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3 hrs ago | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Coke, J&J join big companies behind new employee wellness push

Leaders of some of the biggest U.S. corporations, from Coca-Cola Co to Johnson & Johnson, unveiled a campaign on Tuesday to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, urging their peers to embrace wellness programs to improve employee health. The newly-formed group, called The CEO Council on Health and Innovation, said it came together "to lead the U.S. business community" in improving employee and community health and reducing costs.

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Related Topix: Food, J and J Snack Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Beverages, CocaCola, Johnson and Johnson, Medicine, Johnson and Johnson Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Industry, Banking, Bank of America, Financial Services

7 hrs ago | Thewestmorland Gazette

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has killed around 53% of those infected

The UK volunteer will be given the candidate inoculation in a safety trial being conducted by experts at the University of Oxford. The testing is part of a series of safety trials of potential vaccines to combat the virus, which could offer hope to the thousands facing the illness in West Africa where an outbreak has killed around 53% of those infected.

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Related Topix: GlaxoSmithKline

7 hrs ago | KNDO

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

16, 2014. . President Barack Obama, left, talks during a meeting with Emory University doctors and healthcare professionals at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Fulton County, GA, Atlanta, GA, Emory University, Epidemic, Natural Disasters

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Windsor Beacon

CDC: Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down

The numbers of deaths due to overdoses of prescription painkillers continue to rise but have slowed, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Atlanta-based health agency reports that deaths from such drugs climbed by 18% each year from 1999 through 2006, but rose by only 3% from 2007 through 2011.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Drugs

Park Record

Endo Int'l makes $1.4B offer for Auxilium Pharma

Endo International PLC says it is making an unsolicited offer for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals that values Auxilium at $28.10 per share. The deal is worth $1.41 billion in cash and stock, based on Auxilium's shares outstanding.

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Related Topix: Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Chesterbrook, PA, Park City, UT

The York Daily Record

Severe respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania together have 130 lab-confirmed cases. All are children.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Family, Kids

Business Journal

How cost pressures under Obamacare can be a boon to the biotech industry

President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act has spurred plenty of attacks on the pharmaceutical industry, but it has also created opportunities, according to Flagship Ventures partner Harry Wilcox. The recent launches of drugs with high up-front costs have revived the longstanding debate over how much new medicines ought to cost.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Pharmaceuticals, Venture Capital, Emerging Technology

The Republic

Lilly, AstraZeneca team up on Alzheimer's drug

Eli Lilly and Co. plans to pay up to $500 million to fellow drugmaker AstraZeneca as part of a collaboration to develop and sell a potential Alzheimer's disease treatment that is in the early stages of clinical testing.

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Related Topix: Alzheimer's, Health, Eli Lilly, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

Nanaimo Daily News

Allergan agrees to move forward with special shareholders meeting in December

Allergan and Pershing Square have agreed on at least one step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker's board. Allergan will hold its special shareholders meeting as planned on Dec. 18, while Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for control of the drugmaker.

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KLIQ-FM Hastings

CDC: Number of Deaths Linked to Prescription Painkillers Has Quadrupled Since 1999

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new figures on Tuesday showing that the number of deaths caused by opioid prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, are significantly higher than in years past. According to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, the number of deaths caused by prescription painkillers has climbed from 4,263 in 1999 to almost 19,000 in 2011.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

Mon Sep 15, 2014

KOTA-TV Rapid City

Obama to assign 3,000 military personnel to fight Ebola

President Barack Obama embarks on a two-day U.S. road trip Tuesday to asses and amplify his government's response to two unconnected overseas emergencies -- the Ebola outbreak in Africa and Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria. On Tuesday, Obama will announce significant new U.S. efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic, which has moved quickly across the western part of Africa and sent governments there scrambling to respond.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

WTVY Dothan

AL. Children Test Positive For Respiratory Virus

State health officials say several cases of a mysterious respiratory illness impacting children in 10 states have been confirmed in Alabama. Officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health said Monday that four out of six specimens from Mobile County that were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested positive for enterovirus D68.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Healthcare Industry

South Wales Guardian

Girls have been urged to have the HPV jab

Almost 90 lives could be saved every year if almost all teenage girls were given the HPV jab, experts have said. If 96% of girls decided to have the vaccine, which protects against the human papilloma virus, then 198 cervical cancer cases and 87 deaths could be prevented every year, according to researchers from GlaxoSmithKline .

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Health, Cervical Cancer, GlaxoSmithKline

Evening Sun

APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges anti-trust and state law violations by Dublin-based Actavis PLC and New York subsidiary Forest Laboratories, which Actavis recently acquired for $28 billion.

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Related Topix: Alzheimer's, Healthcare Law, Law, Forest Laboratories, Medicine, Forest Labs, Healthcare Industry

NewsOK.com

APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges anti-trust and state law violations by Dublin-based Actavis PLC and New York subsidiary Forest Laboratories, which Actavis recently acquired for $28 billion.

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Related Topix: Forest Laboratories, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Forest Labs

Business Journal

Penn, Novartis building facility to engineer cells that hunt and destroy cancer

Penn's Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics will be built on top of the eight-story Jordan Medical Education Center and south pavilion extension of Penn's Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. The University of Pennsylvania , as part of its partnership with Novartis , has unveiled plans to build what it's describing as a "first-of-its-kind" Center for Advanced Cellular Therapeutics on its University City campus.

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Related Topix: Novartis, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, University of Pennsylvania

CBS Atlanta

Gilead to license generic version of Sovaldi

Coney Island's historic B&B Carousell is among several vintage attractions still thrilling visitors at the famous amusement park today. Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Gilead Sciences, Healthcare Industry, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane, Weather

ABC News

Gilead to License Generic Version of Sovaldi

Gilead Sciences says it has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries. Gilead says the India-based drugmakers will make a generic version of Sovaldi, also known as sofosbuvir, and another investigational drug for distribution in 91 countries.

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Related Topix: Gilead Sciences, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Startups

Seeking Alpha

Celgene Looks Unstoppable

Since mid-2012, Celgene Corporation's stock has tripled. Nonetheless, I submit the shares still represent a highly positive, asymmetric risk-reward proposal.

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Related Topix: Celgene, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Cancer, Health, Gilead Sciences, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Biogen Idec

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Iol.co.za

Woolworths to halve own-label GM goods

WOOLWORTHS aimed to reduce by 50 percent the number of its private-label products that contained genetically modified ingredients, the food and fashion retailer said last week. It would do this within 12 months.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Science / Technology

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