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16 Aug 2017

End of U.S. payments to health insurers would cause premiums to rise: CBO

By Yasmeen Abutaleb (Reuters) | 15 August 2017 WASHINGTON – Health insurance premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20 percent higher in 2018 if U.S. […]

15 Aug 2017

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) | 14 August 2017 NEW YORK  – Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution […]

3 Aug 2017

Protein risk for millions from rising CO2 emissions – study

By Alex Whiting (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 3 August 2017 ROME – About 150 million people risk a significant loss of protein if carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, leaving children in […]

19 Jul 2017

Global health price tag could be $371 bln a year by 2030, WHO says

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 17 July 2017 LONDON – Meeting life-saving global health targets by 2030 could require investments by donors and national governments of up to $58 per […]

17 Jul 2017

China approves two more GMO crops for import, DuPont disappointed

 By Dominique Patton (Reuters) | 17 July 2017 BEIJING- China has approved two more genetically modified (GMO) crops for import, the Ministry of Agriculture said, the second such move in […]

12 Jul 2017

Cholera may accelerate famine in Yemen as resources shift – UN

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 11 July 2017 GENEVA – Yemen’s growing cholera epidemic may accelerate looming famine, as limited resources are shifted away from malnutrition and other programmes to […]

11 Jul 2017

Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s holy river succumbs to pollution

By Danish Siddiqui (Reuters) | 10 July 2017 DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, INDIA – India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into […]

7 Jul 2017

Robot wars: knee surgery marks new battleground for companies

By Paul Sandle and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 6 July 2017 LONDON – The world’s top medical technology companies are turning to robots to help with complex knee surgery, promising quicker procedures and better results in […]

7 Jul 2017

Dirty water use puts nearly a billion at risk – study

By Umberto Bacchi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 5 July 2017 ROME – Untreated wastewater from cities is used to irrigate 50 percent more farmland worldwide than previously thought, leaving some 885 million […]

5 Jul 2017

With colour-coded warnings, Indian city gets serious about dirty air

By Rina Chandran (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 5 July 2017 AHMEDABAD, India, A plan to combat extreme heat in India’s Ahmedabad city has been so effective in raising awareness and […]

27 Jun 2017

Technology can accelerate universal healthcare in Africa – WHO

Every year, 11 million Africans fall into poverty due to high out-of-pocket payments for healthcare; technology could change that.   By Inna Lazareva | 27 June 2017 YAOUNDE, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – […]

19 Jun 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Philanthropy: the “golden key” to unlock China’s next chapter of modernization?

19 June 2017 By Anna-Marie Harling, Director, Thought Leadership – Philanthropy, UBS Wealth Management, and Christina Tung, Head Philanthropy Advisory, Asia Pacific, UBS Wealth Management Having just spent time with […]

16 Jun 2017

Sanofi chief says U.S. Supreme Court ruling on biologics has “immediate impact”

By Matthias Blamont (Reuters) | 16 June 2017 PARIS, The U.S Supreme Court decision to speed access to copycat biologics drugs on Monday was expected but has an “immediate impact”, Sanofi Chief Executive […]

15 Jun 2017

Federal judge orders more environmental analysis of Dakota pipeline

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 15 June 2017 WASHINGTON, A federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday, opening up […]

15 Jun 2017

Google bets on European biotech drugs, backs new fund

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 15 June 2017 LONDON, Google is betting on the potential of European biotech companies to deliver life-changing drugs by investing alongside Swiss company Novartis (NOVN.S) in a new […]

13 Jun 2017

Global energy demand stumbles for third year: BP

Ron Bousso | 13 June 2017 (Reuters) Global energy demand continued its sluggish rise last year as growth in Chinese consumption fell to its lowest in nearly two decades, while […]

12 Jun 2017

Roche CEO still optimistic on new breast cancer drug

By Kirsti Knolle (Reuters) | 11 June 2017 Roche is convinced a new breast cancer drug will have a significant role in treating the disease despite recent trial results that […]

12 Jun 2017

Supreme Court speeds copycat biologic drugs to market

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) | 12 June 2017 WASHINGTON, The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cut the time it will take for copycat versions of biologic drugs to get to the market in […]

9 Jun 2017

‘Tumor agnostic’ cancer drugs seen boosting wider genetic tests

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 9 June 2017 New cancer drugs that target genetic mutations regardless of where the tumor is growing should expand the practice of testing patients for […]

9 Jun 2017

Zika affects 5 percent of babies with confirmed infections: CDC

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 8 June 2017 The first report on how the Zika virus affected U.S. territories showed that 5 percent of women with confirmed infections had babies with birth defects, […]

8 Jun 2017

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

By Peter Szekely (Reuters) | 7 June 2017 Automakers could help prevent accidental deaths of small children left in hot cars by installing devices to remind drivers to check their back […]

8 Jun 2017

South Korea to fine Novartis unit over unfair drug promotions

By Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) | 8 June 2017 South Korea’s antitrust regulator said it would fine Novartis’ local unit 500 million won ($444,089) for alleged unfair promotions, in another setback […]

8 Jun 2017

Top EU court bars Dextrose tablet maker’s glucose health claims

By Elizabeth Miles (Reuters) | 08 June 2017 The European Union’s top court barred Germany’s Dextro Energy on Thursday from making claims about the health benefits of glucose contained in […]

2 Jun 2017

World pledges to save ‘Mother Earth’ despite Trump’s snub to climate pact

By Thomas Escritt and Philip Blenkinsop | 2 June 2017 (Reuters) China and Europe pledged on Friday to unite to save what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called “our Mother Earth”, […]

5 May 2017

Drying waterways leave a parched Nepal struggling for water

By K.R. Pant | May 5 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) It is 4 a.m. in this village in central Nepal and already 10 people are up, rushing to jump onto a […]

5 May 2017

In threat to food security, Bangladesh moves to burn grain for fuel

By Syful Islam | May 5 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Bangladesh plans to begin turning some of the grain it produces into ethanol to make its fuel greener – but economists […]

19 Apr 2017

Brazil moves to provide sewage services to one of Rio’s biggest favelas

By Chris Arsenault | April 19 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Brazilian authorities have taken the first step towards providing basic sanitation to more than 80,000 people in one of Rio de […]

19 Apr 2017

Fight against neglected tropical diseases needs Big Pharma push – WHO

By Gareth Jones | April 19 2017 (Reuters) Progress has been made in tackling diseases that blind, disable and disfigure millions of poor in tropical areas each year, but drug […]

19 Apr 2017

INTERVIEW-World must aid famine-threatened Nigeria to avoid ‘mass exodus’

By Kieran Guilbert | April 19 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The devastation wrought by Boko Haram, which has left millions of people in northeast Nigeria on the brink of famine, could […]

17 Apr 2017

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | April 17 2017 (Reuters) More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and the deadly epidemic should double […]

13 Apr 2017

As Kenya farmers chop maize for cattle feed, food security worries grow

By Caroline Wambui | April 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Dressed in a green hat and black mud boots, Gilbert Gitonga is busy tending his 3-acre (1.2-hectare) farm in Kenya’s […]

7 Apr 2017

Protect small farms to meet growing global food needs, study says

By Chris Arsenault | April 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As the world moves towards large-scale plantation agriculture, it’s crucial poor countries protect small farmers to meet the food needs of […]

29 Mar 2017

Polio vaccine campaign targets 100 mln African children to stop Nigeria outbreak spreading

By Kieran Guilbert | March 29 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Health workers are preparing to vaccinate more than 116 million children against polio across West and Central Africa in a drive […]

23 Mar 2017

Skin powered by the sun? Energy-saving prosthetic limbs get better feeling

By J.D. Capelouto | March 23 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Amputees with prosthetic limbs may soon have much a better sense of touch, temperature and texture, thanks to the energy-saving power […]

21 Mar 2017

West African urban polls find clean water top priority

By Nellie Peyton | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Rapid urbanisation has caused so many problems in the Senegalese town of Tivaouane-Peulh that the government and aid providers don’t know […]

21 Mar 2017

INTERVIEW – UN pushes ‘smart crops’ as rice alternative to tackle hunger in Asia

By Beh Lih Yi | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Asia needs to make extra efforts to defeat hunger after progress has slowed in the last five years, including promoting […]

21 Mar 2017

Breathe easy: nose shape was influenced by local climate

By Will Dunham | March 21 2017 (Reuters) The human nose, in all its glorious forms, is one of our most distinctive characteristics, whether big, little, broad, narrow or somewhere […]

21 Mar 2017

Climate change threatens to cut harvests in Uganda’s hungriest region

By Daniel Wesangula | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Higher temperatures and more erratic rainfall caused by climate change threaten to cut harvests in the poorest and hungriest region of […]

14 Mar 2017

Nepal banishes old vehicles from Kathmandu’s streets to fight smog

By Gopal Sharma | March 14 2017 (Reuters) Nepal has forced 2,500 old vehicles off roads in its capital city of Kathmandu, part of a fight against alarming air pollution […]

6 Mar 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year -WHO

By Kate Kelland | March 6 2017 (Reuters) A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand […]

3 Mar 2017

Afghan capital’s thirsty residents dig deep to combat drought, overuse

By Sayed Hassib | March 3 2017 (Reuters) A growing population is straining water supplies in Afghanistan’s capital, forcing those who can afford it to dig unregulated wells ever deeper […]

24 Feb 2017

Latin America’s cities sweat over health risks from urban heat

By Sophie Hares | February 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Rio de Janeiro is sweltering in blazing temperatures as it gears up for its spectacular carnival later this month, but in […]

23 Feb 2017

Pope appeals for urgent food aid to help famine-stricken South Sudan

By Philip Pullella | February 23 2017 (Reuters) Pope Francis called on Wednesday for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being “condemned to death” […]

20 Feb 2017

Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year – scientists

By Alex Whiting | February 20 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children’s lives and increases […]

17 Feb 2017

China, India account for half world’s pollution deaths in 2015 – study

By David Stanway | February 17 2017 (Reuters) China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, a study […]

16 Feb 2017

Nowhere to go: Nigeria’s crowded camps fuel disease fears from open defecation

By Kieran Guilbert | February 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) E very time she needs to go to the toilet, Shadima Irima recalls the moment Boko Haram militants stormed her home […]

16 Feb 2017

From Zika to dengue, a warming Europe faces new disease threats

By Laurie Goering | February 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Europe is facing a growing risk of new disease outbreaks – which may prove difficult to quickly detect and stop – […]

2 Feb 2017

West African push to clean up toxic fuel hits snags

By Libby George and Alexis Akwagyiram | January 2 2017 (Reuters) A West African drive to clean up toxic fuels that campaigners say pose a health hazard to millions has run […]

27 Jan 2017

“Halve food waste by 2030”: EU lawmakers urge member states

By Umberto Bacchi | January 27 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) European Union countries were urged on Tuesday to halve food waste by 2030 but lawmakers stopped short of making the target […]

26 Jan 2017

World faces ‘unprecedented’ hunger as famine threatens four countries: study

By Katy Migiro | January 26 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Global hunger levels are at their highest for decades with Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen facing the risk of famine […]

24 Jan 2017

World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic -WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | January 24 2017 (Reuters) The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry […]

24 Jan 2017

FACTBOX – Food waste in the European Union

By Astrid Zweynert | January 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) European legislators are due to vote on far-reaching regulations on Tuesday aimed at cutting back on food waste in the European […]

23 Jan 2017

G20 farm ministers seek to protect precious water supplies

By Michael Hogan | January 23 2017 (Reuters) Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of […]

23 Jan 2017

Paris rolls out color-code stickers for cars to curb pollution

By Lucien Libert | January 23 2017 (Reuters) The French capital on Monday launched a new color-coded sticker scheme to restrict car use in its latest attempt to curb air pollution […]

20 Jan 2017

U.S. cities move to curb lead poisoning following Reuters report

By Joshua Schneyer and M.B. Pell | January 20 2017 (Reuters) Cities and towns across the United States are taking action after a Reuters report identified thousands of communities where children […]

9 Jan 2017

Kenyan farmers develop taste for insects as drought hurts crops

By Kagondu Njagi | January 9 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The knee-high dome on Ikung’u Kathimbu’s farm in Weru village, eastern Kenya, shelters an unusual crop: a termite swarm. Kathimbu walks […]

5 Jan 2017

FEATURE-Central African Republic Christians, Muslims unite to heal trauma

By Zack Baddorf | January 5 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Blindfolds secured tightly, more than a dozen men and women are led by their partners around leafy plants and trees […]

5 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why reducing food waste is important and attainable.

By Michel Landel, CEO, Sodexo | 5 January 2017 Across the globe, more than one-third of food that is grown and produced for human consumption ends up lost or wasted. And […]

3 Jan 2017

U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

By Tom Polansek | January 3 2017 (Reuters) U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on […]

3 Jan 2017

Qatar World Cup construction workers to get ‘cooling’ hats

By Tom Finn | January 3 2017 (Reuters) Migrant workers building soccer stadiums in Qatar’s desert heat are to be given ‘cooling’ hard hats to reduce their body temperature and […]

3 Jan 2017

Smog returns, but Beijing says skies are getting cleaner

By David Stanway | January 3 2017 (Reuters) The Chinese capital was on the second-highest orange smog alert in the depth of winter on Tuesday but city officials said the air […]

3 Jan 2017

Four million in Damascus without mains water after springs targeted: U.N.

By Lisa Barrington | January 3 2017 (Reuters) Four million people in Damascus have been without safe drinking water supplies for more than a week after springs outside the Syrian capital […]

29 Dec 2016

Madrid to cut traffic volumes in half as pollution rises

By Maria Vega | December 28 2016 (Reuters) Madrid said on Wednesday all privately-owned cars with even-numbered registration plates will be banned from the Spanish capital’s roads on Thursday to curb […]

21 Dec 2016

Chinese cities choked by dangerous smog for fifth day; factories, schools closed

By David Stanway | December 21 2016 (Reuters) Northern China was shrouded in almost record pollution for a fifth day on Wednesday, disrupting flights, traffic and shipping, and closing factories and schools, […]

19 Dec 2016

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times

By Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo | December 19 2016 (Reuters) Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 […]

19 Dec 2016

Texas city lifts tap water ban after chemical spill fear

By Laila Kearney | December 19 2016 (Reuters) Tap water in Corpus Christi is safe to drink, the mayor of the Texas city said on Sunday, lifting a four-day ban after a […]

15 Dec 2016

Beijing issues red alert for severely high air pollution

By Christian Shepherd | December 15 2016 (Reuters) Beijing’s city government has issued a red alert for severely high levels of air pollution in the Chinese capital, running for five days from […]

13 Dec 2016

Africa must act now if it is to feed itself in 2050 – scientists

By Alex Whiting | December 13 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Africa will be able to grow enough cereals to feed its growing population by 2050, but only if it breaks a […]

12 Dec 2016


11 December 2016 The following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute: “Adopted one year ago, the Paris Agreement reflects a decisive response to […]

6 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Violence against women has high costs – Ending it provides transformative prosperity

The costs of violence against women are real and at a conservative estimate amount to 2 percent of gross GDP or 1.5 Trillion USD every year – equal to the […]

2 Dec 2016

Rural Cambodia uses guppy fish to fight dengue

By Astrid Zweynert | December 2 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world’s fastest spreading tropical disease […]

30 Nov 2016

Radioactive water splashes Japan reactor workers; no injuries, contamination: power firm

By Osamu Tsukimori | November 30 2016 (Reuters) Japan Atomic Power Co said on Wednesday water used for cooling its Tsuruga No.2 reactor, shut for maintenance, splashed on 10 employees […]

24 Nov 2016

Australia storm triggers ‘unprecedented’ pollen asthma attacks

By Melanie Burton | November 24 2016 (Reuters) A storm in the Australian city of Melbourne triggered thousands of pollen allergy asthma attacks which killed at least four people and […]

24 Nov 2016

Senegal waste pickers fight dump closure amid hazards and health risks

By Nadia Beard | November 24 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) At the top of a hill in the heart of Senegal’s largest rubbish dump, 47-year-old Didou Farai watched as hundreds of […]

24 Nov 2016

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22 Nov 2016

Taxing red meat may cut emissions and disease

By Daniel Mason-D’Croz, Keith Wiebe, Sherman Robinson | November 22 2016 * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (Thomson Reuters […]

17 Nov 2016

INTERVIEW-Farm impasse at climate talks threatens goal to end hunger: FAO chief

By Megan Rowling | November 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A lack of progress on agricultural issues at the U.N. climate talks in Morocco puts at risk efforts to help farmers […]

17 Nov 2016

FEATURE-Toxic pollutants choke Iraqi children caught in Islamic State retreat

By Cathy Otten | November 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Under a cloud of black smoke, a group of around a dozen children wearing flimsy sandals have gathered to play. […]

10 Nov 2016

Sustainable agriculture deserves center stage at Marrakesh climate talks

By José Graziano da Silva, FAO | November 10 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foudation) Transforming agricultural sectors to address climate change for adaptation and mitigation essential to tackling hunger and poverty Agriculture, […]

8 Nov 2016

Food tax could tackle climate change and save half a million lives – study

By Umberto Bacchi | November 8 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Taxing food on the basis of planet-warming emissions generated to produce it could boost the fight against climate change and save […]

7 Nov 2016

Delhi under cloud of smog, considers traffic measures to ease pollution

By Sanjeev Miglani | November 7 2016 A million school children were forced to stay at home, some businesses urged employees not to come to work and long queues formed […]

7 Nov 2016

Famine looms in South Sudan as war threatens harvest: WFP

By Tom Miles | November 7 2016 Famine may be looming in South Sudan, where people are fleeing fighting and leaving their crops to rot in the fields, the World […]

1 Nov 2016

One in seven children suffer high air pollution – UNICEF

By Alister Doyle | November 1 2016 Pollutants don’t only harm children’s developing lungs – they can cross the blood-brain barrier and permanently damage developing brains * UNICEF urges cuts in […]

1 Nov 2016

Smog chokes Indian capital as pollution hits hazardous levels

By Tommy Wilkes | November 1 2016 (Reuters) Residents of New Delhi woke up to a blanket of smog on Monday as air quality deteriorated sharply overnight in India’s capital, triggering […]

31 Oct 2016

South Africa reports first Tomato Leaf Miner outbreak

By Ed Stoddard | October 31 2016 (Reuters) South Africa has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest originally from South America which can ruin tomato and […]

31 Oct 2016

FEATURE-Driven to Dhaka by disasters, Bangladeshi girls harassed into marriage

By Liz Mermin and Mushfique Wadud and Mushfique Wadud | October 31 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It was after floods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur […]

28 Oct 2016

Dakar suburbs strive to turn floodwaters from foe to friend

By Megan Rowling | October 28 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Balla Fall, the newly elected chairman of a neighbourhood committee managing a project to protect residents from flooding, had a big […]

28 Oct 2016

Recovery plan issued for U.S. Northwest salmon, steelhead

By Laura Zuckerman | October 28 2016 U.S. fisheries managers have unveiled a plan seeking to restore dwindling runs of salmon and trout that migrate 900 miles up the Snake River […]

26 Oct 2016

Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller documents

By Kate Kelland | October 26 2016 (Reuters) The World Health Organization’s cancer agency – which is facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens – advised academic experts on one […]

26 Oct 2016

Fukushima nuclear clean-up may rise to several billion dollars a year: government

By Kentaro Hamada and Osamu Tsukimori | October 26 2016 (Reuters) The cost of cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may rise to several billion dollars a […]

25 Oct 2016

Haiti’s hurricane raises risk of women, children being trafficked – U.N.

By Anastasia Moloney | October 25 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Women and children in Haiti are at heightened risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which […]

25 Oct 2016

More coal plants will deepen – not cut – poverty, researchers warn

By Laurie Goering | October 25 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Building just a third of planned new coal-fired power plants around the world would push hundreds of millions of people into […]

24 Oct 2016

Climate change is shifting areas of skin disease concern

Kathryn Doyle | October 24 2016 (Reuters) Climate change is bringing certain skin diseases and other illnesses to regions where they were rarely seen before, according to a recent research […]

21 Oct 2016

Put people, not cars, first in transport systems – U.N.

By Megan Rowling | October 21 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Governments should invest at least 20 percent of their transport budgets in infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling, to save lives, […]

20 Oct 2016

Invest in cities now or face 2.5 billion discontent urbanites by 2050, report warns

By Chris Arsenault | October 20 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In fast-growing cities across the developing world more than 70 percent of residents lack access to basic services like clean […]

18 Oct 2016

FACTBOX-How the food we eat makes climate change worse

By Alex Whiting | October 18 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The way we produce and eat food must change urgently both to cut the amount of planet-warming emissions produced by agriculture, […]

18 Oct 2016

In parched Sri Lanka, biggest shortage is of water policy – experts

By Amantha Perera | October 18 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In this village in southern Sri Lanka’s Hambantota District, water sales are big business. Beset by a prolonged dry spell and […]

17 Oct 2016

Without urgent action, climate change will push millions into hunger: U.N

By Alex Whiting | October 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Farmers urgently need help to adapt their methods of growing food if the world is to curb greenhouse gas emissions and […]

13 Oct 2016

No criminal charges in EPA-caused Colorado mine waste spill

By Keith Coffman | October 13 2016 No criminal charges will be filed against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee over a 3-million gallon spill of toxic waste from a defunct […]

10 Oct 2016

‘Like a nuclear bomb,’ cholera and destruction after hurricane in Haiti

By Gabriel Stargardter | October 10 2016 Patients arrived every 10 or 15 minutes, brought on motorcycles by relatives with vomit-covered shoulders and hoisted up the stairs into southwest Haiti’s Port-a-Piment […]

7 Oct 2016

Volkswagen suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica mines

By Rina Chandran | October 07 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) German carmaker Volkswagen has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found […]

7 Oct 2016

Emergency hunger levels likely to hit Madagascar by year-end – U.N.

