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FDA approves Bristol-Myers drug combination for skin cancer

Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its combination of two drugs to treat a form of skin cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company said on…

Germany’s Merck sells rights to Kuvan back to BioMarin Pharma

FRANKFURT Germany’s Merck KGaA said it agreed to return to BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc the rights to the Kuvan drug against rare genetic disorder PKU as it seeks to focus on…

Australia detains U.S. anti-abortion activist

SYDNEY Australia said it has detained an U.S. anti-abortion activist after he attempted to enter the country without a valid visa on Thursday, just days after permission for him travel…

Human reproduction, health broadly damaged by toxic chemicals: report

Exposure to toxic chemicals in food, water and air is linked to millions of deaths, and costs billions of dollars every year, according to a report published Thursday by an…

Car smoking ban comes into force

Car smoking ban comes into force

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Smoking will be banned if under-18s are in the car A law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has come into force in England and…

‘Good bacteria’ key to stopping asthma

‘Good bacteria’ key to stopping asthma

Image copyright Science Photo Library Being exposed to “good bacteria” early in life could prevent asthma developing, say Canadian scientists. The team, reporting in Science Translational Medicine, were analysing the…

Bid to repeal California school vaccination law may falter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children may falter due to a shortfall in signatures needed to put…

Heart effects of saturated fats may depend on overall diet

(Reuters Health) – While experts continue to debate the health effects of saturated fat, a new U.S. study suggests its link to heart disease depends on what else a person…

U.S. military ‘golden hour’ rule saved lives

(Reuters Health) – A mandate to get wounded U.S. soldiers to appropriate medical care within one hour of injury improved survival on the battlefield, according to a new study. The…

Low-nicotine cigarettes may reduce smoking, encourage quitting

(Reuters Health) – A large test of cigarettes with reduced nicotine finds that they help smokers cut down on the number of smokes they consume each day, at least in…