure and its unlisted Italian marketing partner Chiesi, shows how single curative therapies to fix faulty genes may upend the conventional pharmaceutical business model. ...
U.S. EPA seeks tighter ozone standards to cut pollution
26 Nov 2014 at 9:50am
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions, in a move industry groups and congressional Republicans said would place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said it would set National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone and consider public comments on standards within a 60 to 75 ppb range. The EPA must finalize the rule by October. ...
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg recovering after heart procedure
26 Nov 2014 at 9:27am
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a heart procedure at a Washington hospital on Wednesday after reporting discomfort following routine exercise, a court statement said. Ginsburg, 81, was resting comfortably after having a stent placed in her right coronary artery and is expected to be discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center within 48 hours, the statement said. A stent is a mesh tube used to improve blood flow in clogged arteries. ...
Spanish judge rules no crime in killing Ebola dog
26 Nov 2014 at 9:24am
MADRID (AP) ? A Spanish judge has ruled health authorities didn't commit a crime when they euthanized Excalibur, a dog that belonged to a nursing assistant who contracted Ebola last month.
U.S. government says 462,125 people signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans
26 Nov 2014 at 9:04am
(Reuters) - Open enrollment for the second year of Obamacare individual health coverage brought in 462,125 people who chose their health plans in its first week, nearly half of whom were first-time customers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal of 9 million people for 2015 individual plans. This new coverage was introduced in 2014 for the first time as part of President Barack Obama's national healthcare law, often called Obamacare. ...
FDA declines to approve Bristol-Myers hepatitis drug
26 Nov 2014 at 8:57am
(Reuters) - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co on Wednesday said U.S. regulators had declined to approve use of its experimental daclatasvir drug for hepatitis C, in combination with other antiviral drugs. Bristol-Myers said it had initially sought permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the drug, a so-called NS5A inhibitor, in combination with another experimental company medicine called asunaprevir that Bristol-Myers abandoned in October because of competition from more potent rival drugs. (Reporting by Ransdell Pierson)
Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls
26 Nov 2014 at 8:45am
CHICAGO (AP) ? The Obama administration says more than 462,000 people selected a health plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through HealthCare.gov.
How to Live Your Light...
26 Nov 2014 at 8:23am
Quick question... Are you living your light? Not your life, but your light? I know we're all living our life, but I'm talking about that spark inside that ignites you with passion and purpose! That's your light. Everyone is born with their own inner light. Yet as I've been coaching many people, I find that so many of us are disconnected from...
Give the gift of farts that smell like chocolate this Christmas
26 Nov 2014 at 7:24am
French inventor Christian Poincheval, who in 2006 perfumed the putrid odor of flatulence with pills that give it a rose aroma, has added chocolate to his fart-scent menu just in time for the holiday season.
Obama administration sets stricter smog standard
26 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.
West African artists urge French-speaking nations to act on Ebola
26 Nov 2014 at 6:44am
By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West African artists have urged heads of state holding a French-speaking nations' summit in Dakar this weekend to take action to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. The rare tropical disease has infected more than 15,000 people in West Africa since it was first recorded in Guinea in March. More than 5,000 people have died from the virus, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and internal bleeding. ...
Ebola discoverer Piot sees long, bumpy road to ending epidemic
26 Nov 2014 at 6:00am
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - West Africa's Ebola epidemic could worsen further before abating but new infections should start to decline in all affected countries by the end of this year, a leading specialist on the disease said on Wednesday. Peter Piot, one of the scientists who first identified the Ebola virus almost 40 years ago, said the outbreak was far from over, but said that "thanks to now massive efforts at all levels" what had been an exponential growth in numbers should soon begin to recede. ...
11 Things Powerful People Never, Ever Think
26 Nov 2014 at 5:15am
Powerful people think in a healthy way that invites inspiration. From when they wake up in the morning to when they close their eyes at night, they're creating thoughts that bring the best possibilities. Check out this list of things powerful people never think so you can become even more powerful:1. "How can I blame this on someone...
Gut check: how vultures dine on rotting flesh, and like it
26 Nov 2014 at 4:50am
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it? These feathery scavengers have one of the toughest guts on the planet, that is how. Scientists said on Tuesday that their analysis of two species of North American vultures showed that the birds possess a ferociously acidic digestive system and intestines loaded with two fiendish kinds of bacteria. ...
Spoon for unsteady hands now available from Google-acquired start-up
26 Nov 2014 at 4:14am
A spoon equipped with sensors capable of detecting tremors in the hand has been released by Lift Labs, which was a start-up funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) before being acquired by Google in September.