By Alex Whiting (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 October 2016 ROME – Hunger is expected to reach emergency levels by the end of the year in drought-hit southern Madagascar, where many […]

6 Oct 2016

Small farmers need incentives as falling food prices hurt incomes – U.N.

By Alex Whiting | October 06 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Falling food prices may be good news for millions of urban poor but not for small-scale farmers who will struggle […]

5 Oct 2016

Paris climate accord to take effect; Obama hails ‘historic day’

By Alister Doyle and Roberta Rampton | 5 October 2016 A global agreement to combat climate change will take force after support from European nations sent the accord across an […]

27 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Outbreak and Epidemic Insurance, New Solution to an Old Problem

By Mohamed Beavogui, Director General, African Risk Capacity and Saadia Madsbjerg, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation | 27 September 2016 28,637 cases and 11,315 deaths from Ebola. 118,276 confirmed cases of […]

26 Sep 2016

World Bank to tap capital markets to boost loans to poorest countries

By David Lawder | September 26 2016 (Reuters) The World Bank division that lends to the world’s poorest countries is preparing to raise billions of dollars from capital markets next […]

22 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PREP-aring for a Changing Climate by Harnessing the Data Revolution

Source: WRI By Janet Ranganathan and Francis Gassert – September 22, 2016 Sonoma County, California and Caldas, Colombia are very different communities, yet they share a common threat—climate change. Both […]

21 Sep 2016

Water innovation helps Bangladeshi women dodge snakes, shortages

By Rafiqul Islam | September 21 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Collecting drinking water from springs in this part of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a forested area in southeast Bangladesh, is […]

20 Sep 2016

Indonesian Islamic council issues fatwa on forest fires

By Berndatte Christina Munthe | September 20 2016 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s highest Islamic council has issued a fatwa on burning land and forests, a government official said on Wednesday, in an […]

19 Sep 2016

Africans choking on toxic fuel in health ‘ticking time bomb’: lobby group

By Libby George | September 19 2016 (Reuters) Much of Africa’s population is being choked by deadly fuels that are banned in Europe and the United States, a campaign group […]

16 Sep 2016

Russia’s ‘blood river’ spill shouldn’t happen again, plant operator says

By Polina Devitt | September 16 2016 (Reuters) A spill of waste originating from a metallurgical plant in Russia that turned a river blood-red posed no threat to people or […]

14 Sep 2016

FEATURE-Prostitution ‘easiest way out’ for Zambia’s drought-stricken farmers

By Whitney Mulobela | September 14 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Repeated failed crops caused by worsening drought have forced Christine Mwenda, a small-scale farmer in Zambia’s central Mumbwa region, to […]

7 Sep 2016

St. Jude sues short-seller over heart device allegations

By Ransdell Pierson and Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) | 7 September 2016 St. Jude Medical Inc on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against short-selling firm Muddy Waters and cyber security company MedSec Holdings Ltd, […]

6 Sep 2016

Climate change threatens to double malaria risk from African dams, say researchers

By Magda Mis | September 6 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The number of Africans at risk of malaria who live near dams will nearly double to 25 million by 2080 as […]

5 Sep 2016

A tale of clean cities: Strong local leadership key to solving urban sanitation challenge

By Andrés Hueso, WaterAid | September 5 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  A staggering 54% of the global population now live in urban areas, and city infrastructure is struggling to keep up […]

1 Sep 2016

More than 300 million at risk of life-threatening diseases from dirty water: UN

By Magdalena Mis | September 1 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  More than 300 million people in Asia, Africa and Latin America are at risk of life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid […]

19 Aug 2016

India air pollution death rate to outpace China: researcher

By Meng Meng, Beijing Newsroom and Nick Macfie | August 19 2016 (Reuters) The increase in people dying in India from air pollution will outpace the rate of such deaths in China, as […]

15 Aug 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An energy option for 30% of the world’s population

We sat down with Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun, founders of d.light, a global social enterprise aiming to improve the lives of the two billion people in the developing world […]

11 Aug 2016

A year on, survivors haunted by China’s Tianjin chemical blasts

By Natalie Thomas (Reuters) | 11 August 2016 TIANJIN, China – Survivors grieved on Thursday for the 165 people killed in chemical warehouse explosions a year ago in China’s port […]

11 Aug 2016

Doctors at top Indian hospital charged in kidney harvesting racket

By Nita Bhalla (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 11 August 2016 In India only relatives can act as organ donors, but in Mumbai case, donor said to be recipient’s wife was not […]

10 Aug 2016

Parents who insist on vegan diet for children may risk jail in Italy

By Philip Pullella (Reuters) | 10 August 2016 ROME – If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk […]

10 Aug 2016

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture

By Dominique Patton (Reuters) | 10 August 2016 China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years as it seeks to raise the efficiency […]

10 Aug 2016

Study details possible link between Zika and severe joint condition

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 LONDON – Scientists in Brazil studying a possible link between Zika virus infection in the womb and severe […]

10 Aug 2016

Toxic chemicals in drinking water for six million Americans

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 09 August 2016 Drinking water supplies for more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of industrial chemicals that have been linked to cancer […]

9 Aug 2016

After age 40, volunteering linked to enhanced mental health

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) | 09 August 2016 Volunteer work may be good for your mental wellbeing, but only after age 40, according to a new study. “There is […]

9 Aug 2016

Shareholders press Yum for stricter antibiotics policy

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 LOS ANGELES – Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N) investors on Tuesday filed a shareholder proposal requesting that it quickly phase out harmful antibiotic […]

9 Aug 2016

Record new HIV cases in Philippines prompt call for action

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 09 August 2016 “The government should double their efforts in spreading awareness about HIV before it is too late”   JAKARTA – The […]

9 Aug 2016

China to spend $65 billion to improve water supplies: ministry

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 China plans to spend a total of 430 billion yuan ($65 billion) on around 4,800 separate projects aimed at improving the quality […]

9 Aug 2016

Social costs of Flint, Michigan, water crisis total $395 million: study

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) | 08 August 2016 The social costs stemming from dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, such as the effect on children’s […]

9 Aug 2016

Air pollution tied to shorter survival with lung cancer

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 08 August 2016 Exposure to air pollution has long been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, and a new study suggests it […]

9 Aug 2016

Senegal’s dancing grandmothers lead charge for health over tradition

By Nellie Peyton (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 08 August 2016 Grandmothers are using their influence to promote modern medicine and health care, and discuss issues from family planning and malnutrition […]

5 Aug 2016

GM mosquito trial will not significantly impact environment: FDA

By Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 05 August 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that a field trial testing Intrexon Corp’s genetically engineered mosquitoes, meant to be […]

5 Aug 2016

Obama, Senate Democrats urge Zika funding vote as reserves run low

By David Morgan and Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters) | 05 August 2016 President Barack Obama on Thursday said it was time for Congress to lay aside politics and to act to […]

5 Aug 2016

Chefs dish up surplus food from Olympic Village to Rio’s hungry

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 05 August 2016 “We want to fight hunger and provide access to good food” LONDON – As athletes warm up for the start of […]

5 Aug 2016

Exclusive – Wendy’s to ban chickens with human antibiotics by 2017

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 LOS ANGELES – Wendy’s Co (WEN.O), the fifth-largest U.S. fast-food chain by revenue, will quit using chickens raised with antibiotics important to […]

3 Aug 2016

Florida to begin aerial spraying of insecticides to control Zika

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 03 August 2016 CHICAGO – Florida will conduct an aerial insecticide spraying campaign at dawn on Wednesday in an effort to kill mosquitoes carrying the […]

3 Aug 2016

New York attorney general targets phony Zika-protection products

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 03 August 2016 NEW YORK – New York state’s top prosecutor said on Wednesday his office has sent cease-and-desist letters to seven companies accused of […]

3 Aug 2016

Ebola after-effects threaten food shortages in West Africa – U.N.

By Alex Whiting (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 03 August 2016 During the epidemic, many farmers were unable to grow or sell their crops because of measures to contain Ebola   ROME […]

3 Aug 2016

Deaths of child workers in India’s mica mines covered up to keep industry alive

By Nita Bhalla, Rina Chandran and Anuradha Nagaraj (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 02 August 2016 *FULL INVESTIGATION: KODERMA/BHILWARA/SYDAPURAM, India – In the depths of India’s illegal mica mines, where […]

2 Aug 2016

China’s ‘mosquito factory’ aims to wipe out Zika, other diseases

By Clare Baldwin (Reuters TV) | 02 August 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Every week, scientists in southern China release 3 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes on a 3 […]

2 Aug 2016

Experimental vaccine could provide rapid response to diseases

By Ben Gruber (Reuters) | 01 August 2016 CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – A type of experimental vaccine that can be made in just a week and has protected mice against influenza, […]

2 Aug 2016

Plant protein may help offset unhealthy habits

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 01 August 2016 People who eat more protein from plants and less from animals may live longer even when they have unhealthy habits like […]

1 Aug 2016

Biogen pays Ionis $75 million to develop muscle drug after trial success

By Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 1 August 2016 Biogen Inc said it would exercise an option to develop and commercialize an experimental genetic muscle-disorder drug after an interim analysis of […]

1 Aug 2016

GSK and Google parent forge $715 million bioelectronic medicines firm

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 1 August 2016 GlaxoSmithKline and Google parent Alphabet’s life sciences unit are creating a new company focused on fighting diseases by targeting electrical signals in the […]

1 Aug 2016

Bayer says will halt future U.S. sales of insecticide

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 30 July 2016 The agricultural unit of German chemicals company Bayer AG will halt future U.S. sales of an insecticide that can be used on more […]

1 Aug 2016

USDA confirms unapproved GMO wheat found in Washington state

By Karl Plume (Reuters) | 29 July 2016 Genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co, and never approved by federal regulators, has been found growing in a Washington state farm field, […]

28 Jul 2016

Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and 5 million lives a year

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 27 July 2016 A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity […]

28 Jul 2016

New crop of robots to vie for space in the operating room

By Susan Kelly (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world. Within […]

27 Jul 2016

FDA enhances warnings on group of strong antibiotics

By Dipika Jain (Reuters) | 26 July 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has enhanced warnings of side effects of a group of strong antibiotics used to treat a […]

27 Jul 2016

U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 26 July 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently […]

26 Jul 2016

Youth Perspective: Which diet makes best use of farmland? You might be surprised

Source: By Kristen Satre Meyer (Ensia) | 22 July 2016 Editor’s note: This piece was produced in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa. It is based on “Carrying capacity […]

26 Jul 2016

Youth Perspective: How a new source of water is helping reduce conflict in the Middle East

Source: By Rowan Jacobson (Ensia) | 19 July 2016 Scientists and others look to desalination as a way to unite longtime enemies in a common cause. — Ten miles […]

21 Jul 2016

Heavy rainfall and heat swamp Sri Lanka’s anti-dengue drive

By Amantha Perera (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 21 July 2016 “It’s going to be tough” to control dengue in the future, virologist warns — COLOMBO – High temperatures and unseasonal rains […]

21 Jul 2016

Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says

By Katy Migiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 July 2016 NAIROBI – Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation […]

20 Jul 2016

Your inhaler’s watching you: drugmakers race for smart devices

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 LONDON – Makers of inhalers to treat asthma and chronic lung disease are racing to develop a new generation of smart devices […]

20 Jul 2016

African study exceeds U.N. ‘test and treat’ goal for ending HIV pandemic

By Katy Migiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 July 2016 UN goal to get seven out of 10 HIV positive people to take a test and start medication is achievable, researchers […]

20 Jul 2016

Pricing dispute hits supply of TB drugs in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Novartis AG said it has stopped making tuberculosis drugs in Pakistan in a dispute over pricing, prompting fears of a […]

19 Jul 2016

Too hot to work: global warming to cost $2 trillion in lost productivity

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 The first three months of 2016 have broken temperature records and 2015 was the planet’s warmest year since records began […]

19 Jul 2016

Drugs almost eliminate risk of sex with HIV positive partner, African study shows

By Katy Migiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 “Couples really value something like this because it’s important for maintaining their relationship, for maintaining their family” — NAIROBI – A […]

19 Jul 2016

Fracking associated with asthma flare-ups

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 19 July 2016 For asthma patients, living near fracking sites is associated with more symptom flare-ups that require medication and hospital care, a U.S. […]

19 Jul 2016

Surging heroin use threatens Kenya’s HIV/AIDS gains

By Neha Wadekar (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 The East African nation has become a major transit route for international drug cartels — NAIROBI – Rashid Hassan Mohammed […]

19 Jul 2016

Indonesia begins re-vaccinating victims of fake drug ring

By Randy Fabi and Agustinus Beo da Costa (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesia on Monday began re-vaccinating nearly 200 children who received fake versions of imported inoculations […]

19 Jul 2016

Ships worsen air pollution over China, killing thousands: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 OSLO – A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in East Asia, causing thousands of deaths […]

19 Jul 2016

China approves use of GSK vaccine Cervarix for cervical cancer

By Donny Kwok (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Monday the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has approved its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Cervarix, for […]

15 Jul 2016

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 By rewarding users with virtual badges, MSF hopes the app will be as engaging as Angry Birds or Candy Crush — […]

15 Jul 2016

Zika outbreak to end in two to three years, scientists predict

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 CHICAGO – The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based […]

14 Jul 2016

Obama to sign bill to battle heroin addiction

By Richard Cowan (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama will sign legislation passed by Congress aimed at combating a nationwide epidemic of heroin and other […]

14 Jul 2016

Study finds fat kills, casting doubt on ‘obesity paradox’

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 LONDON – Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight and the risk […]

13 Jul 2016

Four countries most at Zika risk due to Olympics travel: CDC

By Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 Four countries are most at risk from a Zika outbreak as a result of travel related to the Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games, […]

13 Jul 2016

AIDS conference returns to a changed South Africa

By Pete Vernon (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 JOHANNESBURG – The South Africa that hosts a global AIDS Conference next week has come a long way from the “AIDS pariah” […]

12 Jul 2016

El Nino, La Nina could lead to spike in new HIV infections in Africa: UNICEF

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 12 July 2016 The risk of women resorting to selling sex could exacerbate their risk of infection, UNICEF says — ROME – Drought exacerbated […]

12 Jul 2016

Austrian biotech plans Zika vaccine clinical trials in 12 months

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 An Austrian biotech company working with the Institut Pasteur said on Tuesday it planned to start clinical trials with an experimental Zika […]

12 Jul 2016

Natural disasters cause fewer deaths, more financial damage -Munich Re

By Arno Schuetze (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 The death toll from natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms and forest fires dropped sharply worldwide in the first six months of […]

12 Jul 2016

Action needed as decline in HIV cases stalls: U.N. AIDS agency

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 LONDON – The U.N. AIDS agency sounded the alarm on Tuesday saying a long-term decline in the number of new HIV infections […]

12 Jul 2016

Mozambique certified polio free: health ministry

By Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 Mozambique has been certified free of polio, the health ministry said on Monday, comparing the achievement to the country’s elimination of leprosy […]

12 Jul 2016

Infection experts warn of more U.S. superbug cases in coming months

By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 After two confirmed U.S. cases of a superbug that thwarts a last-resort antibiotic, infectious disease experts say they expect more cases in […]

12 Jul 2016

E-cigarettes contribute to increased tobacco use by teens

By Will Boggs MD (Reuters Health) | 11 July 2016 With the rapidly increasing use of the e-cigarettes by adolescents, overall tobacco use has also increased, a study shows. The […]

11 Jul 2016

U.S. pledges $410 million to fight AIDS in South Africa

By Pete Vernon (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 The United States on Monday pledged $410 million toward ending the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, the country hardest hit. South Africa […]

11 Jul 2016

Australia declares AIDS no longer public health issue

By Harry Pearl (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 SYDNEY – Australia declared on Monday the AIDS epidemic is no longer a public health issue there, a month after the United […]

11 Jul 2016

Innovative water storage helps Kenyans thrive in drought

By Isaiah Esipisu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 11 July 2016 Efforts to store water have been so successful families are now using extra water to grow crops for export — MAKUENI, […]

8 Jul 2016

U.S. GMO food labeling bill passes Senate

By Chris Prentice (Reuters) | 8 July 2016 The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically-modified ingredients, which […]

8 Jul 2016

Threatened by climate change, Mozambique’s Beira bets on urban renewal

By Astrid Zweynert (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 8 July 2016 Country’s second-largest city in race against time to protect itself from cyclones, floods and rising sea levels — BONN, Germany – […]

8 Jul 2016

Monsanto, DuPont sign supply agreement for dicamba herbicide

By Karl Plume (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 CHICAGO – U.S. seed and agrochemicals companies Monsanto Co and DuPont said on Thursday they have signed a multi-year supply agreement for […]

8 Jul 2016

Puerto Rico urged to use aerial spraying to contain Zika virus

By Sangameswaran S (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday the Zika virus was spreading fast in Puerto Rico and […]

8 Jul 2016

DuPont ordered to pay $5.1 million in trial over Teflon-making chemical

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 NEW YORK – A U.S. jury on Wednesday ordered DuPont to pay $5.1 million to a man who said he developed testicular […]

8 Jul 2016

Pfizer, Germany’s Merck begin large ovarian cancer trial

By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 Pfizer Inc and German drugmaker Merck KGaA on Wednesday said they had begun a late-stage trial of their immuno-oncology drug avelumab in […]

8 Jul 2016

Many popular sunscreens don’t meet suggested guidelines

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 Nearly 10 percent of all sunscreen sales in the U.S. occur on, but many of the most popular sun protection […]

7 Jul 2016

Angola battling worst yellow fever outbreak in decades needs help, says Red Cross

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 July 2016 NEW YORK – Angola is suffering its worst outbreak of yellow fever in 30 years with 350 deaths since last […]

6 Jul 2016

France’s Sanofi partners U.S. Army to speed up Zika vaccine

By Matthias Blamont and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 PARIS/LONDON – French drugmaker Sanofi said on Wednesday it had struck a research and development deal with the U.S. […]

6 Jul 2016

Some Malaysians’ rejection of vaccines fans fears of disease surge

By Rozanna Latiff (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. KUALA LUMPUR – More children are falling victim to contagious diseases in Muslim-majority Malaysia, worrying […]

6 Jul 2016

U.S. to fund Zika virus study of U.S. Olympic team

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 The U.S. National Institutes of Health said it will fund a study to monitor U.S. athletes, coaches and members of the Olympic […]

6 Jul 2016

WHO urges use of polio detection systems to screen for Zika-linked disorder

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 5 July 2016 A neurological condition linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus could be targeted globally with existing national programs for detecting polio, a paper […]

5 Jul 2016

Abbott wins U.S. approval for stent that absorbs into body

By Susan Kelly (Reuters) | 5 July 2016 U.S. health regulators said on Tuesday they approved a stent by Abbott Laboratories that is the first designed to be absorbed into […]

5 Jul 2016

Shortage of syringes hampers Congo’s fight against yellow fever

By Aaron Ross (Reuters) | 5 July 2016 KINSHASA – A shortage of syringes is hampering plans to vaccinate people in Democratic Republic of Congo against a yellow fever epidemic […]

5 Jul 2016

Free at Rio Olympics: 9 million forest-friendly condoms

By Ricardo Moraes (Reuters) | 5 July 2016 XAPURI, Brazil – Brazil’s government will hand out 9 million condoms for free around Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics in August, […]

4 Jul 2016

UK drugs regulator to halt approvals for Indian clinical trials firm

By Zeba Siddiqui (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 The UK’s healthcare regulator has decided to suspended marketing approval for a widely used antibiotic that had won clearance based on clinical […]

4 Jul 2016

Obama says Congress must end deadlock on Zika funding

By Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Congress must end its deadlock on funding to combat the Zika virus before lawmakers head […]

4 Jul 2016

J&J’s Janssen hit with $70 million verdict in Risperdal trial

By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 A U.S. jury on Friday awarded $70 million to the family of a boy who developed breasts after taking Johnson & Johnson unit […]

1 Jul 2016

Q&A: How health-boosting crops could benefit 1 billion people

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 1 July 2016 HarvestPlus founder discusses his prize-winning work to enrich staple foods with vitamins and minerals — BARCELONA – Food economist Howarth […]

1 Jul 2016

Paris drives old cars off its streets

By Brian Love and Lucien Libert (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 PARIS – Paris banned old, exhaust-belching cars from its streets on Friday in a war on air pollution that […]

1 Jul 2016

Health officials race to prevent Congo yellow fever disaster

By Tim Cocks (Reuters Health) | 1 July 2016 DAKAR – It is the stuff of a disaster movie: an outbreak of yellow fever in Congo’s capital city, full of […]

1 Jul 2016

Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs

By Adam Derose (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 WASHINGTON – More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically […]

30 Jun 2016

Sweet potato experts win World Food Prize

By Isma’il Kushkush (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 Four scientists who specialized in sweet potatoes were named the winners of this year’s World Food Prize on Tuesday for their work to […]

29 Jun 2016

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching […]

29 Jun 2016

European Commission to extend glyphosate license for 18 months

By Philip Blenkinsop, Alissa de Carbonnel and Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 The European Commission is extending by 18 months its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s […]

28 Jun 2016

WHO appoints ex-UNICEF health expert to head new emergency unit

By Kate Kelland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 New unit is designed to provide rapid support in health emergency arising from disease, natural or man-made disasters or conflict […]

