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Democrats stall Senate work to protest healthcare secrecy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said they plan to slow Senate business to a crawl starting Monday evening to protest behind-the-scenes Republican work on repealing former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare.

Occasional smokers who vape smoke more cigarettes

(Reuters Health) - Tobacco companies have been selling electronic cigarettes as a way to wean smokers off paper cigarettes, but a new study suggests the strategy could backfire.

Seattle Genetics halts late-stage study of leukemia drug

(Reuters) - Seattle Genetics Inc said it would halt a late-stage study of its drug to treat a type of leukemia in older patients following a "higher rate" of deaths in patients on the drug compared with those on a placebo.

Scientists find new biomarker to guide cancer immunotherapy

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists said on Monday they had pinpointed a particular type of immune system cell that could predict more precisely if cancer patients are likely to respond to modern immunotherapy medicines.

Clovis's ovarian cancer drug set for label expansion, shares soar

(Reuters) - Positive late-stage data on Clovis Oncology Inc's ovarian cancer drug, Rubraca, could help widen the use of the therapy and differentiate it from rivals, the U.S. biotech said on Monday, sending its shares soaring 48 percent.

Israel's Gamida Cell raises $40 million for bone marrow trial

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Gamida Cell, which is developing cellular therapies to treat cancer and rare genetic diseases, said on Monday it raised $40 million to finance the advanced trial of its product NiCord to facilitate bone marrow transplants.

Nonprescription prenatal vitamins may be more potent

(Reuters Health) - Prescription prenatal vitamins may have lower doses of key ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium than nonprescription alternatives, a recent study suggests.

More liver cancer deaths could be averted in the U.S

(Reuters Health) - - Death rates from liver cancer in the U.S. have doubled since the 1980s and continue to rise, largely due to risk factors like hepatitis that should be the focus of better treatment and prevention efforts, researchers say.

Exercise may stave off postpartum depression

(Reuters Health) - - Physical activity during and after pregnancy improves psychological wellbeing and may protect against postpartum depression, according to a new analysis of existing research.