Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump gives nod to Republican tax-credit proposal on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump backed the use of tax credits to help people purchase health insurance in a speech to Congress on Tuesday, the first time he signaled support for a key component of House Republican proposals to replace Obamacare....

France detects possible bird flu outbreak on northern farm

LILLE, France (Reuters) - French authorities reported a possible outbreak of bird flu on a poultry farm in the far north of the country on Wednesday, which could mark a spreading of the disease beyond the southwest foie gras producing region where millions of birds have been culled....

Israel court rejects appeal to overturn Haifa ammonia tank closure

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Haifa Chemicals to reverse an order to shut the country's largest ammonia tank that residents and environmental groups have said is a major health hazard....

WHO says bird flu outbreaks raise alarm, but human risks still low

NDON, (Reuters) - - LOThe risk of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, but a surge in human cases there is worrying and requires constant monitoring....

Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to tackle suicides

(Reuters) - Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users....

Novartis cancer division races to catch up with rivals

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis is making progress in its bid to catch rivals developing drugs that harness the immune system to fight cancer, one of its top research scientists and latest recruit from Harvard University told Reuters in an interview....

Obamacare plans’ drug spending rose faster than other plans in 2016: Express Scripts

(Reuters) - Spending on prescription drugs for health plans created under the Affordable Care Act increased last year at a rate more than three times that of other commercial plans and most government-run plans managed by Express Scripts Holding Co....

FDA approves Lexicon Pharma’s carcinoid syndrome diarrhea drug

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had approved Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc's oral drug to treat carcinoid syndrome diarrhea, a condition that develops in patients with gastrointestinal tumors....

FDA warns Pfizer over contaminated drugs at Kansas plant

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Pfizer Inc's process for manufacturing sterile injectable drugs at a plant in McPherson, Kansas was "out of control" and put patients at risk, according to a warning letter made public on Tuesday....

Obese couples may take longer to conceive

(Reuters Health) - - Couples who are obese may take longer to achieve pregnancy than partners who aren't as overweight, a recent U.S. study suggests....

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