28 Jun 2016

Even with good healthcare, social factors affect death risk

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Even in Sweden, a country with universal healthcare, disadvantaged people with diabetes are still more likely to die compared to diabetics […]

28 Jun 2016

U.S. lawmakers deadlock on Zika virus funds

By Susan Cornwell (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. lawmakers deadlocked over funding to fight the Zika virus on Tuesday, as Senate Democrats blocked a Republican proposal they […]

28 Jun 2016

Out-of-pocket hospital costs rose between 2009 and 2013

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Average out-of-pocket costs for hospitalization went up for people in the U.S. with insurance between 2009 and 2013, due largely to increasing […]

28 Jun 2016

PepsiCo to bring back aspartame in Diet Pepsi

By Sruthi Ramakrishnan (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) plans to bring back aspartame, an artificial sweetener it removed from Diet Pepsi in the United States last year, […]

27 Jun 2016

Supreme Court refuses to review prenatal test patent dispute

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 NEW YORK – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to review a legal fight over the cancellation of a […]

27 Jun 2016

Indonesian lawmakers seek seizure of unapproved vaccines amid fake drug scare

By Agustinus Beo da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesian lawmakers on Monday urged authorities to seize from hospitals and health clinics all vaccines […]

27 Jun 2016

Bangladesh gets $150 million from World Bank for health

By Ruma Paul (Reuters) | 26 June 2016 The World Bank said on Sunday it has approved $150 million in additional financing to help improve Bangladesh’s health systems and services, […]

27 Jun 2016

Air pollution to kill millions more without energy policy change: IEA

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 LONDON – Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world […]

27 Jun 2016

Flint children’s blood lead levels rose in water crisis: U.S. officials

by Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 Federal health officials on Friday confirmed that the blood lead levels of children in Flint, Michigan, rose after the city switched to the […]

24 Jun 2016

EPA says filtered Flint, Michigan drinking water safe to drink

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Federal officials said on Thursday it is safe for anyone to drink properly filtered water in Flint, Michigan, where a public health […]

24 Jun 2016

EU officials to decide on Roundup herbicide after political impasse

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 BRUSSELS – An impasse between EU nations on whether to allow Monsanto’s Roundup and similar weed-killers to continue to be sold […]

24 Jun 2016

Thousands of heat deaths predicted as New York City heats up, scientists say

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 NEW YORK – More than 3,000 New Yorkers could die each year from intense heat due to climate change beginning […]

24 Jun 2016

Third of hospitals in developing world lack clean running water – study

By Lin Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 Every year, half a million babies die before they are one-month-old due to a lack of clean water and safe […]

24 Jun 2016

Hidden harm: US healthcare emits more greenhouse gas than entire UK

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 If the U.S. healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, more than […]

24 Jun 2016

Risk of landslides drives migration – and mental health worries

By Ashutosh Sharma (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 In India’s mountainous Jammu and Kashmir state, landslides – and the fear of them – is driving growing problems — UDHAMPUR, […]

24 Jun 2016

WHO to launch emergency yellow fever vaccination in Angola, Congo

By Aaron Ross (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 KINSHASA – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it will launch emergency yellow fever vaccination campaigns along the border […]

24 Jun 2016

China to tear up ‘poisoned’ school running tracks

By Adam Jourdan (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Chinese authorities will remove substandard running tracks from schools, called “poisoned tracks” by the media due to the industrial waste used to […]

22 Jun 2016

Congo almost runs out of yellow fever vaccine amid epidemic

By Aaron Ross (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 KINSHASA – Democratic Republic of Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the […]

22 Jun 2016

Americans drinking less soda, eating more whole grains and nuts

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 21 June 2016 Americans are adding more whole grains, nuts and seeds to their diets and cutting back on sodas and sugary drinks, a […]

22 Jun 2016

U.S. to help fund technology to eliminate Zika in blood supply

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The U.S. government said on Monday it has agreed to help fund two pathogen reduction technologies to help reduce the risk of […]

21 Jun 2016

Parkinson disease may be getting more common

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) | 20 June 2016 Parkinson disease may have become more common over the past 30 years, at least according to a study in one Minnesota […]

21 Jun 2016

Many U.S. kids don’t see doctors after concussions

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 20 June 2016 As many as 1.9 million children get concussions from sports and other recreational activities each year, and most of them don’t […]

21 Jun 2016

Cat allergy flop torpedoes high-profile UK biotech Circassia

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Circassia Pharmaceuticals lost nearly two-thirds of its value on Monday as its experimental cat allergy treatment failed in a late-stage trial, dealing […]

21 Jun 2016

Zika’s impact on children will require new medical approach: expert

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The spread of Zika virus through the Americas is likely to affect tens of thousands of children with a wide range of […]

21 Jun 2016

Inovio Pharma gets green signal to test Zika vaccine in human trial

By Amrutha Penumudi (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Drug developer Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and its partner GeneOne Life Sciences Inc said they had received approval from U.S. regulators to start […]

21 Jun 2016

France to vote against continued EU use of weedkiller glyphosate

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 France will vote on Friday against the continued use of weedkiller glyphosate, its environment minister said, adding to uncertainty over the […]

21 Jun 2016

EPA warns Flint, Michigan of long-term threats to water supply

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 The city of Flint faces multiple long-term threats to its water supply, even though short-term progress has been made in reducing lead […]

21 Jun 2016

FACTBOX-The impact of disasters in Asia Pacific on schools and children

By Alisa Tang, @alisatang (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 BANGKOK,  – A greater humanitarian focus on schools before, during and after natural disasters will save lives, protect children and benefit communities […]

21 Jun 2016

Australian watchdog sues Heinz over ‘Little Kids’ health claims

By Tom Westbrook (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Australia’s consumer watchdog on Tuesday sued the Australian subsidiary of U.S.-based Kraft Heinz Co alleging it falsely advertised the nutritional value of […]

17 Jun 2016

LG Electronics sells mosquito-repelling TV in India

By Nataly Pak (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 SEOUL – The Indian arm of South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc has begun selling a TV with a feature that it says repels […]

17 Jun 2016

WHO backs cut in yellow fever vaccine dose to eke out supplies

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 GENEVA/LONDON – World Health Organization advisers have recommended using a fifth of the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine […]

17 Jun 2016

WHO says 122 million dollars needed for global response to Zika virus

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 LONDON – Almost $122 million is needed to prevent and manage the medical complications of the Zika virus spreading throughout the Americas […]

16 Jun 2016

Karachi opens heat relief centres in bid to cut death toll

By Aamir Saeed (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 16 June 2016 After nearly 1,300 people died in extreme heat last year, the city is stepping up preparations for this summer — […]

16 Jun 2016

More than 41 million people in Southern Africa face food insecurity: trade bloc

By Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 An estimated 41 million people are food insecure with 21 million people requiring immediate assistance in Southern Africa, a regional economic bloc […]

14 Jun 2016

U.S. to invest $200 million to shorten organ transplant wait lists

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 The U.S. government announced plans on Monday to invest $200 million to help shorten the waiting list for patients waiting for organ […]

14 Jun 2016

In drought-stricken Burkina Faso, farmers get creative

By Zoe Tabary/Abdoul Aziz Cissé (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 Drought-prone Burkina Faso finds ways to help those most vulnerable to climate extremes — Please link here for video […]

14 Jun 2016

Chile’s embattled salmon industry intensified antibiotic use in 2015: government

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 Salmon producers in Chile, under pressure from international buyers to reduce the amount of antibiotics they put into their fish, intensified their […]

10 Jun 2016

European ruling on olive tree cull sparks fear in Italy

By Vincenzo Damiani and Isla Binnie (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 European countries can be forced to cull olive trees to stop the spread of a deadly bacterium, the European Union […]

9 Jun 2016

OECD warns of rising premature deaths, costs of air pollution

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 9 June 2016 Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and represent an economic cost of around $2.6 trillion a year by 2060 […]

8 Jun 2016

Tech-savvy patients from Gulf to China to drive Philips health

By Toby Sterling (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Demand from technology-savvy patients seeking control over their medical data will overcome privacy concerns about the “connected” products and services Philips is now […]

8 Jun 2016

WHO to consider new evidence on Zika, Olympics next week

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it will convene experts next week to discuss the Zika outbreak, including its […]

7 Jun 2016

Cigarette-pack warnings work better with photos

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 7 June 2016 Gruesome pictures on cigarette packages may convince more smokers to quit, a U.S. study suggests. In a four-week experiment, researchers randomly assigned […]

7 Jun 2016

Presidents and billionaires drive battle against Africa’s deadliest creature

By Katy Migiro (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 ARUSHA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Jakaya Kikwete, the former president of Tanzania, recalled arriving at his cousin’s house to find the family […]

6 Jun 2016

Roche therapy helps 24 percent of untreated bladder cancer patients: study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) | 5 June 2016 A newly approved immunotherapy from Roche Holding proved effective as an initial treatment for some patients with advanced bladder cancer, according to […]

6 Jun 2016

Hong Kong suspends live poultry trade on bird flu concerns – Xinhua

By Pete Sweeney | 6 June 2016 Hong Kong decided on Sunday to suspend trade in live poultry after a spot check at a local street market revealed the presence […]

6 Jun 2016

Global standard to measure food waste aims to put more on plates

By Megan Rowling  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 June 2016 BARCELONA, A new global standard for measuring food loss and waste will help countries and companies step up efforts to […]

3 Jun 2016

Experimental drugs for compassionate use to sell only at cost: FDA

By Amrutha Penumudi and Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 2 June 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said companies could only charge patients for the cost of manufacturing experimental treatments […]

3 Jun 2016

Botswana gets GSK’s modern HIV drug in largest ever Africa deal

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 An HIV drug first approved less than three years ago is being rolled out in Botswana as a core medicine for newly […]

2 Jun 2016

GSK seeks lead in triple lung drug market with 2016 filing plan

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 2 June 2016 GlaxoSmithKline moved to consolidate its lead in a new class of three-in-one inhaled lung drugs on Thursday with plans to file its […]

2 Jun 2016

VIDEO: This is your brain on sugar

1 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters Health Watch. Your brain goes crazy for sugary sweet foods—and that’s definitely not a good thing. Here’s why it’s so […]

1 Jun 2016

Air pollution tied to high blood pressure risk

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) | 31 June 2016 Short and long-term exposure to air pollution from vehicle exhaust or burning coal is associated with high blood pressure, according to a […]

1 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Poisoning the Earth and Our Health

By Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment for Burkina Faso | 27 May 2016 Why the world must find an antidote to the deadly menace of lead acid batteries — […]

31 May 2016

Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn

By Kagondu Njagi | 31 May 2016 NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical […]

16 May 2016

British royals launch campaign to tackle stigma of mental health

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 Prince William, his wife Kate and brother Harry urged Britons on Monday to ditch their prejudices about mental health in what is […]

16 May 2016

U.N. experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 LONDON, The pesticide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto in its Roundup weed killer product and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, is unlikely to […]

16 May 2016

Obama administration releases rules on wellness programs

By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 A federal agency on Monday released final rules explaining how employers can offer workers financial incentives to participate in wellness programs without […]

11 May 2016

Cigna makes deals with Amgen, Sanofi for pricey cholesterol drugs

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) 11 May 2016 Cigna Corp signed deals that will pay the makers of Repatha and Praluent, two powerful but pricey cholesterol lowering treatments, based on how […]

9 May 2016

Gates Foundation backs Takeda polio vaccine with $38 million grant

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Japan‘s Takeda Pharmaceuticals is to get $38 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a crucial, low-cost polio vaccine […]

9 May 2016

Arizona joins rest of U.S. in adding health insurance program for children

By David Schwartz (Reuters) | 7 May 2016 Arizona’s governor signed into law on Friday a bitterly contested proposal that will restore a federal health insurance program for children from […]

9 May 2016

South Sudan food crisis may almost double to 5.3 million: U.N.

By Tom Miles (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a severe food shortages during this year’s lean season, the U.N. World […]

9 May 2016

Pharma body says Brexit could leave UK patients facing drug delays

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Britain’s pharmaceuticals trade body has come out firmly against the country leaving the European Union, warning on Monday that an exit could […]

6 May 2016

Sanofi, Amgen cholesterol drugs win UK backing after price cuts

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 6 May 2016 Two rival cholesterol-lowering injections from Sanofi and Amgen have been recommended by Britain’s healthcare cost watchdog after the manufacturers offered special discounts […]

6 May 2016

U.S. cracks down on e-cigarettes and cigars, bans sales to minors

By Caroline Humer and Clarece Polke | 6 May 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the […]

5 May 2016

Artificial vision device may help nearly-blind people

By Andrew M. Seamen (Reuters Health) | 5 May 2016 People with very poor vision may benefit from using a device that recognizes faces, money and text, a small study […]

5 May 2016

Flint official cuts deal in water crisis, agrees to aid prosecutors

By Serena Maria Daniels (Reuters) | 4 May 2016 An official in Flint, Michigan, agreed to cooperate in probes of dangerous levels of lead in the city’s drinking water as […]

4 May 2016

India’s top court tells tobacco industry packs must carry bigger warnings

By Aditya Kalra | 4 May 2016 India’s top court told tobacco companies on Wednesday they must adhere to a new federal rule requiring much larger health warnings on cigarette […]

3 May 2016

France gets G7 to discuss global regulation of medicine prices

By Matthias Blamont and Jean-Baptiste Vey (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 France will press its G7 partners this month to launch an “irreversible” process to control the prices of new medicines, part of a […]

3 May 2016

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 mln in talc-powder trial

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that […]

3 May 2016

EPA takes offline report that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic

By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying […]

29 Apr 2016

Study of Liberia Ebola flare-up shows need for longer vigilance

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 29 April 2016 A study of a cluster of Ebola cases that appeared in Liberia last year, months after the country was declared Ebola-free, has […]

29 Apr 2016

Biden gets papal blessing for his global war on cancer

By Philip Pullella and Roberta Rampton (Reuters) |  29 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took his crusade against cancer to the […]

28 Apr 2016

Pfizer to pay $784.6 million to resolve Wyeth false claims lawsuit

By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) has agreed to pay $784.6 million to resolve allegations that Wyeth, which it acquired in 2009, underpaid drug rebates […]

28 Apr 2016

Sanofi launches $9.3 billion fight for U.S. cancer firm Medivation

By Ben Hirschler and Leigh Thomas (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 French drugmaker Sanofi went public with a $9.3 billion offer to buy Medivation on Thursday, setting up what could be a lengthy takeover […]

27 Apr 2016

Pentagon aims to curb tobacco use by military: memo

By Jilian Mincer and Phil Stewart (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has issued new policy guidelines aimed at curbing tobacco use within America’s military that […]

27 Apr 2016

White House urges Congress to move on Zika funding

By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 Two senior Obama administration officials wrote congressional leaders on Tuesday to urge legislation be passed to fund the fight against the Zika […]

27 Apr 2016

Lawyers file $220 million damage claim against EPA in Flint water crisis

By David Bailey (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 Lawyers for residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a $220.2 million damages claim alleging negligence on the part of the U.S. Environmental […]

26 Apr 2016

WHO issues yellow fever warning as deadly outbreak grows

By Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 LONDON/GENEVA, Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to the […]

25 Apr 2016

U.S. agencies issues rules to protect workers from Zika

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 U.S. health and safety officials issued new guidelines on Friday to help protect workers from exposure to Zika, a mosquito-borne and sexually-transmitted […]

22 Apr 2016

India’s top court to hear cases challenging tobacco pack warnings on Monday

By Aditya Kalra (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 India’s Supreme Court said on Friday it will hear petitions filed by the $11 billion tobacco industry against the government’s stringent package […]

21 Apr 2016

AbbVie gets option on early Argenx cancer drug for $40 million

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 21 April 2016 AbbVie has acquired an option on an early-stage immuno-oncology drug from biotech company Argenx, giving the U.S. drugmaker access to a treatment […]

19 Apr 2016

States’ expansion of Medicaid tied to better care for low-income adults

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 “It looks like there is better medical care for these adults,” said lead author Laura Wherry, of the David Geffen School […]

19 Apr 2016

Theranos under investigation by several U.S. regulators

By Kshitiz Goliya (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Blood-testing firm Theranos Inc confirmed on Monday it is under investigation by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “The […]

18 Apr 2016

Despite spotlight, proving Flint lead damages no slam dunk

By David Bailey (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Luke Waid drives 20 miles each day to shower at a relative’s place, hauls bottled water back to his Flint, Michigan, home and […]

18 Apr 2016

China launches pollution probe after hundreds of students fall sick

By John Ruwitch (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Authorities in China have launched an investigation after a report that hundreds of children attending a language school built near a polluted […]

15 Apr 2016

Mars Food tells customers to go easy on the pasta sauce

By Martinne Geller (Reuters) | 15 April 2016 Mars Food plans to tell customers to eat some of its Dolmio pasta sauces and macaroni cheese only once a week to […]

15 Apr 2016

French court hands symbolic win to GMO maize supporters

By Gus Trompiz (Reuters) | 15 April 2016 France‘s top administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO […]

14 Apr 2016

Device harnessing thoughts allows quadriplegic to use his hands

By Will Dunham (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. An Ohio man paralyzed in an accident while diving in waves can now pick up a […]

14 Apr 2016

U.S. prescription drug spending to hit $400 billion a year by 2020: IMS

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 U.S. annual spending on prescription medicines will increase 22 percent over the next five years, climbing as high as $400 billion in […]

13 Apr 2016

Sean Parker sets up $250 million cancer immunotherapy collaboration

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) | 13 April 2016 A $250 million grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, announced on Wednesday, aims to speed development of more effective cancer treatments […]

13 Apr 2016

Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame | 12 April 2016 IDENAU, Cameroon, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Julianna Senze, 40, had been in heavy labour for eight hours when she arrived at the […]

12 Apr 2016

Doctors say aspirin lowers heart attack risk for many adults

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 11 April 2016 Many adults who have never had a heart attack or stroke should take aspirin every day to keep it that way, […]

11 Apr 2016

Investor group launches campaign to curb antibiotic use in food

By Simon Jessop, Martinne Geller and Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Fifty four large investors managing 1 trillion pounds in assets have launched a campaign to curb the use […]

11 Apr 2016

In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national’s seed theft exposes vulnerability

By Julia Edwards (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around […]

8 Apr 2016

FDA to revoke pig drug approval over human cancer risk concern

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday moved to revoke approval of a drug used to treat certain conditions in pigs […]

8 Apr 2016

France to ban some glyphosate weedkillers amid health concerns

By Gus Trompiz (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 France‘s health and safety agency is poised to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of concerns over possible health […]

7 Apr 2016

White House finds temporary fix in Zika funding fight

By Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 6 April 2016 The White House said on Wednesday it will redirect $589 million in funds to prepare for the Zika virus […]

5 Apr 2016

India steps up fight against cigarette firms over health warnings

By Aditya Kalra (Reuters) | 5 April 2016 India’s health ministry has ordered government agencies to enforce a new rule for bigger health warnings on cigarette packs, stepping up a fight […]

4 Apr 2016

Samsung brings in the lawyers for biosimilars push

By Se Young Lee (Reuters) | 4 April 2016 Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd, which aims to become a force in the fledgling biosimilar drugs industry, has filed a lawsuit against […]

1 Apr 2016

Drugmakers say Japan R&D spending at risk after government forces price cuts

By Ritsuko Shimizu (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 Global drugmakers said they could cut research spending in Japan due to new rules requiring them to slash prices on some blockbuster […]

1 Apr 2016

In war on Zika mosquitoes, Puerto Rico starting at ‘square one’

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 The United States faces its first real challenge with the Zika virus on the island territory of Puerto Rico, a part of […]

31 Mar 2016

U.S. environmental groups sue to overturn GMO salmon approval

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 31 March 2016 U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government’s landmark approval of a type […]

31 Mar 2016

GSK plans graduated approach to drug patents to help poor

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 31 March 2016 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) said on Thursday it would adopt a graduated approach to patenting its medicines, depending on the wealth of different countries, in […]

30 Mar 2016

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 West Africa’s Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a threat to international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, declaring […]

30 Mar 2016

Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness

By Johan Purnomo and Angie Teo (Reuters) | 30 March 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Indonesian rice farmer Usman has kept his 19-year-old son chained in the family’s tiny wooden hut […]

30 Mar 2016

Terminix to pay $10 million for pesticide misuse: Justice Department

By Eric Beech (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 Pest control company Terminix International Co LP and its U.S. Virgin Islands operation were charged on Tuesday with illegally applying a restricted-use […]

29 Mar 2016

U.S. lawmakers want health agencies to lower prostate cancer drug cost

By Susan Kelly (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 A group of lawmakers is calling on the National Institutes of Health and Department of Health and Human Services to step in […]

29 Mar 2016

GMO labels spread as U.S. congressional effort to halt them fades

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) | 28 March Even as General Mills Inc and other companies vow to keep fighting mandatory labeling of genetically modified food ingredients, they have begun rolling […]

29 Mar 2016

U.S. scientists develop mouse model to test Zika vaccines, drugs

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 28 March 2016 U.S. scientists have identified a genetically modified strain of mice that develop Zika, an important tool needed for testing vaccines and medicines to […]

29 Mar 2016

Shire gets favorable ruling against Allergan in Lialda patent case

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) | 28 March 2016 A U.S. district court on Monday ruled in favor of Shire Plc, preventing Allergan Plc from selling generic versions of Lialda, the […]

29 Mar 2016

Biosimilar drugs could save up to $110 billion by 2020 – IMS

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 Lower-cost copies of complex biotech drugs, known as biosimilars, could save the United States and Europe’s five top markets as much as […]

18 Mar 2016

France moves toward full ban on pesticides blamed for harming bees

18 March | 2016 (Reuters) French lawmakers approved plans for a total ban on some widely used pesticides blamed for harming bees, going beyond European Union restrictions in a fierce […]

15 Mar 2016

Infrastructure inequality is catalyst for Brazil’s Zika epidemic

By Brad Brooks (Reuters) | 15 March 2016 The mosquito, a Brazilian saying goes, is a democratic devil – it bites rich and poor alike. But an outbreak of the […]

7 Mar 2016

Europe launches new fast approval scheme for promising drugs

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 7 March 2016 European regulators launched a new scheme on Monday to speed the approval of promising new drugs that address unmet medical needs by […]

7 Mar 2016

Philippines signs new GMO rules, food industry relieved

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 7 March 2016 The Philippines has approved a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms after a top court demanded an overhaul of […]

2 Mar 2016

New FDA guidelines aim to prevent Zika transmission via tissue, cell donation

By Bill Berkrot in and Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) | 1 March 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued new recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of Zika […]

1 Mar 2016

Appeals court pauses NYC restaurant salt warning rule

By Karen Freifeld (Reuters) | 29 February 2016 A New York appeals court on Monday temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing a new rule requiring chain restaurants to post […]

29 Feb 2016

China says to speed up approvals for some drugs

By Alexandra Harney (Reuters) | 27 February 2016 China‘s drug regulator said it would accelerate approvals of new medicines, long a headache for pharmaceutical firms who complain it takes too […]

29 Feb 2016

Climate information may be key weapon in fight against Zika spread

By Megan Rowling | 29 February 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the Caribbean island state of Barbados, rainwater collection has been promoted as a way to boost scarce supplies […]

29 Feb 2016

Former Tepco execs indicted over Fukushima nuclear disaster

By Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 29 February 2016 Three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives were indicted on Monday for failing to take safety measures to prevent the nuclear disaster […]

26 Feb 2016

Ohio hospital performs first uterus transplant in the U.S.

