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Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

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- Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry.

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

CHICAGO - Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat.

25 Apr 2015

Indiana HIV cases reach 142 in rural outbreak, more expected

- The number of confirmed and presumed HIV cases stemming from abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has increased to 142 in a rural part of southeastern Indiana and more cases are being identified every day, a state health official said on Friday. | Video

U.S., 25 Apr 2015

Amended China law curbs tobacco ads in land of smokers

SHANGHAI - China's parliament has passed legislation that restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke.

China 24 Apr 2015

Hawaii lawmakers pass bill raising smoking age to 21

HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, positioning it to become the first state in the country to do so.

25 Apr 2015

Bristol-Myers says hepatitis C drug combination succeeds in study

- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its experimental drug cured hepatitis C in over 90 percent of patients in combination with Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi and a commonly prescribed drug, ribavirin, in a late-stage study.

25 Apr 2015

Drug overlaps, shortages may complicate Teva bid for Mylan

NEW YORK - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' bid for Mylan NV would create a company controlling nearly 25 percent of the U.S. generics market, including drugs in short supply, according to industry experts and a Reuters review of regulatory filings.

Deals 24 Apr 2015

Nestle skin unit to acquire Inneov assets in nutraceutical bid

ZURICH - Food group Nestle said on Friday its skin health unit Galderma would buy certain, undisclosed assets out of Inneov, a joint venture it had with L'Oreal , in a bid to enter the market for food and drink with potential health benefits.

24 Apr 2015

Astrazeneca drug deal hoists Innate Pharma shares to record high

PARIS - Shares in Innate Pharma surged to a record high on Friday as investors cheered a deal with AstraZeneca to accelerate and broaden development of its immune-boosting anti-cancer medicines that could earn the French firm $1.275 billion.

24 Apr 2015

U.S. data show that mammograms still often begin at 40

(Reuters Health) - Despite 2009 recommendations to stop giving women under 50 screening mammograms, the rate of first mammograms occurring at age 40 is on the increase, according to a new study.

24 Apr 2015