World Bank launches ‘pandemic bond’ to tackle major outbreaks

LONDON The World Bank has launched a "pandemic bond" to support an emergency financing facility intended to release money quickly to fight a major health crisis like the 2014 Ebola outbreak.The catastrophe bond, which will pay out depending on the size of the outbreak, its growth rate and the number
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Senate Republican healthcare bill would cause 22 million to lose insurance

WASHINGTON Twenty-two million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the healthcare bill drafted by U.S. Senate Republicans, a nonpartisan office said on Monday, an assessment that will likely make it more difficult for the already-fraught legislation to win support for speedy pas
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Stripping Americans of health insurance could be deadly: study

<span class="articleLocation">(Reuters Health) - - Health insurance saves lives – that’s the conclusion of a report released on Monday, just in time to weigh into the debate among Senate Republicans considering a bill that could strip millions of Americans of coverage.“Overwhelming
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Twenty-two million Americans would lose health coverage under Senate bill: CBO

WASHINGTON Twenty-two million Americans would lose their health insurance coverage over the next decade under draft legislation unveiled by Senate Republicans last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.By comparison, the CBO had earlier estimated that similar legislation
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Reports of side effects with cosmetics increasing

<span class="articleLocation">(Reuters Health) - Reports of adverse events associated with cosmetics and personal care products sold in the U.S. more than doubled last year, due in large part to complaints about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, a new study suggests. Researchers ex
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Health insurers says Senate bill’s Medicaid cuts to hurt states

NEW YORK Health insurers are concerned about the U.S. Senate's plans to cut the Medicaid program for the poor and the impact such a move would have on state governments, the industry's largest lobbyist said on Friday.Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a draft bill to repeal and repl
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Portola shares soar after FDA approves clot preventing drug

WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new oral blood-thinner made by Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms in acutely ill patients who are not undergoing surgery.The news sent Portola's shares up as much as 51 percent to $
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Saudi crown prince donates $66 million to fight Yemen cholera epidemic

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's crown prince has donated $66.7 million to combat a cholera epidemic in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting in a war blamed for causing a humanitarian disaster. The donation by Prince Mohammed bin Salman went to the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health
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Novo Nordisk says obesity drug helps up to 13.8 percent weight loss in phase 2 trial

COPENHAGEN Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said on Friday a phase 2 trial for its big hope in tackling obesity, an improved GLP-1 drug called semaglutide, showed a weight loss of up to 13.8 percent in people with severe conditions.The clinical trial, which lasted a year and included 957 people, result
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High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis

<span class="articleLocation">A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the U.S. health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this month.The cannabi
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