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 Surgeons in Cleveland have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States, an Ohio medical center said on Thursday. The 26-year-old […]

26 Feb 2016

There is ‘promising pathway’ for vaccine against Zika: Obama

By Jeff Mason (Reuters) | 25 February 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. U.S. President Barack Obama expressed optimism on Thursday about the possibilities for a vaccine against Zika, […]

26 Feb 2016

Big verdict doesn’t assure more wins for plaintiffs in talc-cancer cases

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 The $72 million verdict this week against Johnson & Johnson in a U.S. case alleging links between talc-based powder and ovarian cancer has […]

26 Feb 2016

Health experts press for urgent, integrated approach to tackle dengue

By Alisa Tang | 25 February 2016 BANGKOK, Feb 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Health experts called on Thursday for urgent action to tackle the “global dengue pandemic”, and said […]

24 Feb 2016

Brazil will make Olympics safe from Zika virus – WHO official

By Anthony Boadle (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan said on Tuesday Brazilis doing a good job tackling the Zika virus and ensuring […]

24 Feb 2016

Brexit is the wrong prescription, says European pharma industry

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 Britain’s departure from the European Union would threaten scientific research and jeopardise the 28-nation bloc’s system of drug regulation, the European pharmaceutical industry said […]

24 Feb 2016

Michigan Senate approves $30 million to help pay Flint water bills

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) | 23 February 2016 Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, will get $30 million to help pay their water […]

24 Feb 2016

Philippines expects to finalize GMO rules in next few days, misses Weds target

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 The Philippines expects to finalize a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms over the next few days, after a […]

23 Feb 2016

Bill Gates says Zika response better than Ebola, urges new sources of clean energy

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 NEW YORK, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has turned its attention to the Zika virus outbreak, and its founders said the response […]

22 Feb 2016

Amgen, UCB say osteoporosis drug meets main goal in late-stage trial

By Rishika Sadam (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 Amgen Inc and Belgium-based UCB SA said on Monday that their osteoporosis drug met all the primary endpoints by reducing the incidence […]

22 Feb 2016

Cuba deploys army in effort to avoid Zika virus

By Marc Frank (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 Cuban President Raul Castro called on the entire Cuban population to help eradicate the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus on Monday […]

19 Feb 2016

FDA approves UCB’s drug to treat epilepsy-related seizures

By Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru (Reuters) | 19 February 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Belgian drugmaker UCB SA’s drug as an add-on therapy to treat partial […]

18 Feb 2016

WHO seeks $56 million for Zika; Brazil microcephaly cases rise

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 18 February 2016 The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Wednesday for $56 million to combat the Zika virus, a disease that has been linked to severe […]

18 Feb 2016

AstraZeneca wins FDA breakthrough status for key cancer drug

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 17 February 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation to AstraZeneca’s biggest new drug hope ‍durvalumab as a treatment in […]

18 Feb 2016

FDA gives ocrelizumab breakthrough designation for PPMS: Roche

By Michael Shields (Reuters) | 17 February 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation for ocrelizumab (OCREVUS) for treating people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis […]

17 Feb 2016

Contaminated Flint water among most expensive in the U.S.: report

By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) | 16 February 2016  Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, paid some of the nation’s highest water bills even […]

16 Feb 2016

Genes, bugs and radiation: WHO backs new weapons in Zika fight

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 16 February 2016 Countries fighting the Zika virus should consider new ways to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria […]

16 Feb 2016

Asia watches as GMO legal challenge threatens Philippines food supply

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz | 16 February 2016 A legal challenge to the Philippines’ rules on genetically modified organisms is threatening to spark a food crisis in the country and […]

12 Feb 2016

WHO sees Zika link proven in weeks as U.S., India lead vaccine race

By Stephanie Nebehay and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 12 February 2016 Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, should be confirmed within weeks, the World […]

12 Feb 2016

Legionnaires’ outbreak near Flint discussed ahead of public notice: report

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 12 February 2016 At least six Environmental Protection Agency officials discussed late last March the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Genesee County and a suspected link […]

11 Feb 2016

EU agency accepts Sandoz application for pegfilgrastim biosimilar

By Michael Shields (Reuters) | 11 February 2016 The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted an application to review Sandoz’s biosimilar to Amgen’s EU-licensed Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating […]

9 Feb 2016

Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

ByRoberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 9 February 2016 President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad […]

8 Feb 2016

White House seeks $1.8 billion from Congress to combat Zika

By Megan Cassella (Reuters) | 8 February 2016 The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus in […]

3 Feb 2016

Pfizer, J&J, Merck evaluating technologies for Zika vaccine

By Amrutha Penumudi and Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 3 February 2016 Pfizer Inc, Johnson and Johnson and Merck & Co Inc said they were evaluating their technologies or existing vaccines […]

2 Feb 2016

Obama proposes $1.1 billion to expand treatment for heroin epidemic

By Roberta Rampton (Reuters) | 2 February 2016 President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment for people addicted to heroin and […]

2 Feb 2016

WHO says on watch for spread of Zika virus to Africa, Asia

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 2 February 2016 The Zika virus linked to a microcephaly outbreak in Latin America could spread to Africa and Asia, and the World Health Organization […]

1 Feb 2016

Exclusive – Brazil’s Zika virus outbreak worse than believed – minister

By Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu (Reuters) | 1 February 2016 Brazil‘s top health official said on Monday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most […]

28 Jan 2016

U.S. researchers call for WHO to take rapid action on Zika

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 27 January 2016 U.S. researchers called on the World Health Organization on Wednesday to take swift action on the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus that is linked […]

28 Jan 2016

US insurers dragging feet on covering new drugs, Novartis says

By John Miller (Reuters) | 27 January 2016 Getting U.S. government and commercial insurers to cover new medicines can now take longer than in Europe, Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on […]

25 Jan 2016

Ethiopian drought is “code red” for newborns and their mothers – NGO

By Katy Migiro | 25 January 2016 NAIROBI, Jan 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some 350,000 babies are expected to be born by August into severe food shortages in Ethiopia’s […]

22 Jan 2016

Pregnant women face virus threat ahead of Brazil Olympic games

By Adriana Brasileiro and Anastasia Moloney | 22 January 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Unusually wet weather, poor sanitation and a public health service weakened by economic […]

21 Jan 2016

Eating green leafy vegetables may lower glaucoma risk

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) | 20 January 2016 People who eat more green leafy vegetables, a good source of nitrate, may significantly decrease their risk of developing glaucoma, according to […]

20 Jan 2016

CDC issues guidelines for pregnant women during Zika outbreak

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 20 January 2016 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued guidelines for doctors caring for pregnant women who might have been […]

20 Jan 2016

Vaccines alliance signs $5 million advance deal for Merck’s Ebola shot

By Ben Hirschler And Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 20 January 2016 DAVOS/LONDON – The Gavi global alliance for vaccines and immunization group signed a $5 million advance purchase commitment on Wednesday to buy a […]

20 Jan 2016

India lifts ban on lentil linked to paralysis as Modi seeks self-sufficiency

By Krishna N. Das (Reuters) | 19 January 2016 India is lifting a five-decade-old ban on a type of lentil that has been linked to nerve damage and paralysis, in […]

18 Jan 2016

Samsung Bioepis’ Enbrel drug copy gets EU approval

By Joyce Lee (Reuters) | 17 January 2016 Samsung Bioepis Co Ltd said on Sunday it had received European Commission approval for its copy of the blockbuster biotech arthritis drug […]

18 Jan 2016

Air pollution and traffic fumes tied to infertility risk

By Lisa Rapaport | 15 January 2016 Women who live close to major highways where the air is polluted by traffic exhaust fumes may be slightly more likely to have […]

18 Jan 2016

More than 100 people quarantined after Sierra Leone Ebola death

By Umaru Fofana (Reuters) | 17 January 2016 More than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last […]

15 Jan 2016

FDA staff unconvinced by Sarepta’s muscle wasting drug

By Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 15 January 2016 U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff said they were unconvinced about the effectiveness of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc’s drug for a rare muscle […]

15 Jan 2016

Chipotle to shut outlets next month for food safety meeting

By Subrat Patnaik (Reuters) | 15 January 2016 Popular burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc will close its restaurants for a few hours next month to hold a meeting on food […]

14 Jan 2016

Obama to offer in budget to extend deadline for Medicaid expansion

By Roberta Rampton (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 President Barack Obama will offer a financial incentive in his fiscal 2017 budget proposal to 19 state governments that passed up an earlier […]

14 Jan 2016

Ebola epidemic ended in West Africa but flare ups possible: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks […]

13 Jan 2016

EU food safety watchdog hits back at scientists in glyphosate spat

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 13 January 2016 The head of Europe’s food safety watchdog has written to a group of nearly 100 senior scientists strongly rejecting their criticisms in an ongoing […]

13 Jan 2016

Anthem targets $3 billion in drug cost savings with Express Scripts

By Susan Kelly And Caroline Humer (Reuters) | 13 January 2016 Anthem Inc could save $3 billion annually on drug costs from a re-pricing provision in its current contract with pharmacy benefits […]

12 Jan 2016

Exclusive: State attorneys general joining probe of health insurer mergers

By Diane Bartz (Reuters) | 12 January 2016 About 15 state attorneys general have joined the Justice Department’s probe of two big insurance mergers, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing […]

11 Jan 2016

Chipotle sued for misleading investors over food safety

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 8 January 2016 Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG.N), under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to its restaurants across several U.S. states, was sued on […]

11 Jan 2016

BioMarin CEO, waiting on FDA on Duchenne drug, eyes Europe

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) | 11 January 2016 BioMarin Pharmaceutical is expecting U.S. regulators to take action this month on its drug to treat a fatal muscle-wasting disease but is also eyeing […]

11 Jan 2016

Sanofi deepens cancer drive with $1.2 bln of deals, Innate jumps

By Laurence Frost and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 11 January 2016 Sanofi boosted its presence in cancer research on Monday by signing two deals with biotech companies worth up to $1.2 […]

8 Jan 2016

Campbell Soup to label U.S. products for GMO ingredients

By Siddharth Cavale and Sneha Teresa Johny (Reuters) | 8 January 2015 Campbell Soup Co said it will label all its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from […]

7 Jan 2016

Kenya’s hydropower dams fuel malaria risk for villagers

By Anthony Langat | 7 January 2016 KAMBURU DAM, Kenya, Jan 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Alfred Nyaga irrigates his acre of khat, a mild stimulant, in Kaloki village by […]

7 Jan 2016

J&J signs deal with Chinese company for hepatitis B drug

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) | 7 January 2016  Johnson & Johnson on Thursday said it licensed rights from a Chinese drugmaker to drugs that spur the immune system to help […]

7 Jan 2016

U.S. issues new dietary guidelines, including targets for sugar

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) | 7 January 2016 The U.S. government issued new dietary guidelines on Thursday that advise Americans to reduce their consumption of sugar and saturated fat to less […]

6 Jan 2016

E-cigarette ads’ wide reach among U.S. youth alarming: CDC

By Barbara Liston (Reuters) | 5 January 2016 E-cigarette companies are reaching about seven in 10 U.S. middle- and high-school students with advertisements employing themes of sex, independence and rebellion […]

6 Jan 2016

Chipotle gets subpoena related to norovirus contamination

By Siddharth Cavale (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said it was served with a grand jury subpoena in relation to a criminal investigation into a norovirus contamination […]

6 Jan 2016

Brazil cuts vaccine doses as health system under pressure

By Stephen Eisenhammer (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 Brazil has cut the number of doses for vaccinations given by the public health service to counter human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumonia, […]

5 Jan 2016

Drug approvals at 19-year high belie industry challenges

By Ben Hirschler | 4 January 2016 2015 was a good year for innovation in medicine with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving 45 novel drugs, four more than in 2014 […]

5 Jan 2016

Infertility treatment not inherently tied to developmental problems

By Kathryn Doyle | 4 January 2016 (Reuters Health) – Children conceived with assisted reproductive technology have similar early childhood development as other children, after multiple births are taken into […]

4 Jan 2016

Michigan governor apologizes for state’s handling of Flint’s water

By Ben Klayman | 30 December 2015 Michigan’s governor apologized on Tuesday for the state’s mishandling of lead contamination in the city of Flint’s water supply and accepted the resignation of the […]

4 Jan 2016

Better results offset costs of prostate surgery at specialty centers

By Lisa Rapaport | 1 January 2016 (Reuters Health) – Men who get prostate cancer surgery at hospitals that do a lot of these procedures may have better results, and […]

4 Jan 2016

More patients may be able to safely shower after surgery

By Lisa Rapaport | 1 January 2016 (Reuters Health) – Many patients may be able to shower just two days after their operations without increasing their risk of infections around […]

18 Dec 2015

Beyond Fitbit: The quest to develop medical-grade wearables

By Julie Steenhuysen | 18 December 2015 A new wave of wearable computing devices that detect and monitor serious diseases is moving from the laboratory to the market, potentially transforming […]

17 Dec 2015

Exclusive: Philippine government to challenge ban on GMO imports ordered by top court

By Enrico Dela Cruz and Manolo Serapio Jr  | 17 December 2015 The Philippine government said it will challenge a ban on GMO imports ordered by the country’s top court, […]

17 Dec 2015

FDA lifts clinical hold on Advaxis’ cancer compounds

By Vidya L Nathan | 16 December 2015 Drug developer Advaxis Inc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had lifted a clinical hold on three of its […]

15 Dec 2015

China again promises to clean up air ahead of 2022 Games

By Megha Rajagopalan | 15 December 2015 China promised again on Tuesday to take steps to reduce air pollution in the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics, to be held […]

14 Dec 2015

Drug approvals top 2014 high but R&D returns still struggle

By Ben Hirschler | 14 December 2015 The number of new drugs approved in the United States this year has already topped last year’s 18-year high, yet large pharmaceutical companies […]

11 Dec 2015

Roche gets accelerated U.S. approval for lung cancer drug

By  Bill Berkrot | 11 December 2015 U.S. health regulators on Friday said they have granted accelerated approval to Roche Holding’s drug for advanced lung cancer in patients with a specific […]

10 Dec 2015

U.S. FDA advisers recommend approval of Teva asthma drug for adults

By Deena Beasley | 9 December 2015 An advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Wednesday that the agency approve Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s <TEVA.TA) experimental […]

9 Dec 2015

FDA approves Baxalta’s treatment for common bleeding disorder

By Amrutha Penumudi | 8 December 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Baxalta Inc’s Vonvendi, making it the first engineered protein-based treatment for the world’s most […]

8 Dec 2015

British review calls for urgent cuts to antibiotic use in livestock

By Kate Kelland | 8 December 2015 Massive use of antibiotics in farming poses a critical threat to global public health and should be reduced dramatically to an internationally-agreed target, […]

7 Dec 2015

Organizations issue joint guidelines for breast cancer survivors

By Lisa Rapaport | 7 December 2015 Most breast cancer survivors require routine mammograms and physical exams to check for new tumors, but they don’t need additional imaging or lab […]

3 Dec 2015

Psychological first aid: Migrant trauma demands alternative therapies

By Kate Kelland | 3 December 2015 Europe’s migrant crisis is forcing the advancement of new psychological therapies that go beyond existing treatments to help victims not of one traumatic […]

2 Dec 2015

White House issues veto threat on repeal to parts of Obamacare

By Julia Edwards and Roberta Rampton | 2 December 2015 The White House on Wednesday said President Barack Obama would veto a U.S. Senate amendment that would repeal parts of Obama’s […]

1 Dec 2015

On World AIDS Day, condom maker calls for safe-sex emoji

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian | 1 December 2015 Please link here to view video on Reuters. — Time for an official safe-sex emoji? Condom maker Durex says so and is presenting a […]

1 Dec 2015

Opposition mounts to genetic modification of human embryos

By Julie Steenhuysen | 1 December 2015 A group of U.S. scientists and activists on Monday called for a global ban on the use of new tools to edit the […]

27 Nov 2015

WHO records highest-ever number of new HIV cases in its European Region

By Anna Ringstrom | 26 November 2015 The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that in 2014 it had recorded the highest number of new HIV cases in its […]

26 Nov 2015

Amgen files for U.S. approval of biosimilar to Humira

By Bill Berkrot | 25 November 2015 Amgen Inc on Wednesday said it filed with U.S. health regulators seeking approval to sell its first biosimilar drug, which would be a […]

25 Nov 2015

EU approves Roche’s Cotellic in combo therapy against skin cancer

By John Miller | 25 November 2015 The European Union gave its green light to Roche’s Cotellic for use in combination with the drug Zelboraf against advanced melanoma, the company […]

25 Nov 2015

Five charged in $600 million California health care fraud scheme

By Dan Whitcomb | 24 November 2015 The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people have been charged in a series of health care kickback […]

13 Nov 2015

AstraZeneca’s potential $3 billion cancer pill wins early approval

By Ben Hirschler | 13 November 2015 A new lung cancer pill from AstraZeneca (AZN.L), designed for patients whose disease has worsened after treatment with other therapies, won early U.S. […]

12 Nov 2015

European scientists say weedkiller glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

By Barbara Lewis | 12 November 2015 Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which nevertheless proposed limits on Thursday on the […]

11 Nov 2015

Soy might benefit women with pregnancy diabetes

By Kathryn Doyle | 11 November 2015 Consuming soy protein during pregnancy may help women with gestational diabetes control their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, according to a small study. […]

10 Nov 2015

Philips healthcare wins C$300 million contract in Canada

By Toby Sterling | 10 November 2015 Philips said on Tuesday it has won a C$300 million ($226 mln) long-term contract to act as medical technology supplier and consultant to […]

9 Nov 2015

Advising people about heart risk genes helped cut cholesterol: study

By Julie Steenhuysen | 9 November 2015 People who were told their genetic risk for heart disease had lower levels of LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, six months later, according […]

9 Nov 2015

U.S. top court allows Apotex to pursue generic version of Daiichi drug

By Lawrence Hurley | 9 November 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Daiichi Sankyo Inc and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc seeking to stop Apotex Inc from trying to […]

6 Nov 2015

Allergan CEO Saunders warms up to drug discovery

By Ransdell Pierson and Bill Berkrot | 6 November 2015 Brenton Saunders, the whiz-kid pharmaceutical executive with a reputation for being wary of the costs of early-stage drug development, says […]

6 Nov 2015

Cholera spreads from Iraq to Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain: UNICEF

By Isabel Coles | 6 November 2015 A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to neighboring Syria, Kuwait and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of […]

5 Nov 2015

Sanofi, Hanmi seal diabetes licence deal for up to $4.2 billion

By Matthias Blamont | 5 November 2015 Sanofi has signed a licence deal with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to develop experimental, long-acting diabetes treatments, the French drugmaker said on Thursday, in a […]

5 Nov 2015

EU regulator finds no safety issues with GSK, Merck HPV vaccines

By Kate Kelland | 5 November 2015 European drug regulators have found no safety concerns linking GlaxoSmithKline’s and Merck’s cervical cancer vaccines with two conditions known as complex regional pain syndrome […]

5 Nov 2015

OECD warns high-priced drugs are stretching health budgets

By Kate Kelland | 4 November 2015 Specialty medicines for which pharmaceutical companies demand high prices are straining wealthy nations’ health budgets, the OECD said on Wednesday, with drugs accounting […]

4 Nov 2015

France ends law banning blood donation from homosexual men

By John Irish | 4 November 2015 France has decided to end a more than 30-year old law that banned homosexual men from donating blood, a measure originally put in place […]

