China reports outbreak of foot and mouth disease, culls 173 pigs

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Agriculture reported on Tuesday an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in its central province of Henan The O-type strain of the disease was found in five pigs at a slaughter plant, leading to the culling of 173 pigs, the ministry said, adding that the outbreak was under control That is the seventh case of the O-type strain of the disease found in livestock this year Reporting by Muyu…

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Congo starts using experimental Ebola treatment

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment on patients in the east of the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak. The outbreak in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province has now spread to neighboring Ituri province, where a person who was a confirmed case died after returning home from the flare-up’s epicenter…

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Congo starts using experimental mAB114 Ebola treatment

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo has started using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment on patients in the east of the country, the health ministry said, the first time it has been deployed against an active outbreak. The treatment was developed in the United States using the antibodies of the survivor of an Ebola outbreak in the western Congolese city of Kikwit in 1995 and was 100 percent effective when…

"Congo starts using experimental mAB114 Ebola treatment"

E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells

(Reuters Health) – The vapor from e-cigarettes may boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lungs, while disabling key cellular defenders against infection, a new study suggests. In a series of laboratory experiments, researchers found that e-cigarette vapor impairs the activity of cells called macrophages, which normally remove allergens, bacteria and other particles that have made their way into the lungs, according to the report published in Thorax. For the cultured cells, exposure to…

"E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells"

Biogen’s pricey muscle drug Spinraza too costly for Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Biogen’s muscle disease treatment Spinraza has been deemed too expensive for use on Britain’s state-run health service, even after a price discount offered by the U.S. drugmaker. FILE PHOTO: A sign marks a Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo Spinraza, which has a U.S. list price of $750,000 in the first year of treatment, is a big money-spinner in Biogen’s home market. But Britain’s healthcare cost…

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‘Back-and-forth’ conversations with young kids may aid brain development

(Reuters Health) – For decades, doctors have told parents to talk to kids as often as possible to help build speech and language skills. Now, a new study suggests that how parents talk to children may matter just as much as how much time they spend talking. “We found that the most relevant component of children’s language exposure is not the sheer number of words they hear, but the amount of back-and-forth adult-child conversation they…

"‘Back-and-forth’ conversations with young kids may aid brain development"

Doctors may not explain pros, cons of lung cancer screening

(Reuters) – Many U.S. doctors don’t discuss the harms of lung cancer screening or the potential for overdiagnosis in conversations with current and former smokers about whether tests are necessary, two new studies suggest. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that doctors engage patients in shared decision making, with thorough discussions about the risk and benefits of screening, before patients get low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans (a form of high-powered X-ray) to look…

"Doctors may not explain pros, cons of lung cancer screening"

State HPV vaccine laws do not appear to influence teen sex

(Reuters Health) – State laws designed to increase teen vaccination against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) don’t appear to influence adolescents’ choices about whether to become sexually active or use condoms, a U.S. study suggests. HPV is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Most infections don’t cause symptoms and go away on their own, but the virus can cause cancers of the cervix, penis and throat. While the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and…

"State HPV vaccine laws do not appear to influence teen sex"

Heart doctors recommend less screen time, sedentary behavior for kids

(Reuters Health) – When it comes to childhood obesity, sedentary behavior may be the most influential and controllable factor that parents can change, especially through managing screen time, according to a new American Heart Association Science Advisory. In particular, the AHA Obesity Committee recommends removing TVs and other screens from bedrooms and excluding them from meal times, creating daily “device-free” time, encouraging outdoor play and for parents to enforce appropriate screen time by modeling these…

"Heart doctors recommend less screen time, sedentary behavior for kids"

Orchard raises $150 million to expand after GSK gene therapy deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Anglo-American biotech company Orchard Therapeutics has raised a further $150 million to fund its work in gene therapy, building on earlier fundraisings worth more than $140 million. FILE PHOTO: The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) logo. March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Loriene Perera/File Photo The new financing comes four months after its acquisition of a portfolio of GlaxoSmithKline rare disease medicines, including the gene therapy Strimvelis for ADA severe combined immune deficiency (ADA-SCID), or “bubble baby” disease.…

"Orchard raises $150 million to expand after GSK gene therapy deal"