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Opioid settlement talks fail, landmark trial expected Monday

A landmark trial over the U.S. opioid epidemic is on track to begin on Monday after drug companies and local governments failed to agree on a settlement on Friday that had been expected to be valued at around $50 billion.
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FDA approves Alexion's Ultomiris for another rare blood disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc's treatment for a second rare blood disorder, the company said.
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Opioid settlement talks fail, landmark trial expected Monday: attorney

A landmark trial over the U.S. opioid epidemic is on track to begin on Monday after drug companies and local governments failed to agree on a settlement on Friday that had been expected to be valued at up to $50 billion.
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J&J recalls 33,000 bottles of baby powder as FDA finds asbestos in sample

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday it is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after U.S. health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.
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Early life stress tied to increased pain sensitivity later

(Reuters Health) - People who were exposed to more sources of stress in the womb and early childhood may be more sensitive to pain by early adulthood than their counterparts with little or no exposure to stress early on, a recent study suggests.
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Opioid settlement talks falter, landmark trial expected Monday: attorney

A landmark trial stemming from the U.S. opioid epidemic is expected to begin on Monday after last-ditch talks to strike a multibillion-dollar settlement faltered on Friday, according to an attorney for local governments.
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Secondhand smoke may damage children's eyes

(Reuters Health) - Secondhand smoke may damage children's eyes and possibly lead to problems with sight later in life, new findings suggest.
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Early menopause tied to heart problems before 60

(Reuters Health) - Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on, a recent study suggests.
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Current and ex smokers may lower lung cancer risk with exercise

(Reuters Health) - Men who are current or former smokers may be less likely to develop or die from lung cancer when they're more physically fit, a recent study suggests.
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Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about essential oils

Essential oils are the concentrated extracts of potentially beneficial plants, such as lavender and peppermint. Learn more about their uses and the possible risks here.
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Medical News Today: Vegan keto diet: Everything you need to know

A vegan keto diet is a very low carbohydrate diet that does not include any animal products. Learn about the possible benefits and risks and what to eat on a vegan keto diet here.
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Ebola concentrated in Congo mining area, still an emergency: WHO

Ebola is infecting and killing people in a gold mining area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and the "complex and dangerous" outbreak still constitutes an international emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
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FDA alerts consumers of J&J baby powder recall, says it stands by tests

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said on Friday that it found that a sample from one lot of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder contained chrysotile fibers, a type of asbestos, confirming test results the company disclosed earlier on Friday.
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Medical News Today: What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound image of the heart. It can help doctors diagnose a range of heart problems. This article discusses the uses, types, and results of echocardiograms.
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Opioids settlement could be near, lawyer for local governments says

Executives from several large healthcare companies and state attorneys general were progressing toward what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar deal to resolve the sprawling litigation over the U.S. opioid epidemic, a plaintiffs' lawyer said on Fri...
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Opioid litigation talks can 'get a long way' to deal: lawyer

Executives from several large healthcare companies and state attorneys general were progressing toward what is expected to be a multibillion dollar deal to resolve the sprawling litigation over the U.S. opioid epidemic, a plaintiffs' lawyer said Friday...
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Medical News Today: What can cause a hard lump in the anus?

Various health conditions and infections can cause a hard lump to appear on the anus. The accompanying symptoms may range from mild to severe. Learn about the causes of a hard anus and some potential treatments here.
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U.S. vehicle crashes involving child pedestrians declining

(Reuters Health) - Although motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for U.S. children, rates of crash fatalities involving kids on bikes or on foot continue to decline each year, researchers say.
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Johnson & Johnson to recall some baby powder as FDA finds traces of asbestos

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday it is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after U.S. health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.
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Johnson & Johnson says baby powder investigation could take 30 days or more

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday its investigation into asbestos contamination of its baby powder could take 30 days or more, after announcing it planned to recall about 33,000 bottles of the product in the United States.
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Medical News Today: Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking

New research finds that frequent low alcohol consumption, such as one daily drink, has a higher risk of atrial fibrillation than infrequent binge drinking.
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African swine fever outbreak has cut Vietnam hog herd by 20%: USDA undersecretary

African swine fever has killed off about 20% of Vietnam's hog herd, and it is not clear whether the outbreak has been contained, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ted McKinney said on Friday.
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Sanofi pulls Zantac from U.S. and Canada after carcinogen found

Sanofi SA said on Friday it would recall popular heartburn medicine Zantac in the United States and Canada, after the medicines were linked with a probable cancer-causing impurity.
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Medical News Today: 'Gut itch' may explain pain in IBS

New research discovers that receptors in the nervous system that cause itchy skin also reside in the gut, explaining chronic IBS pain.
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WHO hails 'triumph' as Merck's Ebola vaccine gets European green light

The world's first Ebola vaccine was recommended for approval by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "triumph for public health" that would save many lives.
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J&J to recall some baby powder as FDA finds traces of asbestos

Johnson & Johnson said on Friday it is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the U.S. health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.
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Medical News Today: Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans

In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans.
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WHO hails 'triumph' as Merck's Ebola vaccine gets EU green light

The world's first Ebola vaccine was approved by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "triumph for public health" that would save many lives.
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Merck gets EU panel nod for Ebola vaccine

Merck & Co's vaccine for the Ebola virus received recommendation of approval from a panel of the European drugs regulator on Friday, taking it a step closer in becoming the first vaccine to be officially sanctioned for the rare and deadly disease.
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J&J's depression drug Spravato wins European panel vote

Johnson & Johnson's nasal spray for depression won recommendation for approval from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel, the regulatory body said on Friday.
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Judge's unorthodox approach has huge opioid settlement within reach

From the start of the sprawling U.S. litigation seeking to hold drugmakers and distributors liable for the country's opioid epidemic, Judge Dan Polster has made one thing clear: he never wanted a trial.
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Judge's unorthodox approach has huge opioid settlement within reach

From the start of the sprawling U.S. litigation seeking to hold drugmakers and distributors liable for the country's opioid epidemic, Judge Dan Polster has made one thing clear: he never wanted a trial.
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Medical News Today: Some keto diets may exacerbate skin inflammation

A study in mouse models with psoriasis-like skin inflammation suggests that ketogenic diets with a very high fat content may exacerbate skin problems.
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China seeks to boost certified elderly caregivers by 2 million

China has scrapped a requirement of formal education for people seeking to be certified as caregivers for the elderly in a bid to increase their number by 2 million and plug a supply shortage.
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Philippines detects African swine fever infections in two more provinces

The highly contagious and deadly African swine fever virus has spread to two more provinces in the Philippines, the world's 10th-largest pork consumer, officials said on Friday.
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Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo

Arlette Kavugho was discharged from an Ebola ward in eastern Congo in March, but her troubles did not end there.
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Medical News Today: Parkinson's: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells

A new study suggests an innovative strategy for tackling an enzyme that is typically affected in Parkinson's disease. The findings show promise in neurons.
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Medical News Today: What to know about serotonin syndrome

Serotonin syndrome occurs when a person takes one or more drugs that cause a buildup of serotonin in the body. Find out the causes, symptoms, and treatments of serotonin syndrome here.
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Judge summons drug company CEOs to discuss opioid settlement: source

The chief executives of the three largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker have been summoned to appear before a federal judge to discuss a proposal to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging they fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, a person familiar w...
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Medical News Today: How does taurine affect the body?

Taurine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. People can also get taurine from supplements and other dietary sources. This article outlines the health benefits and potential risks of taurine.