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Do hotels need to green up, make their guests happy and healthy?REUTERS/Fred Licht

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 […]

Women collect water at the Chaquelane resettlement camp near the flood hit town of Chokwe, in southern Mozambique. REUTERS

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 […]

A farmer plants rice saplings in a paddy field in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

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 […]

Rashid Hassan Mohammed, a recovering drug addict, poses for a photograph at Nairobi Outreach Services Trust (NOSET) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Neha Wadekar

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 […]

An infant is measured for malnutrition at International Medical Corps' clinic in Gendrassa camp in Maban, Upper Nile State, South Sudan, on the border with Sudan, August 1, 2012. According to the International Medical Corps, an estimated 120,000 refugees have fled violence and hunger in Sudan into camps in South Sudan. Approximately 1,000 refugees were transferred on Wednesday from Jamman camp to the newly constructed Gendrassa camp, where they receive health screenings and vaccinations at International Medical Corps' clinic. International Medical Corps has been providing primary health care, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services in South Sudan since 1994.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Motorists switch on their headlights while crossing a highway covered by smog in Manila January 1, 2012.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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 […]

Buildings under a hazy skyline are seen in downtown Guangzhou, capital city of China's southern Guangdong province, in this November 17, 2004 file photo. China's worsening air pollution, after decades of unbridled economic growth, cost the country $112 billion in 2005 in lost economic productivity, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found. The figure, which also took into account people's lost leisure time because of illness or death, was $22 billion in 1975, according to researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

Afghan women carry water on their head at the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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 […]

Michael, 4, refreshes his face at a fountain on a hot summer day in central Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2015. The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1IS2E

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 […]

South Sudanese who fled the recent ethnic violence carry food aid from a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in Pibor, Jonglei State, in this January 12, 2012 file photo. Two years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a petition to fight hunger with the slogan: "1,000,000,000 people live in chronic hunger and I'm mad as hell. " But outrage over the "horrifying figure" of 1 billion hungry people around the world has turned to embarrassment in some quarters in light of growing doubts about the accuracy of the number. Many researchers say the estimate was simply too high. The controversy led the Committee on World Food Security, to urge the FAO to overhaul its calculations using better data and methodology and to call for a set of internationally agreed food-security indicators. The first fruits are due in October when a new estimate of the number of undernourished people will be published along with revisions for previous years as part of the FAO's annual report on food insecurity. To match Feature HUNGER-METRICS.Credit: REUTERS

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” […]

A baby yawns inside the maternity ward of a hospital in Taipei. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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 […]

Buildings under a hazy skyline are seen in downtown Guangzhou, capital city of China's southern Guangdong province, in this November 17, 2004 file photo. China's worsening air pollution, after decades of unbridled economic growth, cost the country $112 billion in 2005 in lost economic productivity, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found. The figure, which also took into account people's lost leisure time because of illness or death, was $22 billion in 1975, according to researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

A Haitian girl with cholera symptoms is doused with water at an improvised clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince

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 […]

There is no treatment or vaccine available for Zika infection. Companies and scientists are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Zika, but one is not expected to be ready for months or years.

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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 – […]

A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources field representatives (unseen) work a checkpoint set up to inspect heavy-duty trucks traveling near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013. California Highway Patrol and the Air Resources Board were inspecting trucks for compliance to California's air pollution laws.    REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT) - RTX13GMW

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 […]

Vegetables pulled out from waste bins of an organic supermarket are pictured in Berlin, January 24, 2013. Foodsharing is a German internet based platform where individuals, retailers or producers have the possibility of offering surplus food to consumers for free. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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 […]

A worker displays a handful of rice at a market in Hefei, Anhui province November 27, 2009.  China, the world's largest rice producer and consumer, has approved a locally-developed strain of genetically-modified rice, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said on Friday. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA BUSINESS FOOD SCI TECH) - RTXR6PZ

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 […]

A health worker removes a dead chicken at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong

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 […]

