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Early warnings may blunt trauma of displacement due to flooding

(Reuters Health) – Early flood warnings reduce the mental health impacts of being forced to flee home because of rising waters, a UK study suggests. “Since people are often displaced from home and live in different places for many months, services in areas not directly affected by flooding should be alert to this increased risk and offer support as necessary,” ...

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FDA rejects Eagle Pharmaceuticals' heat stroke treatment

(Reuters) – Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its drug Ryanodex to treat heat stroke and requested an additional clinical trial, sending its shares down 20 percent. The drug, which is approved for the treatment and prevention of malignant hyperthermia, is being tested to treat exertional heat stroke (EHS), in conjunction ...

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Ulcerative colitis sufferer ‘has accident’ after White Stuff store refuses to let her use the toilet

White Stuff’s store in Southampton West Quay (Picture: White Stuff) A mother has shown her disgust on Facebook after her daughter was refused use of a shop’s toilet, despite having proof that she suffered from IBD. How to deal with your pooing at work anxiety Emma Bryant left a post on the White Stuff’s Facebook page on Sunday after a ...

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UK will not accept chlorinated chicken to secure U.S. trade deal: minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will not accept imports of chlorinated chicken in pursuit of a trade deal with the United States after Brexit, its environment minister said on Wednesday, days after a trade minister tried to play down public health concerns. The issue of chlorine-washed chicken, which is produced in the United States but not allowed in the European Union, ...

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Cochlear unveils hearing implants that work directly with Apple's iPhone

(Reuters) – Cochlear Ltd said Wednesday it can now stream audio directly from Apple Inc’s iPhone, iPad and iPod to the microchips in its hearing implants without having to use an additional device. Previously, Cochlear’s sound processors worked with mobile phones, but implant wearers had to connect the sound processor to an intermediate Bluetooth device – usually worn around the ...

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Dynavax hepatitis B vaccine works; raises safety issues: FDA

(Reuters) – Dynavax Technologies Corp’s experimental hepatitis B vaccine is effective, but there were more deaths and serious cardiac events in patients given the vaccine than in those given a rival product, according to a preliminary Food and Drug Administration report published on Wednesday. However, they said overall numbers and rates of events were low. Moreover, there were limitations in ...

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Drugmaker GSK calls for at least two years' Brexit transition

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s pharmaceutical industry needs at least two years’ transition to cope with the impact of the country leaving the European Union, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday. Emma Walmsley, who leads Britain’s largest drugmaker and employs 17,000 UK staff, said she was “encouraged by the more pragmatic approach” from ministers, but warned the industry needed ...

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GlaxoSmithKline's new boss streamlines R&D, axes slew of drugs

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline’s new chief executive announced plans on Wednesday to narrow the focus of the group’s drug research by ditching more than 30 drug projects to improve returns in its core pharmaceuticals business. Walmsley, who took over in April, said GSK would in future allocate 80 percent of its R&D budget to respiratory and HIV/infectious diseases, along with ...

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Anthem may exit more individual markets over Obamacare funding

(Reuters) – Anthem Inc said it may leave more individual Obamacare markets due to uncertainty about the potential repeal of the healthcare law and subsidies that make the plans affordable for millions of Americans. Republicans on Tuesday began a second day of debate on the U.S. Senate floor of a bill that would end Obamacare, but the effort to roll ...

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Obamacare repeal battle back on the Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins. Republicans, deeply divided over the proper role of the government in helping low-income people receive healthcare, eked out a procedural win on Tuesday when the ...

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