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Why renowned doctor says 75 is a good age to die

Ezekiel Emanuel, at age 57, has an unusual ambition — he wants to die when he is 75. In fact, he believes we would be doing society and loved ones a favour by doing the same.

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Novartis study shows skin cancer combo also works on lungs

(Reuters) - A Novartis trial of two drugs against an aggressive lung cancer bodes well for broadening their use beyond melanoma, the Swiss drugmaker told the American Society of Clinical Oncology's conference in Chicago on Monday. Novartis's Tafinlar and Mekinist combination shrank tumours in 63 percent of the trial's 57 people with BRAF V600E-mutation positive non-small cell lung cancer who had failed on chemotherapy, the company said, citing a Phase II study.
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Chile reports its first sexually transmitted Zika case

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Chile has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus having been sexually transmitted, the health ministry said in a statement on its website on Saturday.









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China detains 37 people linked to vaccine scandal: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained 37 people linked to a vaccine scandal and are investigating three pharmaceutical companies, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.









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Race for Zika vaccine gathers momentum as virus spreads

(Reuters) - Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas.









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Bird flu outbreak found outside French restriction zone

PARIS (Reuters) - Bird flu has been found in a French town outside a broad restriction zone, in a setback to efforts to contain the outbreak of the disease that has led a growing number of countries to ban poultry products from France.









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Motion control running shoes prevent injuries in some

(Reuters Health) - Runners with flat feet or whose feet roll inward may want to invest in running shoes with motion control to help prevent injuries, according to a study from Luxembourg.
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Bid to repeal California school vaccination law falls short

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday.
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New analysis says 2001 study of Paxil for teens misrepresented results

(Reuters Health) - According to a reanalysis of the original data from a 2001 study of paroxetine (Paxil) for teens with major depression, the drug was not effective and led to serious side effects, which is not how the results were presented 14 years ago.
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High schoolers use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana: U.S. study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one in five high school students who said they used electronic cigarettes to vaporize nicotine also used them to vaporize pot, according to a survey of nearly 4,000 Connecticut teens.
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Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to risk of death

(Reuters Health) - A large new review of existing research suggests that for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risk.
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CareFirst doubles cost savings by sharing rewards with U.S. doctors

(Reuters) - Insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said on Thursday its cost savings on providing healthcare rose sharply last year in a program that rewards U.S. doctors for keeping patients out of the hospital.









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Sanofi's big new cholesterol drug wins European green light

LONDON (Reuters) - A new type of cholesterol drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals won a green light from European regulators on Friday, two months behind a rival product from Amgen.









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Organized programs help prevent or delay diabetes

(Reuters Health) - Organized diet and exercise programs can stave off diabetes for those at risk, according to a new recommendation.









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U.S. unveils guidelines to reduce salt in restaurant, packaged food

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From pizzas and soups to deli meats, dips and hamburgers, Americans' diets are often packed with salt. On Wednesday the Food and Drug Administration moved to cut average salt consumption by a third in an effort to reduce heart attacks and strokes.
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France confirms case of mad cow disease

PARIS (Reuters) - France's agriculture ministry confirmed on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had been discovered in the northeastern region of Ardennes.
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Half of gay black men in U.S. likely to be diagnosed with HIV, CDC says

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half of all black gay and bisexual men in the United States are projected to be diagnosed with HIV, a government study shows, in a ratio parallel to the prevalence of the virus among such men in developing nations such as Mauritania and Senegal.
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Two Indian states halt sales of Roche's Avastin drug

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two Indian states have put sales of Swiss drugmaker Roche's blockbuster drug Avastin on hold, officials said on Tuesday, after it hampered the vision of 15 patients who used it for a condition it is not officially meant to treat.









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Legionnaires' spike in Michigan county dealing with water crisis

(Reuters) - The Michigan county already reeling from lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint has seen a spike of Legionnaires' disease resulting in 10 deaths that may or may not be related to the water crisis, officials said on Wednesday.









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Many patients ok linking social media to medical records

(Reuters Health) - Many people may be willing to link their social media accounts to their medical records, a U.S. study suggests, a shift with the potential to improve care by giving doctors more insight into what makes patients tick.
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Brazil halts use of Silimed silicone breast implants, follows Europe

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said on Friday it had suspended the production, sale and use of products made by Brazilian breast-implant maker Silimed after an inspection found the company failed production standards.









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Arizona woman is third victim of widespread salmonella outbreak

PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman has died after eating salmonella-tainted cucumbers grown in Mexico, marking the third fatality from the widespread outbreak, health officials said on Friday.
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Europe gets Amgen cholesterol drug for 50-60 percent of U.S. price

LONDON (Reuters) - Amgen is launching its injectable cholesterol drug in Europe at around half the U.S. price, in a move likely to stoke controversy about the way Americans end up paying far more than others for new medicines.
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TeamHealth to buy IPC Healthcare to expand to post-acute care

(Reuters) - TeamHealth Holdings Inc agreed to buy IPC Healthcare Inc for $1.4 billion to gain exposure to the Medicare bundling program and take on more medical staff for supply to nursing homes in the United States.
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Pfizer's revenue, profit beat as vaccine sales rise

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc on Tuesday reported better-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue, helped by strong demand for its pneumonia vaccine and new breast cancer drug, sending its shares up 1 percent.
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GSK first drugmaker to tie up with new Crick institute

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it had forged a collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute, making it the first pharmaceutical company to link up with the new biomedical center based in London.









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