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AstraZeneca sells drug for $70 million as divestment drive continues

LONDON AstraZeneca has sold rights to a non-core drug to a unit of Kyowa Hakko Kirin for an upfront payment of $70 million, a day after getting $500 million for…

Sleep deprivation increases hunger in similar way to marijuana

Sleep deprivation increases hunger in similar way to marijuana

After a bad night’s sleep, you may find you’re more likely to be reaching for unhealthy snack foods in a bid to curb the munchies. And according to a new…

Zika ‘might cause’ paralysis syndrome

Zika ‘might cause’ paralysis syndrome

Image copyright AP New research gives the first evidence that Zika virus might cause a severe neurological disorder called Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome. The study was carried out using blood samples from…

NHS to help create ‘healthy new towns’

NHS to help create ‘healthy new towns’

Image copyright Garden City Collection Image caption Letchworth was the first garden city, planned to combine the best of town and country living Ten new housing developments in England are…

Care homes ‘could solve NHS bed-blocking’

Care homes ‘could solve NHS bed-blocking’

Image copyright Thinkstock The NHS in England should pay care homes to look after patients trapped in hospitals because of the delayed discharges problem, a report suggests. Every day thousands…

Lebanon struggles to help Syrian refugees with mental health problems

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Syrian refugee Fatmeh fled to safety in Lebanon in 2011 after militants raided the family home, beat her up and tried to rape her. But…

FDA calls for strongest warning on Essure birth control device

Bayer AG’s Essure birth control implant should carry the strongest safety warning label, U.S. regulators said on Monday, following thousands of complaints about the device. The U.S. Food and Drug…

Patients get mixed reactions from docs over mail-ordered genetic tests

(Reuters Health) – Patients who order direct-to-consumer genetic tests report mixed experiences when they take the results to their doctors, a new study found. About a quarter of people who…

Scientists find Zika increases risk of rare neurological illness

LONDON, French scientists say they have proved a link between the Zika virus and a nerve syndrome called Guillain-Barre, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise…