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African swine fever reaches Tianjin as China reports new outbreaks

China's agriculture ministry said on Friday an outbreak of African swine fever had been confirmed in Tianjin, the first to be reported in the municipality located just southeast of Beijing.

China agriculture ministry says 72 pigs dead in new African swine fever outbreak

China's agriculture ministry said on Friday that 72 pigs had died in another outbreak of African swine fever in the country's northeastern province of Liaoning, the fourth reported in the province this week.

Bristol-Myers' Opdivo fails to meet lung cancer study goal

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Friday its blockbuster cancer drug Opdivo failed to meet the main goal in patients with a type of lung cancer, that had relapsed after chemotherapy.

Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials of gene drive technique

Scientists have succeeded in wiping out a population of caged mosquitoes in laboratory experiments using a type of genetic engineering known as a gene drive, which spread a modification blocking female reproduction.

South Africa's Tiger Brands re-opens processing facility after listeria outbreak

Tiger Brands said on Friday it had re-opened a facility that was closed after South Africa's biggest food producer was implicated in the world's largest outbreak of listeria which killed more that 200 people.

C-section births rise rapidly to more than 20 percent worldwide

Rates of caesarean section births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12 to 21 percent worldwide - new research has found, with the life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones.

Abbvie settles Humira patent disputes with Novartis unit

Abbvie Inc said on Thursday it settled all patent disputes with Novartis AG, granting it a non-exclusive license to manufacture and sell a copycat version of blockbuster drug, Humira.

Public seems to know value of clinical trials, but not how they work

(Reuters Health) - Patients, their families and friends may see clinical trial research as important, yet they don't know much about the research process and see trial participation as burdensome, a new study suggests.

Jury clears J&J of liability in New Jersey talc cancer case

A New Jersey jury on Thursday cleared Johnson & Johnson of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company's talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused her cancer.

Asthma during pregnancy tied to postpartum depression risk

(Reuters Health) - Women who have asthma during their pregnancies are more likely to experience postpartum depression after delivery, a large Canadian study suggests.

Doctors move away from using live animals for trauma surgery training

(Reuters Health) - An initiative to replace the use of live animals with a human simulator for trauma surgery practice got training programs in more than 20 countries to make the switch, saving them money in the process, researchers say.

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