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California inmate dies of natural causes after 26 years on death row

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A California prison inmate who spent 26 years on death row for murder has died of natural causes, the fourth so far this year in a state that hasn't carried out an execution since 2006. Ronald Harold Seaton, 69, died last week at Marin General Hospital...(more) 

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Special Report: Renowned U.S. drug-rehab program spun out of control

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By Kristina Cooke and Robin Respaut NEW YORK (Reuters) - Martin Szczupak had already been in and out of rehab when, for a misdemeanor possession charge, a judge sent the 21-year-old heroin addict to a century-old estate in the wooded hills of upstate New York for...(more) 

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Pennsylvania judge rejects parents' move to stop gender change surgery

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A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday rejected an effort by the parents of a 48-year-old transgender woman to block her gender reassignment surgery after they said she is incompetent. Christine Kitzler's surgery had been scheduled to take place in New Hope, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, but...(more) 

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Some leukemia patients see durable results from Novartis therapy

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Some leukemia patients who had exhausted other treatment options have no trace of the disease more than four years after being treated with an experimental type of therapy called CAR T cells in a small pilot study at the University of Pennsylvania. The 14-patient study, which...(more) 

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Sixty-one infants die at Indian hospital in just two weeks

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The deaths highlight the challenges faced in India's underfunded public health system, where successive governments have failed to address the acute shortage of staff and clinics. A criminal probe was under way into the conduct of three staff at the Shishu Bhawan, or Children's Home, in...(more) 

Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but "serious" problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care.......(more) 

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Amgen cannot stop imminent sale of Neupogen copycat: U.S. appeals court

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By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for Novartis AG to launch the first biosimilar drug in the United States as it declined on Wednesday to stop the sale of the company's copycat version of Amgen Inc's blockbuster...(more) 

Regeneron scientists discover key to excess bone growth in rare disease

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists at U.S. biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals researching a rare genetic disease that traps sufferers in a second skeleton have discovered a treatment that shuts down excessive bone growth in mice engineered to develop the illness.  

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Congo bans documentary about renowned rape trauma surgeon

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Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday banned a documentary film about a doctor who treats war rape victims, leading the film makers to say the government was trying to silence debate about sexual violence. Media Minister Lambert Mende gave no reason for the decision to ban...(more) 

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Study supports watch-and-wait approach for many prostate cancers

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By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - In a long-term study of older men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer and followed with so-called active surveillance, less than a third of cases eventually needed treatment, according to a new study. About one half of one percent of the...(more) 

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Biogen patent survives challenge by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass

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In another setback for prominent hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and his campaign to eliminate some drug patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday declined to hold a trial on the validity of a patent on Biogen Inc's multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera. The Biogen...(more) 

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Gilead combo HIV pill matches Truvada efficacy but safer in trial

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(Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Wednesday its experimental fixed-dose combination treatment for HIV proved as effective in a late-stage study as the company's widely used Truvada combo pill but with significantly less loss of bone mineral density and kidney function. The company has already...(more) 

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