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Bumper crop of new drugs fails to lift big pharma R&D returns

LONDON (Reuters) – It is shaping up to be a bumper year for drug approvals, with U.S. officials clearing twice as many novel medicines as in 2016, yet returns on research investment at leading pharmaceutical companies are down. FILE PHOTO – A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk. FILE PHOTO: Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during news conference in Columbus, …

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U.S. study sheds light on how Zika causes nerve disorder

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A new study sheds light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition, and the findings could have implications for companies working on Zika vaccines, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: An aedes aegypti mosquito is pictured on a leaf in San Jose, …

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Head and neck cancer survivors have long-lasting cognitive problems

(Reuters Health) – Patients who survive head and neck cancer may be more likely to experience declines in cognitive function than people who don’t have these tumors, a recent study suggests. The findings are drawn from cognitive assessments for 80 survivors of these tumors and a control group of 40 …

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Fears of Israeli job cuts at Teva sparks call for general strike

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Reports that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA.TA) is planning a restructuring involving mass layoffs in Israel sparked calls on Wednesday for a half-day general strike to be held in protest. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world’s biggest generic drugmaker and Israel’s largest company, …

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Shift work linked to burnout in sleep-deprived nurses

(Reuters Health) – Shift-work nurses who have sleep problems are more likely to experience career burnout that has the potential to compromise their job performance, a small Italian study suggests. Researchers studied 315 nurses who worked rotating shifts in 39 wards of seven Italian hospitals. Each week, nurses worked an …

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Revance will wait to seek backing for Botox-rival

(Reuters) – Revance Therapeutics Inc (RVNC.O) will wait to seek partnerships with bigger drugmakers until it is closer to regulatory approval for its Botox rival treatment, Chief Executive Dan Browne told Reuters in an interview. The California-based drug developer shook the aesthetic industry last week by reporting data that showed …

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Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 million

BOSTON (Reuters) – Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the settlement will …

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Obamacare sign-ups rise but overall enrollment set to fall

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment, the government said on Wednesday, but it did not appear to be enough to grow the program. FILE PHOTO: A sign on an …

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Diabetes and obesity both tied to higher risk of cancer

(Reuters Health) – Many cancer cases worldwide may happen at least in part because people are overweight or have diabetes, a new report suggests. Diabetes and being overweight or obese were a factor in 5.6 percent of new cancer cases worldwide in 2012, or about 792,600 cases, the authors say. …