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  • Fat Could Be the New Smoking in Terms of Life Expectancy

    Fat Could Be the New Smoking in Terms of Life ExpectancyWhen you're thinking about loading up on that second helping of apple pie, you might want to remember the results of a just-released study from McGill University. It showed that obesity can reduce your lifespan by eight years. The study examined the records of 3,993 people logged in a survey called the National Health and Nutrition Examination...

  • FDA approves Bristol-Myer's skin cancer drug

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an accelerated approval to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's drug for an advanced form of skin cancer. The drug, Opdivo, inhibits the action of the protein PD-1, which prevents the body's immune system from attacking melanoma tumors. The FDA's approval comes well before its scheduled review date of March 30. (Reporting by Anjali Rao Koppala in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

  • Hong Kong halts some U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S

    By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - Hong Kong said Monday it has suspended imports of certain U.S. poultry and poultry products because strains of avian influenza have been identified in the United States, marking the second foreign market to issue such a ban. Two separate virus strains were identified in Whatcom County, Washington, including H5N2 in northern pintail ducks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement last week. This same strain has killed thousands of birds on two Canadian farms in British Columbia. ...

  • Raspy-voiced British soul singer Joe Cocker dies at 70

    British singer Joe Cocker speaks after receiving the trophy for Category 'lifetime achievement award music' during 48th Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin(Reuters) - Raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," has died, his agent said on Monday. He was 70. The death was confirmed by Marshall Arts, the company of Cocker's agent, Barrie Marshall, in England, which gave no other details. Cocker was born in Sheffield, England, and worked as a gas fitter while pursuing a singing career, covering Motown songs in pubs in northern England in the 1960s. ...

  • Alstom says will aim for best practices after record bribery settlement

    PARIS (Reuters) - Alstom said on Monday it would strive for the best compliance procedures and had stopped hiring external sales consultants after it agreed to pay $772 million to settle global bribery charges with the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Express Scripts drops Gilead hep C drugs for cheaper AbbVie rival

    By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - The largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager said on Monday it has lined up a cheaper price for AbbVie Inc's newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc's treatments after trying for nearly a year to win a deeper discount. Express Scripts' move reignited investor concerns that pharmaceutical companies will have to bow to pricing pressure from U.S. insurers and lawmakers over novel medications whose cost can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars for some diseases. Gilead shares dropped 13 percent, or about $14. ...

  • Germany introduces bird flu test for ducks, geese

    Four ducks sit on the fence of a farm in Kaufbeuren, southern Germany on December 21, 2014Germany said it would start testing ducks and geese for bird flu prior to slaughter, after two cases of the highly infectious H5N8 strain were detected in a week. The emergency procedure, which will take effect Tuesday, requires all duck and geese farmers across Germany to have their animals tested for bird flu before being transported, the agriculture ministry said. "The animals can only be transported and slaughtered in the case of a negative test result," the ministry said in a written statement. Unlike turkeys and chickens, ducks and geese display no symptoms when they are infected with H5N8.

  • FDA approves BioCryst's intravenous flu drug

    By Natalie Grover (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc's single-dose flu drug, in what the company says is the agency's first ever approval for an intravenous drug to fight influenza. The drug is intended for adults with acute uncomplicated influenza who are unable to swallow pills such as Gilead Sciences Inc's Tamiflu or inhale GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Relenza because of upper respiratory problems. ...

  • Ebola-infected Italian doctor 'recovering'

    A picture taken on November 25, 2014 shows the main entrance of the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute in RomeAn Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in west Africa is recovering but is still in an isolation unit, the specialist clinic in Rome treating him said Monday. The Spallanzani institute said on Twitter that the 50-year-old medic -- who has not been named -- was in a "good condition" and was "recovering in isolation".

  • Runners Should Never Have to Pay for Their Race Photos

    Runners Should Never Have to Pay for Their Race PhotosYou know what I don't like about the "big race" experience? The never-ending chain of emails from photo vendors teasing you with expensive photos of your accomplishment. After paying hundreds of dollars in race fees and travel expenses, it feels wrong to be pestered by vendors looking for another dollar while holding a runner's image hostage....