A fruit-seller sits at his stall in Cairo February 19, 2013. With little regard for the looming economic cliff, politicians in Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, are trading blows over an Islamist-tilted constitution, political violence and an alleged power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood. To match Analysis EGYPT-CLIFF.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Mbiwo Constantine Kusebahasa, WWF Climate Witness, checking the quality of the water. The water is sourced from an irrigation project which diverts water from the river to farmland. Many farmers in the region are switching to 'drought-resistant' crops due to the climatic changes happening in the region. Kasese District, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

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 […]

Rush hour traffic fills an avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe at Neuilly-sur-Seine, Western Paris, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

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 […]

Dried caterpillars are seen for sale at Gambela Market in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 14, 2015. Experts hope that the love of edible insects in Democratic Republic of Congo may hold the key to tackling widespread hunger among its roughly 65 million people by scaling up a millennia-old consumption habit. Picture taken July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Ross - RTX1KDHK

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 […]

Kadija Mohamed cooks food for her children in a camp set up for internally displaced people in Dinsoor, January 5, 2012. Almost six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the Horn of Africa country remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis with 4 million people in need of aid, according to U.N. Figures. Picture taken January 5, 2012.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

A woman walks past a grocery store in Loughborough, central England, January 10, 2013. Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour, a report said on Thursday.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A woman works at a conveyor belt carrying eggs to packaging at Deqingyuan ecological farm on the outskirts of Beijing, China, September 10, 2015.

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 […]

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured during a sunset in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 8, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. Picture taken on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4LA8A

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 […]

A man sets up a warning sign next to a vehicle after an accident amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever "red alert" for air pollution, in Beijing, China, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Children fill water buckets in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY) - RTR4DA04

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 […]

Vehicles drive on the Third Ring Road on a very hazy winter day in Beijing. Reuters/Jason Lee

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 […]

Buildings are seen during a moderately polluted day in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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, […]

A man wearing a mask walks along the Bund along the Huangpu River on a hazy day in Shanghai May 15, 2012. The U.S. consulate in Shanghai began posting hourly air quality readings for the city this week, with data showing "very unhealthy" conditions Tuesday afternoon. The consulate's classification reflects U.S. pollution standards, but operates on a different scale than the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, which called conditions "slightly polluted".Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Running tap water is seen in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

Women wear masks while waiting for bus during a smoggy day in Beijing, October 28, 2013. China's Environment Ministry said last week it will send inspection teams to provinces and cities most seriously affected by smog to ensure rules on fighting air pollution are being enforced.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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 […]

Uganda, Nadome, Kotido (Karamoja), 2 June 2015
Photo: WFP/ Riccardo Gangale

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 […]

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12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PARIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEARLY 200 COUNTRIES

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 […]

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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 […]

An Aedes aegypti mosquitoe is seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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 […]

Workers are seen near welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction in the J1 area at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima

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 […]

A honeybee collects pollen on a snowdrop flower in Klosterneuburg on the first day of spring March 20, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A man digs heap of garbage to recover copper and other metals from discarded electronic waste, to be exchanged for money at nearby junkshops, in the Smokey Mountain rubbish dump in Manila April 7, 2011. An e-waste recycling and reclamation company salvages gold and other precious metals like silver, copper and palladium from microprocessors of discarded electronic products like desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones and copying machines. About 4000 integrated circuits from discarded mobile phones can produce about 100 grams of gold.   REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2KYAG

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts after pardoning the National Thanksgiving turkey during the 69th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTST0PY

24 Nov 2016

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The world's first lab-grown beef burger is seen after it was cooked at a launch event in west London

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 […]

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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 […]

Smoke rises from scene of a derailed train near Casselton, North Dakota

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. […]

A grain combine harvester reaps the field near the village of Iatskovo

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, […]

An unidentified employee prepares fries at the counter of Beurger King Muslim in Clichy-sous-Bois, France.