3 Nov 2015

GSK aims to file up to 20 new drugs for approval by 2020

By Ben Hirschler | 3 November 2015 GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it could file up to 20 new drugs for regulatory approval before 2020 as it seeks to revitalize a […]

2 Nov 2015

Drugged up: GSK, Roche and Sanofi to set out their stalls

By Ben Hirschler | 1 November 2015 Three of Europe’s top drugmakers – GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Sanofi – face health checks this week at high-profile presentations designed to show they […]

30 Oct 2015

Hospitals to pay $250 million for cardiac device coverage violations: DOJ

By Suzanne Barlyn | 30 October 2015 Hundreds of U.S. hospitals will pay a total of more than $250 million stemming from allegations that they implanted cardiac devices in Medicare […]

29 Oct 2015

Sanofi U.S. recalls Auvi-Q injections for severe allergy

By Samantha Kareen Nair | 28 October 2015 French drugmaker Sanofi SA said it was voluntarily recalling all its Auvi-Q injections in the United States to treat patients with severe […]

29 Oct 2015

GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars

By Chris Prentice | 29 October 2015 America’s sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops. In the past seven years, the […]

29 Oct 2015

Signatures to be filed for California drug price referendum

By Sharon Bernstein | 29 October 2015 Backers of a referendum aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs in California said Wednesday that they had gathered more than enough […]

29 Oct 2015

Global warming to increase heat, decrease productivity in SE Asia – report

By Alisa Tang | 28 October 2015 BANGKOK, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rising temperatures and humidity due to climate change are likely to increase the number of days […]

28 Oct 2015

Tuberculosis now rivals AIDS as leading cause of death: WHO

By Julie Steenhuysen | 28 October 2015 For the first time, tuberculosis infections rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organization said in […]

28 Oct 2015

European lawmakers reject national bans on GM food, feed imports

By Barbara Lewis | 28 October 2015 The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a draft law that would have allowed member states to ban the use of EU-approved genetically modified food […]

27 Oct 2015

Bacon and other processed meats can cause cancer, experts say

By Gus Trompiz and P.J. Huffstutter | 26 October 2015 Eating processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colorectal cancer in humans, and red meat is also […]

26 Oct 2015

Nestle plans to resume Maggi sales in India next month: spokesman

By Angelika Gruber | 26 October 2015 Nestle SA, the world’s largest packaged food company, plans to resume sales in India of its Maggi noodles in November, a spokesman for […]

22 Oct 2015

Concussion treatment, diagnosis focus of world sports conference

By Ben Klayman | 22 October 2015 Medical experts and National Football League (NFL) officials will gather with peers from other top global sports on Saturday in a bid to […]

22 Oct 2015

British PM Cameron against imposing sugar tax to fight child obesity

By William James | 22 October 2015 British Prime Minister David Cameron is against imposing a tax on sugar as a means to tackle childhood obesity, his spokesman said on Thursday, […]

22 Oct 2015

Imprimis offers $1 alternative to Turing’s $750 pill

By Natalie Grover | 22 October 2015 A specialty drugmaker said it would sell for less than $1 a version of Daraprim, an anti-infective drug at the heart of allegations […]

21 Oct 2015

Senate committee set to examine GMO labeling law

By Carey Gillam | 21 October 2015 The battle over whether states can mandate that food containing genetically engineered crops must be labeled moves to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. […]

21 Oct 2015

In Cameroon, harvesting floodwater brings better health

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame | 21 October 2015 DOUALA, Cameroon, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Cameroon’s economic capital was hit by yet another devastating flood in June, health […]

21 Oct 2015

Web module helps patients decide about lung cancer screening

By Kathryn Doyle | 21 October 2015 (Reuters Health) – A brief web-based decision aid gives current or former smokers individualized feedback on whether or not lung cancer screening is […]

20 Oct 2015

Exclusive: Clinton urges U.S. regulators to examine Daraprim price hike

By Amanda Becker | 19 October 2015 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday urged U.S. regulators to determine how to bring lower-cost generic drugs to market more swiftly and […]

20 Oct 2015

States could be sanctioned for public health failings: WHO boss

By Tom Miles | 20 October 2015 A U.N. panel is considering ways to hold governments to account for failing to stick to global health rules, World Health Organization Director-General […]

20 Oct 2015

Japan acknowledges possible radiation casualty at Fukushima nuclear plant

By Kiyoshi Takenaka | 20 October 2015 Japan on Tuesday acknowledged the first possible casualty from radiation at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, a worker who was diagnosed with cancer […]

15 Oct 2015

U.S. report calls for end to ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT youth

By Andrew M. Seaman | 15 October 2015 (Reuters Health) – A new report from the U.S. government calls for an end to the discredited practice known as conversion therapy […]

15 Oct 2015

Valeant subpoenaed by US prosecutors over drug pricing

By Natalie Grover | 15 October 2015 Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) (VRX.N), under fire for price increases of its two heart drugs, said it was subpoenaed by U.S. prosecutors […]

15 Oct 2015

Proper hand washing essential to cut high child death rate – UNICEF

By Magdalena Mis | 15 October 2015 (Adds detail on impact on infants in first month) — LONDON, Oct 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Failing to wash hands with soap […]

14 Oct 2015

Chinese firm says plans to ‘mass produce’ Ebola vaccine

By Adam Jourdan | 14 October 2015 A Chinese firm plans to mass produce a military-developed vaccine against Ebola, even as the epidemic which killed more than 11,000 people in […]

13 Oct 2015

Exclusive – Transatlantic divide: how U.S. pays three times more for drugs

By Ben Hirschler | 12 October 2015 U.S. prices for the world’s 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out […]

13 Oct 2015

As U.S. insurers aim to get bigger, hospitals eye health plan entry

By Susan Kelly | 13 October 2015 As U.S. health insurers chart an unprecedented consolidation of the industry, hospitals are taking a fresh look at becoming insurers themselves to keep […]

13 Oct 2015

EU lawmakers reject bill allowing opt-out from GM crop imports

By Philip Blenkinsop | 13 October 2015 European lawmakers rejected a proposal on Tuesday that would have allowed countries to restrict or ban the use of imported GM crops that […]

12 Oct 2015

California adopts tough rules for antibiotic use in farm animals

By Lisa Baertlein | 10 October 2015 California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill that sets the strictest government standards in the United States for the use of […]

12 Oct 2015

India risks backsliding on success against HIV-U.N. envoy

By Aditya Kalra | 10 October 2015 New HIV infections in India could rise for the first time in more than a decade because states are mismanaging a prevention program […]

12 Oct 2015

FDA expands lung cancer approval for Bristol-Myers’ drug

By Bill Berkrot | 9 October 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded its approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s immunotherapy drug Opdivo for patients with an additional […]

9 Oct 2015

Pest blights India’s GM cotton crop, fuelling debate over risks

By Rajendra Jadhav and Rupam Jain Nair | 9 October 2015 Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, […]

8 Oct 2015

Nobel discoveries on DNA repair now fueling cancer drug research

By Julie Steenhuysen | 7 October 2015 Cancer researchers are just beginning to understand the ramifications of the fundamental discoveries behind the 2015 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, which were awarded […]

8 Oct 2015

U.S. cancer doctors drop pricey drugs with little or no effect

By Deena Beasley | 8 October 2015 U.S. oncologists, aware that patients are paying more of the costs of expensive cancer drugs, are increasingly declining to prescribe medicines that have […]

7 Oct 2015

Express Scripts sees $750 million in spending on new cholesterol drugs

By Deena Beasley | 6 October 2015 Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest manager of prescription drug plans for U.S. employers and health plans, said it has reached deals to […]

6 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: EPA’s Green Infrastructure Vision

6 October 2015 From preventing flooding and increasing climate resiliency to reducing water treatment costs and increasing green space, green infrastructure can help communities realize numerous benefits.  We asked Ken […]

6 Oct 2015

Shanghai Tulip: breaking China’s mental health taboo

By Shanshan Chen | 5 October 2015 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chen Wei was a successful businessman until he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003. Not happy with the services available, […]

5 Oct 2015

Race and employment tied to U.S. clinic wait times

By Kathryn Doyle | 5 October 2015 (Reuters Health) – – Minorities and the unemployed spend more time traveling to and waiting for medical care, according to U.S. data from […]

5 Oct 2015

Think Europe’s halting GMOs? It could be heading for more

By Sybille de La Hamaide and Barbara Lewis | 5 October 2015 The large number of European countries opposing GMO cultivation may have given the impression the bloc is putting […]

2 Oct 2015

Clinton says to boost city, state funds for addiction treatment

By Scott Malone | 1 October 2015 Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton laid out her $10 billion plan on Thursday to tackle drug and alcohol addiction in the United […]

2 Oct 2015

Italy tells EU it will opt out of growing GMO crops: statement

By Steve Scherer | 1 October 2015 Italy has told the European Commission that it will ban growing crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a rule that allows European Union […]

28 Sep 2015

Roche gets jump on rivals in race for progressive multiple sclerosis treatment

By Ben Hirschler | 28 September 2015 Switzerland’s Roche has moved into pole position in the race to launch the world’s first treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis but smaller players […]

25 Sep 2015

Novartis’ new heart drug on track for approval in Europe

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and John Miller | 25 September 2015 Novartis AG’s new heart failure drug Entresto is on track to be approved for use in Europe by the […]

24 Sep 2015

Scientists say car emissions rigging raises health concerns

By Kate Kelland | 23 September 2015 Volkswagen’s admission that it rigged car emission tests has prompted environmental and health experts to ask whether such deception could have hampered progress […]

23 Sep 2015

Herbicide scrutiny mounts as resistant weeds spread in U.S.

By Carey Gillam | 22 September 2015 Concerns about the world’s most popular herbicide continue to mount, as U.S. agricultural experts note spreading weed resistance to glyphosate.As the key ingredient […]

21 Sep 2015

Iraq tries to contain cholera outbreak west of Baghdad

By Stephen Kalin | 19 September 2015 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered daily water tests and other measures on Saturday to contain an outbreak of cholera that has killed […]

18 Sep 2015

McDonald’s investor wants it to cut antibiotics in all meats

By Lisa Baertlein | 18 September 2015 A McDonald’s Corp shareholder group is renewing its call for the fast-food chain to stop buying any meat from animals raised with antibiotics […]

17 Sep 2015

GE executive says no intent to split off healthcare businesses

By Lewis Krauskopf | 16 September 2015 General Electric Co has no intent to split off any significant parts of its healthcare business, GE’s head of the unit said on […]

17 Sep 2015

Los Angeles prosecutors charge surgeon, others in $150 million scam

By Alex Dobuzinskis | 16 September 2015 An orthopedic surgeon and more than a dozen associates bilked insurance companies out of more than $150 million in a scheme that included an assistant […]

17 Sep 2015

Millions of children’s lives saved as malaria deaths plunge: U.N.

By Kate Kelland | 17 September 2015 Rates of death from malaria have plunged by 60 percent in the past 15 years, meaning more than 6 million lives have been […]

17 Sep 2015

France bolsters ban on genetically modified crops

By Sybille de La Hamaide | 17 September 2015 France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in […]

16 Sep 2015

CDC appoints new safety czar to improve handling of dangerous pathogens

By Julie Steenhuysen | 15 September 2015 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday tapped Dr. Stephen Monroe, a longtime lab scientist and agency insider, to oversee […]

16 Sep 2015

Beyond cancer, Roche pins big hopes on new MS drug

By Ben Hirschler | 16 September 2015 Swiss drugmaker Roche has big ambitions beyond treating cancer, where it is already global market leader, and believes it has a winner in […]

15 Sep 2015

SPECIAL SERIES-Kenya focuses on strong health system, less crisis funding

By Katy Migiro | 15 September 2015 NAIROBI, Sept 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Grace’s five-year-old daughter was admitted to hospital in Kenya with a chest infection, she didn’t […]

15 Sep 2015

FDA orders Reynolds to stop sales of four cigarette brands

By Toni Clarke | 15 September 2015 Reynolds American Inc can no longer sell Camel Crush bold and three other types of cigarettes in the United States, because the company […]

15 Sep 2015

U.S. fast-food meat still mostly raised on antibiotics: consumer groups

By Lisa Baertlein | 15 September 2015 Most large U.S. fast-food chains still serve meat from farm animals that have been routinely fed antibiotics, consumer groups said in a new […]

14 Sep 2015

Jon Stewart joins Sept. 11 medical care push: first responders

By Katie Reilly | 11 September 2015 First responders who were injured or sickened by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington said they will visit Congress […]

14 Sep 2015

Exclusive: Abbott tangles with regulators over Indian cough syrup complaint

By Aditya Kalra and Paritosh Bansal | 13 September 2015 Drugmaker Abbott Healthcare is challenging an Indian state’s accusation that a sample of the company’s cough syrup contained excessive levels […]

11 Sep 2015

China to investigate illegal domestic GMO crops: agriculture ministry

By Niu Shuping and David Stanway | 11 September 2015 China will launch a nation-wide investigation over the suspected illegal cultivation of genetically-modified (GMO) crops, the agriculture ministry has posted […]

10 Sep 2015

FDA finalizes rules to prevent food safety hazards

By Amrutha Penumudi | 10 September 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized rules requiring human and animal food companies to identify possible food safety problems and outline steps […]

10 Sep 2015

French court confirms Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning

By Catherine Lagrange and Sybille de La Hamaide | 10 September 2015 A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning […]

10 Sep 2015

Pfizer loses UK patent case over use of Lyrica drug in pain

By Ben Hirschler | 10 September 2015 Pfizer suffered a major setback in Britain on Thursday when the High Court in London ruled that claims of patent protection for the […]

9 Sep 2015

McDonald’s moving to ‘cage-free’ eggs in U.S., Canada over 10 years

By Sruthi Ramakrishnan | 9 September 2015 McDonald’s Corp said all eggs it uses in its 16,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada will come from chickens that are […]

8 Sep 2015

Glowing in the dark, GMO chickens shed light on bird flu fight

By Tom Polansek | 7 September 2015 In the realm of avian research, the chicks with the glow-in-the-dark beaks and feet might one day rock the poultry world. British scientists […]

8 Sep 2015

Zimbabwe bans some cattle movement over foot and mouth

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | 7 September 2015 Zimbabwe has banned the movement of cattle in the southern part of the country near the South African border after an outbreak of […]

8 Sep 2015

Bristol pairs Yervoy safely with Opdivo vs lung cancer

By Ransdell Pierson | 7 September 2015 An early-stage study shows Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s Opdivo treatment can be safely and effectively paired with relatively low and infrequent dosages of the […]

7 Sep 2015

UK backs use of Merck cancer immunotherapy after price discount

By Ben Hirschler | 7 September 2015 Britain’s healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog NICE on Monday recommended use of Merck’s immunotherapy drug Keytruda, after the U.S. drugmaker promised to supply it to […]

7 Sep 2015

India rejects patent on Pfizer’s arthritis drug

By Zeba Siddiqui | 7 September 2015 India has again denied Pfizer Inc a patent on its rheumatoid arthritis drug tofacitinib, the latest setback for a multinational drugmaker seeking to enforce […]

7 Sep 2015

Philips aims to take healthcare from hospitals into homes

By Harro Ten Wolde | 4 September 2015 Philips Electronics will emerge from its radical transition away from the lighting industry as a more profitable company focused on consumer healthcare, […]

7 Sep 2015

Novartis to start human tests with Google lens in 2016

By John Miller | 5 September 2015 Novartis plans the first human tests next year of a “smart” contact lens it is developing with Google designed to help restore the […]

7 Sep 2015

Pfizer’s quit-smoking drug not linked to depression or heart risks

By Kate Kelland | 7 September 2015 Pfizer’s stop-smoking drug Chantix does not raise risks of heart attack or depression, contrary to previous reports, and should be recommended to more […]

4 Sep 2015

U.S. government to extend healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender people

By Caroline Humer | 3 September 2015 The U.S. government said on Thursday it will extend its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to […]

4 Sep 2015

Roche hemophilia drug wins fast-track FDA designation

By John Miller | 4 September 2015 Roche said on Friday it had won breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an experimental hemophilia medicine, aiming for […]

3 Sep 2015

CVS says its ban on cigarette sales has reduced smoking

By Nandita Bose | 3 September 2015 CVS Health Corp said on Thursday its decision to stop selling tobacco products last year led to a 1 percent decrease in cigarette […]

3 Sep 2015

Clinton proposes $7.5 billion U.S. fund to fight addiction

By Amanda Becker | 2 September 2015 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would launch a $10 billion initiative to tackle drug and alcohol addiction, a problem she speaks of often […]

2 Sep 2015

Tests help shed light on autism genetics

By Andrew M. Seaman | 1 September 2015 (Reuters Health) – Advances in genetic testing may eventually allow for more tailored care for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), […]

1 Sep 2015

Knee and hip replacements increase heart attack risk briefly

By Kathryn Doyle | 31 August 2015 (Reuters Health) – Operations to replace a knee or a hip appear to increase heart attack risk in the short term and the […]

1 Sep 2015

Chipotle sued over GMO-free menu claims

By Lisa Baertlein | 31 August 2015 Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc’s new GMO-free menu claims have lured diners and boosted the burrito chain’s stock price, but it has some consumers crying […]

1 Sep 2015

Regulations may make kids’ fast food meals healthier

By Andrew M. Seaman | 31 August 2015 (Reuters Health) – Regulating fast food kids’ meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new […]

28 Aug 2015

Long working hours tied to stroke risk

By Kathryn Doyle | 27 August 2015 (Reuters Health) – People who work at least 55 hours a week are significantly more likely to eventually suffer a stroke than people […]

28 Aug 2015

Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

By Sharon Bernstein | 28 August 2015 The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where […]

27 Aug 2015

FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens

By Julie Steenhuysen | 27 August 2015 Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source […]

26 Aug 2015

U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops

By Carey Gillam | 26 August 2015 A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on […]

25 Aug 2015

Sierra Leone releases last known Ebola patient from hospital

By Umaru Fofana | 24th August 2015 Sierra Leone released its last confirmed Ebola patient from hospital on Monday and began a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the […]

25 Aug 2015

Women, minorities still underrepresented in medical specialties

By Megan Brooks | 25th August 2015 (Reuters Health) – Too few women and minorities are entering certain medical specialties in the U.S., researchers say. Diversifying the physician workforce may […]

25 Aug 2015

Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass loses challenges to pharma patents

By Andrew Chung | 25 August 2015 Prominent hedge fund manager Kyle Bass’s campaign to wipe out certain drug patents hit a roadblock on Monday when the U.S. Patent and […]

24 Aug 2015

New tool will compare costs and benefits of cancer treatments

By Deena Beasley | 21 August 2015 As options for cancer patients become increasingly complicated, and expensive, the most influential source for U.S. oncology treatment guidelines will for the first […]

21 Aug 2015

Novartis buys remaining rights to GSK treatment for up to $1 billion

By Joshua Franklin | 21 August 2015 Novartis has agreed to buy all remaining rights to Ofatumumab from Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline for up to $1 billion, boosting the Swiss drugmaker’s stable […]

20 Aug 2015

Cyanide in waters near China blast site 277 times acceptable level: government report

By Sue-Lin Wong | 20 August 2015 Chinese authorities warned that cyanide levels in the waters around the Tianjin Port explosion site had risen to as much as 277 times […]

18 Aug 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan must step up fight against polio: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | 18 August 2015 Pakistan and Afghanistan must intensify efforts to halt spread of the crippling poliovirus, including better screening of travelers heading abroad, the World Health […]

18 Aug 2015

FDA warns makers of superbug-prone devices over testing violations

By Toni Clarke | 17 August 2015 Manufacturers of medical devices linked to recent superbug outbreaks at U.S. hospitals skirted a host of testing, manufacturing and reporting requirements, the U.S. […]

18 Aug 2015

Givaudan recalls nearly 4,000 pounds of beef tallow in United States

By John Miller | 18 August 2015 Givaudan, the world’s biggest fragrance and flavors maker, recalled about 3,950 pounds (1,800 kilos) of beef tallow products because they hadn’t been presented […]

17 Aug 2015

White House program to aim at combating rise in heroin deaths

By Peter Cooney | 17 August 2015 With a rise nationally in fatal heroin overdoses, the White House on Monday will announce a plan pairing law enforcement officials with public […]

17 Aug 2015

Sierra Leone lifts last major Ebola quarantine as cases recede

By Umaru Fofana | 14 August 2015 Sierra Leone lifted its last major Ebola quarantine on Friday as President Ernest Bai Koroma expressed confidence that the country would soon be […]

17 Aug 2015

FDA approves use of opioid painkiller in 11-16 year olds

By Natalie Grover | 14 August 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of opioid painkiller OxyContin in patients aged 11 to 16 who have not […]

14 Aug 2015

GSK hopes big clinical trial can breath new life into lung drug

By Ben Hirschler | 13 August 2015 GlaxoSmithKline is banking on a major clinical trial to revive its flagging respiratory medicine business, with billions of dollars of sales riding on […]

14 Aug 2015

Scientists use bioengineered yeast instead of poppies to make opioids

By Will Dunham | 13 August 2015 Scientists have invented a speedy method to make potent painkilling opioids using bioengineered baker’s yeast instead of poppies, but need to fine-tune the […]

12 Aug 2015

Global fight to eradicate polio turns to Afghanistan, Pakistan – WHO

By Kieran Guilbert | 11 August 2015 LONDON, Aug 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The global fight to eradicate polio has set its sights on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the World […]

