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U.S. charges hundreds in healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in healthcare frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation's opioid epidemic in some cases.

Congo completes surveillance of Ebola contacts, no new cases

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo moved closer to declaring its Ebola outbreak over when the health ministry said it had completed surveillance of the last people who came into contact with patients and had not found any new cases.

U.S. charges hundreds in major healthcare fraud, opioid crackdown

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in healthcare frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation's opioid epidemic in some cases.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Merck appeal over Fosamax suits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear Merck & Co's appeal of a lower court's ruling that revived hundreds of lawsuits accusing the company of failing to adequately warn patients of the risks of thigh bone fractures associated with its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

WTO to rule on landmark tobacco case later on Thursday

GENEVA (Reuters) - Ultra-plain packaging for tobacco products might become the norm worldwide if a World Trade Organization panel rules in favor of Australia on Thursday in what is seen as a test case for public health legislation globally.

Depression may be more severe in elderly people

(Reuters Health) - Elderly people with major depressive disorder may be more likely to suffer severe and persistent symptoms than younger adults with the same mental health diagnosis, a Dutch study suggests.

Feeling poorly? The app will see you now

LONDON (Reuters) - London-based start-up Babylon Health said it had put its artificial intelligence technology to the same tests that doctors sit on Wednesday, and showed it could outperform most physicians in assessing symptoms.

Paternal smoking linked to miscarriage risk

(Reuters Health) - Would-be fathers may increase their partner's risk of miscarriage by smoking during the pregnancy, or even during the time leading up to conception, a large study from China suggests.

FDA approves Array BioPharma's melanoma combo treatment

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Wednesday it had approved Array BioPharma Inc's oral combination treatment for use in patients with the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Mistrust may partly explain racial differences in statin use

(Reuters Health) - Black people in the U.S. are less likely than whites to take statins recommended to lower their cholesterol, and mistrust of the drugs and of doctors may partly explain the disparity, a recent study suggests.

GBT's drug meets trial goal, investors skeptical of speedy approval

(Reuters) - Global Blood Therapeutics Inc's sickle cell disease treatment met the main goal of a late-stage trial, but scepticism over whether the drug would get an accelerated review from health regulators pushed its shares down 12 percent.

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