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Pilot program helps low-income preschoolers learn to like veggies

(Reuters Health) – In a pilot study, the Harvest for Healthy Kids programs helped preschoolers in Head Start centers be willing to try and to like foods like butternut squash,…

Struggles with sleep linked to heart disease risk

(Reuters Health) – Adults who get too much or too little sleep may have the beginnings of “hardening” of the arteries, which can be an early sign of heart disease,…

Actelion in talks with ZS Pharma amid surge in biotech deal-making

ZURICH Swiss drugmaker Actelion Ltd has initiated talks that could lead to a bid for U.S. biotech company ZS Pharma Inc, marking the latest bout of deal-making in a healthcare…

Merck KGaA to try again to get approval for MS pill cladribine

FRANKFURT Germany’s Merck KGaA is to seek approval from Europe’s regulators for the use of its cladribine tablet to treat multiple sclerosis, in a fresh attempt to enter a multi-billion…

Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In trendy, hipster London or New York, it’s all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or…

Health officials baffled by rise of ‘rabbit fever’ across U.S. West

U.S. health officials said on Thursday they were puzzled by a surge in the number of people who have contracted a rare bacterial disease usually found in rabbits that has…

Drugmaker Actelion in ‘strategic transaction’ talks with ZS Pharma

Switzerland-based drugmaker Actelion Ltd (ATLN.VX) said on Thursday it has initiated preliminary discussions with U.S. biotech company ZS Pharma Inc (ZSPH.O). Bloomberg had reported earlier in the day that Actelion…

FDA panel recommends not approving Purdue’s opioid painkiller

A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday voted against approving Purdue Pharma’s opioid painkiller over concerns of overdosing. The recommendation follows comments from…

French court confirms Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning

LYON/PARIS, France A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, who says he suffered neurological problems…

NY attorney general clamps down on adulterated devil’s claw

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has asked 13 dietary supplement makers and distributors to halt the sale of “adulterated” products that claim to be derived from the devil’s…