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EU drugs agency tightens rules on experts moving to industry jobs


- Europe's medicines regulator said on Wednesday it would restrict experts and committee members who intend to work for a pharmaceutical company from participating in the evaluation of medicines, in a move to reduce conflict of interests.

Alexion Pharma to buy Synageva BioPharma for $8.4 billion

- Drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion to gain access to its experimental early-stage treatment for a rare metabolic disease.

Deals 6:56am EDT

WHO projections warn of burgeoning obesity crisis in Europe

LONDON - Europe will face an obesity crisis of vast proportions by 2030, according to new World Health Organization projections, with many countries likely to see far more than half of adults above the healthy weight limit.

Euro Zone 05 May 2015

UN hails progress on Ebola as new weekly cases below 20

DAKAR - The U.N. envoy on Ebola on Tuesday hailed "extraordinary progress" against the outbreak in West Africa after new cases last week fell below 20 for the first time since mid-2014, but he warned it would take time to end the epidemic completely.

05 May 2015

EU watchdog disagrees with negative view on UniQure gene therapy

LONDON - European regulators do not agree with the negative view expressed by one adviser about the efficacy of UniQure's drug Glybera, the Western world's first gene therapy.

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Latest draftees could benefit from new-age concussion test

NEW YORK - The 2015 NFL Draft class has now been welcomed into the league, one that could grow safer as their careers unfold through new-age research into identifying concussions.

Sports, 05 May 2015

Online info about braces can be improved

(Reuters Health) - Internet information about orthodontic braces varies in quality and may not be entirely accurate, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

05 May 2015

IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers

NEW YORK - Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients.

Tech 05 May 2015

No problem with artificial heart fundamentals despite death: Carmat

PARIS - The artificial heart fitted in a patient who died on Saturday malfunctioned due to a fault with the controls of its motor, but an initial analysis indicates there are no fundamental problems with the device, its manufacturer Carmat said in a statement.

05 May 2015

Exclusive: U.S. boosts bird flu emergency funds as Hormel cuts jobs

CHICAGO - The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs.

U.S., 7:06am EDT