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U.S. asks drug maker Endo to withdraw opioid amid abuse crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the United States battles a growing opioid abuse crisis, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday asked Endo International Plc to withdraw from the market its long-lasting opioid painkiller, Opana ER, sending Endo's shares down more than 12 percent.

Syrian polio outbreak hits global effort to eradicate virus

GENEVA (Reuters) - A polio outbreak has been confirmed in an area of Syria partly held by Islamic State, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Teen drunkenness linked to an early grave

(Reuters Health) - People who get drunk for the first time before their fifteenth birthday are more likely to die prematurely than people who don't drink excessively or at least avoid getting drunk until they're older, a U.S. study suggests.

Yemen cholera cases pass the 100,000 mark: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Actelion antibiotic misses mark on one study, hits it on another

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss biotechnology company Actelion on Thursday presented mixed trial results for its antibiotic hopeful cadazolid, saying it met the main goal of one late-stage study but failed to hit the target in a second, identical study.

South Korea to fine Novartis unit over unfair drug promotions

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's antitrust regulator said it would fine Novartis' local unit 500 million won ($444,089) for alleged unfair promotions, in another setback for the Swiss drugmaker that was fined earlier this year over kickbacks to doctors.

'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos

VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Dozens of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbors to ban the controversial procedure since 2015.

Autos need devices to curb child heatstroke deaths: U.S. lawmakers

(Reuters) - Automakers could help prevent accidental deaths of small children left in hot cars by installing devices to remind drivers to check their back seats for passengers before getting out, three U.S. lawmakers sponsoring a safety measure said on Wednesday.

Texas enacts new abortion restrictions that include tissue disposal

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas governor has signed into law new abortion restrictions that include requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal tissue through burial or cremation, despite a block on the regulation already imposed by a U.S. court.