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 […]

A man rides his bicycle next to Indian soldiers marching in front of India Gate on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

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 […]

A family prepares to load bags of rice and bottles of oil they have been given, onto their cart, at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. A full third of the country's population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of severe malnutrition if rain doesn't fall by July, according to Accion contra el Hambre estimates.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

The logo of UNICEF is pictured at their headquarters in Cologne. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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 […]

A smoke rises from a chimney of a garbage processing plant on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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 […]

A man buys tomatoes at a vegetable market in Mbare, in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, on April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

Residents of Medical Slum, in Dhaka's Tongi district, watch a community theatre performance on the problems of child marriage and dowry payments. TRF/Laurie Goering

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 […]

Men push their bicycles through flood waters on the outskirts of Karachi

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 […]

A salmon jumps out of the water while feeding as sports fishermen cruise by at the mouth of Capilano River in West Vancouver, British Columbia October 9, 2012. Salmon have been migrating up the river to spawn.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

Aerial view of TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks in Fukushima

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 […]

Women carrying black plastic bags cross an intersection in the downtown market in Port-au-Prince. REUTERS/Swoan Parker

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 […]

Kadija Mohamed cooks food for her children in a camp set up for internally displaced people in Dinsoor, January 5, 2012. Almost six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the Horn of Africa country remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis with 4 million people in need of aid, according to U.N. Figures. Picture taken January 5, 2012.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

Belgian Professor Defrane shows hole in a tibia of a patient suffering from a desease and need to be treated on a x-ray

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 […]

A man rides his bike down the waterfront along Lake Ontario in Toronto, July 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (Canada - Tags: SOCIETY)

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, […]

A girl plays in the Eshash el-Sudan slum in the Dokki neighbourhood of Giza, south of Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 2, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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 […]

A boy poses with a chicken burger at a fast food outlet in Taipei January 29, 2010.    REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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, […]

A girl carries a metal pitcher filled with water through a field in Latur, India, April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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 […]

A girl helps herself to a buffet at a fast food restaurant in Harlem in New York December 16, 2009. New York City officials have waged what they call a war on obesity in recent years, including banning the use of trans fat by restaurants, but experts say improvement has been slow in low-income neighborhoods where fast food reigns and fruits and vegetables are in short supply. In Harlem, more than half of residents are overweight or obese, according to a recent report by the city Health Department. Picture taken December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly   (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH FOOD) - RTR28B95

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 […]

Yellow mine waste water from the Gold King Mine is seen in San Juan County, Colorado, in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken August 7, 2015.  REUTERS/EPA/Handout

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 […]

Michael, 4, refreshes his face at a fountain on a hot summer day in central Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2015. The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1IS2E

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 […]

A Volkswagen logo is seen at a dealership in Seoul, South Korea, August 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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 […]

Malagasy children eat at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) school feeding initiative at the Saint de Paul community centre in Tanjombato, a southern suburb of the capital Antananarivo, October 28, 2013. The WFP, in collaboration with partners, provide food assistance to poor children to support their access to education. The centre receives about 927 children aged between 5 to 18 years old, whose parents earn around 2000 Madagascan Ariary ($1) a day. They also receive primary education, literacy tuition, scholastic adjustment, professional training and learn new crafts. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (MADAGASCAR - Tags: BUSINESS EDUCATION FOOD HEALTH SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTX14RAH

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 […]

A fruit-seller sits at his stall in Cairo February 19, 2013. With little regard for the looming economic cliff, politicians in Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, are trading blows over an Islamist-tilted constitution, political violence and an alleged power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood. To match Analysis EGYPT-CLIFF.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Tourists protect themselves from the rain under umbrellas in front of the Eiffel tower as they visit the French capital during summer holidays in Paris, France July 19, 2011.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

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 […]

An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Photograph taken January 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH) - RTR4M647

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 […]

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 11, 2015.
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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 […]

Photo: GMB Akash This century old building in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh does not harbour ghosts of the past – it shelters living and hopeful souls, braving life in the present. It is home to eighty families of sweepers - one of the most neglected and downtrodden communities, despite rendering an important service making it deserved to be noticed and respected.

