Health News

Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks


WASHINGTON - The Senate will wait more than two weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21 percent cut in payment rates.

Novo Nordisk surges on plan to resubmit rejected insulin in U.S.

- Denmark's Novo Nordisk is to resubmit its new insulin Tresiba to U.S. regulators based on interim analysis data from a clinical trial, bringing its biggest new drug hope closer to the world's top market.

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Sierra Leone three-day Ebola lockdown leaves capital 'eerily quiet'

FREETOWN - The capital of Sierra Leone was "eerily quiet" on Friday as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown.

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Ohr Pharma's eye drug fails main goal in mid-stage study

- Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc said its experimental eye drug failed the main goal in a mid-stage study as a combination therapy, sending the company's shares down 21 percent in premarket trading on Friday.

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White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters.

U.S. 26 Mar 2015

Two experimental Ebola vaccines pass safety test in African trial

NEW YORK - Two experimental Ebola vaccines, one from GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the other from biotech start-up NewLink Genetics Corp, "appear to be safe" part way through a clinical trial being conducted in Liberia, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Thursday.

26 Mar 2015

U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate.

Politics, U.S., 26 Mar 2015

Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health plan

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

World, 26 Mar 2015

U.S. ad campaign points to dangers of dual cigarette/e-cig use

- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes.

U.S., 26 Mar 2015

Widows may have fewer social and financial problems than in the past

(Reuters Health) – - A new Swiss study says that widows and widowers still mourn their spouses as much as ever, but compared to 35 years ago, everyday life is easier, especially for women.

26 Mar 2015