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Birth control coverage up for federal appeal
23 May 2013 at 12:58am
DENVER (AP) ? In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.
Nearly all US states see hefty drop in teen births
22 May 2013 at 9:23pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.
Doctors save Ohio boy by 'printing' an airway tube
22 May 2013 at 3:09pm
In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.
J&J plans filing on more than 10 new drugs by 2017
23 May 2013 at 5:31am
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Thursday it plans to submit more than 10 new products for regulatory approval by 2017, including drugs to treat hepatitis C, immune diseases and schizophrenia, and vaccines for flu, rabies and polio. It said products launched since 2009 will account for nearly half of its pharmaceutical sales by 2017. It also said it plans to continue developing its pipeline of new development-stage drugs in Japan and China, where it also has drugs in later stages of development. ...
Saudi Arabia confirms another death from SARS-like virus
23 May 2013 at 5:11am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has announced another death from the SARS-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in its central al-Qassim region, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 17. A non-Saudi, whose nationality and age were not given, died on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said on its website late on Wednesday. It said he had been admitted to a hospital in al-Qassim several days ago with an "acute respiratory syndrome". "Most cases recorded so far are among elderly patients and people with multiple chronic diseases," it added. ...
BTG says interventional medicine buys could boost sales to $1 bln
23 May 2013 at 5:07am
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British pharmaceutical company BTG announced two deals on Thursday that it said could create an interventional medicine business with potential sales of $1 billion. Chief Executive Louise Makin told Reuters the deals would more than double BTG's revenues in the fast-growing market of targeting specific areas rather than administering drugs to the whole body. BTG added to its liver cancer treatments by agreeing to buy the targeted therapies division of Nordion Inc for about $200 million, adding Therasphere radioactive glass beads to its chemotherapy beads unit. ...
Ala. Mystery Illness May Be Coincidence
23 May 2013 at 4:40am
A mystery illness has sickened seven people in southeastern Alabama, killing two of them, according to the state Health Department, but it's not clear whether the patients ? or their symptoms ? are connected.
GSK flu shot may raise adult narcolepsy risk: Finnish scientists
23 May 2013 at 4:13am
HELSINKI/LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc's H1N1 pandemic flu shot may put adults at higher risk of developing narcolepsy, not only children as previous studies found, Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare said on Thursday. Growing evidence of a link between GSK's Pandemrix vaccine and an increase in narcolepsy, a rare sleep disorder, among children who received it in Europe has delayed approval of a similar vaccine in the United States. ...
Watch: Mystery Illness Kills 2 in Alabama
23 May 2013 at 4:02am
Five people are still hospitalized for respiratory illness.
Lawyers in Colorado shooting case to challenge insanity defense law
23 May 2013 at 3:31am
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Public defenders representing James Holmes, accused of killing 12 moviegoers in Colorado last summer, will return to court on Thursday to challenge the state's insanity defense law in a bid to try to avoid the death penalty for their client. Lawyers representing Holmes, 25, are challenging Colorado's capital punishment statute on several fronts, and on Thursday are arguing that it unconstitutionally bars him from calling his own mental health experts at sentencing if he refuses to cooperate with court-appointed psychiatrists. ...
Can You Do Yoga if You Aren't Flexible?
23 May 2013 at 3:00am
I always thought that of yoga as something only done by young, lithe ballet enthusiasts. It was definitely not something practiced by uncoordinated, middle-aged guys who can?t touch their toes. Put me in the latter category and add to that that I?m nearly six-and-a-half feet tall and have had two back...
BTG builds interventional medicine platform with deals
23 May 2013 at 12:01am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's BTG said it would make two acquisitions, one extending its expertise in liver cancer and the other a treatment for severe blood clots, to create an interventional medicine business with potential sales of $1 billion. The company said on Thursday it had agreed to buy the targeted therapies division of Nordion Inc, for about $200 million in a deal that adds Therasphere radioactive glass beads treatment for liver cancer to its chemotherapy beads unit. ...
Pfizer takes its shot at a vaccine for evasive superbug
22 May 2013 at 10:28pm
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Kathrin Jansen is a microbiologist with at least two breakthrough vaccines to her name: she brought the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to market for Merck and helped develop the $4 billion a year pneumonia and meningitis vaccine Prevnar 13 for Pfizer. Jansen's next vaccine success could come by taming the superbug MRSA, a drug-resistant bacterium that she has seen ravage a healthy man up close and personally. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infects an estimated 53 million people globally and costs more than $20 billion a year to treat. ...
Alabama Mystery Illness Could Be Coincidence
22 May 2013 at 9:39pm
Alabama Illness Patients Have Little In Common
Teen birth rates decline in most US states
22 May 2013 at 9:21pm
The U.S. teen birth rate fell 25 percent over five years to a record low of 31 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.