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Roche hemophilia drug wins fast-track FDA designation

ZURICH Roche said on Friday it had won breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an experimental hemophilia medicine, aiming for a piece of the $11…

Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds

LONDON Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t,…

FDA approves longer-term use of AstraZeneca blood thinner

AstraZeneca Plc on Thursday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new dose of its blood thinner Brilinta intended for longer-term use in patients with a history of…

Chipotle critic turns up heat with ‘Chubby Chipotle’ ad

LOS ANGELES Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, known for its indulgent burritos, is battling a “Chubby Chipotle” ad campaign from the food industry group whose “Nanny” ads helped sink New York…

Pentagon launches lab review, widens moratorium after anthrax find

WASHINGTON The Pentagon has launched a safety review at nine U.S. military labs and expanded a moratorium on the production and shipment of deadly toxins after anthrax contamination was discovered…

Pentagon to halt operations at nine labs handling viruses, anthrax: USA Today

WASHINGTON The Pentagon is set to announce later on Thursday that it will halt operations at nine labs that handle viruses and bacteria such as anthrax, USA Today reported, citing…

U.S. government to extend healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender people

NEW YORK The U.S. government said on Thursday it will extend its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally,…

Students at Washington’s Howard University complain about mold, rats

WASHINGTON Officials at Howard University on Thursday met with students who have been complaining about rats, mold, high tuition and other issues at the school, one of the oldest historically…

Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk?

(Reuters Health) – Devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops can reflect ultraviolet light from the sun and may indirectly increase users’ exposure to the cancer-causing wavelengths, according to a new…

Liberia declared Ebola-free for second time

ABIDJAN Liberia was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for a second time on Thursday and entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence…