Health

‘Superbugs’ that can overpower antibiotics are spreading: WHO

(Reuters) – The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the U.N.’s World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report. It is now a major threat to public health and “the implications will be devastating”. “We have a big problem […]

Exercising in the heat? Cool down for better performance

(Reuters Health) – Using cold water, ice baths or ice vests before or during a workout in the heat helps athletes perform better, according to a new review. One way to think about it, said study author Dr. Thijs M H Eijsvogels, would be that cooling techniques may reduce the amount of energy the body needs to use to stay cool, leaving more energy for the exercise itself. “More blood will be available for oxygen […]

Are nail salon UV lamps a skin cancer risk?

(Reuters Health) – The ultraviolet lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish deliver the same hazardous rays as tanning beds, but it would take many manicures to actually cause damage, suggests a new study. After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, researchers calculated that it would take between eight and 208 visits – depending on the machine – to damage skin cells in a way that raises cancer risk. […]

Exclusive: Sanofi explores $7 billion-plus drug divestiture – sources

  (Reuters) – The French pharmaceutical company is working with Evercore Partners Inc and has contacted potential buyers in the past few months, the people said on Tuesday, asking not to be named because the matter is private. The drugs for sale include treatments for high blood pressure and cardio-metabolic diseases and have roughly $3.7 billion in combined annual revenue, one of the people said. The portfolio could fetch up to two times that amount, […]

Possible cure for Mers-CoV in the offing?

Could there soon be a possible antidote to battle the dreaded Mers-CoV? Doctors and scientists worldwide are hopeful after research teams from China and the United States have reportedly stumbled upon anti bodies that can possibly be the initial step toward creating a remedy to battle the disease. This according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which reported the findings presented by Harvard’s Dana-Fabrer Cancer Institue and the University of North […]

U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising

(Reuters) – The U.S.  proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal, which would subject the $2 billion industry to federal regulation for the first time, is not as restrictive as some companies had feared and will likely take years to become fully effective. Bonnie Herzog, an analyst […]

Lilly eyes emerging markets in Novartis animal-health deal

  (Reuters) – The purchase of Novartis’ animal-health business will strengthen Eli Lilly’s hand in emerging markets, tapping into growing demand there for protein-rich diets and household treatments for pets, top executives of the U.S. company said. As part of a multibillion-dollar revamp announced earlier on Tuesday, Swiss drugmaker Novartis said it would sell its animal-health arm to Indianapolis-based Lilly for about $5.4 billion, while also swapping assets with GlaxoSmithKline. Lilly said the deal would […]

U.S. top court asks if Coca-Cola juice label is misleading

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:34pm EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled a lawyer for Coca-Cola Co on Monday, asking why a juice label touting the presence of pomegranates and blueberries should not be considered misleading if the drink contained just a trace of the fruits. Coca-Cola argued that it could not be sued over the labeling of one of its Minute Maid juice products because the label complies with […]

Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), adding up to 36 infections in five days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 231 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. Meanwhile, another cluster of cases […]

Lack of insurance tied to more emergency surgery: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:01pm EDT (Reuters Health) – The type of insurance people have is tied to their risk of needing emergency aorta surgery, according to a new study. Insurance, or lack thereof, is also linked to how well those people fare after surgery. Compared to people with private insurance, people without insurance were more likely to need emergency surgery on their aorta, the largest artery that supplies […]