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Trump tells lawmakers he expects a deal 'very quickly' on healthcare

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 6:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expects lawmakers will be able to reach a deal on healthcare.
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Brain implant lets paralyzed man feed himself using his thoughts

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 5:54pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A paralyzed man in Cleveland fed himself mashed potatoes for the first time in eight years, aided by a computer-brain interface that reads his thoughts and sends signals to move muscles in his arm, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
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U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 5:11pm

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis. The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers.

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U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 5:11pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis.
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Vertex cystic fibrosis combination succeeds in late-stage trials

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 5:00pm
(Reuters) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday its Kalydeco cystic fibrosis treatment given with an experimental drug demonstrated significant improvements in lung function in a pair of late-stage trials the company plans to use to seek approval of the combination therapy.
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Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 4:45pm

A woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested while police investigate whether he acted in self-defense under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

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Photos of the day - March 28, 2017

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 4:42pm

An Indian girl wearing a traditional clothe takes part in the procession to celebrate the Gudi Padwa, Maharashtrian’s New Year in Mumbai, India; Dust and smoke billows out from a residential house which was blown up during a gunfight between militants and Indian soldiers in Durbagh village of Chadoora, 15 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir; and, Tourists view cherry blossoms at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China.

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Uber diversity: low on women, like other tech companies

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 4:34pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions. In that regard, the company is similar to other Silicon Valley giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple.

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Universal celiac testing lacks evidence - U.S. panel

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 3:58pm
(Reuters Health) - There is not enough evidence to encourage or discourage doctors from testing all their patients for celiac disease, according to a U.S. government-backed panel.
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Delirium in critically ill children common, may go undetected

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 3:35pm
(Reuters Health) - About a quarter of children admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) will develop delirium, according to the first large international study to assess how common the condition is in critically ill children.
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Female Honor Student Allegedly Plotted School Shooting: Cops

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 3:15pm

Nichole Cevario's father told officials the teen posed a threat to student safety.

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Rep. Schiff on the Russia investigation, Rep. Nunes, former AG Sally Yeats, and more

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 2:34pm

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric talks with Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Rep. Devin Nunes's revelations to the press and White House staff, and more.

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Verizon wins another wireless speed test thanks to its last real advantage

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 1:16pm

Verizon has long had a reputation for the best service in America, with prices to match. Things are changing these days: other networks are catching up, and Verizon even has a reasonably-priced unlimited plan, which is something I thought I'd never live to see.

But some things never change, and the latest Tom's Guide network test of all the cell carriers shows why Verizon is likely to remain in first place.

The Tom's Guide test used so-called drive testing to compare average download speeds across six major US cities and nine wireless carriers. That means the testers took identical smartphones (in this case, a Galaxy S7) on each network to different locations within each city, ran side-by-side download tests, and compared the results.

Those results had Verizon comfortably in first place, and it sounds like one particular feature of Verizon's network put it there: indoor performance.

"We split the locations we tested between indoor and outdoor locations to see how being indoors affected carrier performance. Generally speaking, speeds slowed down for most carriers when we tested at indoor locations — dramatically, in some cases. The lone exception was Verizon, whose average download speeds improved during indoor testing in four of our six test cities."

It makes sense that performance takes a hit when you go indoors. Mobile data relies on your cellphone talking to a cell tower that's normally at least a couple hundred yards away. The more stuff the cell signal has to go through, the weaker the signal will be, and the slower things will download.

But not all cell signals are equal. 4G radios work on tens of different "bands," specific frequencies that each wireless carrier owns the right to use. Lower frequencies are much better at penetrating obstacles (like buildings), and also have superior range. Verizon owns more low-frequency spectrum than other wireless carriers (particularly T-Mobile and Sprint), and has owned it for longer, allowing it to build out the cell towers to actually use the lower frequency. This explains Verizon's place on top of the Tom's Guide ranking.

Times are a-changing, however. T-Mobile purchased some low-frequency 700MHz spectrum two years ago, and the government is currently in the process of auctioning off old TV spectrum in the 600MHz range to the wireless carriers. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all expected to spend billions of dollars arming themselves with spectrum for the coming years, and a big upset there could fundamentally shake up the status quo.


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Hong Kong lifts ban on Brazil meat imports, EU urges action

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 1:01pm
BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - Hong Kong said on Tuesday it has lifted a ban on the import of Brazilian meat, removing one of the last blanket bans by a major importer, but strong words from an EU commissioner visiting Brazil suggests the scandal over health standards is not over yet.
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DHA supplements during pregnancy don't raise kids' IQ

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 12:59pm
(Reuters Health) - Children of women who took DHA supplements during pregnancy are no smarter than peers whose mothers didn’t take the supplements, a recent study concludes.
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FDA approves Regeneron, Sanofi $37,000 per year eczema drug

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 12:14pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA's drug for moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a product widely seen as the most important future growth driver for the two companies.
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Central European leaders vow not to be blackmailed by EU on migration

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 12:06pm

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - The leaders of four Central European countries vowed on Tuesday not to be blackmailed by threats of financial punishment from Brussels if they don't join in the relocation of thousands of Middle Eastern and African refugees. Austria also said it will seek an exemption from having to accept more asylum-seekers, arguing that it has already taken in its fair share during Europe's migration crisis. The prime ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) -- Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic -- said they have a sovereign right to decide how to deal with the migrants who have flooded into the continent mainly from the war in Syria.

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In drought-stricken Somaliland, families try to survive on black tea

Reuters Health News - March 28, 2017 - 12:05pm
BURAO, Somalia (Reuters) - In a makeshift camp beside a disused airfield in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland, 32-year old Nima Mohamed sits next to an open wood fire, boiling a kettle of black tea.
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4th Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victim Kills Self

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 11:54am

The hedge fund executive was pronounced dead at the scene in New York City.

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South Korea officials: Bones found near ferry not of victims

Pharma news - March 28, 2017 - 11:30am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first government announcement Tuesday was startling: Salvage crews had found bones near the wreckage of the Sewol ferry, which sank in 2014 and killed 304 people.

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