Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ebola-hit children in Sierra Leone go hungry amid food shortages: charity

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Ebola orphans, teenage mothers and children in charge of households in Sierra Leone are struggling to feed themselves and their families amid widespread food shortages in the West African nation, a British charity said on Monday....

Roche says flexible pricing ready for cancer, not MS drugs

ZURICH (Reuters) - The spotlight on finding a cancer cure has spurred improvements in systems to collect and analyze oncology data, but efforts to track patients with other diseases lag behind, Roche pricing head Jens Grueger said....

Roche advances skin cancer trials as part of combination therapy strategy

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche is pressing ahead with two skin cancer trials that combine its immunotherapy Tecentriq with other drugs after early data showed the treatments were well-tolerated and effective in a small number of patients, the company said Monday....

Bayer applies for Regorafenib authorization to treat liver cancer

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugmaker Bayer on Monday said it submitted an application to have its cancer drug Regorafenib approved for the second-line treatment of liver cancer patients following successful clinical trials....

Buyers clubs for cheaper drugs help fight hepatitis and HIV

LONDON (Reuters) - Frustrated by the high price of antiviral drugs, thousands of patients from London to Moscow to Sydney are turning to a new wave of online "buyers clubs" to get cheap generic medicines to cure hepatitis C and protect against HIV infection....

Dinner with TV may be a recipe for less healthy meals

(Reuters Health) - Families that eat dinner with the TV on tend to eat less healthy food and to enjoy the meals less than families who leave the TV off, according to a recent U.S. study....

U.S. FDA panel narrowly backs Cempra’s antibiotic solithromycin

(Reuters) - The effectiveness of Cempra Inc's antibiotic to treat community-acquired pneumonia outweighs the risk of liver injury, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration narrowly concluded on Friday....

Do the benefits of real friendships translate online?

A person's Facebook activity might be a window into their health and even predict their odds of dying in the short term, a new study suggests....

Poll shows tight contest for California drug price initiative

(Reuters) - The battle to convince California voters to approve a ballot initiative aimed at curbing prescription drug prices appears to be tightening as the pharmaceutical industry steps up its attacks, according to poll results released on Friday....

Adding music to pain meds may reduce pain

As a complement to traditional pain relief tools like medication, listening to music may lessen acute or chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions, according to a new review....