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Roche’s Alecensa latest beneficiary of faster China drug approvals

Roche's Alecensa lung cancer medicine became the latest beneficiary of China's efforts to speed up approvals in the world's second-biggest drug market, which is gaining importance for global pharmaceuticals companies' growth plans.
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Third African swine fever outbreak hits China’s hog herd

China's Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly-contagious disease threatened to spread through the world's biggest pig herd.
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China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal

China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision.
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Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47

Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 47 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
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Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills

(Reuters Health) - People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills' effectiveness, a recent study suggests.
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Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain

(Reuters Health) - Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests.
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Japan’s Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)

(This version of the August 16th story corrects to change drug price in headline, first bullet, paragraphs 1 and 3 after company corrects it to $16,970 from $15,970)
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Dementia patients may benefit from music therapy

(Reuters Health) - Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests.
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Transgender veterans don’t have worse health

(Reuters Health) - Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent U.S. study suggests.
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Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 44

Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 44 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday.