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World’s obese population hits 641 million, global study finds

/  01.04.2016  /  Health 

London – More than 640 million people globally now weigh in as obese and the world has more overweight than underweight people, according to an analysis of global trends in body mass index (BMI).

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Pfizer says press release on drug pricing fake

/  01.04.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc said a press release on drug pricing issued earlier on Thursday was fake and falsely attributed to the drugmaker.

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CDC probing how lab worker acquired salmonella infection

/  01.04.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday it was investigating how one of its lab workers, recently diagnosed with salmonella infection, may have acquired the disease while working at a pathogen lab.

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Autism rate among U.S. children held steady 2010-2012: CDC

/  01.04.2016  /  Health 

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Autism rates among U.S. children were unchanged between 2010 and 2012, but it remains too early to know whether a rise in diagnoses over the last decade has stabilized, researchers at the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control said on Thursday.

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U.S. study may point the way on how to beat the Zika virus

/  31.03.2016  /  Health 

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A molecular map of Zika has revealed important structural differences on a key protein of the virus that may explain why the pathogen attacks nerve cells while other viruses in the same family do not, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

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“Strong scientific consensus” emerges on Zika link to disorders: WHO

/  31.03.2016  /  Health 

GENEVA (Reuters) – Researchers are now convinced that the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly in babies and to Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological disorder that can weaken the muscles and cause paralysis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Valeant directors, CEO ordered to cease trading shares

/  31.03.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters) – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc’s directors and key officers have received a cease-trade order by the securities regulator in the Canadian province of Quebec, on the company’s request, Valeant said on Thursday.

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Collisions with other cyclists are major cause of race injuries

/  31.03.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters Health) – Based on data from northern Belgium, almost one in six non-professional cyclists suffers an accident during a race and colliding with other riders is a major cause.

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U.S. environmental groups sue to overturn GMO salmon approval

/  31.03.2016  /  Health 

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government’s landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.

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Experts warn complacency on Ebola may leave vaccine work unfinished

/  31.03.2016  /  Health 

LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola emergency over, but action is still needed to fully develop effective vaccines and prepare the world for future outbreaks, experts said on Thursday.

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