12 Aug 2015

India seeks $99 million in damages from Nestle after food scare

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee | 12 August 2015 The Indian government has filed a class action suit for 6.4 billion rupees ($99 million) against Nestle’s Indian unit on behalf of the […]

11 Aug 2015

Pharmacy benefit manager CVS urges rewrite for U.S. heart guidelines

By Deena Beasley and Ransdell Pierson | 11 August 2015 CVS Health Corp, the second-largest manager of drug benefit plans for U.S. employers and insurers, asked heart specialists on Monday […]

10 Aug 2015

Novavax hopes to crack elusive vaccine for common respiratory virus

By Natalie Grover | 10 August 2015 A Maryland-based biotech company believes it can solve a riddle that has baffled Big Pharma for decades: how to protect against a virus […]

10 Aug 2015

Sanofi teams up with Evotec, Apeiron to develop immuno-oncology pills

By Matthias Blamont | 10 August 2015 Sanofi is teaming up with Germany‘s Evotec and Austrian biotech firm Apeiron Biologics to develop a new type of immune system-boosting cancer medicine […]

7 Aug 2015

Sanofi links with Evotec to tap stem cells for diabetes care

By Ben Hirschler | 07 August 2015 French drugmaker Sanofi is linking with Evotec to develop stem cell-based treatments for diabetes, under a deal that could earn the German biotech […]

6 Aug 2015

AstraZeneca widens cancer push with up to $500 million Heptares deal

By Ben Hirschler | 06 August 2015 AstraZeneca expanded its push into cancer immunotherapy on Thursday by striking a deal potentially worth more than $500 million with Sosei’s biotech unit Heptares, […]

24 Jul 2015

World’s first malaria vaccine gets regulatory go-ahead, faces WHO review

By Kate Kelland | 24 July 2015 The world’s first malaria vaccine got a green light on Friday from European drugs regulators who recommended it as safe and effective to […]

16 Jul 2015

Countries must invest more in mental health in hard times: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | 14 July 2015 Rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, especially during economic crises when rates of depression and suicide tend […]

16 Jul 2015

Monsanto says panel to review WHO finding on cancer link to herbicide

By Carey Gillam | 14 July 2015 Monsanto Co, whose Roundup product is one of the world’s most widely used herbicides, said on Tuesday it has arranged for an outside […]

15 Jul 2015

Two new trials of Ebola vaccines begin in Europe and Africa

By Kate Kelland | 15 July 2015 Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France and Senegal getting “prime-boost” immunizations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline […]

15 Jul 2015

Glasses that make cancer glow

By Ben Gruber | 14 July 2015 St. Louis, Missouri – When Sandy Sagitto was diagnosed with breast cancer she was devastated. “First thought is that I couldn’t believe that I […]

14 Jul 2015

GSK first drugmaker to tie up with new Crick institute

By Ben Hirschler – 14 July 2015 GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it had forged a collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute, making it the first pharmaceutical company to link up […]

10 Jul 2015

Cell therapy gets a boost as ReNeuron raises $105 million

By Ben Hirschler | 10 July 2015 The drug research field of cell therapy received a boost on Friday when British biotech company ReNeuron raised 68.4 million pounds ($106 million) […]

10 Jul 2015

Exclusive: With feds slow to act, states target e-cigarette sales to minors

By Jilian Mincer | 10 July 2015 Frustrated by the slow pace of federal action, state attorneys general are waging their own campaigns against the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes […]

9 Jul 2015

White House says open to working with Congress on disease research bill

By Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner | 09 July 2015 The White House said on Wednesday it was open to working with Congress on a bill that would invest in […]

7 Jul 2015

Faith groups can help boost healthcare in developing nations: experts

By Magdalena Mis | 07 July 2015 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Religious groups are an under-used health resource that could help achieve universal healthcare and accelerate the medical response […]

7 Jul 2015

FGM app launches in Britain as school holiday danger zone nears

By Kieran Guilbert | 07 July 2015 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new app designed to educate young people about female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Britain on […]

7 Jul 2015

WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to beat smoking

Kate Kelland | 07 July 2015 Governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, the […]

3 Jul 2015

U.S. Navy triples maternity leave to 18 weeks for women

By Sandra Maler | 02 July 2015 The U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks […]

3 Jul 2015

White House directs GMO regulators to update, improve oversight

By Carey Gillam | 02 July 2015 The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory “framework” to […]

2 Jul 2015

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads

By Brendan O’Brien  | 02 July 2015 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic […]

30 Jun 2015

Efficient stove technology eases Kenya’s medical waste problem

By Kagondu Njagi | 30 June 2015 WAMBA, Kenya, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Poor weather, security threats and bad roads have made disposing of the Wamba district hospital’s […]

29 Jun 2015

Online tools can help manage pain

By Lisa Rapaport | 26 June 2015 (Reuters Health) – People with chronic pain may be able to use online tools to manage their symptoms, lessening the need for frequent […]

26 Jun 2015

California lawmakers vote to limit vaccine exemptions for school children

By Sharon Bernstein | 25 June 2015 California lawmakers voted on Thursday to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, an initiative prompted by […]

26 Jun 2015

KFC challenges Indian report on bacteria found in fried chicken

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee | 26 June 2015 The Indian unit of fast food chain KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc, on Friday challenged the results of a test showing the […]

25 Jun 2015

U.S. Supreme Court upholds key Obamacare insurance subsidies

By Lawrence Hurley | 25 June 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday by upholding tax subsidies crucial to his signature healthcare law, […]

24 Jun 2015

Google Genomics adds Broad Institute’s DNA analysis toolkit

By Caroline Humer | 24 June 2015 Google Genomics, the cloud-based computing business that is racing to increase its share of online DNA analytics, on Wednesday began offering a cloud […]

23 Jun 2015

In twist, scientists join tobacco companies to fight cancer

By Toni Clarke | 23 June 2015 Scientists who have devoted years developing medicines to cure disease are now working for tobacco companies to make e-cigarettes. Philip Morris International Inc […]

23 Jun 2015

Obama administration sees cost savings, health benefits from climate action

By Valerie Volcovici | 22 June 2015 The health and economic benefits of global climate change policies outweigh the impacts of taking no action, the Obama administration said Monday in […]

23 Jun 2015

WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer

By Kate Kelland | 23 June 2015 The insecticide lindane causes cancer in humans and has been specifically linked to a form of the disease known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the […]

23 Jun 2015

Climate change health risk is a ‘medical emergency’, experts warn

By Kate Kelland | 23 June 2015 The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last 50 years of gains in development […]

22 Jun 2015

Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to raise smoking age to 21

By Curtis Skinner | 20 June 2015 Hawaii’s governor on Friday signed a bill raising the legal smoking age statewide to 21, the first U.S. state to do so. The […]

19 Jun 2015

Bayer to invest 4 billion euros in R&D this year: Bild

By Georgina Prodhan | 19 June 2015 German drugs and chemicals group Bayer plans to invest 4 billion euros ($4.54 billion) in research and development this year, its chief executive […]

18 Jun 2015

Merck to pay $5.9 million for misleading marketing of pink eye drug: U.S

By Nate Raymond | 17 June 2015 Merck & Co Inc has agreed to pay $5.9 million to resolve claims that a former unit fraudulently promoted a drug used to […]

18 Jun 2015

Belgium and Bulgaria in the EU dock over poor air quality

By Barbara Lewis | 18 June 2015 EU regulators are referring Belgium and Bulgaria to the bloc’s top court over the quality of their air, which poses a major risk […]

18 Jun 2015

Free animations spread lifesaving tips via smartphones

By Daniel Gaitan | 17 June 2015 (Reuters Health) – Impoverished communities across the globe are receiving lifesaving tips for dealing with disease, draught and depression from short, user-friendly videos […]

17 Jun 2015

GSK invests $95 million in effort to demystify cell ‘operating system’

By Ben Hirschler | 17 June 2015 British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is investing $95 million to create a new U.S. research institute led by a top genomics professor to investigate how […]

16 Jun 2015

FDA to cut trans fats from processed foods, gives three-year timetable

By Toni Clarke | 16 June 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday made good on its proposal to effectively ban artificial trans fats from a wide range […]

16 Jun 2015

U.S. approves plans for three states set up Obamacare exchanges

By Kylie Gumpert | 16 June 2015 The Obama administration has approved plans by Arkansas, Delaware and Pennsylvania to create their own state-based health insurance marketplaces instead of relying on […]

15 Jun 2015

Some 400 million lack healthcare worldwide: WHO and World Bank

By Megan Cassella | 12 June 2015 An estimated 400 million people worldwide lack access to at least one of seven essential health services, ranging from pregnancy care to clean […]

15 Jun 2015

French minister asks shops to stop selling Monsanto Roundup weedkiller

By Sybille de La Hamaide | 14 June 2015 French Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal has asked garden shops to stop over-the-counter sales of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller as part […]

12 Jun 2015

FDA panel backs approval of GSK asthma drug in adults

By Toni Clarke | 11 June 2015 An advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended approval on Thursday of GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s drug mepolizumab for severe asthma in […]

11 Jun 2015

U.S. FDA testing Nestle’s Maggi noodles after India recall

By Joshua Franklin and Oliver Hirt | 11 June 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is testing samples of a Nestle instant noodle brand that was recalled from […]

9 Jun 2015

Modern housing could cut risk of malaria by up to half – study

By Kate Kelland | 09 June 2015 Modernizing mud huts and other traditional housing could significantly cut the risk of malaria for people living in some of the highest risk […]

9 Jun 2015

G7 states vow to wipe out Ebola but offer little concrete action

By Michelle Martin | 08 June 2015 Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations pledged on Monday to wipe out Ebola but offered little in terms of concrete action, […]

8 Jun 2015

ECB plans more health checks for banks in 2016: Nouy in paper

By Michael Nienaber | 07 June 2015 Euro zone banks should expect another round of health checks in 2016, the European Central Bank’s top banking supervisor was quoted as saying, […]

5 Jun 2015

Amazon, Google race to get your DNA into the cloud

By Sharon Begley and Caroline Humer | 05 June 2015 Inc is in a race against Google Inc to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in […]

5 Jun 2015

Nestle pulls Maggi noodles off Indian shelves as food scare spreads

By Aditya Karla and Clara Ferreira-Margues | 05 June 2015 Nestle SA, battling a reputational crisis in India, pulled its Maggi instant noodles from stores across the country on Friday […]

5 Jun 2015

Global health leaders ask G7 for post-Ebola rapid response unit

By Kate Kelland | 05 June 2015 Global health leaders will ask G7 leaders this weekend to back the creation of a specialist rapid response unit to tackle outbreaks of […]

4 Jun 2015

Justice Dept expands probe of scope makers linked to superbug outbreak

By Natalie Grover | 04 June 2015 The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed two more manufacturers of medical scopes linked to deadly so-called superbug outbreaks in recent weeks, USA […]

3 Jun 2015

California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18

By Alex Dobuzinskis | 03 June 2015 The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in […]

2 Jun 2015

White House announces forum to fight antibiotic overuse

By Bill Berkrot | 02 June 2015 The U.S. government will hold a forum on Tuesday to help find ways that ensure the responsible use of antibiotics at a time […]

2 Jun 2015

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

By Krishna N. Das | 02 June 2015 India’s earth sciences minister has blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people and for deficient monsoon rains, after […]

2 Jun 2015

Nestle USA to remove artificial flavors, cut salt in some foods

By Yashaswini Swamynathan | 02 June 2015 Nestle USA said on Tuesday it would remove artificial flavors and reduce salt by 10 percent in its frozen pizza and snack products […]

1 Jun 2015

Agribusiness nervous as WHO cancer unit analyzes popular pesticide

By Carey Gillam | 29 May 2015 The World Health Organization is set to examine a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad news, less than three months […]

1 Jun 2015

China capital to roll out tough anti-smoking laws

By Megha Rajagopalan | 31 May 2015 Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday, part of unprecedented new curbs welcomed by anti-tobacco advocates, though […]

1 Jun 2015

Drought-hit North Korea seen able to avoid food crisis

By Jack Kim and James Pearson | 31 May 2015 North Korea has updated farming methods and switched crops that could help soften the blow of drought and avert a […]

29 May 2015

Indoor air purifiers may aid heart patients

By Andrew M. Seaman | 28 May 2015 (Reuters Health) – People with heart conditions may benefit from using indoor air purifiers, suggests a small study from China. While the study […]

29 May 2015

FDA approves Pfizer drug to treat very rare lung disease

By Toni Clark | 28 May 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first drug to treat a rare, progressive lung disease that mainly affects women […]

28 May 2015

FDA asks dermal filler makers to indicate risk of serious injury

By Anjali Rao Koppala | 28 May 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked manufacturers of dermal fillers to update their labeling to reflect the possible risk of […]

27 May 2015

Five espressos a day? EU food agency says stop there

By Ben Hirschler and Martinne Geller | 27 May 2015 Drinking up to five espressos a day, or the equivalent, poses no risk to the general population, according to a […]

26 May 2015

Monsanto’s move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

By Carey Gillam | 22 May 2015 Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and […]

22 May 2015

Wal-Mart U.S. asking meat suppliers to reduce antibiotic use

By Sruthi Ramakrishnan | 22 May 2015 Wal-Mart Stores Inc said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals and provide annual […]

22 May 2015

New York’s Westchester County settles U.S. water safety lawsuit, pays record fine

By Jonathan Stempel | 21 May 2015 New York’s Westchester County will spend roughly $12 million to settle a federal government lawsuit alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking […]

21 May 2015

Sanderson sees no alternatives to antibiotic use in chicken production

By Tom Polansek | 20 May 2015 Sanderson Farms Inc, the third largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to continue using antibiotics on its birds partly because there are no alternatives […]

19 May 2015

U.S. FDA considers expanding tests for drug residues in milk

By Elvina Nawaguna | 18 May 2015 U.S. health regulators are reviewing current standards for assessing drug residues in milk sold to consumers, a move that could expand testing for […]

18 May 2015

WHO boss Chan launches $100 million health emergency fund

By Stephanie Nebehay | 18 May 2015 World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan announced on Monday that she was establishing a $100 million contingency fund to ensure that the U.N. […]

15 May 2015

India’s Supreme Court bars Glenmark from selling copies of Merck diabetes drugs: sources

By Zeba Siddiqui and Nivedita Bhattacharjee | 15 May 2015 India’s Supreme Court has blocked Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd from selling copies of U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc’s diabetes drugs […]

15 May 2015

Court vacates $85 million award for Oregon National Guardsmen in Iraq health case

By Shelby Sebens | 15 May 2015 The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned on Thursday a jury verdict awarding $85 million to 12 Army National Guardsmen who accused […]

14 May 2015

Personalized approach helped cure more children with kidney cancer

By Julie Steenhuysen | 13 May 2015 A personalized treatment targeting a patient’s individual genetic makeup helped cure more children with a rare form of kidney cancer, researchers said on […]

14 May 2015

CVS pays $22 million to resolve Florida painkiller probe

By Jonathan Stempel | 13 May 2015 CVS Health Corp, the second-largest U.S. drugstore operator, will pay $22 million to resolve a federal probe into whether two of its pharmacies […]

14 May 2015

U.S. House votes to ban most abortions after 20 weeks

By Peter Cooney | 14 May 2015 The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, a measure strongly opposed by […]

13 May 2015

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

By Julie Steenhuysen | 13 May 2015 Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug […]

12 May 2015

Alibaba rolls out three-hour delivery service for healthcare goods

By Paul Carsten | 12 May 2015 Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is rolling out a three-hour delivery service for healthcare goods, mimicking rival Inc. The […]

12 May 2015

Doctors’ group supports LGBT-inclusive policies, same-sex marriage

By Andrew M. Seaman | 11 May 2015 (Reuters Health) – – The largest group of internal medicine doctors in the U.S. came out Monday in support of policies it […]

12 May 2015

Drug-resistant ‘superbug’ strain of typhoid spreads worldwide

By Kate Kelland | 11 May 2015 An antibiotic-resistant “superbug” strain of typhoid fever has spread globally, driven by a single family of the bacteria, called H58, according to the […]

11 May 2015

Hunt for AIDS cure accelerates as GSK and U.S. experts link up

By Ben Hirschler | 11 May 2015 Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, which decided last week to retain rather than float off its HIV drugs business, is to collaborate with U.S. scientists in […]

11 May 2015

California may require warnings on products containing chemical BPA

By Sharon Bernstein | 10 May 2015 Plastic drinking bottles, canned goods and other items containing the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) distributed in California might soon be required to carry a […]

8 May 2015

Novartis says lung cancer drug Zykadia gains EU approval

By Katharina Bart | 08 May 2015 Swiss drugmaker Novartis said European health regulators have approved a drug for advanced lung cancer that is intended to treat patients with a […]

8 May 2015

China to raise wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent

By Megha Rajagopalan and Koh Gui Qing | 08 May 2015 China is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, the Ministry […]

8 May 2015

WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list, urges lower prices

By Ben Hirschler | 08 May 2015 The World Health Organization has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the U.N. agency said prices […]

7 May 2015

Safety switches may redeem potent CAR T cancer therapies

By Ransdell Pierson | 07 May 2015 (Reuters) – New therapies that clinical data show can eliminate blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma in 40 percent to 90 percent […]

7 May 2015

EPA regulator set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

By Carey Gillam | 05 May 2015 WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world’s most widely used herbicide and plans to release a […]

6 May 2015

Alexion bolsters rare disease drugs business with $8.4 billion deal

By Vidya L Nathan and Natalie Grover | 06 May 2015 (Reuters) – Drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion at a hefty premium […]

5 May 2015

Global cancer drug spending hits $100 billion in 2014: IMS Health

By Bill Berkrot | 05 May 2015 (Reuters) – Worldwide spending on cancer medicines reached $100 billion in 2014, an increase of 10.3 percent from 2013 and up from $75 […]

1 May 2015

Polio eradicators hail historic progress, aim to ‘finish the job’

By Kate Kelland | 01 May 2015 (Reuters) – The world is closer than ever to being able to wipe out polio, international experts said on Thursday, with zero cases […]

30 Apr 2015

Germans switch sausage for soya over green, health concerns

By Emma Thomasson | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – Germans, known for their love of sausages, are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal […]

30 Apr 2015

FDA could approve drugs for new uses on less data: draft law

By Toni Clarke | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – Draft U.S. legislation released on Wednesday could make it easier for drug companies to win Food and Drug Administration approval of […]

29 Apr 2015

Most countries woefully unprepared to fight resistant superbugs: WHO

By Kate Kelland | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – Only 34 countries have national plans to fight the global threat of antibiotic resistance, meaning few are prepared to tackle “superbug” […]

29 Apr 2015

3D printed splints help infants with airway disorder: U.S. researchers

By Julie Steenhuysen | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – U.S. doctors treated three infants with an often-fatal airway disease by implanting a 3D printed medical device that improves breathing and […]

29 Apr 2015

JV of McDonald’s fries supplier fined in China for water pollution: Xinhua

By Sue-Lin Wong | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – A Chinese joint venture of U.S.-based J.R. Simplot, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald’s Corp, was fined 3.92 million yuan […]

28 Apr 2015

Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017

By P.J. Huffstutter in Chicago | 28 April 2015 (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken […]

28 Apr 2015

Dirty sterilizations putting women at risk in east India: study

By Nita Bhalla | 27 April 2015 NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women sterilised in eastern India risk infections and other complications due to dirty conditions and a shortage […]

28 Apr 2015

Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector

By Lisa Baertlein | 27 April 2015 (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically […]

24 Apr 2015

Bristol wins EU green light for immune system cancer drug

By Ben Hirschler | 24 April 2015 LONDON (Reuters) – European regulators have recommended approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo, paving the way for it to become the first of a […]

24 Apr 2015

World’s first malaria vaccine moves closer to use in Africa

By Kate Kelland | 24 April 2015 (Reuters) – The world’s first malaria vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after […]

24 Apr 2015

AstraZeneca insists Celgene deal about strategy, not cash

By Ben Hirschler | 24 April 2015 (Reuters) – AstraZeneca (AZN.L) is getting a $450 million windfall by letting Celgene (CELG.O) develop a prized immunotherapy drug for blood cancers but […]

21 Apr 2015

New U.S. mammogram guidelines stick with screening from age 50

By Julie Steenhuysen | 21 April 2015 CHICAGO (Reuters) – New mammogram screening guidelines from an influential panel of U.S. experts reaffirm earlier guidance that breast cancer screening should begin […]

21 Apr 2015

Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese

By Carey Gillam | 20 April 2015 (Reuters) – Kraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives […]

20 Apr 2015

China considers ban on infant formula ads

By Adam Jourdan | 20 April 2015 (Reuters) – China is considering a ban on advertisements for infant milk formula in a bid to tackle low levels of breast feeding, […]

17 Apr 2015

ReNeuron stem cell therapy shows long-term promise for stroke

By Ben Hirschler | 17 April 2015 (Reuters) – A pioneering stem cell treatment for patients disabled by stroke has continued to show long-term promise in a clinical trial, the […]

17 Apr 2015

AstraZeneca lung cancer drug delays disease by more than a year

By Ben Hirschler | 17 April 2015 (Reuters) – An experimental lung cancer pill from AstraZeneca delays disease progression by more than a year, according to new data presented at […]

16 Apr 2015

Approved Pfizer breast cancer drug impresses in latest study

By Ransdell Pierson | 15 April 2015 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday the first formal late-stage trial of its approved treatment for advanced breast cancer, Ibrance, was stopped […]

