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Bayer says Nexavar fails in breast cancer study

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FRANKFURT - German drugmaker Bayer said a Phase III trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of delaying the progression of the disease.

Novo wins EU recommendation for two-in-one diabetes drug

LONDON - A Novo Nordisk drug combining its long-acting insulin degludec with its type 2 diabetes treatment Victoza has been recommended for approval in Europe, in an important boost for the Danish company.

7:47am EDT

In China meat scandal, McDonald's Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare in China.

6:19am EDT

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

UNITED NATIONS - As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country.

24 Jul 2014

CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs.

24 Jul 2014

Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial

- A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday.

Science 24 Jul 2014

Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus: CDC

ATLANTA - More U.S. adolescents are receiving vaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical and other types of cancer but vaccination rates for the infection remain too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

U.S. 24 Jul 2014

Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola

LAGOS - A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

24 Jul 2014

Doctors more likely than public to sign up for organ donation: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors are almost twice as likely as the general public to be registered organ donors, according to a study of Canadian physicians.

24 Jul 2014

Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who served in the military tend to have experienced more traumatic childhood events, such as being abused or living with an alcohol-dependant parent, than people who are not veterans, according to a new study.

24 Jul 2014