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Sarepta shares soar as Duchenne gene therapy shows promise

(Reuters) - Sarepta Therapeutics' shares jumped 60 percent on Tuesday after promising results from a gene therapy study positioned the specialty drugmaker as a potential leader in the market for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) treatments.

Severe obesity rates surging in rural America

(Reuters Health) - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest.

Trump administration puts skimpy health insurance plans in place

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law. 

Botswana notifies WTO of foot and mouth disease outbreak

GENEVA (Reuters) - Botswana notified its trading partners on Tuesday of a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease in cattle in its Ngamiland district and said it had banned meat exports from the area, adding there was no impact on exports to the European Union.

California deals with dementia among aging inmates

STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - California prison inmate Richard Arriola does not remember the digestion problems that drove him to the doctor on a recent morning, or details of the conviction for child molestation that sent him to prison at age 88.

UAE imposes ban on birds from Russia after flu outbreak: WAM

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the import of domestic and wild live birds, as well as their meat and meat products from Russia after a bird flu outbreak, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

Pizza Hut pledges to drop some chicken antibiotics by 2022

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yum Brand Inc's Pizza Hut chain will fully phase out chickens raised with certain antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants by 2022, in the latest push by a major restaurant chain to follow healthier food practices.

Roche to pay $2.4 billion to buy rest of Foundation Medicine

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG has agreed to pay $137 per share to buy the rest of Foundation Medicine (FMI) , a $2.4 billion transaction that values the U.S. genomic profiling group at $5.3 billion, the partners said on Tuesday.

More weight loss tied to less knee pain for obese people

(Reuters Health) - Obese people with knee osteoarthritis, a painful joint disease, may find greater symptom relief when they lose larger amounts of weight than when they shed fewer pounds, a recent study suggests.

After law change, Greek medicinal users hope to enter cannabis business

XYLOKASTRO, Greece (Reuters) - Konstantinos Syros turned to cannabis 26 years ago after a motorcycle accident left him with deformed arm and debilitating pain that conventional treatments could not assuage. For years he had to buy it illegally. Now, he plans to grow it himself.

Roche SMA drug shines in study as costly new therapies advance

ZURICH (Reuters) - A drug being co-developed by Roche to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) helped improve development scores in babies with the genetic disease, a study released on Monday showed, as the race heats up for therapies destined to be among the drug industry's most expensive.

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