Health News

How to fix U.S. biosecurity leaks? Close some labs


In the wake of disclosures that top government labs mishandled anthrax, smallpox and avian flu, U.S. health authorities are considering the once unthinkable: cutting the burgeoning number of labs working with the planet's most dangerous microbes.

U.S. House panel sets witness list for CDC anthrax hearing

WASHINGTON - A U.S. congressional committee said on Sunday that it will hear from half a dozen witnesses this week about dangerous lapses at federal health facilities, including one that led to the potential exposure of 84 people to live anthrax.

U.S., 13 Jul 2014

As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

CONAKRY Guinea/KENEMA Sierra Leone - Governments and health agencies trying to contain the world's deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment.

13 Jul 2014

Germany's fear of 'chlorine chicken' complicates U.S. trade talks

BRUSSELS - Chancellor Angela Merkel once said she wished "for nothing more than a free-trade agreement between the USA and the EU".

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Roche skin cancer drug meets main goal in combination study

ZURICH - An experimental drug from Roche helped people with an advanced form of skin cancer live longer without their disease worsening when used in combination with another treatment, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.

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FDA recommendations on tobacco grants prompt transparency concerns

WASHINGTON - Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that millions of dollars in research grants be awarded to scientists serving on its tobacco advisory committee, even as it rejected several projects deemed by a National Institutes of Health panel to have greater scientific merit, according to confidential scores reviewed by Reuters.

Africa 11 Jul 2014

U.S. Medicaid enrollment nears 7 million since Obamacare rollout

WASHINGTON - New enrollments in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poor have reached 6.7 million people since the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms last year, the administration said on Friday.

U.S., 11 Jul 2014

Shire confirms in talks with AbbVie on takeover bid

- Shire Plc on Friday confirmed it has held a meeting with U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc to discuss AbbVie's takeover bid for the Dublin-based maker of drugs for rare diseases.

Deals 11 Jul 2014

U.S. anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses

- Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria.

U.S., 11 Jul 2014

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer’s patients to speak

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – With advanced Alzheimer’s disease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speak less and less. In a small study from Israel, group music therapy sessions using tailored songs helped people with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s strike up communication.

11 Jul 2014