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Survey: More US adults use marijuana, don't think it's risky
31 Aug 2016 at 3:43pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? New research shows more U.S. adults are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it's risky.
More Americans getting high: cannabis study
31 Aug 2016 at 3:36pm
"These changes in the prevalence of cannabis use occurred during a period when many US states legalised cannabis for medicinal use, but before four states went on to legalise recreational cannabis use," addiction experts Michael Lynskey and Wayne Hall wrote in a comment also carried by the journal. "It is probably too soon to draw conclusions about the effects of these legal changes on rates of cannabis use and cannabis-related harms, but it is likely that these policy changes will increase the prevalence and frequency of cannabis use," they said.
Sunovion Pharma to buy Canada's Cynapsus for $624 million
31 Aug 2016 at 3:28pm
(Reuters) - Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc, a unit of Japan's Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co Ltd , said it would buy Canada's Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc for about $624 million. The announced purchase price of $40.50 per share in cash was a 120.5 percent premium over that closing price. Through the deal, Sunovion will acquire Cynapsus? drug candidate, APL-130277, which is currently in its phase three clinical trial stage.
Study: Ohio's abortion pill law led to worse health outcomes
31 Aug 2016 at 3:08pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Ohio's restrictions on the so-called abortion pill led to a higher rate of side effects, more doctor visits and additional medical treatment for patients, according to a new study.
Many factors influence parental decisions about throat surgery
31 Aug 2016 at 2:57pm
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Better communication from doctors may help parents struggling with the decision to have their child undergo throat surgery for sleep disordered-breathing conditions, a small study suggests. About 20 percent of children have issues with breathing while asleep, such as snoring and sleep apnea, and surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in an adenotonsillectomy is the primary treatment. ?We don?t necessarily know that there is overuse, but there is variation we can?t explain based on clinical and demographic factors,? said lead author Dr. Emily F. Boss of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
HUD proposes lowering acceptable lead level for children
31 Aug 2016 at 2:47pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? The nation's top housing official is proposing lowering the level of lead that must be detected in children's blood before triggering federal action to clean up the homes where they live.
Study finds strong link between Zika and Guillain-Barre
31 Aug 2016 at 2:16pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A comparison of rates of Guillain-Barre syndrome before and after Zika arrived in seven countries has found a strong association between the virus and the illness, researchers from the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday. The current Zika outbreak was first detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas and the Caribbean. Pregnant women are considered to be at greatest risk because the virus can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, which is marked by small head size and underdeveloped brains.
'Not out of the woods yet' in yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Congo: WHO
31 Aug 2016 at 1:52pm
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Some 6,000 people in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo may be infected with yellow fever, six times the number of confirmed cases, but no new infections have been found since July 12, an "extremely positive" trend, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Some 7.7 million people were vaccinated this month in a major campaign in the "high-risk" Congo capital of Kinshasa, along with 1.5 million in other parts of the country, the WHO said. In Angola, 2.4 million people have been vaccinated, making 11.6 million in all.
Online tools help people improve their health but need more study
31 Aug 2016 at 1:16pm
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Mobile apps and web-based programs do help people reach health goals like exercising more, losing weight and quitting smoking, but studies need to follow-up longer to see how sustainable these interventions are, according to a recent review of existing research. Lifestyle choices like poor diet and smoking are a major cause of death and disease worldwide, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Heart Association, and digital tools may be a low-cost and more accessible option for people looking to improve their health. ?Our results suggest internet-based and mobile-based interventions can be effective tools for behavioral modification,? said lead author Dr. Ashkan Afshin, the Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Alere lawsuit accuses Abbott of 'buyer's remorse' in proposed merger
31 Aug 2016 at 12:59pm
Alere claims in its complaint that Abbott has avoided responding to a second request by the Federal Trade Commission in a bout of "buyer's remorse" spurred by a desire to free up capital for Abbott's other major planned deal - a $24 billion acquisition of rival St. Jude Medical . Abbott denied the allegations, arguing that Alere's financial problems and related delays in filing its financial statements had slowed the deal's progress. Abbott also said it had been approached by a whistleblower who alleges that Alere is deliberately hiding information about its Indian operations.
FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives
31 Aug 2016 at 12:59pm
Health officials are strengthening warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and sedatives like Xanax, saying the combination can lead to breathing problems, ...
U.S. FDA strengthens warning over opioid/sedative combination
31 Aug 2016 at 12:30pm
The agency is requiring that black box warnings, the strongest available, be added to nearly 400 products, alerting doctors and patients that combining opioids and benzodiazepines can cause extreme sleepiness, slowed breathing, coma and death. The agency said the move is part of a broad action plan to reduce the number of deaths from opioid painkiller abuse. "It is nothing short of a public health crisis when you see a substantial increase of avoidable overdose and death related to two widely used drug classes being taken together," said FDA Commissioner Robert Califf.
Novartis to disband cell & gene therapy unit, 120 jobs to go
31 Aug 2016 at 11:39am
Novartis is folding activities of its Cell and Gene Therapy unit into other business and research locations, eliminating 120 positions, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday. The move intensifies a corporate makeover begun this year as it focuses on high-growth areas including cancer immunotherapy. Basel-based Novartis said the move will not derail its intentions to file CTL019, a chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CART) therapy, for treatment of young people with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia with U.S. and European regulators in 2017.
Maine governor says will not resign amid racism flap
31 Aug 2016 at 11:33am
By Scott Malone (Reuters) - (Editor's note: This story contains language in the second paragraph that may offend readers adds quotes from state Senate president, paragraph 8-9) Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Wednesday he will not resign and is seeking spiritual advice after unleashing an obscenity-laden voicemail message on a political rival, as state lawmakers mulled whether to vote to censure the Republican. The famously combative two-term governor apologized for the second day in a row to the people of Maine and to state Representative Drew Gattine after calling the Democrat a "little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker" in a voicemail message that has been widely circulated. "I will not resign," LePage told reporters in his office in the state capital Augusta, a day after he openly discussed the possibility in a radio appearance.