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 […]

Indonesian soldiers and policemen walk for a break after spraying water on burned palm trees at palm oil plantation at Jebus village in Muaro Jambi, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, September 16, 2015. A worsening haze across northern Indonesia, neighbouring Singapore and parts of Malaysia on Tuesday forced some schools to close and airlines to delay flights, while Indonesia ordered a crackdown against lighting fires to clear forested land. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

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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 […]

A view shows the Daldykan river and its banks in Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, September 8, 2016. Yelizaveta Udilova/Courtesy of Greenpeace Russia/Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

Dried-up rice is seen on a paddy field stricken by drought in Soc Trang province in Mekong Delta in Vietnam March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham

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 […]

The ticker and trading information for St. Jude Medical is displayed where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., April 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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, […]

A Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito on a human finger in this undated handout photograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. To match Insight GREECE-MOSQUITOES/MALARIA.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A child stands in pouring rain in the slum of Susan's Bay in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, August 22, 2012. Sierra Leone's government has described the current cholera outbreak in the West African state as a "national emergency." At the height of the wet season, over-populated areas with poor water and sanitation are exacerbating the spread of the disease. Some 170 deaths are reported since the start of the year. Picture taken August 22, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Farmers dig ditches to lead water from a white polluted stream into farm fields, in Dongchuan district of Kunming, Yunnan province, March 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

(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 above national minimum levels.  The city government has restricted coal use, shut down factories and introduced new fuel standards for cars and trucks in a bid to limit a surge in air pollution that at times has left the Chinese capital shrouded in smog.  Data released Sunday showed the city is making slow progress in combating pollution, which reports say ends hundreds of thousands of lives in China prematurely every year.  Average concentration of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, known as PM2.5, fell 4 percent from 2013 to 85.9 micrograms per cubic meter, the EPA said. The national standard is 35, although the government does not expect to meet the standard until around 2030.  Sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels fell 17.7 percent, nitrogen dioxide (NOx) 1.3 percent and PM10 7.1 percent, the EPA said, while dust levels rose.  As a result, Beijing's 20 million denizens enjoyed 93 days with "excellent air quality" in 2014, up from 71 days in 2013, the EPA said.  The city plans to cut PM2.5 levels a further 5 percent this year, and reduce SO2 and NOx emissions by 6 percent.  It aims to get coal consumption levels down to 15 million tonnes this year from 19 million in 2014. It will get 200,000 old, highly polluting vehicles off the road and shut down some 300 factories, the EPA said.  By 2017, Beijing hopes to get PM2.5 levels down to 60, after cutting coal consumption to less than 10 million tonnes annually. In August, the municipal government said it would phase out coal use completely by 2020.  (Reporting by Stian Reklev; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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 […]

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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 […]

An aerial picture of the site of explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A woman, who underwent sterilization surgery at a government mass sterilization "camp", walks to sit in a hospital bed at a district hospital in Bilaspur, in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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 […]

Italy's member of parliament and PDL party Elvira Savino (C) and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attend a debate in the upper house of Parliament in Rome September 14, 2011. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo

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 […]

An employee picks out bad beans from a pile of soybeans at a supermarket in Wuhan, Hubei province April 14, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A biologist places a recipient with larvae of aedes aegypti mosquitoes as he conducts a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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 […]

Running tap water is seen in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

Elizabeth Gotay Escalera (L) and other volunteers unload drinking water from a truck outside Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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 […]

A KFC fast food restaurant, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc, is pictured ahead of their company results in Pasadena, California, U.S., July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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 […]

A campaign supporter lights on around 1,638 candles representing the number of dead victims claimed by HIV/AIDS in the Philippines since 1984 as part of their commemoration of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day in Quezon city, metro Manila in the Philippines May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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 […]

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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 […]

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

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 […]

A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources field representatives (unseen) work a checkpoint set up to inspect heavy-duty trucks traveling near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013. California Highway Patrol and the Air Resources Board were inspecting trucks for compliance to California's air pollution laws.    REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT) - RTX13GMW

