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Austrian court snuffs out planned e-cigarette restriction

VIENNA Austria’s e-cigarette retailers exhaled in relief after a constitutional court overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most products to officially licensed…

Pediatric brain injury may lead to attention problems

(Reuters Health) – Kids with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have more lapses in attention and longer reaction times than children who suffer trauma to other parts of the body, researchers…

Brain training app could help people with schizophrenia

LONDON A “brain training” iPad game developed in Britain may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at home and at work, researchers said…

Samsung Electronics to create fund for cancer-stricken workers, safety

SEOUL Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts…

New cocktails to test limits of cancer drug pricing

LONDON New cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider…

China to expand medical insurance for major illnesses

BEIJING China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest…

Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

NEW YORK A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since…

Fetal tissue research declining, still important

CHICAGO A political battle over the use of fetal tissue in medical research has been reinvigorated by the release of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood officials. But the controversy comes…

India court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case

MUMBAI An Indian court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator’s report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company…

For seniors, sexual activity is linked to higher quality of life

(Reuters Health) – Older adults who value sexual activity and engage in it have better social lives and psychological well-being, according to a small study in Scotland Older adults said…