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Coca-Cola, PespiCo and others agree to cap sugar in drinks in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Seven major drinks companies including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will limit the sugar content of drinks they sell in Singapore, as part of the city-state's campaign to fight diabetes.

Medtronic misses revenue estimates, shares dip

- Medical device maker Medtronic Plc on Tuesday reported quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' estimates, hurt by lower sales in its diabetes-related device business.

Philip Morris International CEO cheers U.S. FDA tobacco proposal

- The chief executive of Philip Morris International said he was "extremely encouraged" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent proposal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and nudge smokers toward less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes.

Parents still failing to put babies to sleep on their backs

- Fewer than half of U.S. infants always sleep on their backs, the position doctors recommend to avoid sleep-related injuries and deaths, a study suggests.

American surgeons poorly prepared for humanitarian operations

- A Haitian physician taught American-trained vascular surgeon Dr. David Kuwayama how to perform C-sections in a Caribbean clinic, and a Congolese surgeon taught him other basic surgical procedures in an African war zone.

Smokers hospitalized for heart attacks often don't get cessation drugs

- Few smokers hospitalized for heart attacks and other serious complications of cardiac disease get medication to help them quit smoking, a U.S. study suggests.

Belgian biscuit maker recalls products amid contaminated eggs scare

BRUSSELS - Belgian biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries said it had recalled some of its products in Belgium as they could contain eggs that were contaminated with insecticide fipronil.

AstraZeneca ups investment in messenger RNA drugs with Ethris deal

FRANKFURT - AstraZeneca has stepped up its investment in messenger RNA drugs, a promising approach in genetic therapy, by spending more than 25 million euros on a research alliance with German biotech start-up Ethris.

Belgian biscuit maker recalls products amid contaminated eggs scare: TV

BRUSSELS - Belgian biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries has recalled some of its products as they could contain eggs that were contaminated with insecticide fipronil, broadcaster VTM said on Monday.

In health push, Singapore gets soda makers to cut sugar content

SINGAPORE - Singapore's prime minister has urged people to drink water, eat wholemeal bread and choose brown rice over white in a health push that began with an agreement from soda makers to reduce the sugar content in drinks sold in the country.

Britain's Creo receives speedy FDA approval for its endoscopic device

LONDON - Britain's Creo Medical Group said its device to remove cancerous lesions in the bowel during an endoscopy had received U.S. approval much quicker than it planned, shaking up a timetable that had been focused on a European launch.

New Novartis drug takes aim at tough-to-treat malaria

LONDON - Novartis is taking aim at drug-resistant malaria – a growing global problem – by launching clinical trials of the first new antimalarial medicine for many years in nine countries across Africa and Asia.

U.S. study revives argument over mammogram screening

- Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening.

Drugmaker Hikma's U.S. unit raises medicine prices: Financial Times

NEW YORK - Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc's U.S. subsidiary has raised the price of a common diarrhea drug by more than 400 percent and is charging more for five other medicines as well, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Samsung Bioepis teams up with Takeda to develop original biotech drugs

SEOUL - Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd said on Monday it will fund and develop multiple original drugs in partnership with Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, expanding its business scope beyond copies of existing biologic drugs.

Bayer, J&J win third U.S. trial over Xarelto bleeding risk

- A federal jury has cleared Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson of liability in the third case to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits claiming the drugmakers' blood thinner Xarelto led to severe internal bleeding.

Insys agrees to pay $4.45 million to resolve Illinois opioid lawsuit

BOSTON - Insys Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay $4.45 million to resolve a lawsuit by Illinois' attorney general claiming it deceptively marketed an addictive fentanyl-based cancer pain drug for off-label uses.

Eating disorders linked to history of theft

- Women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia are up to four times more likely to be convicted of theft - often petty thefts like shoplifting - compared to peers without eating disorders, according to results from a large Swedish study.

Spouse hostility may worsen chronic low back pain

- People with chronic low back pain may feel it even more sharply if their spouses are critical and unsupportive of their condition, according to a recent study.

China confirms bird flu outbreak at quail farms in Guizhou province

BEIJING - China confirmed a bird flu outbreak at quail farms in the country's southwestern province of Guizhou, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement on Friday.

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

BOSTON - Mylan NV has finalized a $465 million settlement resolving U.S. Justice Department claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became the center of a firestorm over price increases.

South Korea lifts ban on U.S. poultry, egg imports: USDA

CHICAGO - South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. poultry and eggs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday, allowing American farmers to resume sales to the Asian country that suffered an egg shortage caused by its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.

