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Antibiotics sales for use in U.S. farm animals dropped in 2016: FDA

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Turkeys stand in the warmth of the sun in their …

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Call for lung health screening in top football clubs

Professional footballers should be screened for exercise-induced asthma, researchers say, after a study found three in 10 could be affected. University of Kent scientists used lung tests to identify players with symptoms and improved their fitness after treatment. Elite athletes are known to be prone to asthma-related problems because of …

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Teen with anorexia 'failed by every NHS body' before death

A teenager who died weeks after leaving for university was failed by “every NHS organisation that should have cared for her”, a review has found. Averil Hart, of Colchester, died of a heart attack caused by anorexia in Norwich in 2012. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has found …

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Childhood cancer survivors have more blood pressure problems

(Reuters Health) – More than one in 12 adult survivors of childhood cancers may have undiagnosed high blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and …

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Faulty positioning in rugby tackles boosts injury risk

(Reuters Health) – Head, neck and shoulder injuries during rugby tackles are more common when the tackler’s head is incorrectly positioned in relation to the ball carrier, a small study has found. FILE PHOTO – Rugby Union – England Training – Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Britain – November 21, 2017 England’s …

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Gum infections tied to increased risk of stomach cancer precursor

(Reuters Health) – Gum infections may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer, a small study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as periodontal disease, serious infections in the mouth caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent …

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Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

(Reuters Health) – Leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better, a study from the Netherlands suggests. Open windows and doors helped reduce carbon dioxide levels and improve ventilation and air flow, which was related to better sleep quality for the healthy young adults in the …

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Sage shares surge as depression drug succeeds in mid-stage trial

(Reuters) – Drug developer Sage Therapeutics Inc’s shares soared as much as 85 percent to a record high on Thursday after its experimental drug to reduce the symptoms of depression succeeded in a mid-stage trial. Sage’s shares were up 73 percent at $159, on track to add about $2.75 billion …

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South African egg prices seen rising 20 percent after avian flu outbreak

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Egg prices in South Africa are expected to increase by as much as 20 percent after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian flu in June forced farmers to cull egg laying birds, industry experts said on Thursday. The outbreak of avian flu prompted farmers to cull …

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Roche drug cocktail doubles chance of halting lung cancer

ZURICH (Reuters) – Adding Roche’s (ROG.S) immunotherapy Tecentriq to older drugs doubled the percentage of lung cancer patients who survived a year without their disease advancing, an outcome some experts on Thursday labeled unprecedented. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in Basel, …