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Bipartisan Obamacare deal gains Republican support in Senate

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump’s opposition.

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Merck cyber attack may cost insurers $275 million: Verisk’s PCS

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Insurers could pay $275 million to cover the insured portion of drugmaker Merck & Co’s loss from a cyber attack in June, according to a forecast by Verisk Analytics Inc’s Property Claim Services (PCS) unit.

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Senator unveils rare bipartisan healthcare initiative

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bipartisan legislation to help stabilize Obamacare was unveiled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday with 22 sponsors in the 100-member chamber, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Thursday.

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New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday.

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Ukraine passes long-delayed health reforms praised by West

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian lawmakers voted through a long-delayed overhaul of the health system on Thursday that the state’s Western backers say will raise standards and tackle a culture of bribe-taking in surgeries and hospitals.

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FDA approves Gilead cancer gene therapy; price set at $373,000

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators approved on Wednesday a new therapy for a type of lymphoma, which was developed by Gilead Science Inc’s Kite Pharma, marking the second approval for this potentially revolutionary approach to fighting cancer.

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Uganda confirms one death from Ebola-like Marburg virus

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda has confirmed one death from Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday.

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Uganda confirms one case of Ebola-like Marburg virus

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uganda has confirmed one case of Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday.

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Novartis to shut U.S. generics plant, cut 450 jobs

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis is to cut 450 jobs in the United States over the next two years as it gradually shuts a generics manufacturing plant in Colorado and discontinues some products in the face of intense price pressures.

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Novo Nordisk takes aim at Eli Lilly with U.S. backing of new diabetes drug

/  19.10.2017  /  Health 

WASHINGTON/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark’s Novo Nordisk will take aim at Eli Lilly in the growing diabetes market after an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light to its semaglutide drug.

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