J&J psoriasis drug tops placebo, Humira in late stage study
(Reuters) - An experimental biotech drug developed by Johnson & Johnson proved more effective at clearing moderate to severe cases of the skin condition plaque psoriasis than a placebo or Abbvie Inc's big-selling Humira, according to data from a late stage study presented on Saturday. More than 73 percent of patients who received guselkumab experienced near complete skin clearance compared with 2.9 percent those who received a placebo. In the Humira group, nearly 50 percent of patients saw near complete skin clearance.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:03:11 -0400
Thailand still golden for Chinese tourists despite Zika fears
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Confirmation that the Zika virus had caused microcephaly in Thailand is not likely to scare off large numbers of Chinese tourists due to jet in for holidays in the next week, tourists and industry operators said. Thailand reported on Friday the first confirmed cases in Southeast Asia of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size, linked to the Zika virus, a day after U.S. officials recommended that pregnant women postpone travel to 11 countries in the region, including Thailand, because of Zika. China's "Golden Week" break, which starts on Saturday, sees an exodus to overseas holiday spots with tropical Thailand a favorite for Chinese visitors, who are already the most numerous in the country.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:36:39 -0400
Novartis psoriasis drug maintains efficacy after four years: study
Novartis's psoriasis drug Cosentyx showed long-term efficacy in keeping patients' skin clear, the Swiss drugmaker said on Saturday, citing a study it hopes will ultimately help the company to win business from rival medicines made by Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. More than 66 percent of Cosentyx patients achieved "clear or almost clear" skin after four years, Novartis said, comparable with the 68.5 percent who hit that milestone after one year. A durable response is important, since older biotech drugs for plaque psoriasis, known as anti-TNFs, can lose their effectiveness over time.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:16:37 -0400
Independence banners hung at HK universities in defiance of China: media
Around a dozen Hong Kong universities draped large banners calling for the city's independence on China's National Day, defying authorities with demands for the Chinese controlled territory to split with mainland China. Large banners reading "Hong Kong independence" were strung up across the financial city on Saturday, local broadcaster RTHK reported. The statement said it was not clear who put up the large red and white banners but before lunchtime, the banners at Baptist University and City University in Kowloon Tong had already been removed.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:07:21 -0400
Scottish boxer Towell dies after bout
Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after the 25-year-old suffered serious injuries in a welterweight bout in Glasgow on Thursday. Towell was knocked down in the opening round of his bout by Welshman Dale Evans and referee Victor Loughlin eventually stopped the contest in the fifth. The Dundee fighter received treatment in the ring before being taken to hospital St Andrews Sporting Club, which organized the fight, said early on Saturday that Towell had died.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:52:14 -0400
Boxing-Scottish boxer Towell dies after bout
Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after the 25-year-old suffered serious injuries in a welterweight bout in Glasgow on Thursday. Towell was knocked down in the opening round of his bout by Welshman Dale Evans and referee Victor Loughlin eventually stopped the contest in the fifth. The Dundee fighter received treatment in the ring before being taken to hospital St Andrews Sporting Club, which organised the fight, said early on Saturday that Towell had died.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:44:23 -0400
FDA warns against use of homeopathic teething products
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels on Friday, citing potential risks to infants and children and prompting CVS Health Corp Inc to withdraw the products. The FDA is currently testing samples of the products and analyzing reports linking them to seizures in infants and children since 2010, the health regulator said in a statement. Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are sold in retail stores and online and are distributed by companies including both CVS and Hyland.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:10:41 -0400
California toughens rape laws after Stanford case uproar
California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation to broaden the state's legal definition of rape and mandate prison if the victim was unconscious, following a furor over a Stanford University sexual assault case. Lawmakers passed the two bills in response to a six-month sentence a Northern California judge this year gave Brock Turner, a former swimmer convicted in the sexual assault of an unconscious woman at the elite university, in a case that drew widespread condemnation. The sentence, which was lighter than prison terms given at many U.S. sexual assault trials, generated harsh scrutiny after the online publication of a harrowing statement the victim gave in court describing the devastating effects of the assault.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:22:56 -0400
Depomed wins Nucynta patent dispute; may spur sale talks
(Reuters) - A court ruled in Depomed Inc's favor in a patent dispute over its opioid drug, Nucynta, a decision that could help pave the way for the drug maker to explore a sale. Sources told Reuters this month that Depomed was preparing to explore a sale and talks with potential buyers are expected to start shortly after a ruling on Nucynta, the company's biggest drug. Activist investor Starboard Value LP in April called on Depomed to explore a sale after disclosing a stake of close to 10 percent.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:07:53 -0400
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