Health News

EU's top court opens door to some stem cell patents


BRUSSELS/LONDON - Europe's top court has opened the door to certain stem cell patents in the European Union by ruling that an organism incapable of developing into a human being is not a human embryo and may be patented.

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work: EU court

BRUSSELS - Europe's top court ruled on Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, but stopped short of saying that obesity was a condition that needed specific protection under European anti-discrimination laws.

10:07am EST

New GSK shingles vaccine may challenge Merck after strong test data

LONDON - An experimental shingles vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has produced impressive results in a late-stage study, giving the group's expanding vaccine unit a potential $1 billion boost.

11:06am EST

China approves experimental Ebola vaccine for clinical trials

SHANGHAI - China has approved a domestically developed experimental Ebola vaccine for clinical trials, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday, citing the People's Liberation Army logistics unit.

China 6:06am EST

AstraZeneca first-in-class ovarian cancer drug wins EU approval

LONDON - AstraZeneca's all-important cancer drug business received a fillip on Thursday as a new medicine against ovarian cancer was approved in Europe, making it the first of its kind to reach the market.

2:46am EST

Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

NEW YORK - Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported on Thursday.

12:11am EST

Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

CHICAGO - The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.

17 Dec 2014

Exclusive: Amgen's new leukemia drug to carry $178,000 price tag

- Amgen Inc on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs.

17 Dec 2014

South Korea increases efforts to contain foot-and-mouth outbreak

SEOUL - South Korea is intensifying efforts to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease by inoculating all hogs in affected areas, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

South Korea 17 Dec 2014

U.S. doctor who recovered from Ebola will return to Liberia

- A doctor from Massachusetts who came down with Ebola while volunteering in Liberia will return to West Africa in January to resume medical work, the missionary group he works with said on Wednesday.

17 Dec 2014