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 […]

A mother and daughter walk home after a meeting of women from several communities eradicating female genital mutilation, in the western Senegalese village of Diabougo September 10, 2007. Tostan, a small Senegalese aid group credited with launching a grass roots campaign to abolish female circumcision in West Africa, will be awarded the $1.5 million Hilton Prize in New York on Wednesday. Picture taken  September 10, 2007. To match feature SENEGAL-MUTILATION/CAMPAIGN   REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SENEGAL)

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 […]

A technician from Oxitec inspects larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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 […]

A vector control team vehicle displays a sign warning of West Nile Virus before the early morning spraying of a neighborhood due to increasing numbers of mosquitoes having tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego, California, U.S. May 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 […]

Birds are seen near the logo of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

A Wendy's sign and logo are shown at one of the company's restaurant in Encinitas, California May 10, 2016 .  REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

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 […]

FILE PHOTO: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference to announce a state-based effort to combat climate change in New York, New York, U.S. March 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

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 […]

A man stands among palm seedlings grown in the Socfin Agricultural Company's nursery in Malen chiefdom in Pujehun district in southern Sierra Leone October 27, 2011. The Sierra Leone plantation of Lichtenstein-based Socfin is one of many such projects in Africa, spurred by global demand for food and biofuel but criticized by some as "land grabs". Police arrested 39 local people in last month's protests, and the row has become a political hot potato. Picture taken October 27, 2011.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

Gudiya, 13, breaks away pieces of mica from rocks in an illegal open cast mine in Koderma district in the eastern state of Jharkhand, India, June 29, 2016. Picture taken June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Nita Bhalla

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: http://mica.trust.org KODERMA/BHILWARA/SYDAPURAM, India – In the depths of India’s illegal mica mines, where […]

A researcher releases male mosquitos on Shazai Island which has a field studio of Sun Yat-Sen University-Michigan State University Joint Center of Vector Control for Tropical Disease, the world’s largest "mosquito factory" which breeds millions of bacteria-infected mosquitoes, in the fight against the spread of viruses such as dengue and Zika, in Guangzhou, China July 28, 2016. Picture taken July 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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 […]

A nanoparticle carrying an RNA vaccine payload that was developed and manufactured at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 1, 2016.  Dr. Omar F. Khan/MIT/Handout via REUTERS.

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, […]

Customers select vegetables at a supermarket in Hanoi September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Kham

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 […]

The company's name is displayed on a billboard near the headquarters of Biogen Idec Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts June 18, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

The logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the Bayer Healthcare subgroup production plant in Wuppertal, Germany February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File Photo

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

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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, […]

Women exercise in front of a trainer (L) as the sun sets near Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown/File Photo

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 […]

The integrated operating table, introduced earlier this year, engineered to move in sync with the da Vinci robot, allowing the surgeon to find the best working angle without the need to stop and reposition the robot's arms is shown in this image taken in Sunnyvale, California, U.S. in 2015.   Courtesy Intuitive Surgical/Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

Testing tubes full of blood are seen at a donation center in Washington, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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 […]

A boy poses with a chicken burger at a fast food outlet in Taipei January 29, 2010.    REUTERS/Nicky Loh

26 Jul 2016

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

Source: ensia.com 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 […]

A man on a boat collects water from the ocean to be converted to drinking water through the process of desalination, in Bertioga February 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

26 Jul 2016

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

Source: ensia.com 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 […]

An Aedes aegypti mosquitoe is seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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 […]

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

A man uses an inhaler at his house in Beijing, China November 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

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 […]

About 2880 candles are seen lit during a World AIDS Day event in Jakarta in this file photo dated December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

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 […]

A staff shows a medicine used for tuberculosis patients at the government's tuberculosis center in Rawalpindi, Pakistan July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

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 […]

