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Kids continue to die in window-blind accidents, despite safety warnings

(Reuters Health) – Even though window coverings have been recognized for decades as a safety hazard to children, injuries from blinds and shades still send many kids to the emergency room each year, a U.S. study suggests. Almost 17,000 children under age 6 were treated for injuries from window blinds …

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Medical lab trade group sues over U.S. reimbursement cuts

(Reuters) – A U.S. trade association representing medical laboratories filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a new reimbursement system used by the federal government that it said would reduce how much Medicare pays for labs by about $670 million in 2018. The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) in a lawsuit …

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FDA OKs Sanofi's follow-on biologic of Lilly's diabetes drug Humalog

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved Sanofi SA’s Admelog as the first follow-on biologic version of Eli Lilly and Co’s fast-acting insulin, Humalog. FILE PHOTO: French multinational pharmaceutical company SANOFI logo seen at their headquaters in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File …

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FDA clears Sanofi's follow-on diabetes biologic of Lilly's Humalog

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it approved Sanofi SA’s Admelog as the first follow-on biologic version of Eli Lilly and Co’s fast-acting insulin, Humalog. FILE PHOTO: French multinational pharmaceutical company SANOFI logo seen at their headquaters in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File …

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Austria to drop impending smoking ban, bucking Western trend

VIENNA (Reuters) – While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria’s impending ban is set to be stubbed out. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a cigarette in a cafe in Vienna April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo The small, affluent country is famed for its …

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Opioid painkiller prescriptions may run in families

Reuters Health – When one person in a household gets prescribed opioids, the other people who live with them are more likely to get their own prescriptions for these narcotic painkillers, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on about 12.6 million people living in a household where someone was …

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Londoners given GP access over weekends and evenings

Londoners can now book GP appointments for evenings, weekends and bank holidays. An extra 75,000 routine appointments a month will be available in the capital as part of a scheme by NHS England. The £26m initiative aims to reduce pressures on stretched A&E departments. The British Medical Association (BMA) was …

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CanniMed asks Canadian regulators to intervene in hostile Aurora bid

(Reuters) – Medical marijuana company CanniMed Therapeutics Inc has asked Canadian regulators to intervene as it seeks to prevent a hostile takeover by bigger rival Aurora Cannabis Inc. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based CanniMed said on Monday it asked the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan and the Ontario Securities Commission to …

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Paying mothers incentivises breastfeeding, study finds

Offering shopping vouchers to new mothers can encourage them to breastfeed their babies, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found. About 10,000 new mothers in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were offered up to £200 in vouchers as an incentive. Breastfeeding rates increased in these areas, which typically have low …

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'Ground-breaking' new drug gives hope in Huntington's disease

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have for the first time fixed a protein defect that causes Huntington’s disease by injecting a drug from Ionis Pharmaceuticals into the spine, offering new hope for patients with the devastating genetic disease. The success in the early-stage clinical trial has prompted Roche to exercise its …