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Alexion fortifies rare blood disorder drugs business with Achillion deal

16 Oct 2019

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday agreed to buy smaller biotech Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc in a deal initially valued at $930 million, as the company looks to retain its leadership in treating certain rare blood disorders.

UnitedHealth sees 2020 profit above Street target; shares climb 8%

15 Oct 2019

UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday provided an optimistic outlook for 2020 profit, saying it expected growth to be at least 13%, which outpaces current Wall Street estimates and sent its shares up as much as 8.6%.

UPDATE 3-UnitedHealth sees 2020 profit above Street target; shares climb 8%

15 Oct 2019

Oct 15 UnitedHealth Group Inc on Tuesday provided an optimistic outlook for 2020 profit, saying it expected growth to be at least 13%, which outpaces current Wall Street estimates and sent its shares up as much as 8.6%.

HIV-positive British living in Spain could lose healthcare post-Brexit

14 Oct 2019

(Reuters Health) - British citizens with HIV who live in Spain could face serious healthcare challenges post-Brexit, potentially risking public health at large, researchers say.

Johnson & Johnson hit as jury awards 'excessive' $8 billion in damages

09 Oct 2019

Shares of Johnson & Johnson dipped 2% on Wednesday after a jury awarded $8 billion in punitive damages to a man who accused the drugmaker of failing to warn that young men using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts.

Social media may distract nurses from their jobs

04 Oct 2019

(Reuters Health) - Nurses' productivity takes a hit when they become 'addicted' to using social media at work, a habit that distracts them from tasks at hand, a small study suggests.

'Silent' celiac disease common in patients' close relatives

23 Sep 2019

(Reuters Health) - When a family member has celiac disease, Mayo Clinic researchers recommend parents, siblings and children also be tested, after a new study suggests first-degree relatives frequently have the condition, too - often without typical symptoms.

UPDATE 2-Novo Nordisk wins U.S. approval for first-of-its-kind oral diabetes drug

20 Sep 2019

Sept 20 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an oral version of Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug semaglutide, a boost for the Danish drugmaker which hopes to transform the market by offering patients a non-injectable treatment.

First peanut allergy therapy gets backing from U.S. regulators' expert advisers

14 Sep 2019

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended approving the first therapy for peanut allergies, which affect over 1.6 million children in the United States, despite raising concerns about the risk of severe allergic reactions it poses to young patients.

Poll finds older adults not fully prepared for emergencies

06 Sep 2019

(Reuters Health) - While most older adults say they are confident they're ready to handle emergencies like natural disasters or power outages, many are not as prepared as they could be for these events, a new U.S. poll suggests.

World News

White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid

President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim - debunked as a conspiracy theory - about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.