Category Archives: Health

AstraZeneca in talks to buy cancer drugmaker Acerta for $5 billion – WSJ

(Reuters) – British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc is in advanced talks to buy privately held cancer drug developer Acerta Pharma BV for more than $5 billion (£3.3 billion), the Wall Street…

Dutch ban vaping for under 18s, say more harmful than thought

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Electronic cigarettes & water pipes will be banned in the Netherlands for children under 18 from next year, the government said, after finding that the devices…

High court to consider Army Corps' decision on wetlands

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider the rights of businesses & landowners that the Army Corps of Engineers has determined are subject to the federal Clean Water Act….

FDA approves Genentech drug for advanced lung cancer

The Food & Drug Administration on Friday conditionally approved an experimental Genentech drug for patients with a certain type of lung cancer who have few other options. Alecensa won accelerated…

Sierra Leone legalizes abortion, will save 'countless' lives – activists

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women with unwanted pregnancies in Sierra Leone will no longer have to undergo unsafe abortions after parliament passed a law which activists…

VW says only small group to blame for emissions scandal

By Andreas Cremer WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Volkswagen said on Thursday only a small group of employees was responsible for cheating U.S. diesel emissions tests & there was no indication…

Big Tobacco takes government to court over plain packaging

By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) – Big Tobacco took the British government to court on Thursday, arguing that the UK's "plain packaging" law, which will take effect next May, unlawfully…

Fewer teens are driving drunk, national survey says

NEW YORK (AP) — A government survey shows fewer teens & young adults say they drive drunk. Last year, nearly 7 percent said they'd recently driven while under the influence…

New York's police commissioner fights for 9/11 health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Police Department commissioner, flanked by police & firefighters, pushed Congress on Thursday to keep dollars flowing to a health program for first responders &…

Food safety debacles taint high-flying Chipotle

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the US burrito chain which surged in popularity on its natural & fresh ingredients, is facing tough questions after a pair of high-profile food safety debacles. The…