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FDA panel unanimously backs expanding use of Amarin's heart drug Vascepa..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 4:03pm

A panel of experts to the U.S. FDA recommended allowing Amarin Corp Plc's fish-oil derived drug to be used as an add-on therapy for reducing the chance of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease. .... <view entire article>

China's BeiGene gets FDA approval for drug to treat rare form of lymphoma..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 3:15pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved BeiGene Ltd's lymphoma treatment, validating the China-based drugmaker's strategy of largely using data from trials held outside the United States to file for approval. .... <view entire article>

Diabetes tied to increased risk of hidden spinal fractures..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 3:02pm

(Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than others to develop spinal fractures that sometimes have no obvious symptoms but are tied to increased risk of future broken bones, a research review suggests. .... <view entire article>

Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 1:15pm

(Corrects name to Natural Resources Defense Council in 8th paragraph) .... <view entire article>

Cancer doctors hesitate to discuss fertility issues with young women..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 1:07pm

(Reuters Health) - Although cancer doctors know it's important to talk about fertility concerns with young women patients, they may feel uncomfortable and unprepared to discuss the issue, a study in Canada suggests. .... <view entire article>

Best surgery for long-term weight loss not yet clear..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 1:03pm

(Reuters Health) - People with obesity may initially shed more excess pounds with an older operation known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass than with a newer sleeve gastrectomy procedure, but a research review suggests that longer-term, which one is better for weight loss remains unknown. .... <view entire article>

Hearing loss, even when mild, linked to mental decline in seniors..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 11:40am

(Reuters Health) - Slight declines in hearing, smaller than the usual cutoff for diagnosing hearing loss, are associated with measurable mental decline in seniors, a new study suggests. .... <view entire article>

U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 42, cases of illness to 2,172..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 11:34am

U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 2,172 confirmed and probable cases and 3 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the death toll to 42, so far this year. .... <view entire article>

Apple launches app to let users enroll in health studies..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 7:23am

Apple Inc on Thursday launched an app that will let users of its devices to enroll in three health studies, allowing them to share health-related data for medical research. .... <view entire article>

Rollout of Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine begins in Congo..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 6:59am

Health authorities in eastern Congo have introduced a new Ebola vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, aid group MSF said on Thursday, to help combat the world's second-worst outbreak of the virus on record. .... <view entire article>

Sliding UK health service performance sparks pre-election war of words..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 5:16am

Britain's National Health Service recorded its worst ever performance in treating patients on emergency wards last month, a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's claim that only his Conservatives can safeguard the cherished institution. .... <view entire article>

Big, fast cull in South Korea over swine fever raises safety concerns..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 2:37am

An extensive, rapid slaughter of hogs to control an outbreak of African swine fever has sparked concern over whether South Korea is prepared to dispose of the culled animal, as reports emerged this week a river was contaminated by pig blood. .... <view entire article>

As swine fever fries China vaccine sales, Boehringer rewrites prescription for recovery..

Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 1:17am

Germany's Boehringer Ingelheim, the global No. 2 in animal health, is having to rebuild itself in China after a deadly pig disease decimated sales of unrelated mainstay vaccines, bringing write-offs and leaving it facing a three-year slog to recovery. .... <view entire article>

New Zealanders to vote in referendum on legalizing euthanasia..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 11:34pm

New Zealand lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize euthanasia, paving the way for the public to vote on the issue in a referendum next year. .... <view entire article>

FDA panel votes against Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim's diabetes drug..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 8:11pm

Independent experts on an FDA advisory panel on Wednesday voted against the use of an already approved diabetes drug from Eli Lilly and Co and Boehringer Ingelheim as an add-on to insulin therapy in patients with type 1 diabetes. .... <view entire article>

China says plague outbreak risk minimal after two new cases in Beijing..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 8:10pm

Chinese health officials say the risk of an outbreak of pneumonic plague is minimal after two new cases were confirmed this week in Beijing, the official China Daily said on Thursday. .... <view entire article>

Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 4:37pm

A child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change - growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat, a major global study has found. .... <view entire article>

Apple Watch detects irregular heartbeats in U.S. study..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 4:33pm

Apple Inc's Heart study, the largest yet to explore the role of wearable devices in identifying potential heart problems, found the device could accurately detect atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. .... <view entire article>

Genome sequencing in newborns raises ethical issues..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 3:33pm

(Reuters Health) - Screening newborns for health risks using genomic sequencing can raise ethical and equity questions, the authors of a new paper warn. .... <view entire article>

Second surgery for many ovarian cancers found ineffective..

Date: November 13, 2019 | Time: 3:25pm

(Reuters Health) - Going back into the operating room for surgery to help a woman whose ovarian cancer has reappeared may not help her live longer - instead, it might shorten her life, according to an international study of 485 women. .... <view entire article>

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