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Teva's MS drug Copaxone has strong second-quarter sales


JERUSALEM - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries , which this week revealed plans to buy Allergan's generics drugs business in a $40.5 billion deal, said on Thursday sales of its branded multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone rose 12 percent in the second quarter even though it faces new competition.

Health insurer Cigna's profit rises as it adds more members

- Health insurer Cigna Corp, which agreed to be bought by Anthem Inc for $47 billion this month, reported a 2.6 percent rise in quarterly profit as it added more members in its commercial and government businesses.

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Rio Olympic athletes risk serious illness from polluted water: AP

RIO DE JANEIRO - Athletes risk serious illness from dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria in sewage-contaminated waters at the swimming and boating venues being prepared for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Environment, Sports 9:53am EDT

Exclusive: GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania

LONDON - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania.

China, 29 Jul 2015

In rise of U.S. vape shops, owners eye new marijuana market

NEW YORK - When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet.

29 Jul 2015

Romania investigates suspected drug company bribes

- Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have conducted a series of searches at drug companies, hospitals and clinics this week to investigate suspected bribes paid to doctors for prescribing cancer drugs.

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Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

WASHINGTON - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare.

GlaxoSmithKline sees staged roll-out of malaria vaccine

LONDON - The world's first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday.

29 Jul 2015

Suicide risk tied to women's social connectedness

(Reuters Health) - Being connected to friends, family and social groups may offer some protection against suicide, suggests a new U.S. study.

29 Jul 2015

High sodium diet may predict high blood pressure to come

(Reuters Health) - As dietary sodium levels go up over time, so does the risk for high blood pressure, suggests a new study that followed more than 4,000 adults in Japan for four years.

Japan 29 Jul 2015