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WHO warns hep-A outbreak may be exacerbated by gay pride season

GENEVA (Reuters) - An outbreak of hepatitis A has spread over the past year among gay men in Europe, the United States and Chile, and upcoming gay pride events and a vaccine shortage could worsen the situation, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Menopause symptoms may be worse for obese women

(Reuters Health) - Obese women may suffer more severe menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats than their slimmer peers, a Brazilian study suggests.

Novartis touts new T-cell therapy data in race for FDA approval

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis on Wednesday touted new data from its T-cell therapy CTL019, saying it is on a par with results of experimental molecules from Kite Pharma and Juno Therapeutics that also target aggressive blood cancers.

AbbVie's rheumatoid arthritis drug succeeds in late-stage trial

(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc said on Wednesday late-stage data showed its rheumatoid arthritis drug performed better than a placebo in reducing symptoms in moderate-to-severe patients who have not adequately responded to standard treatments.

Blood and bone marrow therapies grab spotlight at world's top cancer meeting

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Promising new data on blood and bone marrow cancer therapies that re-engineer immune system cells are convincing more doctors of the validity of the approach, according to Reuters interviews at the world's biggest annual oncology meeting. Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell, or CAR-T, therapies extract immune system T-cells from an individual patient, alter their DNA to better spot and kill cancer cells, and infuse them back into the same patient.

Georgia investigating spate of opioid painkiller overdoses

(Reuters) - Dozens of drug overdoses, including four fatal ones, in a two-day period in Georgia appear to be linked to potentially lethal substances in opioid painkillers sold on the street, state public health and law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

Chronic pain tied to faster memory decline in old age

(Reuters Health) - Older people who suffer from persistent pain may experience a faster deterioration of memory and a greater risk of dementia as they age compared to peers who are not in chronic pain, a recent study suggests.

Possible ruling soon on Illinois Medicaid payment priority

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge could determine as soon as Tuesday whether Illinois' obligation to make payments to Medicaid providers under a federal consent decree takes precedence over state-mandated payments for debt service, pensions and other priorities.

Anthem to leave Ohio's Obamacare insurance market in 2018

(Reuters) - Anthem Inc, which has urged Republican lawmakers to commit to paying government subsidies for the Obamacare individual health insurance system, on Tuesday announced it would exit most of the Ohio market next year.