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Johnson & Johnson’s flu drug succeeds in mid-stage trial

Diversified healthcare company Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday its experimental flu drug significantly reduced the presence of the virus in patients with a type of influenza in a mid-stage study. With its antiviral drug, pimodivir, J&J aims to help treat influenza patients who have developed resistance to existing antiviral …

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Polio outbreak in Syria poses vaccination dilemma

Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak.   Two children have been paralyzed in the last …

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Roche CEO still optimistic on new breast cancer drug

Roche is convinced a new breast cancer drug will have a significant role in treating the disease despite recent trial results that disappointed analysts, the Swiss drugmaker’s chief executive said in an interview published on Sunday.   Trial results released last week showed mixing Perjeta with Roche’s established Herceptin treatment …

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Tanzanian child victims of witchcraft attacks get new limbs

Four Tanzanian children with albinism who lost limbs, fingers, and teeth in superstition-driven attacks made their way home this week after receiving prosthetics – and a dose of confidence – in the United States.   The children, ages 7, 14, 15 and 16, were treated free of charge at Shriners …

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Drinking in pregnancy tied to subtle changes in babies’ faces

Women who drink even a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy may be more likely than other mothers to have babies with slight facial abnormalities that have been linked to developmental problems, a recent study suggests. When researchers examined data from facial images for 415 one-year-old children, they found subtle …

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Polio outbreak in Syria poses vaccination dilemma for WHO

Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak.   Two children have been paralyzed in the last …

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Singapore confirms two new Zika virus cases

Singapore on Friday confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, bringing the total number of reported cases in the city-state this year to eight.   The viral disease carried by mosquitoes has spread to more than 60 countries since an outbreak was identified in Brazil …

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‘Tumor agnostic’ cancer drugs seen boosting wider genetic tests

New cancer drugs that target genetic mutations regardless of where the tumor is growing should expand the practice of testing patients for such glitches, oncology experts say. Such “tumor-agnostic” drugs from companies including Merck & Co and Loxo Oncology may help overcome misgivings by health insurers, who have balked at …

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