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Colorado marijuana users sue grower over fungicide


DENVER - Two Colorado marijuana users have sued a cannabis grower claiming a "patently dangerous" agricultural fungicide that becomes poisonous when ignited was applied without their knowledge to pot plants they later smoked, court documents showed on Monday.

California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.

Politics, U.S. 05 Oct 2015

Roche says data shows Cotellic combination therapy effective

ZURICH - Swiss drugmaker Roche said final survival data from a Phase III clinical trial showed the Cotellic drug used in combination with Zelboraf helped people with previously untreated BRAF V600 mutation-positive advanced melanoma live significantly longer compared to Zelboraf alone.

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General Mills recalls 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios

- General Mills Inc is recalling 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios cereal because they may contain wheat, which can cause adverse reactions in people with gluten allergies.

05 Oct 2015

Alkermes' schizophrenia drug Aristada gets FDA nod

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Alkermes Plc's longer-acting injectable version of blockbuster schizophrenia pill Abilify, making the treatment available in two doses.

05 Oct 2015

Complex patients more likely to switch from Medicare Advantage

(Reuters Health) - Medicare Advantage plans might not be meeting the needs of patients requiring the costliest and most complex levels of care, a new study suggests.

05 Oct 2015

Beating parasites wins three scientists Nobel prize for medicine

STOCKHOLM/LONDON - Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases including malaria and elephantiasis won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. | Video

Science, World, China, Japan, Ireland 05 Oct 2015

FDA asks duodenoscopes makers to study success of cleaning guide

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered three Japanese manufacturers of duodenoscopes to conduct studies to evaluate how the devices are being used, as part of its effort to prevent the transmission of infections through the device.

Japan 05 Oct 2015

Therapy program may improve function for depressed kids

(Reuters Health) - A cognitive-behavioral prevention program to prevent depressive symptoms among at-risk youth may still be effective years later, according to a new study.

05 Oct 2015

Spark Therapeutics eye therapy succeeds in study, shares jump

- Spark Therapeutics Inc's experimental gene therapy helped improve vision in patients with a type of inherited eye disorder in a late-stage study, bringing it a step closer to becoming the first gene therapy to win U.S. approval.

05 Oct 2015