Reuters : Health (48)

FDA rejects Amphastar's nasal opioid overdose treatment

- Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had rejected its application to market an intranasal version of the emergency opioid-overdose treatment, naloxone.

South Sudan's Kiir promises safe access to starving civilians as famine bites

JUBA - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Tuesday promised aid agencies safe access to hunger-stricken civilians, a day after his government declared a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country.

China revises food, drug safety targets for 2020

BEIJING - China has revised 2020 regulatory targets for food and drug safety in a bid to crack down on illegal activity and lax regulation.

Late-stage data on Trevena's opioid painkiller irks investors

- Trevena Inc on Tuesday said only some doses of its experimental opioid painkiller were found as effective as morphine in two late-stage studies, even though the drug outperformed a placebo - meeting its main study goals.

France to cull 600,000 more ducks as fights bird flu virus

BORDEAUX, France - France will cull a further 600,000 ducks as part of efforts to prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus, the country's farming minister Stephane Le Foll said on Tuesday.

Norway pledges $10 million to counter Trump's global anti-abortion move

Doctors who find meaning in their work are less likely to feel burnout

– Doctors who feel burned out or overwhelmed by the demands of work are less likely to view their work with patients as a calling' that has meaning, according to a recent study.

'Fasting-mimicking' diet said to reduce risk factors for aging

– Following a diet that mimics fasting may reduce risk factors for disease in generally healthy people, according to a small study.

BrainStorm seeks early approval for stem cell treatment in Canada

TEL AVIV - Israel's BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics is seeking early approval in Canada for its adult stem cell treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , a neuro-degenerative disease, even before it completes late-stage clinical trials.

Going from low- to intermediate-fitness may prolong life

- Improving cardiovascular fitness over time may prolong life, suggests a new study.

Swim fitness trackers work well enough for recreational swimmers

– Popular fitness trackers made for swimmers are accurate enough for recreational use to track and improve performance, but not for use in training by competitive swimmers, a recent study concludes.

Company-funded studies of approved drugs may not catch safety issues

- Studies drug companies fund after medicines go on sale may be too small to detect rare side effects, a recent German study suggests.

Nordic Nanovector sees interest in its Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma treatment

OSLO - Norwegian biotech newcomer Nordic Nanovector , which seeks ways to treat blood-related cancers, says other companies are showing interest in buying the firm.

South Korea to establish foot-and-mouth vaccine plant by 2020

SEOUL - South Korea plans to set up a plant to manufacture a locally developed foot-and-mouth vaccine by 2020 as part of efforts to combat outbreaks of the viral animal disease, the country's agriculture ministry said on Monday.

U.S. shuts high-security labs over concerns about air hose safety

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has closed down its highest security biosafety laboratories after discovering that hoses that supply air to scientists wearing special protective suits were never approved for that use, the agency said on Friday.

Prescription-drug monitoring cuts doctor-shopping for painkillers

- State programs that require physicians to check drug registries before writing prescriptions appeared to slash the odds of doctor-shopping for opioid pain relievers, a new study found.

Tai chi tied to reduced fall risk in older adults

- Seniors who practice tai chi - a Chinese meditation practice that combines deep breathing and slow, fluid movements - may be less likely to fall than their peers who don't do this type of exercise, a recent study suggests.

U.S. appeals court strikes down Florida law in 'Docs vs. Glocks' case

- A U.S. appeals court on Thursday struck down a Florida law that barred doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, ruling that the law violated doctors' right to free speech.

Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

- Women aren't the only ones who may feel depressed when welcoming a newborn: a new study from New Zealand says some men also experience depression during and after their female partners' pregnancies.

Hard to detect, China bird flu virus may be more widespread

BEIJING - Bird flu infection rates on Chinese poultry farms may be far higher than previously thought, because the strain of the deadly virus that has killed more than 100 people this winter is hard to detect in chickens and geese, animal health experts say.

Mistakes at U.S. lab force hundreds of Zika tests to be repeated

CHICAGO - Officials in Washington, D.C.'s public health laboratory had to repeat Zika tests for nearly 300 pregnant women, including two women who were mistakenly told they tested negative for the mosquito-borne virus that has been shown to cause birth defects.

UnitedHealth sued by U.S. government over Medicare charges

- The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc that claims the country's largest health insurer and its units and affiliates overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars, a law firm representing the whistleblower said on Thursday.

Trump says he'll submit healthcare reforms in early or mid-March

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would be submitting planned reforms to the Affordable Care Act in early March or mid-March.

Trump's pick to lead health agency calls EpiPen issue 'disturbing'

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to lead an important health agency said on Thursday that the way pharmaceutical companies classify products as generic or branded needs to be reviewed in order to help hold down government spending, as she cited Mylan NV's EpiPen emergency allergy ...

