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U.S. joins whistleblower case against Insys over kickbacks

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has joined whistleblower litigation accusing Insys Therapeutics Inc of trying to generate more profit by paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe powerful opioid medications.

J&J defends itself in trial over baby powder asbestos claims

(Reuters) - A trial for a lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder was responsible for the death of a woman due to her exposure to cancer-causing asbestos began in South Carolina on Monday in the latest case against the healthcare conglomerate and a supplier over their talc-based products.

Parents see PG-13 gun violence as inappropriate for younger teens

(Reuters Health) - Gun violence in PG-13 movies may be more palatable to parents when it's seen as justified within the context of the plot, but a new study suggests that many parents would like to shield kids from these scenes until they're older.

U.S. kids' exposure to second-hand pot smoke may be rising

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of American parents are using marijuana when they still have children living at home, according to a new study that suggests cannabis may be complicating efforts to limit kids’ exposure to second-hand smoke.

Kenyan doctors angered by move to hire Cuban doctors

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government is pushing ahead with a plan to hire 100 Cuban doctors despite opposition from a doctors' union that says the money could be used to employ local physicians instead.

France extends cheese recall after E.coli cases in children

PARIS (Reuters) - All Reblochon cheese coming from a factory in the French Alps should be removed from the market after young children were found to have been infected by a E.coli bacteria linked to the raw milk based product, the French agriculture ministry said on Monday.

U.S. to consider expanding Medicare drug price negotiation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering expanding Medicare's ability to negotiate the cost of drugs by giving private payers a role in setting the price of medicines administered in hospitals and doctors' offices, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday.

WHO calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

GENEVA (Reuters) - The world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023, the World Health Organization said on Monday, unveiling a plan that it said would prevent 500,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease.

Congo, U.N. deploy specialists to tackle Ebola epidemic

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. agencies began deploying emergency teams of specialists over the weekend to try to prevent the spread of an Ebola epidemic suspected to have infected more than 30 people, they said on Sunday.

Trump assails high drug prices, avoids direct hit on industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday blasted drugmakers and healthcare "middlemen" for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as his administration avoided aggressive direct measures to cut prices.

U.S. investigates bloodstream infections for link to heparin syringes

SHANGHAI/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Health agencies are investigating an outbreak of bloodstream infections in children from four U.S. states that may be linked to heparin and saline syringes made by Becton Dickinson and Co, the agencies told Reuters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 14 cases of bloodstream infections in children caused by the same strain of the Serratia marcescens bacterium, the agency's lead investigator on the outbreak said in a telephone interview.

Marriage may be good for catching melanoma early

(Reuters Health) - Married people may be more likely to spot a deadly skin cancer sooner than their counterparts who aren't part of a couple, a U.S. study of melanoma patients suggests.

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