15 Apr 2015

Heart chip beats toward better drug screening, personalized medicine

By Ben Gruber | 14 April 2015 BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – Bioengineers in California have developed a system that allows human heart cells to function outside the body, a development that […]

15 Apr 2015

Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay

By Susan Cornwell | 15 April 2015 (Reuters) – Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in […]

14 Apr 2015

Japan’s CO2 emissions hit second-highest on record

By Osamu Tsukimori | 14 April 2015 (Reuters) – Japan’s greenhouse-gas emissions rose to the second-highest on record in the year ended March 2014, revised government figures showed on Tuesday, […]

14 Apr 2015

IBM launches new health unit, teams up with Apple, J&J, Medtronic

By Bill Rigby | 13 April 2015 (Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp, deepening its partnership with Apple Inc to make use of health information gathered by millions of Apple […]

13 Apr 2015

FDA staff backs Medicines Co’s once-rejected blood clot preventer

By Samantha Kareen Nair and Natalie Grover in Bengaluru | 13 April 2015 (Reuters) – An intravenous blood clot preventer developed by The Medicines Co should be approved by the […]

10 Apr 2015

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing

By Carey Gillam | 10 April 2015 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the […]

10 Apr 2015

Detecting diabetes in children before symptoms appear

Doctors may be able to detect type 1 diabetes in children before they exhibit any symptoms of the disease, new research from Sweden shows. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune […]

10 Apr 2015

Got diabetes? There’s an app for that

By Julie Steenhuysen | 09 March 2015 (Reuters) – U.S. health researchers said on Monday they are targeting millions of smartphone users with Apple Inc’s new software tool, hoping to […]

9 Apr 2015

California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead

By Curtis Skinner | 09 April 2015 (Reuters) – California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let […]

8 Apr 2015

Chinese citizens sue government over transparency on Monsanto herbicide

By Dominique Patton | 08 April 2015 (Reuters) – Three Chinese citizens are taking China’s Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report supporting […]

7 Apr 2015

Robotic glove could help stroke survivors

By Jim Drury | 07 April 2015 A robotic glove designed to help stroke sufferers regain movement in their hands and rebuild their muscles has been developed as part of […]

6 Apr 2015

Fateful Harvest: A Reuters Special Report

Why Brazil has a big appetite for risky pesticides ————————- By Paulo Prada | 2 April 2015 In this farming superpower, agricultural chemicals – including paraquat – face lax regulation. […]

1 Apr 2015

EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide

By Carey Gillam in Kansas City | 31 March 2015 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world’s most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid […]

31 Mar 2015

China aims to double doctor numbers as cure for healthcare woes

By Adam Jourdan | 31 March 2015 (Reuters) – China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it […]

30 Mar 2015

Los Angeles company to halt seafood distribution over listeria: DOJ

By Emily Stephenson | 30 March 2015 (Reuters) – A U.S. District Court imposed a permanent injunction on a Los Angeles-based seafood company after food inspectors found contamination by the […]

27 Mar 2015

Europe pushes back verdict on Bristol immune system cancer drug

By Ben Hirschler | 27 March 2015 (Reuters) – European regulators have postponed a decision on whether to recommend approval of a closely watched Bristol-Myers Squibb drug that helps the […]

26 Mar 2015

WHO urges Europeans to work together to counter high drug prices

By Ben Hirschler | 26 March 2015 (Reuters) – European governments need to be better at sharing expertise about the cost-effectiveness of new medicines to counter the budget strains posed […]

25 Mar 2015

Global Fund cancels $574 million for fighting AIDS in Malawi

By Mabvuto Banda | 25 March 2015 (Reuters) – The Global Fund has canceled $574 million in grants to Malawi for fighting AIDS and asked for a $6.4 million refund […]

25 Mar 2015

FDA approves Emergent BioSolutions’ inhaled anthrax treatment

By Natalie Grover | 25 March 2015 (Reuters) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment for inhaled anthrax, triggering a $7 million milestone […]

24 Mar 2015

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

By Carey Gillam | 24 March 2015 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, maker of the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking […]

23 Mar 2015

Pfizer, Lilly to resume study testing pain drug

By Ransdell Pierson | 23 March 2015 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co will resume a late-stage study testing their pain drug tanezumab after the U.S. Food […]

20 Mar 2015

FDA panel backs Glaxo asthma drug for adults, not adolescents

By Toni Clarke | 19 March 2015 (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s drug to treat chronic breathing problems is safe and effective enough for adults with asthma to use but not […]

20 Mar 2015

Singapore’s air pollution rises to unhealthy level

By Aradhana Aravindan | 20 March 2015 (Reuters) – Singapore’s air pollution hit levels classified “unhealthy” on Friday, the government’s National Environment Agency said on its website. ( The 3-hour […]

19 Mar 2015

Industry makes $7,000 for each tobacco death: health campaigners

By Kate Kelland | 19 March 2015  (Reuters) – The tobacco industry makes $7,000 for each of the more than 6 million people who die each year from smoking-related illness, […]

17 Mar 2015

Dementia drug research aided by $100 million venture capital fund

By Ben Hirschler | 17 March 2015 (Reuters) – The world’s first venture capital fund dedicated to finding new ways to prevent and treat dementia has raised more than $100 […]

16 Mar 2015

AstraZeneca heart drug results positive but not knock-out

By Ben Hirschler | 16 March 2015 (Reuters) – New clinical trial results with AstraZeneca’s heart drug Brilinta are positive but bleeding risks suggest the company’s sales force still has […]

13 Mar 2015

KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s says no antibiotics in chicken

By Lisa Baertlein and P.J. Huffstutter | 12 March 2015 (Reuters) – KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to […]

10 Mar 2015

U.S. FDA warns of seizure, alcohol risk with Pfizer’s Chantix

By Toni Clarke | 09 March 2015 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Monday that Pfizer Inc’s quit-smoking drug, Chantix, has been associated with seizures and that […]

9 Mar 2015

NIH director sees solving data puzzle as key to U.S. precision medicine

By Julie Steenhuysen | 07 March 2015 (Reuters) – One of the earliest tasks in President Barack Obama’s $215 million “precision medicine” program will be finding a way to piece […]

5 Mar 2015

McDonald’s USA to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply

By Lisa Baertlein and P.J Huffstutter | 04 March 2015 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp’s U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the […]

3 Mar 2015

Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts

By Kyle Plantz | 28 February 2015 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging […]

2 Mar 2015

Companies’ tests used in ‘superbug’ scope cleaning flawed: FDA

By Toni Clarke | 2 March 2015 (Reuters) – Manufacturers’ tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with “superbug” outbreaks contained flaws that render their cleaning instructions unreliable, according […]

25 Feb 2015

WHO calls for more measles vaccination in Europe as large outbreaks persist

By Kate Kelland | 25 February 2015 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization in Europe called on Wednesday for measles vaccination campaigns to be stepped up across the region after […]

25 Feb 2015

Breastfeeding may protect babies from arsenic exposure

By Andrew M. Seaman | 23 February 2015 Breastfeeding may protect babies from arsenic exposure (Reuters Health) – Babies who are breastfed have lower arsenic exposure than babies who are […]

19 Feb 2015

Arsenic, nitrates among pollutants in California drinking water: report

By Sharon Bernstein | 19 February 2015 (Reuters) – California’s public drinking water systems violated safety levels for contaminants more than 1,000 times during the 2012-2013 fiscal year says a […]

19 Feb 2015

Kaiser Permanente joins Apple, Walmart in clean energy buying spree

Source: GreenBiz By Heather Clancy, Senior Writer, GreenBiz | 18 February 2015 Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente plans to buy enough solar and wind energy to cover half of its electricity […]

12 Feb 2015

New digital maps speed up aid response after earthquakes

By Chris Arsenault | 11 February 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new digital mapping system will help aid groups respond more quickly when earthquakes strike, a U.N. official […]

30 Jan 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How wetlands manage risk

Mr. Christopher Briggs holds the impressive title “Secretary General,  Convention on Wetlands, (Ramsar,1971)”, and we decided it was a good time to consult with Chris on the role that this […]

30 Jan 2015

For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud

By Soumaila T. Diarra | 29 January 2015 MASSAKO, Mali (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees […]

24 Jan 2015

U.N. asks countries for climate plans after record warm 2014

By Alister Doyle  | 22 January 2015 (Reuters) – The United Nations asked governments on Thursday to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a […]

14 Jan 2015

States, donors must do more to tackle rising disaster risk: U.N.

BY MEGAN ROWLING | 14 January 2015 BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from […]

8 Jan 2015

For Obama, Indian parade may be a bit too breathtaking

(Reuters) – It may not rain on President Barack Obama’s parade when he comes to New Delhi this month for India’s Republic Day celebrations at the invitation of Prime Minister […]

5 Jan 2015

Beijing pollution levels fall slightly in 2014

5 January 2015 (Reuters) – Beijing recorded a slight drop in smog levels in 2014, the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday, though some pollutants remained at 150 percent […]

28 Dec 2014

Elder-care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups, apps

By Christina Farr | 28 December 2014 (Reuters) – For years, Google Inc’s commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, […]

17 Dec 2014

Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

By Chris Arsenault | 16 December 2014 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost […]

6 Dec 2014

Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues: UN official

By Chris Arsenault | 5 December 2014 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of […]

1 Dec 2014

Drought-hit Sao Paulo may ‘get water from mud’: TRFN

By Adriana Brasileiro | 29 November 2014 RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – São Paulo, Brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply […]

25 Nov 2014

Supreme court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley | 25 November 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration […]

14 Nov 2014

Packaged Good: Your fish, an albatross and bio-based packaging

By Thomson Reuters | 14 November 2014 In 1997 the oceanographer Captain Charles Moore was sailing across the Pacific Ocean when he began to notice a disturbing amount of garbage […]

9 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How the middle east can help feed the world

By M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International, and Marie Haga,  Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust | 10 November 2014 It was in the Middle East, […]

2 Nov 2014

Climate change fight affordable, cut emissions to zero by 2100: U.N.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent | 2 November 2014 Nov 2 (Reuters) – Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas […]

Children light fireworks on the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi October 17, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Reinhard Krause

21 Oct 2014

Indian capital braces for worst air quality this festive week

By Aditya Kalra | 21 October 2014 (Reuters) – Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to “severe” levels this week when Indians set off firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu […]

21 Oct 2014

Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame

By Kate Kelland | 20 October 2014 (Reuters) – A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of […]

20 Oct 2014

U.S. takes dozens off Ebola watch lists, boosts response

By Anna Driver | 20 October 2014 (Reuters) – Weeks of worry about Ebola infection ended on Monday for several dozen people who came off watch lists in the United […]

16 Oct 2014

EU disagrees on need for Ebola screening at Europe’s airports

By Adrian Croft and Francesco Guarascio | 16 October 2014 (Reuters) – European Union health ministers agreed on Thursday to try to improve the systems put in place by West […]

1 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Natural work settings improve health, and the bottom line

It’s time to bring nature into our built environments By Bill Browning and Allison Bernett | Source: Ensia September 30, 2014 If we think about where we most enjoy vacationing, […]

1 Oct 2014

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

By Tom Miles | 29 September 2014 (Reuters) – The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster […]

28 Sep 2014

Roche breast cancer drug ‘unprecedented’ in extending lives

By Ben Hirschler | 28 September 2014 (Reuters) – A new breast cancer drug from Roche has shown “unprecedented” benefits in extending lives in a clinical trial and experts urged […]

16 Sep 2014

Special Report: Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks

By Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter | 15 September 2014 (Reuters) – Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a […]

13 Sep 2014

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study

By Ian Simpson | 12 September 2014 (Reuters) – The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to […]

11 Sep 2014

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery – U.N.

By Tom Miles | 10 September 2014 * Ozone layer shields life from damaging rays * Sign of thickening shows success of global ban * World needs equal push against […]

3 Sep 2014

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013

By Carey Gillam | 3 September 2014 (Reuters) – Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months […]

2 Sep 2014

Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

By David DeKok | 2 September 2014 (Reuters) – A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and […]

25 Aug 2014

Reuters Slideshow: California’s historic drought

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18 Aug 2014

Struggling Liberia creates ‘plague villages’ in Ebola epicenter

By Eric Telmor and Emma Farge | 17 August 2014 (Reuters) – To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the […]

14 Aug 2014

Scientists find how ‘nefarious’ Ebola disables immune response

BY KATE KELLAND | 13 August 2014 (Reuters) – Scientists studying the lethal Ebola virus say they have found how it blocks and disables the body’s ability to battle infections in […]

7 Aug 2014

Ebola emergency turns spotlight on experimental drugs

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley | 7 August 2014(Reuters) – With hundreds of patients in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which […]

3 Aug 2014

Some 400,000 in Ohio without drinking water as toxin tests continue

By George Tanber | 3 August 2014 (Reuters) – Testing of water for toxins in Toledo, Ohio, continued on Sunday as some 400,000 people remained without safe drinking water for […]

30 Jul 2014

SLIDESHOW: Polluted waters of China

Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers, and factory wastewater have degraded China’s water supplies to the extent that half the nation’s rivers and lakes are severely polluted. A man stands beside […]

15 Jul 2014

Doctor characteristics may influence prostate cancer treatment

By Andrew M. Seaman | 14 July 2014 (Reuters Health) – Whether a man’s low-risk prostate cancer gets treated with surveillance, surgery or another method may have more to do […]

3 Jul 2014

Target tuberculosis in rich world as model for poor: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | 3 July 2014 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday launched an ambitious plan for rich countries to sharply reduce tuberculosis infections and serve […]

25 Jun 2014

White House weakened draft of FDA’s proposed tobacco regulations

By Toni Clarke and Sharon Begley | 25 June 2014 (Reuters) – White House changes to proposed rules for tobacco products significantly weakened language detailing health risks from cigars and deleted restrictions […]

23 Jun 2014

North Korea army mobilized as rivers run dry in worst drought in years

By James Pearson | 23 June 2014 (Reuters) – North Korea’s rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said on Monday, prompting the isolated […]

19 Jun 2014

A quarter of India’s land is turning into desert: minister

18 June 2014 (Reuters) – About a quarter of India’s land is turning to desert and degradation of agricultural areas is becoming a severe problem, the environment minister said, potentially […]

9 Jun 2014

Thousands of naked bicyclists stage festive Portland protest ride

(Reuters) – Thousands of bicyclists, many of them stark naked, poured into the streets of Portland, Oregon on Saturday night for the 11th annual World Naked Bike Ride, a protest […]

30 May 2014

U.S. birth rate hits lows for teens, rises among older women

By Ellen Wulfhorst | 30 May 2014 (Reuters) – The birth rate among U.S. teens and young women dropped to record lows last year, while the rate among older women […]

29 May 2014

Minnesota, Hawaii take top spots on U.S. senior health

By the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established by UnitedHealth Group | 29 May 2014 In 2011, the first of more than 70 million baby boomers turned 65, marking […]

29 May 2014

Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

By Ben Hirschler | 29 May 2014 * Concern that UN agency sees e-cigarettes as “threat” * Classification as tobacco products would curb use * Scientists say e-cigarettes “part of […]

29 May 2014

Minneapolis park system ranks as best in U.S. for second year in a row

By Laila Kearney | 29 May 2014 (Reuters) – The Minneapolis parks system scored highest in the nation for the second straight year in a report ranking U.S. urban greenspace […]

26 May 2014

Senator to renew gun control push after California shooting spree

26 May 2014 (Reuters) – Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Sunday he wanted to revive gun control legislation rejected by Congress in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school […]

20 May 2014

‘Best before’ dates add to food waste: EU paper

By Barbara Lewis | 19 May 2014 (Reuters) – “Best before” dates on food add to a mountain of waste in Europe and could be scrapped for some long-life produce, […]

13 May 2014

Pesticides suspected in spike of illnesses in Washington state

By Laura Zuckerman | 13 May 2014 (Reuters) – Pesticides may be linked to a spike in cases involving breathing difficulties and skin rashes in central Washington state, health officials […]

8 May 2014

WHO finds Indian cities have dirtiest air; Chinese data foggy

By Tom Miles  | 7 May 2014 (Reuters) – An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having […]

7 May 2014

Reuters Wider Image: Sick and in crisis, religious violence in Myanmar

Sittwe | 28 Apr 2014 Photographer Minzayar After religious violence forced many of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority from their homes, the community is now grappling with a health crisis exacerbated […]

16 Apr 2014

World Bank seeks to bridge differences over best way to improve healthcare

By Stella Dawson | 16 April 2014 WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The World Bank pressed its campaign for universal health coverage at its spring meetings on Friday and sought […]

10 Apr 2014

Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states

By Carey Gillam | 10 April 2014 (Reuters) – A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically […]

1 Apr 2014

Smokers may show heart disease much younger than nonsmokers

1 April 2014 (Reuters Health) – A smoker’s coronary artery disease is likely to be as advanced as that of a non-smoker who is 10 years older when both show […]

21 Mar 2014

Probiotic reduces risk of infections for preschoolers

By Shereen Jegtvig | 21 March 2014 (Reuters Health) – A trial in Mexico suggests probiotics may help protect kids from the mild, but seemingly constant, illnesses they pick up […]

13 Mar 2014

Slightly elevated blood pressure also tied to strokes

By Andrew M. Seaman | 12 March 2014 (Reuters Health) – People with blood pressure that is elevated but not enough to be considered “high” are still at an increased […]

13 Mar 2014

Blood test offers swifter, safer diagnosis of sport brain injury

By Kate Kelland | 13 March 2014 (Reuters) – Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and prevent American football, rugby […]

12 Mar 2014

Insurers wary of Obamacare unknowns as they plan for 2015

By Caroline Humer | 11 March 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. health insurers are struggling to set prices for their Obamacare plans in 2015 and decide which regions to return to […]

11 Mar 2014

Nepal’s miracle gel saves newborns from infection

By Gopal Sharma | 11 March 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sangita Shrestha desperately waits in a hospital bed to see the baby girl she has just delivered. In the […]

11 Mar 2014

U.S. top court case highlights unsettled science in contraception

By Sharon Begley | 11 March 2014 (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious dispute over the Obamacare contraception mandate, advocates on both sides are […]

10 Mar 2014

Exclusive: Germany permits sale of Northwest Bio brain cancer drug

Reporting by Ransdell Pierson | 10 March 2014 (Reuters) – German health regulators have granted Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug, DCVax-L, in the […]

10 Mar 2014

Heroin overdoses pose ‘urgent public health crisis’: U.S. attorney general

Reporting by David Ingram; Writing by Steve Gorman | 10 March 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said his agency was stepping up efforts to stem sharp increases in deadly heroin […]

7 Mar 2014

Nurse numbers, education linked to patient death rate

By Allison Bond | 7 March 2014 (Reuters) – Both the quality and quantity of nurses on a hospital staff have significant influence on the chances patients will die following […]

7 Mar 2014

Texas abortion provider closes two clinics, citing new law

By Jon Herskovitz | 6 March 2014 (Reuters) – Two more Texas abortion providers said they will shut down this week, saying their doctors were unable to get admitting privileges to […]

6 Mar 2014

Gene therapy may offer “functional” cure for HIV

By Deena Beasley | 5 March 2014 (Reuters) – A strategy to genetically modify cells from people infected with HIV could become a way to control the virus that causes […]

6 Mar 2014

U.S. House votes to delay Obamacare penalty for non-enrollment

By David Morgan and Thomas Ferraro | 5 March 2014 (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay for one year the tax penalty Americans […]

5 Mar 2014

Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids’ arteries

By Kate Kelland | 4 March 2014 (Reuters) – Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries – increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes […]

5 Mar 2014

WHO cuts sugar intake advice to 5 percent of daily energy

By Kate Kelland | 5 March 2014 (Reuters) – Sugar should account for less than 5.0 percent of what people eat each day if they are to avoid health risks such […]

4 Mar 2014

South African scientists map HIV antibodies in vaccine hunt

By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura | 3 March 2014 (Reuters) – Scientists in South Africa have mapped the evolution of an antibody that kills different strains of the HIV virus, which might […]

4 Mar 2014

World food security at risk as variety of crops shrinks

By Samuel Mintz | 4 March 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Globalisation touches almost every aspect of life in the modern world, including the food we eat. Over the last […]

3 Mar 2014

Oklahoma House passes new abortion restrictions bill

By Heide Brandes | 28 February 2014 (Reuters) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday to apply new restrictions on abortions that lawmakers said are […]

3 Mar 2014

Springing out of the gym into the sun? Take time to thaw out

By Dorene Internicola | 3 March 2014 (Reuters) – Fitness warriors eager to step out of the gym at the first sign of spring should exercise caution, fitness experts say, […]

26 Feb 2014

European politicians back tougher anti-tobacco rules

By Barbara Lewis | 26 February 2014 (Reuters) – EU politicians voted for a new anti-tobacco law on Wednesday that forces cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings […]

26 Feb 2014

Popular U.S. health reform plan may not cut costs, boost quality: study

By Julie Steenhuysen | 25 February 2014 (Reuters) – Increased attention given to patients in primary care practices organized into so-called medical homes may not improve quality of care or reduce […]

25 Feb 2014

Anti-gay communities linked to shorter lives: study

By Andrew M. Seaman | 24 February 2014 (Reuters Health) – People who are gay, lesbian or bisexual tend to die earlier in communities where citizens are less accepting of […]

25 Feb 2014

WHO sees risk of obesity becoming the new norm in Europe

By Kate Kelland | 24 February 2014 (Reuters) – Being overweight is so common in Europe that it risks becoming “the new norm”, with around a third of teenagers now heavier than […]

25 Feb 2014

Afghans needing healthcare face danger, debt, corrupt doctors – report

By Katie Nguyen | 25 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – International aid has been poured into their country for more than a decade, but many Afghans must still navigate […]

20 Feb 2014

Smoke-free park policies slow to catch on: study

By Kathryn Doyle | 18 February 2014 (Reuters Health) – Bans on smoking in public parks are still fairly rare in the United States, despite more than half of states […]

20 Feb 2014

Health experts warn of water contamination from California drought

By Sharon Bernstein | 18 February 2014 (Reuters) – California’s drought has put 10 communities at acute risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days, and worsened numerous […]

19 Feb 2014

1,000 Days Left To 2015 Target Date For Achieving The Millennium Development Goals

By Sangeeta Haindl | 18 February 2014 (3BL Media/Justmeans) – Poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of children’s lives can have irreversible consequences: for millions of children, as it […]

19 Feb 2014

HIV positive teens dying after hospitals and guardians fail to test them

By Katy Migiro | 19 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thousands of HIV-positive children are suffering and dying unnecessarily because of late diagnosis, a Zimbabwe-based expert on HIV/AIDS said, calling […]

18 Feb 2014

U.S. regulator on India visit calls for greater drug safety collaboration

By Sumeet Chatterjee and Zeba Siddiqui | 18 February 2014 (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for more collaboration among regulators to improve […]

18 Feb 2014

Big tobacco returns to British TV with BAT e-cig advert

By Costas Pitas | 17 February 2014 (Reuters) – British American Tobacco will become the biggest tobacco company to show a television advert for e-cigarettes in Britain on Monday but […]

14 Feb 2014

Mississippi lawmakers move forward on 20-week abortion ban

By Emily Le Coz | 13 February 2014 (Reuters) – Mississippi lawmakers took steps to become the latest U.S. state to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy by passing […]

14 Feb 2014

Obamacare enrollment push for the young enters 11th hour

By David Morgan | 14 February 2014 (Reuters) – One of the latest Obamacare pitches to get young adults to sign up for health insurance starts out with a mother’s kitchen note […]

13 Feb 2014

Threat of global disease outbreaks spawns 27-nation pact

By Sharon Begley | 13 February 2014 (Reuters) – Twenty-seven countries announced on Thursday the launch of an effort to improve the ability to prevent, detect, respond to and contain […]

13 Feb 2014

Calif. lawmaker proposes warning labels for sugary drinks

By Sharon Bernstein | 13 February 2014 (Reuters) – All sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth […]

12 Feb 2014

Vaccine exemption bills often introduced but rarely passed

By Andrew M. Seaman | 12 February 2014 (Reuters Health) – Legislation to change whether parents may refuse school vaccinations for their children appears to be common in some states, […]

12 Feb 2014

New study adds to evidence that mammograms do not save lives

By Sharon Begley | 12 February 2014 (Reuters) – A new study has added to growing evidence that yearly mammogram screenings do not reduce the chance that a woman will die of […]

11 Feb 2014

Britain to ban smoking in cars carrying children

By William James and Martinne Geller | 11 February 2014 (Reuters) – Smoking will soon be banned in cars carrying children in Britain, the government said on Tuesday, under new laws aimed at reducing […]

11 Feb 2014

First case of polio discovered in Kabul since 2001

Reporting by Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni | 11 February 2014 (Reuters) – A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with the first case of polio since 2001 in the Afghan […]

10 Feb 2014

Tweaking an exercise routine to stay strong after 50

By Dorene Internicola | 10 February 2014 (Reuters) – People turning 50 may want to consider tweaking their exercise routines because as they age stiffer joints, slower recovery from injury […]

10 Feb 2014

Smoking tied to increased risk of common type of breast cancer

By Andrew M. Seaman | 10 February 2014 (Reuters Health) – Young women who smoke may have an increased risk of a common type of breast cancer, according to a new […]

7 Feb 2014

Tests to show water safety after coal ash spill in North Carolina

By Colleen Jenkins | 6 February 2014 (Reuters) – As many as 82,000 tons of ash have spilled into a river after a pipe break at a retired coal plant in North […]

7 Feb 2014

Nigeria reports new cholera deaths after surge in 2013

By Misha Hussain | 7 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A cholera outbreak across Nigeria has killed 24 people and infected 952 in the first four weeks of 2014, following […]

5 Feb 2014

CVS becomes first big U.S. drugstore chain to drop tobacco

By Phil Wahba and Julie Steenhuysen | 5 February 2014 (Reuters) – CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first […]

5 Feb 2014

Alcohol-linked deaths a problem for the Americas

By Elizabeth Devita Raebrun | 4 February 2014 (Reuters Health) – Liver disease and brain disorders due to alcohol abuse are important causes of premature death in the Americas, a […]

4 Feb 2014

Added sugars abundant In U.S. diets, linked to death

By Andrew M. Seaman | 3 February 2014 (Reuters Health) – Most U.S. adults are eating too much sugar and that’s linked to an increased risk of dying from heart […]

4 Feb 2014

FDA launching major anti-tobacco campaign aimed at youth

By Toni Clarke | 4 February 2014 (Reuters) – A major new anti-tobacco campaign will be launched in the United States next week aimed at vulnerable teenagers at risk of […]

3 Feb 2014

Study finds deregulation fuelling obesity epidemic

By Kate Kelland |  2 February 2014 (Reuters) – Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods […]

3 Feb 2014

We can’t beat cancer with drugs alone; prevention crucial: WHO

By Kate Kelland | 3 February 2014 (Reuters) – Governments must make better use of vaccines and preventative public health policies in the fight against cancer as treatment alone cannot […]

31 Jan 2014

Hospital fees more related to reputation and market share than quality

John Howell | 30 January 2014 (3BL Media) -The medical insurance industry has long argued that hospital pricing is the major driver behind health care premiums. A new report looks […]

31 Jan 2014

Seeing ultrasound rarely changes abortion plans: study

By Shereen Jegtvig | 30 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – Nearly 99 percent of women went ahead with an abortion after voluntarily viewing an ultrasound image of the fetus beforehand, […]

30 Jan 2014

Scientists hail breakthrough in embryonic-like stem cells

By Kate Kelland | 30 January (Reuters) – In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal […]

30 Jan 2014

Many chronically ill Americans unable to afford food, medicine

By Allison Bond | 30 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – One in three Americans with a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure has difficulty paying for […]

29 Jan 2014

Scientists create embryonic-type stem cells without embryos

By Kate Kelland | 29 January 2014 (Reuters) – In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a cheap and easy way to […]

29 Jan 2014

Hong Kong reports third H7N9 bird flu death

By Alice Woodhouse | 29 January 2014 (Reuters) – A 75-year-old man infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus has died in Hong Kong, the government said on Wednesday, the […]

28 Jan 2014

DDT exposure more common in people with Alzheimer’s: study

By Genevra Pittman | 27 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – People who had been exposed to the pesticide DDT were more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than those with no […]

27 Jan 2014

Drug critic slams FDA over antibiotic oversight in meat production

By P.J Huffstutter and Brian Grow | 27 January 2014 (Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency […]

27 Jan 2014

Britain unveils ban on e-cigarettes for under-18s

By William James | 26 January 2014 (Reuters) – Britain said on Sunday it would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to children aged under 18, citing possible adverse health […]

24 Jan 2014

Obamacare coverage enrollment hits three million mark: official

By David Morgan | 24 January 2014 (Reuters) – About three million people have enrolled in privatehealth insurance plans through federal and state marketplaces since October 1, a top U.S. official […]

24 Jan 2014

Omega-3 intake inversely linked to signs of brain aging

By Shereen Jegtvig | 24 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – Older women with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly less brain shrinkage than women with […]

23 Jan 2014

U.S. tobacco companies’ appeal to delay court-ordered advertising blitz

By David Ingram | 22 January 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. consumers will likely have to wait until 2015 or later to see a court-ordered advertising blitz detailing tobaccocompanies’ deception, a lag of nine […]

23 Jan 2014

6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency

By Sharon Begley and David Morgan | 22 January 2014 (Reuters) – More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October […]

22 Jan 2014

Weight-loss gastric balloon pill launched across UK

21 January 2014 (Guardian Health) – A new weight-loss balloon that can be swallowed in a pill has been launched across the UK. Unlike other gastric balloon treatments, Obalon does […]

22 Jan 2014

Buzzed drivers under legal limit still risk car accidents

By Kathryn Doyle | 21 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – Even drivers with a slight “buzz” are more likely to be at fault for accidents than the sober drivers they […]

21 Jan 2014

Gun access tied to greater suicide, murder risk: study

By Andrew M. Seaman | 20 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – People may have heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder if they own or have access to a gun, according […]

21 Jan 2014

More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu – WHO

By Kate Kelland | 20 January 2014 (Reuters) – Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) […]

17 Jan 2014

U.S. surgeon general calls for end of tobacco epidemic

By Julie Steenhuysen | 17 January 2014 (Reuters) – Fifty years after the first U.S. surgeon general’s report declared smoking a hazard to human health, the tally of smoking-related effects […]

17 Jan 2014

Google tests prototype of diabetes-tracking ‘smart’ contact lens

By Alexei Oreskovic | 17 January 2014 (Reuters) – Google Inc said on Thursday that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact […]

16 Jan 2014

UnitedHealth sees Obamacare and Medicare costs, then growth

By Caroline Humer | 16 January 2014 (Reuters) – UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Thursday implementing Obamacare and private Medicare funding cuts will eat into 2014 profit but the government-paid […]

16 Jan 2014

Organic food and farm groups ask Obama to require GMO food labels

By Carey Gillam | 16 January 2014 (Reuters) – Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to […]

15 Jan 2014

Belgian clinic repairs bones with novel technique

By Philip Blenkinsop | 15 January 2014 (Reuters) – Belgian medical researchers have succeeded in repairing bones using stem cells from fatty tissue, with a new technique they believe could […]

15 Jan 2014

New anti-gay law to slow Nigeria’s fight against HIV/AIDS – experts

By Maria Caspani | 14 January 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new anti-gay lawsigned on Monday by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan risks hindering progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS in […]

14 Jan 2014

China doctor gets suspended death sentence for trafficking newborn babies

By Michael Martina | 14 January 2014 (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Tuesday handed down a suspended death sentence on a doctor who sold seven newborn babies to human […]

14 Jan 2014

Many younger U.S. adults skipping flu shots: report

By Julie Steenhuysen | 14 January 2014 (Reuters) – Just over a third of U.S. adults ages 18 to 65 got the flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season, according […]

13 Jan 2014

Brain training helped older adults stay sharp for years: study

By Julie Steenhuysen | 13 January 2014 (Reuters) – A brief course of brain exercises helped older adults hold on to improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed for 10 […]

13 Jan 2014

Global polio fight reaches milestone as India frees itself of the virus – WHO

By Nita Bhalla | 13 January 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India on Monday marked three years since its last reported case of polio, paving the way for it to be […]

10 Jan 2014

U.S. to part with contractor CGI for Obamacare website

By Sandra Maler in Washington, Caroline Humer, Lewis Krauskopf and Sharon Begley in New York, and Leah Schnurr in Toronto | 10 January 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. government will […]

10 Jan 2014

Fad diets can work, but experts find no magic slimming bullet

By Kate Kelland | 10 January 2014 (Reuters) – Resolutions to lose weight are often made in January yet almost as frequently abandoned as heavy hopefuls find diets that demand […]

9 Jan 2014

Food, beverage companies slash calories in obesity fight

By Sharon Begley | 9 January 2014 (Reuters) – A voluntary effort by the world’s largest food and beverage companies to remove billions of calories from the products they sell […]

9 Jan 2014

WHO says China has seven more cases of new H7N9 bird flu

By Kate Kelland | 9 January 2014 (Reuters) – Seven more people in China have been found to be infected with a potentially deadly new strain of bird flu in the […]

8 Jan 2014

Canadian dies from H5N1 avian influenza on return from China

By David Ljunggren | 8 January 2014 (Reuters) – A Canadian has died from H5N1 avian influenza after returning from a trip to China in what is the only current confirmed case […]

8 Jan 2014

Eight million lives saved since U.S. alarm on smoking 50 years ago

By Andrew M. Seaman | 7 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – More than half of American men and over a third of women were smokers on January 11, 1964, when […]

7 Jan 2014

Most U.S. doctors fail to discuss alcohol with patients: study

By David Beasley | 7 January 2014 (Reuters) – Doctors are failing to find out if their patients drink too much alcohol, despite evidence that at least 38 million American […]

7 Jan 2014

Americans unlikely to move to get better Medicaid benefits: study

By Richard Valdmanis | 7 January 2014 (Reuters) – Americans are unlikely to move to another state to obtain better medical coverage, according to a Harvard study released on Monday […]

6 Jan 2014

Seasonal flu widespread in the United States: CDC

By Marina Lopes | 3 January 2014 (Reuters) – Nearly half of the United States is reporting widespread influenza activity, most of it attributed to the H1N1 virus that caused […]

6 Jan 2014

Senator Ron Johnson to sue over healthcare subsidy for Congress

By Doina Chiacu | 6 January, 2014 (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ron Johnson planned to file a lawsuit on Monday challenging “special treatment” for members of the U.S. Congress in […]

3 Jan 2014

Birth control type tied to time between pregnancies

By Kathleen Raven | 3 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – Women using intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other types of long-term reversible birth control after having a baby are less likely […]

3 Jan 2014

Heart disease could be tied to dementia for older women

By Kathryn Doyle | 3 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – Older women with a history of heart trouble were more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those without […]

2 Jan 2014

OSHA plans to slash silica workplace exposure limits

By Anne Harding | 1 January 2014 (Reuters Health) – The U.S. government is planning stricter controls on exposure to silica, a carcinogen found in workplaces ranging from dentist’s offices […]

2 Jan 2014

Trebling tobacco tax ‘could prevent 200 million early deaths’

By Kate Kelland | 1 January 2014 (Reuters) – Trebling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other […]

31 Dec 2013

Over two million have signed up on Obamacare, state websites: U.S. official

By Susan Cornwell | 31 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Over two million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the federally run and state healthcare enrollment websites, a U.S. administration […]

31 Dec 2013

Some current, former smokers should get annual lung scans: US panel

By Julie Steenhuysen | 30 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Heavy smokers and former heavy smokers should get annual lung cancer screening tests, according to final guidelines issued on Monday by […]

30 Dec 2013

Decision aids reduce mammograms among older women

By Kathryn Doyle | 30 December, 2013 (Reuters Health) – Women over 75 who learned more about the risks and benefits of mammogram screenings were less likely to go through […]

30 Dec 2013

Official who oversaw building of Obamacare website retires

By Susan Cornwell | 30 December, 2013 (Reuters) – U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website,, is retiring from her job as […]

27 Dec 2013

Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking

By Benjamin Stix | 27 December, 2013 (Reuters Health) – Parents who set limits are less likely to have kids who smoke, regardless of their ethnic and racial backgrounds, according […]

27 Dec 2013

High rates of high blood pressure persist in US Southeast

By Kathryn Doyle | 27 December, 2013 (Reuters Health) – One third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but in the southeastern part of the country the rate is […]

24 Dec 2013

Settlement reached over deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

By Jonathan Stempel | 24 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Owners and insurers of a now-bankrupt Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak have agreed to pay more than $100 […]

23 Dec 2013

Obamacare’s signup deadline on Monday has its exceptions

By Susan Cornwell and Roberta Rampton | 23 December, 2013 (Reuters) – For most Americans who don’t have health insurance, Monday is the deadline to sign up for coverage starting on […]

20 Dec 2013

Last-minute Obamacare rule eased

By Roberta Rampton | 19 December, 2013 (Reuters) – The Obama administration made a major last-minute policy shift on Thursday, saying the change would help Americans meet a looming deadline […]

20 Dec 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Changing the global food narrative

“The dominant story about the future of the world food supply is logical, well known and wrong.” By Jonathan Foley,  Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University […]

20 Dec 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A call to remember the forgotten crops

Interview of Monkombu Swaminathan, (Awards: World Food Prize laureate, Indira Gandhi Prize, Albert Einstein World Award of Science) By Fred Pearce |20 December 2013 CGIAR, the world’s largest agriculture research partnership, […]

19 Dec 2013

In healthcare experiment, patients pay more for ‘bad’ medicine

By Sharon Begley | 19 December, 2013 (Reuters) – When Tanner Martin, 17, developed excruciating back pain last year, he was sure he needed an X-ray to find out what […]

19 Dec 2013

New York City Council mulls adding e-cigarettes to smoking ban

By Curtis Skinner | 19 December, 2013 (Reuters) – The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city’s strict […]

18 Dec 2013

Obamacare tech hurdle looms right before enrollment deadline

By Roberta Rampton and Sharon Begley | 18 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government’s plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal, […]

18 Dec 2013

EU strikes deal on tough new anti-tobacco rules

By Charlie Dunmore | 18 December, 2013 (Reuters) – European Union diplomats approved new anti-tobacco legislation on Wednesday, including larger health warnings on cigarette packets and the bloc’s first rules […]

17 Dec 2013

GSK to stop paying doctors in major marketing overhaul

(Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors for promoting its drugs and scrap prescription targets for its marketing staff – a first for an industry battling scandals over its sales […]

17 Dec 2013

Exclusive: Syria region where polio found excluded from 2012 vaccination drive

By Oliver Holmes | 17 December, 2013 (Reuters) The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor – where polio broke out this year – from a 2012 […]

16 Dec 2013

Analysis: Fight for cheap drugs shifts from AIDS to new hepatitis pills

By Ben Hirschler | 16 December, 2013 (Reuters) – A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries – this time for treating hepatitis C – […]

16 Dec 2013

E-cigarette row could block new EU tobacco rules: diplomats

By Charlie Dunmore | 16 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Disagreement over how to regulate the booming market for electronic cigarettes is holding up a deal on strict new rules governing […]

13 Dec 2013

Child malnutrition on the rise amongst displaced in southern Philippines – U.N.

By Thin Lei Win | 13 December, 2013 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An increasing number of children are suffering from malnutrition in evacuation centres in the southern Philippines, the United […]

13 Dec 2013

Vaccines help reduce U.S. flu cases, hospital stays: CDC

By David Beasley | 12 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Flu shots reduced the number of U.S. flu cases and hospitalizations last year by an estimated 17 percent, highlighting the need […]

12 Dec 2013

For some Obamacare shoppers, a brief grace period on premiums

By Caroline Humer and Lewis Krauskopf | 12 December, 2013 (Reuters) – As a deadline approaches for people to sign up for medical insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, some insurers […]

12 Dec 2013

New U.S. rules aim to cut antibiotic use in farm animals

By Ransdell Pierson and Charles Abbott | 11 December, 2013 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators announced new guidelines on Wednesday to phase out the use of antibiotics as a growth enhancer […]

12 Dec 2013

Cancer deaths rise to 8.2 million, breast cancer sharply up

By Kate Kelland | 12 December, 2013 (Reuters) – The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease […]

11 Dec 2013

G8 aims to beat dementia by 2025 with AIDS-style fight

By Ben Hirschler | 11 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said […]

11 Dec 2013

E-cigarettes: a burning question for U.S. regulators

By Marina Lopes | 11 December, 2013 (Reuters) – At the Henley Vaporium, one of a growing number of e-cigarette lounges sprouting up in New York and other U.S. cities, […]

11 Dec 2013

Malaria control efforts saved 3.3 million since 2000, WHO says

By Julie Steenhuysen | 11 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Global efforts to curb malaria have saved the lives of 3.3 million people since 2000, cutting global death rates from the […]

10 Dec 2013

New H7N9 bird flu resists drugs without losing ability to spread

By Kate Kelland | 10 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Scientists have found that a mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a […]

10 Dec 2013

A year after Newtown, Biden announces more mental health funding

By Jeff Mason | 6 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will announce on Tuesday a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million […]

9 Dec 2013

Florida researcher to study high-altitude dust for health risks

By Barbara Liston | 6 December, 2013 (Reuters) – A Florida researcher is preparing to test massive dust storms in the upper atmosphere that roll in from Africa to see […]

9 Dec 2013

Camp Lejeune water contamination linked to birth defects

By Kelly Twedell | 6 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Water pollution at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina has been linked to increased risk of birth defects and […]

6 Dec 2013

Hong Kong confirms second case of H7N9 bird flu in a week

6 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Hong Kong has confirmed its second case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, days after the first, as the virus spreads beyond mainland China, authorities said […]

6 Dec 2013

Exercise later in life tied to healthy aging

By C.E Huggins | 5 November, 2013 (Reuters Health) – It’s never too late to start exercising, according to a new study that found formerly inactive seniors who took up […]

5 Dec 2013

More Obamacare enrollees in two days than all of October: sources

By Steve Holland | 5 December, 2013 (Reuters) – More people signed up on the government’s new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the […]

5 Dec 2013

U.S. pregnancy rate slides to 12-year low, federal report finds

By Susan Heavey | 5 December, 2013 (Reuters) – The pregnancy rate among U.S. women fell to its lowest point in 12 years in 2009, continuing its slide from a […]

4 Dec 2013

Today’s elderly may be mentally sharper than yesterday’s

By Kathryn Doyle | 3 December, 2013 (Reuters Health) – Elderly people today might be more mentally nimble than their counterparts were a decade or two ago, according to a […]

4 Dec 2013

Obama urges Americans not be discouraged by rocky healthcare rollout

By Steve Holland , Roberta Rampton and Mark Felsenthal| 4 December, 2013 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans not to be discouraged by the rocky rollout of on Tuesday and vowed to fix […]