FDA approves Pfizer's drug for rare blood cancer

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it approved Pfizer Inc's rare blood cancer drug, Besponsa, with a boxed warning.

Philippines reports second outbreak of bird flu

MANILA - The Philippines has found a second outbreak of bird flu in another province in the main Luzon island, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said on Friday, a week after reporting the country's first case of the poultry disease.

FDA expands use of AstraZeneca/Merck ovarian cancer drug

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded the use of Lynparza, sold by AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc, to include ongoing treatment of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer who have responded to platinum-based chemotherapy.

Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers gives mixed signals

LONDON - A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among UK teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or public health advice until evidence becomes clearer.

Becton Dickinson blood tubes not linked to inaccurate lead results: FDA

- Blood collection tubes made by Becton Dickinson & Co that were used in conjunction with Magellan Diagnostics' lead-testing devices were not linked to the cause of inaccurate results of lead levels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

Couples-focused apnea therapy may improve sleep, CPAP use

- Positive, supportive interactions between sleep partners could help people with sleep apnea adhere to continuous positive airway pressure therapy, suggests a small study.

China says no risk of contamination from EU egg scare

BEIJING - China's Agriculture ministry said on Thursday no eggs from Europe have been imported into the country, leaving no risk of contamination from a scare sweeping Europe about the use of a potentially harmful insecticide.

Opioid overdoses leading to more ICU admissions and deaths

- A growing number of Americans are needing intensive care for opioid overdoses and dying after receiving treatment for serious complications, a U.S. study suggests.

'Liquid biopsy' spots early-stage cancers in blood: U.S. study

CHICAGO - A test that scans blood for tumor-specific DNA identified early-stage cancer in more than half of 138 patients with the disease, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday, marking a new milestone in the rush for so-called "liquid biopsies."

Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug succeeds in key trial

- Novo Nordisk A/S said on Wednesday its diabetes drug met the main goal of reducing glucose levels in patients in a key late-stage trial, setting the stage for it to become the new standard therapy for type 2 diabetes.

Belgium to seek damages over contaminated egg scandal

BRUSSELS - Belgium will seek damages over a contamination scandal that saw millions of chicken eggs pulled from supermarket shelves there and in other countries, authorities said on Wednesday.

Amphetamine combo linked to Islamic State more potent than thought

LONDON, Aug 16 - A synthetic psychoactive drug linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be a fund-raising tool and stimulant for Islamist militants is more dangerous than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

Special probation for prisoners with mental illness cuts recidivism

- Every year, an estimated 2 million people diagnosed with mental illness are jailed in the U.S., and soon after they're released, many wind up behind bars again.

India introduces price controls for knee implants

NEW DELHI - India has capped prices of orthopaedic knee implants, in the country's latest move to bring down prices of medical devices.

Philippine troops to help cull thousands of fowl in bird flu battle

MANILA - The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to rein in the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of bird flu.

South Carolina sues OxyContin maker Purdue over opioid marketing

- South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have contributed to a national opioid addiction epidemic.

End of U.S. payments to health insurers would cause premiums to rise: CBO

WASHINGTON - Health insurance premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20 percent higher in 2018 if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to stop billions of dollars of payments to health insurers, a nonpartisan congressional office said on ...

Centene to sell Obamacare plans in Nevada next year

- Centene Corp, one of the largest players in the Obamacare individual insurance market, said it would offer Obamacare plans in Nevada in 2018.

Rare fungus found in 200 patients in 55 UK hospitals

LONDON - A rare fungus that can cause drug-resistant infections has been found in around 200 patients in more than 55 hospitals across Britain, health officials said on Tuesday.

Can drinking a little bit help you live longer?

- Having a little wine or beer to unwind most days may help lower the odds of a premature death as long as that drink or two doesn't routinely turn into more, a new study confirms.

South Africa's Western Cape province confirms presence of H5N8 bird flu

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's Western Cape has detected type H5N8 bird flu on two ostrich farms, the province's agriculture department said on Tuesday.

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

NEW YORK - Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span.

Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

- Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn't much proof cannabis works for either one of these conditions, two research reviews suggest.

Murders surge in Florida in decade after `Stand Your Ground' law

Reuters Health - Murders climbed 22 percent in Florida in the decade after the state enacted its `Stand Your Ground' self-defense law, even after accounting for the expected spike in justifiable homicides, a new study suggests.