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All Hampshire schools to offer Men ACWY meningitis vaccine

The meningitis ACWY vaccine is to be offered in all Hampshire secondary schools from January 2018. Currently the jab is offered through GP surgeries in the south of the county and school nurses in the north. NHS England said there was “strong evidence that providing immunisation in schools increases uptake”. …

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First hints Parkinson's can be stopped

It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet, hints the medicine halted …

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Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS turn up the heat on generic drugmaker deals

(Reuters) – The largest U.S. retail pharmacies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O), are wielding more leverage when buying generic drugs, accelerating a decline in prices likely to affect drug companies for some time, industry experts said on Thursday. That pressure is exacerbated by efforts …

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Walking and biking tied to lower risk hospitalization with sciatica

(Reuters Health) – Lifestyle factors like obesity and smoking are known to raise people’s risk of developing sciatica, but a new study finds that regular walking and biking may have an opposite, and just as powerful effect. Researchers in Finland analyzed data on more than 35,000 people in that country …

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Bristol-Myers to buy IFM Therapeutics to strengthen cancer pipeline

(Reuters) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said it would buy privately held IFM Therapeutics for an upfront payment of $300 million, as the drugmaker looks to bolster its cancer portfolio after losing ground to Merck & Co’s rival treatment Keytruda. The acquisition of IFM, whose backers include Novartis, will give Bristol-Myers …

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Helen Mirren thinks moisturisers don't work – we ask an expert

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Helen Mirren has been quoted – in colourful language – saying moisturiser does nothing. Is she right?

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Early help tied to better language skills in kids with hearing loss

(Reuters Health) – Children with permanent hearing loss may develop better language skills if they get hearing aids or cochlear implants while they’re still babies, an Australian study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data on language abilities at age 5 for children born with permanent hearing loss who received …

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FDA approves AbbVie's hepatitis C drug

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved AbbVie Inc’s drug to treat certain adults with chronic hepatitis C. The drug, Mavyret, aims to treat hepatitis C genotypes 1 through 6 in previously untreated adults with or without mild cirrhosis, a type of liver disease, including patients …

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For diabetics, aquatic exercise as good as working out on land

(Reuters Health) – For people with type 2 diabetes, exercising in water is just as effective at improving blood sugar as other types of workouts, according to a review of existing research. People who face obstacles in getting to a gym or exercising outdoors should consider hitting the pool to …

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Senate reauthorizes FDA to collect fees from drugmakers

(Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill allowing the Food and Drug Administration to continue collecting fees from drug companies to review new product applications. The FDA Reauthorization Act renews an existing law that expires on Sept. 30 and which provides the majority of FDA funds used …