Trump, Republicans set timeframe for introducing Obamacare replacement

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress said on Thursday that they will soon unveil plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, providing a timeframe for a legislative goal they have struggled with for weeks.

Does penis length recover after prostate removal?

- After prostate removal for cancer, men sometimes complain to their doctors that their penis shrank, but a new study from Japan suggests they should not lose hope.

China says bird flu spread slows, vows to stiffen controls

BEIJING - The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu in China is slowing, health authorities said on Thursday, as they vowed to tighten controls on markets and the transport of live poultry to battle the virus.

Diseased rat urine kills New Yorker in outbreak of rare illness

NEW YORK - Diseased rat urine has killed at least one person and sickened two others in New York City in an outbreak of a rarely seen infection, prompting calls from city officials on Wednesday for a renewed effort to cull the rodent population.

U.S. healthcare costs to escalate over next decade: government agency

WASHINGTON - The cost of medical care in the United States is expected to grow at a faster clip over the next decade and overall health spending growth will outpace that of the gross domestic product, a U.S. government health agency said on Wednesday.

Harvard, MIT research institute holds on to gene-editing patent rights

- The Broad Institute, a biological and genomic research center affiliated with MIT and Harvard, will keep valuable patents on a revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, a U.S. patent agency ruled on Wednesday.

Trump administration proposes stricter Obamacare rules

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed changes to the Obamacare individual insurance market that insurers welcomed as a good start but that raised the possibility of higher out-of-pocket cost for consumers.

U.S. tax agency backs off tougher planned Obamacare oversight

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday it will not reject tax filings that do not indicate whether the taxpayer had health coverage or paid a penalty set under Obamacare, setting aside a tougher planned oversight of the health law.

FDA approves Valeant's drug to treat plaque psoriasis

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc's Siliq to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

With colon cancer, smokers may be less likely to survive

- Current smokers diagnosed with colorectal cancer are more likely to die from it than former smokers or people who never tried cigarettes, a recent study suggests.

Survival rates for extremely preterm babies improving in U.S.

- The first decade of the 2000s saw a small but significant increase in the survival of extremely premature infants without early neurodevelopmental problems, according to a study of nearly 4,500 babies born at 11 U.S. medical centers.

China bird flu deaths surge in what could be the worst season ever

BEIJING - As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the government said, stoking worries that the spread of the virus this season could be the worst on record.

Aetna CEO says Obamacare individual plans are in 'death spiral'

NEW YORK - Aetna Inc Chief Executive Mark Bertolini on Wednesday said the individual Obamacare exchanges are in a "death spiral" where rising premiums push out healthy customers and leave only the sickest customers behind, which then drives up premium rates further.

French producers estimate bird flu toll at 3.3 million birds

PARIS - The number of poultry killed or culled due to bird flu in France is forecast to reach 3.3 million birds after France extended on Wednesday the area where poultry must be slaughtered to contain the fast-spreading virus, foie gras producers said.

Integra offers to buy J&J's Codman business for $1.05 billion

- Medical device maker Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp said on Wednesday it has offered to buy Johnson & Johnson's Codman neurosurgery business for $1.05 billion in cash.

Europe ready to embrace first copies of biotech cancer drugs

LONDON - Treatment with two important cancer drugs is about to get much cheaper in Europe with a cut-price copy of Roche's blood cancer drug Rituxan likely to hit the market imminently followed by a rival to its breast cancer medicine Herceptin.

Anthem sues Cigna to block deal termination

- Anthem Inc said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit seeking to block smaller rival Cigna Corp from terminating their proposed $54 billion deal, which would have created the largest U.S. health insurer by membership.

China bird flu deaths surge in what could be the worst season ever

BEIJING - As many as 79 people have died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the government said, stoking worries that the spread of the virus this season could be the worst on record.

Obamacare significantly expanded insurance for people with HIV

CHICAGO - The first national analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on people with HIV showed significant increases in health insurance coverage among people infected with the virus that causes AIDS, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Health insurer Anthem says Cigna cannot terminate merger agreement

WASHINGTON - Health insurer Anthem Inc said on Tuesday that Cigna Corp could not unilaterally terminate an agreement between the two companies to merge.

Merck stopping late stage study as another Alzheimer's drug fails

- Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday it will halt a late-stage trial of an Alzheimer's drug after it was determined that it had no chance of working, marking the latest in a long line of crushing disappointments in efforts to find an effective treatment for the mind-wasting disease.

Brain damage in former players fuels soccer 'heading' fears

LONDON - Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former soccer players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field.

'Made in the USA' lawsuit against CVS Health is dismissed

- A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp of selling Vitamin C drops that are falsely labeled as "Made in the USA" because the Vitamin C is sourced from other countries.

Worrying about your grown kids really can keep you up at night

- Older married couples can lose sleep when they help support grown kids, but the exact reasons for being awake at night may be different for men and women, a recent study suggests.