Beachgoers swim and sit on Bondi beach during a hot spring day in Sydney, Australia, October 4, 2015. The 2015 El Nino is expected to be the strongest event in nearly 20 years, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said last month, which will typically bring dry conditions to Australia's east coast and drought-like conditions across more of Australia.     REUTERS/David Gray

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 […]

Ruth Munyao, a pharmacist, dispenses anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at the Mater Hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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 […]

A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012.  Flaring, or burning off excess gas, can release pollutants into the air, depending on the type of gas burned and the temperature of the fire, according to environmental activist group Earthworks.  Picture taken January 9, 2012.     REUTERS/Les Stone  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)

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. […]

Samples of needle and syringe program kits that the Nairobi Outreach Services Trust (NOSET) provides to heroin users to encourage safe injecting practices are pictured in Nairobi, Kenya, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Neha Wadekar

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 […]

A child who received fake medication from a drug-making ring is revaccinated by government health care workers at a clinic in East Jakarta, Indonesia July 18, 2016.REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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 […]

Containers from China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) are pictured at a port in Shanghai, China, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

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 […]

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London, Britain, in this June 18, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files

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 […]

A virtual map of Bryant Park is displayed on the screen as a man plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

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 — […]

An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia March 29, 2016.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

A sign hanging in bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder's office shows some of the risks of obesity including stroke, sleep apnea and cancer Denver September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

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, […]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi after attending a PEPFAR (U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Transition Signing, at Delft South Clinic in Delft South, a suburb of Cape Town, August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

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” […]

HIV-positive farmer Justina Kabuli walks barefoot through a field during a visit by a home-based care team to her home in Chiyobola village, close to the town of Chikuni in the south of Zambia February 21, 2015. 
REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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 […]

An employee examines tubes with the label 'Zika virus' at Genekam Biotechnology AG in Duisburg, Germany, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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 […]

A woman carries her child as she wades through floodwaters at a flooded village in Gaibandha July 4, 2012. A new fund aims to help disaster-prone regions such as Bangladesh cope with natural disasters so they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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 […]

HIV self tests are displayed in a pharmacy in Bordeaux, France, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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 […]

Mozambican youth play soccer in a suburb in Maputo, Mozambique, May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Grant Lee Neuenburg

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 […]

Colonies of E. coli bacteria grown on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar plate are seen in a microscopic image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).     CDC/Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

An e-cigarette sits in a tray on the bar at the Henley Vaporium in New York City December 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to Desmond Tutu as he visits his HIV Foundation Youth Centre and takes part in a health event with youth in Cape Town, June 30, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

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 […]

About 2880 candles are seen lit during a World AIDS Day event in Jakarta in this file photo dated December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

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 […]

Families carry water from a water catchment pond constructed in Kenya. TRF/Isaiah Esipisu

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, […]

A customer picks up produce near a sign supporting a ballot initiative in Washington state that would require labelling of foods containing genetically modified crops at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

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 […]

Women collect water at the Chaquelane resettlement camp near the flood hit town of Chokwe, in southern Mozambique. REUTERS

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 – […]

A Monsanto logo is pictured in the company headquarters in Morges, Switzerland, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

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 […]

A view of the Dupont logo on a sign at the Dupont  Chestnut Run Plaza  facility near Wilmington, Delaware, April 17, 2012.  REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File photo

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 […]

A couple walks on a beach at dusk in Atlantic City October 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Makela

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 Amazon.com, but many of the most popular sun protection […]

A mother holds her son suffering from yellow fever as she waits for a prescription at a hospital in Luanda?, Angola, March 15, 2016.  REUTERS/Herculano Coroado

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 […]

The Sanofi logo is seen at the company's Sanofi Pasteur headquarters in Lyon, France, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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. […]

A nurse prepares a H1N1 flu vaccine shot at a hospital in Budapest, Hungary, in this November 20, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Karoly Arvai/Files

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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez /Files

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 […]

Material to prevent Zika infection by mosquitoes are displayed at the 69th World Health Assembly at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

An Abbott company logo is pictured at the reception of its office in Mumbai, India, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

