Health News

U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data


WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017.

Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday.

U.S., 30 Jan 2015

FDA approves Shire's Vyvanse for binge-eating disorder

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Shire Plc's stimulant Vyvanse to treat binge-eating disorder, the first product to be approved for the condition.

30 Jan 2015

More than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in U.S

LOS ANGELES - More than 100 people in the United States have been confirmed as infected with measles including 91 in California, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, public health officials said on Friday.

U.S. 30 Jan 2015

Sun Pharmaceutical wins U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy

WASHINGTON - India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has won U.S. approval to buy Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on condition that it sell its interest in a generic antibacterial medicine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Friday.

Deals, 30 Jan 2015

Gates Foundation awards $50 million to Stanford vaccine discovery

SEATTLE - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world's most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria.

30 Jan 2015

Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug

- Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia.

30 Jan 2015

Ex-Super Bowl champ Leonard Marshall to teach about concussions

- Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall is teaming up with the lawyer who first sued the NFL over concussions to form an educational road show on how to avoid and treat head injuries in sports.

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.

U.S., Science, 30 Jan 2015

Canada says husband of woman diagnosed with avian flu also infected

TORONTO - The husband of a woman who tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus earlier this week was also infected, likely from a common source during their visit to China, Canadian federal and provincial governments confirmed on Friday.

30 Jan 2015