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Portola shares soar after FDA approves clot preventing drug

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new oral blood-thinner made by Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms in acutely ill patients who are not undergoing surgery.

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Saudi crown prince donates $66 million to fight Yemen cholera epidemic

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has donated $66.7 million to combat a cholera epidemic in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting in a war blamed for causing a humanitarian disaster.

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Novo Nordisk says obesity drug helps up to 13.8 percent weight loss in phase 2 trial

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said on Friday a phase 2 trial for its big hope in tackling obesity, an improved GLP-1 drug called semaglutide, showed a weight loss of up to 13.8 percent in people with severe conditions.

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Trump signals he will work with Republican holdouts on health bill

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party’s healthcare overhaul on a “very, very narrow path” to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes.

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High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the U.S. health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this month.

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Novartis breast cancer drug Kisqali wins European panel backing

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

ZURICH (Reuters) – A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel recommended on Friday approving Novartis’s Kisqali drug, bolstering the Swiss drugmaker’s bid to challenge rival Pfizer’s Ibrance against tough-to-treat breast cancer.

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United Nations stresses for support for Haiti cholera fight

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – The United Nations stressed on Thursday its support for eradicating cholera in Haiti, an epidemic it accidentally started, although the government said residents would be better served if aid funding was channeled through it.

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Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

(Reuters) – Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel.

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U.S. halts fresh Brazil beef imports over safety concerns

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States suspended all imports of fresh Brazilian beef on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, after a high percentage of shipments failed to pass U.S. safety checks.

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GSK’s new CEO aims to divest sports nutrition brand: sources

/  23.06.2017  /  Health 

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s new Chief Executive Officer Emma Walmsley is shaking up the British drugmaker’s portfolio of smaller products with plans to divest its MaxiNutrition sports nutrition brand, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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