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After coal, can better health save West Virginia?


WILLIAMSON, WV - With coal trains chugging past in the distance, Jack Perry watches as his wife, Margie, plants row upon row of Hungarian pepper seedlings in the community garden that residents of this West Virginia coal town call the "Garden of Eatin'."

WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to beat smoking

LONDON - Too few governments make full use of tobacco taxes to dissuade people from smoking or help them to cut down and quit, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, recommending that at least 75 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes should be tax.

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Experts call for immediate WHO reform after Ebola exposes failings

LONDON, July 7 - Experts called on Tuesday for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organization after an inadequate response to West Africa's vast and deadly Ebola outbreak.

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Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths

(Reuters Health) - Breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths but may lead to overdiagnosis, U.S. researchers suggest.

06 Jul 2015

Lilly cancer drug improves survival, raises blood clot risk: FDA

WASHINGTON - Eli Lilly & Co.'s experimental lung cancer drug necitumumab improved overall survival by an average of 1.6 months but also increased the risk of sometimes fatal blood clots, according to a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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In Texas, colleges prepare for concealed weapons

(Reuters Health) - In the wake of new Texas legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, school administrators are determining how to comply with the law while still meeting safety concerns of students, parents and staff.

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Genmab seeks European approval for leukemia drug Arzerra

COPENHAGEN - Danish biotech Genmab submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the use of ofatumumab, branded as Arzerra, as maintenance therapy for patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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Watchdog urges FDA to revoke approval of Genzyme surgical implant

- Consumer watchdog Public Citizen said it petitioned U.S. health regulators to withdraw approval of Sanofi SA's Seprafilm and order a recall, saying the surgical implant has been associated with side effects including death.

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Nigerian gay, bi men report more fear in healthcare after law

(Reuters Health) - Gay and bisexual men in Nigeria are reporting increased reluctance to access healthcare after the country passed a law last year levying additional sanctions against same-sex couples.

06 Jul 2015

Faith groups can help boost healthcare in developing nations: experts

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Religious groups are an under-used health resource that could help achieve universal healthcare and accelerate the medical response to disease outbreaks, health experts said on Tuesday.

06 Jul 2015