Cancer drug movie strikes nerve in China, becomes box-office hit

BEIJING (Reuters) – A low-budget Chinese movie about a leukaemia patient who turns to smuggling cheaper cancer drugs from India has struck a chord with Internet users and even the country’s leaders, spotlighting national anxieties about unaffordable hospital care. Director Wen Muye poses for a picture with cast members and crew of the movie Dying To Survive at the 21st Shanghai […]

Head of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl almost killed his son

The head of the top public health agency in the U.S. says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. “For me, it’s personal. I almost lost one of my children from it,” Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. told […]

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Bulgarian farmers protest against mass livestock slaughter

SOFIA (Reuters) – Hundreds of farmers from around Bulgaria rallied in the capital Sofia on Wednesday against the government-ordered mass slaughter of livestock following the first outbreak in the European Union of the highly contagious Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR). A protester burns wool during a rally against the government-ordered mass slaughter of sheep and goats following the first outbreak […]

A team of Toronto researchers examined nearly 300 suicide notes. Here’s what they found

Powerlessness, battling with mental illness and self-blame are common themes found in suicide notes, according to a study from Canadian researchers that recommends health-care professionals target those issues in treatment and prevention programs.  The research, published this week in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, aimed to find patterns of thinking that contribute to suicide and make recommendations to target those patterns […]

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Israel grants $33 million to GE, Medtronic, Change Healthcare to boost R&D

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Three multinational companies have received an Israeli government grant of 120 million shekels ($33 million) aimed at boosting the presence of large companies and establishing Israel as a hub in biotechnology and medicine. FILE PHOTO: Israel’s Economy Minister Eli Cohen works at his office in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 22, 2017. Picture taken […]

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Hikma raising injectable opioids output to help ease shortage at U.S. hospitals

LONDON (Reuters) – London-listed pharmaceutical group Hikma (HIK.L) said on Wednesday it was increasing its supply of hydromorphone to U.S. hospitals to help ease a shortage of injectable opioids used to treat patients. Hospital beds are seen in a file photo. REUTERS/Lee Celano Injectable opioid painkillers, which hospitals use to manage pain after operations and in terminal illness, have been […]

Ottawa sought advice from kids to help pick cannabis warning symbol

Health Canada tapped the opinions of children as young as five years old as it attempted to decide what warning symbol would work best in mandatory labelling of cannabis products when pot is legalized later this year. The purpose of the symbol is to “prevent accidental ingestion of products containing cannabis, in particular by children and youth,” the January report to […]

Pfizer-Lilly pain drug meets late-stage trial goals

(Reuters) – An experimental osteoarthritis drug developed by Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co achieved its main goal of lowering pain in a late stage trial, the companies said on Wednesday, potentially offering a safer alternative to opioids. FILE PHOTO: The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo Opioid […]

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(Reuters) – Abbott Laboratories raised its full-year earnings forecast and reported a quarterly profit that beat analysts’ estimates, powered by higher sales across its businesses. The diversified healthcare company on Wednesday reported an 11.3 percent rise in second-quarter medical device sales to $2.89 billion, topping analysts’ average estimate of $2.66 billion. The unit – the largest contributor to total sales […]

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Canada will soon find out whether the deadly opioid crisis is having an impact on how long people are expected to live on average. The Public Health Agency of Canada says it will start factoring opioid-related overdoses into its average life expectancy calculations, a trend the U.S. has been watching for years now. Life expectancy is one way to measure […]

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