Brand-name combo pills may cost more than getting drugs separately
(Reuters Health) - Brand-name medicines that combine multiple drugs into a single pill may be more expensive than buying each drug separately, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Israel bans Juul e-cigarettes over nicotine concentration
Israel on Tuesday outlawed the import and sale of e-cigarettes made by Silicon Valley start-up Juul Labs, citing public health concerns given their nicotine content. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Consumer baby monitors may get vital signs wrong
(Reuters Health) - Two popular monitors that promise to keep parents informed about their babies' vital signs scored poorly in a test comparing them with actual hospital quality monitors, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA extends EpiPen expiry date to combat shortage
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday extended the expiration date of specific lots of Mylan NV's EpiPen allergy injectors by four months to mitigate the shortage of the life-saving treatment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cervical cancer screening without Pap test OK for some women
(Reuters Health) - Not all women need Pap tests to look for cells in the cervix that might be malignant. Under new guidelines from U.S. physicians, some women can get a test that looks for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China's Changchun mayor resigns after vaccine scandal: state media
The mayor of the Chinese city of Changchun resigned on Tuesday, state media reported, after a safety scandal at Changchun-based vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology sparked widespread consumer anger. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Many doctors skip meningococcal vaccine talks with teens
(Reuters Health) - Many pediatricians and family physicians don't discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this lethal infection, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Most parents are against teen tattoos
(Reuters Health) - Parents who've said "no" to teen tattoos need not feel alone. A new U.S. survey finds that 78 percent of parents wouldn't even consider allowing their teenager to get inked. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. health secretary says agency can eliminate drug rebates
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency's power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration's plan to lower prescription medicine costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Moderate 'bad cholesterol' levels tied to early death for healthy people
(Reuters Health) - Healthy adults who don't keep their LDL-C, or "bad cholesterol," in check are more likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease than peers with lower cholesterol levels, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Socioeconomic status helps explain U.S. childhood cancer survival rates
(Reuters Health) - Black and Hispanic children may be less likely than white kids to survive certain childhood cancers at least in part due to differences in socioeconomic status, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

More U.S. stores likely sell cigarettes to minors than reported
(Reuters Health) - More retailers may be selling cigarettes to minors than government estimates have suggested, a new study finds. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Tainted heart drug from second Chinese firm pulled off EU market
Heart drugs containing an active ingredient from a second Chinese company are being recalled from the European market after detection of a toxic impurity that may cause cancer. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. health secretary says agency has power to eliminate drug rebates
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency's power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration's plan to lower prescription medicine costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Roche's Alecensa latest beneficiary of faster China drug approvals
Chinese regulators are speeding up drug approvals, with Roche's Alecensa cancer medicine the latest beneficiary in a market that is growing increasingly important for international pharmaceuticals companies' growth plans. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Third African swine fever outbreak hits China's hog herd
China's Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly-contagious disease threatened to spread through the world's biggest pig herd. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal
China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47
Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 47 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills
(Reuters Health) - People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills' effectiveness, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain
(Reuters Health) - Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)
(This version of the August 16th story corrects to change drug price in headline, first bullet, paragraphs 1 and 3 after company corrects it to $16,970 from $15,970) (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Dementia patients may benefit from music therapy
(Reuters Health) - Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Transgender veterans don't have worse health
(Reuters Health) - Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 44
Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 44 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Staying fit might cut glaucoma risk
(Reuters Health) - Meeting physical activity guidelines and being physically fit may reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by 40 percent to 50 percent, recent research suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Scotland's Ayrshire to give free tampons to tackle period poverty
Scotland's North Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority in Britain to provide free sanitary provision in public buildings, hoping to tackle "period poverty". (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA approves Bristol-Myers' Opdivo for small cell lung cancer
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment, Opdivo, for patients whose lung cancer had progressed even after undergoing chemotherapy and at least one other therapy. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China think tank slammed for 'procreation fund' idea
A proposal by two Chinese researchers to force couples with fewer than two children to pay into a "procreation fund" backfired on Friday, with critics calling it a "thoughtless" and "absurd" way to battle the problem of an ageing population. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Russia reports severe bird flu outbreak: OIE
Russia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the Kostromskaya region in the west of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from Russia's Agriculture Ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO expects more Ebola cases in Congo, can't reach no-go areas
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it could not be certain that it had identified all people exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu region, where insecurity prevents aid workers from reaching some areas. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

