Reuters Health Report: Key marijuana drug approval looms as cannabis goes mainstream

Key marijuana drug approval looms as cannabis goes mainstream

LONDON (Reuters) - Evidence that cannabis can ease epilepsy and other conditions is building as a British company counts down to what would be the first U.S. government approval for a prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant.

Israel's UroGen to start mid-stage bladder cancer trial

RAANANA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's UroGen Pharma plans to begin a mid-stage trial of its treatment for bladder cancer patients in August, after positive interim results last month from an advanced trial of a treatment for upper urinary tract cancer.

Head of new U.S. corporate health plan cites surgery as biggest cost

San Diego (Reuters) - Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care.

Novo's pioneering diabetes pill beats Victoza, Januvia in tests

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk's experimental diabetes pill, which it hopes will transform the diabetes market, has proved superior to both Merck & Co's Januvia and its own best-selling injectable treatment Victoza in tests.

U.S. medical device firm electroCore IPO price set at $15 per share

(Reuters) - U.S. medical device maker electroCore Llc's initial public offering is expected to price at $15 per share, Chief Executive Officer Frank Amato told Reuters on Thursday.

Lifestyle changes can help obese women improve fertility

(Reuters Health) - Although obesity can significantly decrease a woman's ability to get pregnant, losing weight through diet and exercise can improve her odds, according to a research review.

Russia's Cherkizovo says Bird flu detected at its poultry farm -

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian meat producer Cherkizovo said on Thursday bird flu was detected at its poultry farm in Penza region.

Close sibling bonds may protect against harm of family conflict

(Reuters Health) - Strong sibling ties can help buffer adolescents from the stress of witnessing parents' battles and unresolved conflicts, a small study suggests.

Oscar to expand individual health insurance to more states

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar Health, which began selling individual health insurance in New York for the 2014 launch of the Obamacare exchanges, on Thursday announced plans to expand into Florida, Michigan and Arizona next year, even as the Trump administration seeks to undercut that marketplace with cheaper insurance products.

Portable music players tied to hearing loss in kids

Reuters Health - Children who listen to music through headphones may be at greater risk of noise-related hearing loss, a Dutch study suggests.

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