Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortages
CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he has asked the United Nations to help the South American nation alleviate medicine shortages, which have become increasingly severe as the oil-producing nation's economic crisis accelerates.
Mexico's Bachoco pulls possibly contaminated meat from U.S.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's top poultry producer Bachoco has begun the recall of some 1 million pounds of breaded products from its U.S. unit OK Foods that it said were possibly contaminated with metal, the company said in a statement on Friday.
Caregiver nuns model skillful ways to speak to infirm seniors
- The sisters caring for cognitively impaired elderly nuns in a Midwestern convent spoke to their care recipients in a way that sounded strikingly different to linguistic anthropologist Anna Corwin.
Opioid abuse tied to higher suicide risk in veterans
While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests.
People with type 2 diabetes need to get off their chairs
- People with type 2 diabetes who sit all day have a riskier blood fat mixture than those who move around or exercise periodically throughout the day, according to researchers in Australia.
'Low content' claims on food labels may confuse consumers
Food labels that say 'low salt' or 'no fat' may be misleading, suggests a new study.
EU experts advise reinforced checks on Brazilian meat
BRUSSELS - EU veterinary experts recommended reinforced checks on imports of meat from Brazil on Friday after an investigation began there into bribery of food inspectors.
House rules panel clears Trump-backed Obamacare repeal bill for debate
WASHINGTON - Legislation that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more limited healthcare program for the uninsured was cleared for debate and votes on Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives by the House Rules Committee.
Drugmaker Lilly to invest $850 million in U.S. operations in 2017
- Eli Lilly and Co said on Friday it would invest $850 million in its U.S. operations this year, and the drugmaker signaled it would be willing to spend more if the Trump administration were to overhaul tax laws.
China confirms outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on Hunan egg farms
BEIJING - China confirmed an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu at a poultry farm in Hunan province in the southern part of the country, according to a Ministry of Agriculture statement on Friday.
EMA panel backs Novo Nordisk's hemophilia B drug
- A panel of the European Medicines Agency said it recommended granting marketing approval to Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk's hemophilia B drug.
Judge dismisses two Express Scripts claims in Anthem drug pricing lawsuit
NEW YORK - A federal judge has dismissed two of the six counterclaims that pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co raised in health insurer's Anthem Inc's $15 billion lawsuit claiming it charged too much for drugs.
Shares slump after Xenon Pharmaceuticals abandons acne drug
- Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc's shares tumbled 45 percent in premarket trading on Friday after the drug developer said it would discontinue developing its acne drug as it failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study.
Germany relaxes some bird flu restrictions as threat recedes
HAMBURG - German authorities said on Friday they will relax some restrictions introduced to combat the spread of bird flu as the risk from the disease is falling.
Facial injuries are common in U.S. nursing home residents
More than 20,000 people living in U.S. nursing homes experienced serious injuries to the face last year, mainly from falling and hitting hard surfaces or while getting in and out of bed, a recent study suggests.
Israel looks to leverage tech in $50 billion medical marijuana market
Tel Aviv - Israel, a leader in marijuana research and health technology, is attracting international investment as it tries to position itself as a cutting-edge exporter in the rapidly-growing market for medical-grade cannabis.
Crunch week looms for Sanofi, Roche and GSK at U.S. drugs agency
LONDON - Three of Europe's top drugmakers face critical verdicts from U.S. regulators next week, with Sanofi and Roche likely to win approvals for two new products, while GlaxoSmithKline braces for a potential generic rival.
GSK and Regeneron to mine gene data from 500,000 Britons
LONDON - Britain's GlaxoSmithKline and U.S.-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals are embarking on a joint project with UK Biobank, the world's most detailed biomedical database, to hunt for new clues linking genes and disease.
Rise of superbug tuberculosis hampers global control efforts
London - Rising rates of superbug tuberculosis are threatening to derail decades of progress against the contagious disease, experts said on Thursday, and new drugs powerful enough to treat them are few and far between.
U.S. lawmakers seek pricing info on PTC Therapuetics' Duchenne drug
- Two U.S. lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday to PTC Therapeutics Inc, seeking information about the drugmaker's pricing strategy for its recently acquired muscle-wasting disorder drug.
Mylan recalls 81,000 EpiPens outside U.S. after reports of failure
- Generic drugmaker Mylan NV has recalled about 81,000 EpiPen devices in countries outside the United States, following two reports of the life-saving allergy shot failing to work in emergencies.
Saudi Arabia halts Brazilian beef and poultry imports over food safety fears
DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has stopped beef and poultry imports from four Brazilian companies over concerns about food safety after accusations that individuals had been bribed to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats.
Ultragenyx seizure drug fails mid-stage study
- Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc said its drug to treat patients with seizures did not meet the main goal in a mid-stage study, sending its shares down 6.2 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday.
Pregabalin found ineffective against sciatic pain
- - Pregabalin, the pain-fighting drug better known by the Pfizer brand name Lyrica, works no better than placebo at relieving the leg pain associated with sciatica, according to results from an Australian study of more than 200 patients.
Scandal-hit Brazil meat plants have not shipped to U.S.: USDA
CHICAGO - No slaughter or processing facilities implicated in Brazil's meat scandal have shipped meat products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday.
Novartis heart drug portfolio hit by failed serelaxin study
ZURICH - Novartis's heart failure drug serelaxin flopped in a late-stage trial by not cutting cardiovascular death or slowing disease progression, marking the likely demise of a drug hopeful the Swiss firm had promoted as a potential blockbuster.