World's top pork firm shuts China slaughterhouse in race to contain deadly swine fever
China has ordered the world's top pork producer, WH Group Ltd, to shut a major slaughterhouse as authorities race to stop the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF) after a second outbreak in the planet's biggest hog herd in two weeks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

World's top pork supplier shuts China slaughterhouse in race to contain deadly swine fever
China has ordered the world's top pork producer, WH Group Ltd, to shut a major slaughterhouse as authorities race to stop the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF) after a second outbreak in the planet's biggest hog herd in two weeks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-list
China has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WH Group shuts China slaughterhouse for six weeks after African swine fever discovery
WH Group Ltd, the world's top pork producer, on Friday said it had been ordered to shut a slaughterhouse in central China for six weeks after pigs there died of African swine fever (ASF) in the country's second case of the disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China to prosecute suspects, confiscate illegal income of scandal-hit vaccine maker
Chinese authorities will prosecute all suspects in a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd and confiscate its illegal earnings, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Exclusive: OxyContin maker Purdue taps financial restructuring adviser - sources
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP has tapped law firm Davis Polk& Wardwell LLP for financial restructuring advice, as its potential liabilities swell with a wave of lawsuits over the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the United States, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Lawmakers want British vaping rules relaxed to help smokers quit
Vaping rules should be relaxed to allow the promotion of e-cigarettes as tools to help tobacco smokers quit, British lawmakers said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $16,000 on liver cancer drug
Japan's Eisai Co Ltd said on Thursday it would price its cancer drug Lenvima at about $16,000 for a month's supply before discounts, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its use in patients with a common form of liver cancer. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Links seen between asthma and ADHD
(Reuters Health) - There may be a strong connection between asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that makes people with one condition more likely to develop the other one, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Diet guidance could slow kidney disease, cut costs
(Reuters Health) - Patients with chronic kidney disease could slow the progression of their illness and delay dialysis through nutrition therapy, according to a new article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Japan's Eisai gains U.S. approval for liver cancer treatment
Japan's Eisai Co Ltd on Thursday received U.S. approval for a therapy for previously untreated patients with a common form of liver cancer, paving the way for multibillion dollar sales. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA approves Teva's generic of Mylan's EpiPen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's generic version of Mylan NV's life-saving allergy injection, EpiPen, at a time when regulators are looking to lower healthcare costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Weight-loss surgery linked to better job prospects
(Reuters Health) - Obese adults who get surgery to lose weight may have an easier time getting a full-time job than they would without these operations, a French study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Ban on glyphosate would be 'disaster' for Brazil agriculture: minister
A potential ban on the popular herbicide glyphosate in Brazil over concerns it may cause cancer in humans would be a "disaster" for the country's agricultural industry, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Illness at Ohio Chipotle caused by food-borne bacteria: local officials
A type of bacteria found in meat and pre-cooked food left at unsafe temperatures was responsible for sickening hundreds of people who ate at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Ohio, local health officials said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Trump administration proposes production quota cuts for six opioids
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed that U.S. drugmakers cut production quotas of the six most abused opioids by 10 percent next year to fight a nationwide addiction crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA approves first generic of Mylan's EpiPen
U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's generic of Mylan NV's EpiPen, making it the first copycat version of the life-saving allergy treatment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

No handshakes, no helmets in eastern Congo city preparing for Ebola
A mobile blood-testing lab. Hand-washing stations on street corners. Motorcycle taxi drivers forbidden from sharing spare helmets. If Ebola is coming, the city of Goma in eastern Congo wants to be ready. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA approves first generic version of Mylan's EpiPen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's generic version of Mylan NV's EpiPen for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Illness at Ohio Chipotle outlet caused by bacteria: local officials
A recent outbreak of illness at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Ohio that affected hundreds of people was caused by a type of bacteria, local health officials said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news