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J&J must pay $4 million in punitive damages in latest asbestos cancer trial

(Reuters) - A California jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4 million in punitive damages to a woman who said she developed cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the company's baby powder, pushing the total damages award in the case to $25.7 million. Learn More

 

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Pressured by industry, US EPA slows formaldehyde study release-documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from the chemical industry, has delayed release of a study detailing cancer risks from formaldehyde, according to internal communications seen by Reuters, potentially keeping important health information from the public. More »

 

Infection alert after dying Ebola patients taken to Congo prayer meeting

GENEVA/KINSHASA (Reuters) - Two dying Ebola patients were spirited out of a Congo hospital by their relatives on motor-bikes, then taken to a prayer meeting with 50 other people, potentially exposing them all to the deadly virus, a senior aid worker said on Thursday. More »

 

Novartis receives EU approval for biosimilar Zessly

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis said its Sandoz division received approval from the European Commission for its biosimilar Zessly (infliximab) in gastroenterological, rheumatological and dermatological diseases. More »

 

Inogen's shares drop on short seller Citron's tweet

(Reuters) - Shares of Inogen Inc fell nearly 7 percent on Thursday after short seller Citron Research called the oxygen supply device maker the most expensive name in medical technology with no pipeline. More »

 

U.S. biotechs to speed work on Nipah vaccine as virus hits India

LONDON (Reuters) - A global coalition set up a year ago to fight epidemics has struck a $25 million deal with two U.S. biotech companies to accelerate work on a vaccine against the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12 people in India. More »

 

Oily fish still a good habit for heart health, U.S. doctors say

(Reuters Health) - People who eat at least two servings a week of oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna should keep it up because U.S. doctors still say it's a good way to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. More »

 

Commutes on foot or bike tied to lowered risk of heart attack or stroke

(Reuters Health) - Commuters who abandon their cars in favor of walking or biking to work are less likely to develop heart disease or to die from it than people who drive to the office, a recent study suggests. More »

 

Healthy diet may stave off age-related hearing loss for women

(Reuters Health) - Another benefit of a healthy diet may be protection against age-related hearing loss, suggests a large study of U.S. women. More »

 

Sleep-tracking wearables and apps no substitute for sleep tests

(Reuters Health) - Sleep-tracking devices and mobile apps can help engage users in improving sleep health, but none of the consumer technologies has been proven accurate or validated to screen for sleep disorders, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine said in a new statement. More »

 

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