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Alexandria REIT lures biotech investors with lab space, not drugs

NEW YORK The booming biotech sector is putting a premium on lab space, and fund managers are buying in. One of their favorite targets is Pasadena, California-based Alexandria Real Estate…

Novartis, Juno face production hurdles for new blood cancer drugs

NEW YORK As drugmakers including Novartis, Juno Therapeutics and Kite Pharma race to launch what may be the most effective treatments ever seen for leukemia and other blood cancers, they…

Learning disability care beds cut

Learning disability care beds cut

Image copyright PA Image caption The plan was sparked by the “culture of cruelty” identified at Winterbourne View Hospital The number of hospital beds for people with learning disabilities and…

Ambulance ‘failure’ over NHS 111 calls

Ambulance ‘failure’ over NHS 111 calls

Image copyright SECAMB Image caption Secamb gave itself an extra 10 minutes to deal with some less serious but life-threatening calls, Monitor found Ambulance managers could be forced to step…

White House issues report on improving biosafety at federal labs

CHICAGO The White House issued a 187-page report on Thursday designed to improve biosafety following a series of safety breaches at federal laboratories charged with handling dangerous pathogens such as…

Hormel Foods issues limited U.S. recall of Skippy peanut butter

NEW YORK Hormel Foods Corp said on Thursday that it was voluntarily recalling a limited number of jars of its Skippy peanut butter in seven U.S. states because they might…

Glowing terms often used for new cancer drugs in health news

(Reuters Health) – Health news stories often use overly optimistic terms to describe new cancer drugs, according to a new study. “Each year it seems, you read about a new…

Sleep apnea tied to gout flares

(Reuters Health) – Sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing gout and experiencing flare-ups, according to a new study. The intense pain and swelling of a joint, often a…

Popular cholesterol drugs may make flu vaccine less effective

(Reuters Health) – Millions of people who take statins to lower cholesterol may not get maximum protection from flu vaccines, two new studies suggest. Both studies looked at the effectiveness…

Surgeons’ leadership skills may matter for team performance

(Reuters Health) – When it comes to leadership skills, some surgeons may be better at coordinating specific tasks than at sharing information and encouraging cooperation, a small analysis suggests. This…