Democrats protest Senate Republican healthcare secrecy

WASHINGTON U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare.In a series of floor motions, inquiries and lengthy speeches, Democrats criticized th
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FDA approves new antibiotic to treat serious skin infections

<span class="articleLocation">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new treatment for patients with acute bacterial skin infections, made by privately held Melinta Therapeutics.The drug, Baxdela, or delafloxacin, is designed to treat skin and skin structure infections
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New test may turn AZ’s Lynparza into precision drug for prostate cancer

LONDON Scientists have developed a new three-in-one blood test that has the potential to turn AstraZeneca's drug Lynparza into a precision medicine for prostate cancer.Lynparza, which is already approved for ovarian and recently produced good results in breast cancer, is currently in clinical develo
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California to give health clinics $20 million to counter possible Trump cuts

WASHINGTON California on Monday will announce plans to award $20 million in emergency grants to local health and Planned Parenthood clinics in anticipation of possible U.S. healthcare funding cuts, according to State Treasurer John Chiang's office. California and more than a dozen other Democratic-l
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Worldwide, more than 10 percent of young teens are smokers

<span class="articleLocation">(Reuters Health) - Roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests. Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing a
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Nonprescription prenatal vitamins may be more potent

<span class="articleLocation">(Reuters Health) - Prescription prenatal vitamins may have lower doses of key ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium than nonprescription alternatives, a recent study suggests.  Even though prenatal vitamins are widely recommended to pregnant wom
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Sanofi chief says U.S. Supreme Court ruling on biologics has “immediate impact”

PARIS The U.S Supreme Court decision to speed access to copycat biologics drugs on Monday was expected but has an "immediate impact", Sanofi Chief Executive told Reuters.The justices, in a 9-0 ruling, overturned a lower court's decision that had prevented Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis from s
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Three mutations could make bird flu a potential pandemic: study

LONDON, June 15 Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people. The flu strain, known as H7N9, now mostly infects birds but it has in
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U.S. youth tobacco use in 2016 fell by largest amount in 6 years

<span class="articleLocation">Youth tobacco use in the United States fell to historic lows in 2016, leading public health experts to speculate that a smoke-free generation may be within reach.The number of middle and high school students who used any tobacco product fell to 3.9 million in
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Pharmacy exec seeks new trial over role in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

BOSTON Lawyers for a Massachusetts pharmacy executive convicted of fraud for his role in a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people asked a judge to order a new trial, charging that prosecutors misbehaved in providing evidence to the jury.Barry Cadden, co-founder of the now-defunct New En
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