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Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and 5 million lives a year

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LONDON A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that.

Former Deutsche M&A head Ratigan to join healthcare boutique Leerink

Jim Ratigan, who left his post at Deutsche Bank AG as head of Americas mergers and acquisitions earlier this month, has agreed to join U.S. healthcare investment banking boutique Leerink Partners LLC, a Leerink spokesman said on Monday.

Money, Deals Jul 25 2016

U.S. healthcare stock bulls look past political risks

NEW YORK With U.S. healthcare shares looking cheap and business and demographic trends supporting the industry's outlook, some investors are betting the sector will resume beating the broader market it has out-gained for much of the decade.

Jul 20 2016

Monsanto rejects Bayer's sweetened offer, open to talks

U.S. seed company Monsanto Co turned down a sweetened $64 billion acquisition offer from Bayer AG , but said it was open to further talks with the German healthcare and chemicals group as well as other parties.

Deals, Environment Jul 19 2016

UnitedHealth sees further losses for Obamacare insurance

UnitedHealth Group Inc is still losing money on the individual insurance business created under U.S. President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law due to customers' high medical costs, the company said on Tuesday.

Jul 19 2016

Health spending in U.S. to rise 5.8 percent a year through 2025: CMS

Healthcare spending in the United States will likely grow by an average 5.8 percent per year over the next decade, a bit faster than the past two years, due to an aging population, rising medical prices and faster economic growth, according to updated projections from the federal government released on Wednesday.

Jul 13 2016

GE aims for $1 billion cell therapy 'tools' business with Swiss deal

LONDON General Electric's healthcare unit aims to build a $1 billion business offering vital manufacturing tools for a coming wave of cell therapies, helped by the acquisition of a Swiss firm that doubles its presence in the field.

Deals, Health Jul 13 2016

Obama renews call for U.S. public health insurance option

President Barack Obama on Monday urged Congress to reconsider offering a government-run health insurance option alongside private plans on the exchanges created as part of his national healthcare law.

China healthcare costs forcing patients into crippling debt

SHANGHAI/LONDON As China's medical bills rise steeply, outpacing government insurance provision, patients and their families are increasingly turning to loans to pay for healthcare, adding to the country's growing burden of consumer debt.

Health, China Jul 09 2016

Japan's Eisai weighs legal action in UK cancer drug row

LONDON Japan's Eisai said on Friday it would consider all options, including possible legal action, to fight delays in Britain's healthcare system that prevent patients from accessing one of its drugs to treat a rare form of cancer.

Health, Japan Jul 07 2016
A customer leans against the pharmacy counter at a Sam's Club store in Bentonville, Arkansas May 31, 2007. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Prosecutors target Valeant

Prosecutors demanded details from Valeant Pharmaceuticals on its patient assistance programs, drug pricing and distribution practices.  Full Article