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Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

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- Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry.

National Guard called up to deliver water in Minnesota bird flu fight

CHICAGO - The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center has called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the effort to contain the rapidly spreading avian flu virus, the center said on Sunday.

U.S., 3:49pm EDT

Indiana HIV cases reach 142 in rural outbreak, more expected

- The number of confirmed and presumed HIV cases stemming from abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has increased to 142 in a rural part of southeastern Indiana and more cases are being identified every day, a state health official said on Friday. | Video

U.S., 25 Apr 2015

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

CHICAGO - Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat.

25 Apr 2015

Amended China law curbs tobacco ads in land of smokers

SHANGHAI - China's parliament has passed legislation that restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke.

China 24 Apr 2015

Hawaii lawmakers pass bill raising smoking age to 21

HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, positioning it to become the first state in the country to do so.

25 Apr 2015

Bristol-Myers says hepatitis C drug combination succeeds in study

- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its experimental drug cured hepatitis C in over 90 percent of patients in combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi and a commonly prescribed drug, ribavirin, in a late-stage study.

25 Apr 2015

Drug overlaps, shortages may complicate Teva bid for Mylan

NEW YORK - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' bid for Mylan NV would create a company controlling nearly 25 percent of the U.S. generics market, including drugs in short supply, according to industry experts and a Reuters review of regulatory filings.

Deals 24 Apr 2015

Nestle skin unit to acquire Inneov assets in nutraceutical bid

ZURICH - Food group Nestle said on Friday its skin health unit Galderma would buy certain, undisclosed assets out of Inneov, a joint venture it had with L'Oreal , in a bid to enter the market for food and drink with potential health benefits.

24 Apr 2015

Astrazeneca drug deal hoists Innate Pharma shares to record high

PARIS - Shares in Innate Pharma surged to a record high on Friday as investors cheered a deal with AstraZeneca to accelerate and broaden development of its immune-boosting anti-cancer medicines that could earn the French firm $1.275 billion.

24 Apr 2015