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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sports Direct staff made 80 calls for ambulances: BBC

- Staff at Sports Direct International Plc, afraid they would be fired for taking sick leave, made more than 80 calls to ambulances from the British company's headquarters over a two-year period, the BBC reported on Monday.

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Race and employment tied to U.S. clinic wait times

(Reuters Health) - - Minorities and the unemployed spend more time traveling to and waiting for medical care, according to U.S. data from 2005 to 2013.

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