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FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
19 Dec 2014 at 12:35pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) ? Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.
U.S. FDA approves AbbVie all-oral hepatitis C treatment
19 Dec 2014 at 12:31pm
(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, providing the first competition for Gilead Sciences huge selling and expensive medicine for the liver-destroying virus. The AbbVie regimen consists of four different anti-viral drugs to be taken as three pills in the morning and one in the evening. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the regimen, which will be sold under the brand name Viekira Pak, for patients with genotype 1 form of the virus, the most common type of hepatitis C and the most difficult to treat. ...
Wall Street adds gains in late trade; energy leads
19 Dec 2014 at 12:31pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks gained ground in late afternoon trading on Friday, extending the S&P 500's best two-day run in more than three years, helped by higher energy shares.
Alcohol blackouts common in UK teens
19 Dec 2014 at 12:25pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters) - About a third of 15-year-olds in the UK have blacked out due to alcohol, a new survey indicates - and the rate rises to nearly three-quarters by the time they reach 19, researchers found. ?Blackout is associated with pretty severe intoxication,? said Dr. Marc Schuckit, the study?s lead author from the University of California, San Diego. It occurs when the blood alcohol level "is about double what is legally drunk.? ?We found that (blackouts) were shockingly common? among the teens in the survey, Schuckit told Reuters Health. ...
Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules
19 Dec 2014 at 12:23pm
By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of the new rules, which will require the closure of some coal ash holding ponds leaking contaminants into surrounding water. ...
Coal ash labeled non-hazardous under new U.S. environmental rules
19 Dec 2014 at 11:58am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of new rules, which will require the closure of some coal ash holding ponds leaking contaminants into surrounding water. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Chris Reese)
AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved
19 Dec 2014 at 11:39am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ? U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC.
Obama: U.S. will respond to North Korea-linked hack on Sony
19 Dec 2014 at 11:19am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States will respond to the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures now that U.S. authorities have linked the strike to the North Korean government.
Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths In Multi-State Listeria Outbreak
19 Dec 2014 at 11:07am
Twenty-eight people have become ill in 10 states.
It's time to fight traditions that harm women's health: WHO
19 Dec 2014 at 11:04am
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of the major health problems faced by women in developing countries are caused by "terrible" traditions that must be stopped, said the head of public health at the World Health Organisation (WHO). Traditions such as child marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM), widely practised in some communities, contribute to high maternal mortality rates in some poor countries where girls as young as 13 get married and give birth. ...
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
19 Dec 2014 at 10:58am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
The Science Behind Nailing Your New Year's Resolution
19 Dec 2014 at 10:44am
Make new year's goals stick past Jan. 2 with these psychological tactics.
AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug gets U.S. approval
19 Dec 2014 at 10:38am
(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after the treatment was approved by the European Commission. An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had voted in June against granting an accelerated approval to the drug, Lynparza, citing inadequate data. The FDA was earlier scheduled to review the drug on Jan. 3. Lynparza aims to treat ovarian cancer in patients with certain hereditary gene mutations. ...
Taking This Common Pain Reliever Could Add Years To Your Life
19 Dec 2014 at 10:37am
Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the key to a longer, healthier life, according to a study conducted by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The study, published in the December edition of PLoS Genetics, found that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit...
UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations
19 Dec 2014 at 9:56am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) ? United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of humankind" amid an epidemic that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa.