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U.N. reports 120 unexplained deaths in northeast Congo

GENEVA (Reuters) - Authorities in northeastern Congo have reported the unexplained deaths of more than 120 internally displaced people, 93 of them under 15 years old, in an area bordering Uganda in March and April, a U.N. humanitarian report said on Friday.

WHO hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem Congo outbreak

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is preparing for the worst case scenario in an Ebola outbreak in a remote area of Congo, including spread to a major town, WHO Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama said on Friday.

AstraZeneca's drug Fasenra flops in COPD trial

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's said its first respiratory biologic medicine Fasenra failed to meet its target in a clinical trial treating patients with moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Trump plan for drug prices seen largely sparing industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to deliver a long-anticipated speech on Friday on curbing prescription drug costs, health industry insiders expect little in the way of policies that would hurt the drugmakers he once accused of "getting away with murder."

DoJ investigates Mylan on trade compliance for certain products

(Reuters) - Pharmaceuticals company Mylan NV said on Thursday that one of its subsidiary received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding its compliance with the Trades Agreement Act (TAA) for certain products, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Women lacking in trials for many heart drugs

(Reuters Health) - Pivotal clinical trials used to win U.S. marketing approval for many new heart drugs didn't include enough women to clearly assess gender differences in how the medications work, a recent study suggests.

Just living close to livestock might lower allergy risk

(Reuters Health) - Exposure to farms seems to reduce the risk of allergy sensitivity, even among adults, and living close to a livestock farm in particular might curb common allergies, a Dutch study suggests.

Congo confirms first death in latest Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Thursday the first confirmed death in a new outbreak of Ebola virus and said 11 other people were now confirmed to be infected, including three medical staff.

In Europe, Mylan's rivals try to plug EpiPen shortages

LONDON (Reuters) - European makers of emergency allergy treatments are stepping up production of alternative life-saving adrenaline shots to try to fill intermittent shortages of Mylan's market-leading EpiPen injection.

First reported deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in Jan: WHO

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo facing an Ebola epidemic as long ago as December and the first deaths were reported in January, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, as four new suspected cases surfaced.