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U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 52, hospitalizations to 2,409

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Thursday four more deaths occurred since last week from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total toll to 52. Learn More

 

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GSK's ViiV seeks marketing license for baby-friendly HIV pill

LONDON (Reuters) - British drugmaker GSK applied on Friday for a license to market its HIV drug dolutegravir in a formulation designed to be easier for babies and children who are living with the virus to swallow. More »

 

Roche's Tecentriq cocktail scores trial success in melanoma

ZURICH (Reuters) - A late-stage clinical trial has shown therapy combining Roche's immunotherapy Tecentriq with two of its other drugs helped people with a form of advanced melanoma, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday. More »

 

Ebola spreads in Congo after militants attack treatment camp: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Cases of the deadly Ebola virus have risen in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health care workers remain largely cut off from the disease's hotspots since militants attacked their camp, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. More »

 

Biogen scraps development of therapy for rare brain disease

(Reuters) - Biogen Inc said on Friday it would discontinue the development of its experimental therapy for a rare brain disease after the treatment failed a mid-stage trial, the latest setback in attempts to develop a therapy for the disorder. More »

 

Pfizer's rare disease drug gets EMA's positive recommendation

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Friday the European Medicines Agency granted the company a positive recommendation for approval of its treatment for a rare disorder that occurs in patients with cardiomyopathy. More »

 

Sarepta shares surge after surprise approval of DMD drug

(Reuters) - Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc soared 32% on Friday after U.S. regulators shocked Wall Street by reversing their rejection of its muscle-wasting disorder therapy less than four months ago, to allow the drug's immediate launch. More »

 

South Korea finds some liquid e-cigarette products have ingredient linked to lung illness

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean health authorities have found vitamin E acetate, which may be linked to lung illnesses, in some liquid e-cigarette products made by Juul Labs and KT&G, they said on Thursday, but the two companies denied using the material. More »

 

Costa Rica's president says therapeutic abortions will be allowed

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Thursday issued a technical decree that will allow for therapeutic abortions in the Central American nation, despite opposition from religious and conservative political groups. More »

 

Resistance exercise may preserve bone in older obese dieters

(Reuters Health) - Obese adults who diet to lose weight may be able to protect against bone thinning with resistance exercise, a recent study suggests. More »

 

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