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Dutch police make arrests in contaminated eggs case

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police arrested two suspects on Thursday as part of an investigation into the illegal use of a potentially harmful insecticide in the poultry industry, the Dutch prosecution service said.

Disabled Egyptians make prosthetic limbs for poor

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian development organization that manufactures products for the disabled has opened a workshop in Cairo to make prosthetic limbs for the poor, staffed by workers with disabilities who could otherwise struggle to earn a wage.

U.N. urges action to avert famine threatening 20 million people worldwide

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday called on warring parties in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeastern Nigeria to allow humanitarian aid access and urged countries to donate more money to avert famines threatening 20 million people.

Poor Medicare patients may spend more on hospital stays

Out-of-pocket spending for hospital care by people with Medicare may be higher for those with lower incomes, because they’re more likely than wealthier Medicare beneficiaries to be kept in the hospital without being officially admitted, a new study suggests.

Mexico watchdog finds big pharma faces no competition on some drugs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Major drugmakers including GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Pfizer Inc and Sanofi SA use legal ways to stifle competition in Mexico from generics that are readily available elsewhere, a senior Mexican antitrust official said on Wednesday.

Underground safe haven keeps drug users off street, may save lives

Reuters Health - While policymakers continue to block supervised injection sites in the U.S., a nonprofit secretly opened an unlicensed five-booth facility where visitors shoot up heroin and other drugs under the watchful eye of trained staff.

Risky drinking habits on the rise among U.S. adults: study

(Reuters Health) - High-risk drinking among U.S. adults increased about 30 percent between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, according to a new study that called the proportion Americans developing alcohol dependence a "public health crisis."

Belgian minister blames Dutch for delays in egg safety scare

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian officials waited a month for information from Dutch counterparts after finding traces of an insecticide in eggs, Belgium's farm minister said on Wednesday, adding that the Netherlands had known about contamination since last November.

Trump vows to 'win' against opioid epidemic, offers no new steps

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump promised to win the fight against a U.S. epidemic of opioid drug use, but offered no new steps to do so and did not act on a recommendation made by a presidential commission that he declare a national emergency.

New Hampshire sues Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing practices

(Reuters) - New Hampshire sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, joining several state and local governments in accusing the drugmaker of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that have helped fuel a national opioid addiction epidemic.

Drugmaker Endo cuts full-year sales forecast, shares slide

(Reuters) - Endo International Plc on Tuesday lowered its full-year revenue forecast, saying it expected lower sales of branded drugs to add to the pricing pressure its generic drugs are facing, sending the company's shares to their lowest since 2003.

Few U.S. gun owners get training that includes suicide prevention

Reuters Health - About 61 percent of firearm owners in the U.S. have received formal training in handling their guns, but only one in seven say it included prevention of suicide - the number one cause of gun deaths, according to a new study.