Mubarak's sons released from Egypt prison: prison officials
CAIRO (Reuters) - Two sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak were released from prison early on Monday, prison officials said, a day after the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled the autocrat. An Egyptian court last week ordered the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak pending a retrial.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:44:00 -0500
China hospital staff demand better security after deadly brawl
Hospital staff have demonstrated in China to demand better protection after a doctor and a patient were killed in a fight, media reported on Monday, the latest incident to highlight problems in a system often overwhelmed with patients. The deaths came on Saturday when a drunk man seeking treatment for an injury started a fight with a doctor and they both then plummeted down an elevator shaft, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:32:07 -0500
Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs
CHICAGO (AP) With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:21:02 -0500
Regeneron/Sanofi cholesterol drug gets FDA priority review
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Monday said U.S. health regulators accepted its application to review a potent cholesterol drug on a priority basis, potentially giving it the upper hand in a fierce race with Amgen to bring a new medicine from the promising class to market. Regeneron, which is developing the drug, alirocumab, in partnership with Sanofi, said the target date for a Food and Drug Administration approval decision was July 24, following a six-month review period.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:15:55 -0500
Safety concerns cloud early promise of powerful new cancer drugs
By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system's powerful T cells are proving to be immensely effective weapons against tumors, potentially transforming the $100 billion global market for drugs that fight the disease. In some trials, the two new approaches, known as CAR T cells and bispecific antibodies, have eliminated all traces of blood cancers in 40 percent to 90 percent of patients who had no remaining options. Bispecific antibodies are a twist on conventional antibodies, Y-shaped proteins whose two arms grasp for the same protein target found on cancer cells. With bispecifics, one arm of the antibody typically grasps a cancer cell while the other arm takes hold of T cells, bringing the mortal enemies into contact.The T cell punches holes into the adjacent tumor cell and injects deadly enzymes.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:05:51 -0500
U.S. pediatricians reaffirm opposition to legalized pot
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Despite moves by some states to allow recreational and medical use of marijuana, a large group of U.S. pediatricians says in a new statement that the substance should remain for the most part illegal. In an update to its 2004 position statement on the matter, the American Academy of Pediatrics also calls for decriminalization of marijuana to lessen the lasting effects of criminal charges brought against youths especially minorities. Decriminalization of marijuana takes this whole issue out of the criminal justice system and puts it into the health system, where it really should be, said Dr. Seth Ammerman, the statements lead author from Stanford University in California. What that would look like - we hope (is) if youre found to be in possession of marijuana as a kid, instead of going to jail, juvenile hall or getting some sort of record, youd be put in some sort of diversion or treatment program, Ammerman told Reuters Health.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:34:22 -0500
Preemies less lucky in love as young adults, study suggests
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Twenty-somethings who were born prematurely are less likely to move in with a lover or have sex than their peers born at full term, Finnish researchers find. These young adults are also less likely to consider themselves sexy. "Previous studies have found that individuals born preterm might be more cautious and less risk-taking than those born at full term, which might also be reflected in our findings of lower likelihood of romantic relations," said lead study author Dr. Tuija Mannisto, a researcher and fellow in clinical chemistry with the National Institute for Health and Welfare and the Northern Finland Laboratory Centre Nordlab in Oulu, Finland, in email to Reuters Health. Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks, and babies born after 37 weeks are considered full term.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:32:06 -0500
Breast cancer patients lack knowledge of their tumors
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Women with breast cancer often dont know what kind of tumors they have, a new study found. Not knowing ones tumor features isnt necessarily tied to worse outcomes, but better knowledge might help women understand treatment decisions and take medications as directed, said Dr. Rachel Freedman, the studys lead author from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Also, she said, cancer patients who understand the basis for their treatment are generally more satisfied with that treatment. For the new study, published in the journal Cancer, Freedman and her colleagues asked 500 women from northern California about their breast cancers, which had been diagnosed between 2010 and 2011.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:30:38 -0500
'We have a deal': insurance may unlock India-U.S. atomic trade
By Frank Jack Daniel and Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a plan centered on insurance on Sunday that they hope will convince U.S. companies to build nuclear power stations in India, but stopped short of demands to soften a liability law. With the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy still fresh in India's mind, parliament five years ago passed a law that makes equipment suppliers ultimately responsible for an accident, a deviation from international norms that the companies found hard to swallow. India's top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, said the new plan was "squarely within our law". "The India nuclear insurance pool is a risk transfer mechanism which is being formed by GIC Re and four other public sector undertakings in the general insurance business in India," foreign ministry joint secretary Amandeep Singh said.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:40:42 -0500
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