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Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

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CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

India's Wockhardt to recall some drugs made in India after U.S. FDA concerns

MUMBAI - Indian generic drugmaker Wockhardt Ltd said on Tuesday it would recall some drugs manufactured at its two plants in India before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned those sites due to quality concerns.

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Sanofi says U.S. FDA to fast track Fabry therapy review

PARIS - French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to speed up the review of its drug application for a new Fabry disease treatment.

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Medtronic to halt manufacture of pain drug pump -U.S. regulators

- Medtronic Plc has agreed to stop manufacturing and distributing its SynchroMed implantable drug pump, U.S. regulators said on Monday, a step toward resolving allegations that the company violated quality standards with the device which delivers pain medication to cancer patients and others.

27 Apr 2015

Merck's diabetes drug Januvia succeeds in heart safety trial

- Merck and Co's diabetes drug Januvia achieved the main goal of a long-awaited heart safety study, according to preliminary results released by the drugmaker on Monday, likely removing a cloud of uncertainty from its biggest product.

27 Apr 2015

Cellphones may distract parents while children play at parks

(Reuters Health) - Cellphones are one of the most common distractions for caregivers to overcome while supervising children at playgrounds, new research finds.

27 Apr 2015

New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected

CHICAGO - Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

U.S. 27 Apr 2015

U.S. asks China to drop ban on poultry imports triggered by bird flu

WASHINGTON - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday asked China to drop a ban on imports of U.S. poultry imposed because of an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys.

China 27 Apr 2015

U.S. top court throws out Obamacare contraception ruling

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived religious objections by Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee to the Obamacare requirement for contraception coverage, throwing out a lower court decision favoring President Barack Obama's administration.

U.S., 27 Apr 2015

Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector

- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch. | Video

Mexico, Environment 27 Apr 2015