U.S. appeals court revives Fosamax warning claims against Merck
- A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived hundreds of claims by plaintiffs who accused Merck & Co of failing to adequately warn about the risks of thigh bone fractures associated with its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.
Romania bids to host EU drug agency after Brexit
BUCHAREST - Romania wants Brussels to relocate its pan-European drug regulator EMA to Bucharest from London after Brexit, the government said on Wednesday, hoping that the fact that it still hosts no EU watchdogs will help make it an attractive candidate.
Chinese supermarkets pull Brazil meat from shelves as food safety fears grow
BEIJING - Some of China's largest food suppliers have pulled Brazilian beef and poultry from their shelves in the first concrete sign that a deepening scandal over Brazil's meat processing industry is hitting business in its top export market.
Fearing disease, Kenyans burn animal carcasses as drought deepens
LOIYANGALANI, Kenya - Villagers in northern Kenya have begun to burn piles of animal carcases, hoping to head off an outbreak of disease as their livestock starve to death in the region's worst drought in five years.
U.S. bans Indian drugmaker Divi's factory, shares hit three-year low
MUMBAI - U.S. health regulators have banned a drug production site in India belonging to Divi's Laboratories Ltd due to manufacturing violations, sending the company's shares down to a near three-year low on Wednesday.
Novartis heart failure treatment serelaxin fails in pivotal study
ZURICH - Novartis' efforts to expand its heart treatment franchise beyond its flagship Entresto business suffered a blow when it announced on Wednesday its acute heart failure drug serelaxin had failed in a late-stage trial.
Brazil's agriculture ministry, police say meat problems not widespread
LAPA, Brazil - Brazil's federal police and agriculture ministry said late Tuesday that sanitary and corruption problems found in the nation's meatpacking industry were isolated incidents, an attempt to tamp down a scandal that has led the Latin American nation's biggest export markets to ban its ...
Tobacco treaty has helped cut smoking rates, but more work needed
LONDON - A global tobacco treaty put in place in 2005 has helped reduce smoking rates by 2.5 percent worldwide in 10 years, researchers said on Tuesday, but use of deadly tobacco products could be cut even further with more work on anti-smoking policies.
UK group expanding campaign to curb antibiotics in meat production
LOS ANGELES - A shareholder coalition founded in the U.K. is recruiting investors for a campaign to convince KFC parent Yum Brands Inc and other food companies to protect public health and corporate profits by reducing the use of antibiotics in the meat they serve in the United States and around the ...
Supreme Court gets rid of delay defense in patent cases
- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday in a lawsuit over adult diapers will make it more difficult for companies accused of patent infringement to shoot down lawsuits because the plaintiffs waited too long to bring them.
FDA approves Newron's drug as add-on therapy for Parkinson's
- Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Parkinson's disease treatment Xadago as an add-on therapy to levodopa, a drug widely used to treat the disease.
Drug shortage in 2011 tied to increased deaths
- - A shortage several years ago of a drug used to treat a deadly infection known as septic shock was tied to an increase in deaths among patients with the condition, a new study shows.
China calls on Brazil to take stricter safety measures on food shipments
BEIJING - China on Tuesday called on Brazil to take stricter safety measures in its food shipments, as Brazilian officials scrambled to limit the fallout from a corruption scandal that led Beijing to suspend meat imports from its top supplier.
When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking
- - The retail pharmacy company CVS Health helped its customers quit smoking by pulling cigarettes off the shelves two years ago, a new study suggests.
USDA tests Brazilian beef for pathogens amid meatpacking scandal
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started testing all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil for pathogens, an agency spokeswoman said on Monday, as fallout from a meatpacking industry scandal there widened.
Yellow fever vaccine advised for travel to Brazil's Rio, Sao Paulo states
RIO DE JANEIRO - The World Health Organization on Monday recommended that travelers to rural areas in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo get yellow fever vaccinations, as Brazil works to contain an outbreak of the virus in the country's southeast.
Health and behavior problems can linger after child abuse
- - Children who have suffered from abuse or neglect may have physical or behavioral health problems even after the mistreatment stops, new guidelines for pediatricians emphasize.
Hospitals have lower death rates during surprise inspections
- - Patients may be less likely to die in U.S. hospitals during weeks when accreditation inspectors show up unannounced than during other times of the year, a recent U.S. study suggests.
Care guidelines for cancer survivors often unclear
- Treatment guidelines on care for survivors of the most common cancers often lack specifics or offer conflicting advice about when or how often to do certain tests, a review of recent recommendations finds.
France sees bird flu crisis nearly over as spread slows
PARIS - The spread of a severe bird flu virus that ravaged the duck industry in southwestern France since late last year has slowed in the past two weeks, suggesting the crisis could be ending, the farm minister said on Monday.
Studies shed light on opioid exposures among U.S. children and young adults
- Between 2000 and 2015, poison control centers in the United States received 188,468 calls about prescription opioid exposures in children and teens, a new study finds.
Tuberculosis deaths fall in Europe
LONDON - The number of people developing and dying from tuberculosis is falling in Europe, but among the most vulnerable - including migrants, prisoners and people who are HIV positive - there have been worrying increases, data showed on Monday.
Lilly's breast cancer drug combination succeeds key study
- Eli Lilly and Co's combination of its experimental breast cancer drug and another widely used treatment slowed disease progression in patients who relapsed or did not benefit enough when treated with the anti-estrogen therapy.
Nektar's opioid painkiller succeeds in key late-stage study
- Nektar Therapeutics said its experimental opioid, designed to achieve pain relief without the euphoria that can lead to abuse and addiction, succeeded in a key late-stage study.