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Valeant picks up AstraZeneca psoriasis drug after Amgen exit

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- Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc is buying rights to AstraZeneca Plc's late-stage experimental psoriasis drug brodalumab after it was dropped by Amgen Inc in May.

California assisted suicide bill to be heard in special session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California comes up for a new round of hearings on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church.

Politics, U.S. 7:03am EDT

China adopts tougher rules to curb tobacco advertisements

BEIJING - China enforced sweeping new rules on Tuesday to restrict tobacco advertisements, in its latest step to rein in a widespread habit that has caused a massive health crisis.

China 7:26am EDT

Daily pot smoking on U.S. college campuses at 35-year high: study

- The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday.

U.S., 12:11am EDT

Legionnaires' outbreak leaves 4 dead at Illinois veterans home: newspaper

- An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has left four people dead among 29 sickened at Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy, the Quincy Herald-Whig newspaper reported on Monday.

U.S., 12:41am EDT

Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier

(Reuters Health) - Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study.

31 Aug 2015

Chipotle sued over GMO-free menu claims

- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's new GMO-free menu claims have lured diners and boosted the burrito chain's stock price, but it has some consumers crying foul.

Mexico, 31 Aug 2015

New guidelines for cancer doctors aim to make sense of gene tests

CHICAGO - The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued guidelines on how cancer doctors should approach the use of new genetic tests that screen for multiple cancer genes at the same time, including counseling patients about genes whose contribution to cancer is still poorly understood.

31 Aug 2015

Women are not getting treated for menopausal symptoms

(Reuters Health) - Many women with severe menopausal symptoms are not being treated for them even though safe, effective remedies are available, a study from Australia suggests.

31 Aug 2015

Fukushima-related child cancers unlikely to rise: IAEA

UNITED NATIONS - An increase in thyroid cancer among children is unlikely after the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant four years ago, but it remains unclear exactly how much radiation children in the vicinity of the plant were exposed to, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said in a report released on Monday.

Japan 31 Aug 2015