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$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice
29 Jul 2014 at 12:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US
28 Jul 2014 at 4:42pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.
Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says
28 Jul 2014 at 10:11am
NEW YORK (AP) ? When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
Pfizer beats forecasts as oncology drugs grow
29 Jul 2014 at 4:53am
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc , which in May officially abandoned its bid to buy British rival AstraZeneca Plc , reported higher-than-expected second-quarter revenue, helped by growing demand for its cancer medicines. The largest U.S. drugmaker on Tuesday said it had earned $2.91 billion, or 45 cents per share. That compared with $14.1 billion, or $1.98 per share, a year earlier, when Pfizer received more than $10 billion in proceeds from the spinoff of its animal health business into a new publicly traded company, Zoetis . Excluding special items, Pfizer earned 58 cents per share. ...
Merck beats forecasts, newer drugs offset impact of generics
29 Jul 2014 at 4:45am
(Reuters) - Merck & Co reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday, with sales of newer drugs helping to offset the impact of generic competition on the sales of other drugs. The No. 2 U.S. drugmaker earned $2.03 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the second quarter. That compared with $906 million, or 30 cents per share, in the year-earlier period, when Merck took charges for acquisitions and restructuring. Excluding special items, Merck earned 85 cents per share. Analysts, on average, were expecting 81 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
Aetna says Coventry purchase boosted second-quarter profit
29 Jul 2014 at 4:44am
(Reuters) - Aetna Inc , the third-largest U.S. health insurer, on Tuesday reported a higher second-quarter profit that beat analyst expectations, helped by last year's acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid provider Coventry Health Care. Revenue rose to $14.5 billion from $11.5 billion and Aetna raised its forecasts for 2014 profit and customer growth. The cost of a new hepatitis C treatment held back further gains in profit, but Aetna said its outlook was for the 2014 increase in medical cost spending to be at the lower end of the 6 to 7 percent range it had been expecting. Medical costs are an important component of profit for Aetna, which sells insurance both through employers and for government-paid programs.
Kurbo Health Raises $5.8 Million To Fight Childhood Obesity Via An App, Live ...
29 Jul 2014 at 4:30am
Kurbo Health, a mobile subscription service focused on fighting childhood obesity through the use of simple food diaries and live coaching, is today opening its doors to all families who want to sign up and try its weight loss program, initially available as an iOS application. The company also just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding...
Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution
29 Jul 2014 at 4:19am
By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco?s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years ? and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan. Sex workers argue that decriminalizing prostitution would be the best way to fight trafficking by ending the black market, and giving women the ability to report crimes against them.
Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies
29 Jul 2014 at 4:13am
Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, with one town reaching "very unhealthy" levels as haze -- mostly from forest fires in Indonesia -- obscured skies. Kuala Lumpur residents wore face masks as protection from the choking smog, while visibility was low. Nine out of some 50 measuring stations recorded air pollutant index readings above 100, which signify "unhealthy" air quality. In Indonesia, the National Disaster Management Agency deployed a chopper to conduct water bombing to West Kalimantan on Borneo to tame 268 so-called hotspots detected in the province as haze also shrouded skies there and on Sumatra island.
Fist bumps relay 90 percent less germs than handshakes: study
29 Jul 2014 at 3:30am
Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday. The study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that fist bumps, where two people briefly press the top of their closed fists together, transferred about 90 percent less bacteria than handshakes. "People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands," Dave Whitworth, a biologist at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom who co-authored the study, said in a statement. The fist bump appears to enjoy the support of both U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, both of whom have been seen enthusiastically using the greeting, the study notes.
Roche says Gazyvaro approved in Europe against leukemia
29 Jul 2014 at 2:53am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche said on Tuesday that European regulators approved its drug Gazyvaro, or obinutuzumab, for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, boosting the Swiss group's line-up of new cancer treatments. The new medicine is an improved follow-on medicine to the Swiss drugmaker's $7 billion-a-year Rituxan, or MabThera, and Roche is hoping to switch as many patients as possible to the newer product before Rituxan faces competition from cheaper copies. ...
Migraine Buddy Helps Patients And Doctors Work Together For Better Treatment
29 Jul 2014 at 2:15am
Migraines aren?t just awful headaches. They are a neurological condition that often come with cluster of syndromes before and after pain starts. These are called prodromes, which can warn some sufferers when a headache is coming, and postdromes, or ?migraine hangovers? that can leave patients feeling exhausted.As someone who gets...
Are You In The Right Race?
29 Jul 2014 at 1:02am
The world, I'm convinced, is made up of runners. Every morning they suit up, figuratively put on their running shoes and prepare for the big race.What motivates people to run? What is their goal? Money, prestige ... peace of mind?If it's peace of mind you're after, racing solo is the only option. Then your only competitor is you, and you're...
Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill
29 Jul 2014 at 12:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion deal to improve veterans health care to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members and other conservatives dead set against raising the deficit.
Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak
29 Jul 2014 at 12:24am
By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia's Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20. The decontamination process in all the affected areas has commenced," Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February.