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Japan Aug PMI survey shows services expand at fastest pace in almost two years

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Activity in Japan's services sector expanded at the fastest pace in almost two years in August, a survey showed on Thursday, as companies turned more optimistic on business conditions in a sign the economy may be bouncing back. The Markit/Nikkei Japan Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI)...(more) 

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Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

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By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide. The act of taking a...(more) 

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Psychiatrist for Colorado movie gunman thought mental hold might 'inflame' him

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A University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated convicted theater gunman James Holmes decided against placing him on a mental health hold after he expressed homicidal thoughts because it might "inflame him," police documents showed on Wednesday. The disclosure came in notes a university police officer wrote...(more) 

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Diabetes drug may help in leukaemia

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A drug used to treat diabetes could help in the fight against blood cancer, according to research in the journal Nature. 

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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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