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 […]

Staff members of the Teaching Hospital receive the first vaccination treatment for yellow fever in El Geneina, West Darfur in this November 14, 2012 handout. REUTERS/Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/Handout

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 […]

Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are tested at Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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, […]

Test tubes filled with samples of bacteria to be tested are seen at the Health Protection Agency in north London March 9, 2011.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

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 […]

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen in a test tube in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

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 […]

A red light is seen in front of a logo at the research center building of pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica in Beerse, nothern Belgium September 18, 2007. The company, that is part of Johnson & Johnson, REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet

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 […]

Children enjoy the taste of orange sweet potato in Mozambique, in this August 2008 photo. CREDIT/HarvestPlus

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 […]

A man holds a leaflets as French police speaks to a driver with a car older than 20 years to explain a new law to fight air pollution at the Place de la Nation square in Paris, France, July 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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 […]

Residents read newspapers with reports of Yellow Fever, along the streets in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jean Robert N'kengo

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 […]

Activists of environmental group Greenpeace wear masks and protective clothing while protesting outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels November 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

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 […]

Malawian subsistence farmer Rozaria Hamiton plants sweet potatoes near the capital Lilongwe, Malawi February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

There is no treatment or vaccine available for Zika infection. Companies and scientists are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Zika, but one is not expected to be ready for months or years.

REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed in the company headquarters in Morges, Switzerland, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

The headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) is pictured in Geneva, Switzerland, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

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 […]

Boys wait to receive food vouchers at a food distribution center for poor families in Yemen capital Sanaa in this March 17, 2016 file photo.  REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/Files

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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

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 […]

Medical equipment is pictured on the wall of an examination room inside a Kaiser Permanente health clinic located inside a Target retail department store in San Diego, California November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 […]

Cases of Diet Pepsi are displayed for sale in Carlsbad, California February 7, 2012. PepsiCo Inc. will report their earnings February 9. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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, […]

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files

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 […]

An officer from the National Police Criminal Investigation department shows printing material along with evidence confiscated from raids linked to fake vaccines production and distribution in a crackdown carried out in the capital Jakarta and neighbouring Banten and West Java Provinces, at national police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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 […]

A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo October 10, 2012.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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, […]

A woman wearing a protective mask makes her way in a business district on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, China January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Mari Copeny, 8, of Flint, Michigan, waits in line to enter a hearing room where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III"  on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 17, 2016, file photo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

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 […]

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

The setting sun reflects off of One World Trade Center and surrounding buildings at sunset in the Manhattan borough of New York City, November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers

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 […]

The hand of a child, who has been put on drip after showing symptoms of dengue fever, is seen in the pediatric emergency room of a public hospital in Santo Domingo August 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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 […]

Medical equipment is seen during  knee prosthesis surgery in an operation room at the hospital of the Canton of Nidwalden in Stans, October 27, 2011. The hospital is the only one in Switzerland providing a ten year guarantee on knee and hip prosthesis surgeries. Picture taken October 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND - Tags: HEALTH)

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 […]

A bulldozer clears a landslide from India's Tezpur-Tawang highway, which runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Jack Daniel

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, […]

Staff members of the Teaching Hospital receive the first vaccination treatment for yellow fever in El Geneina, West Darfur in this November 14, 2012 handout.  REUTERS/Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/Handout

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 […]

A Caterpillar excavator is displayed at the China Coal and Mining Expo 2013 in Beijing October 22, 2013. Picture taken October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Residents read newspapers with reports of Yellow Fever, along the streets in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jean Robert N'kengo

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 […]

Cans of soda are displayed in a case at Kwik Stops Liquor in San Diego, California February 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

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 […]

A sign explaining the parameters concerning the Zika virus and blood donations is seen at the American Red Cross Charles Drew Donation Center in Washington February 16, 2016.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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 […]

Plaster phrenological models of heads, showing different parts of the brain, are seen at an exhibition in London March 27, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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 […]

A football helmet's health warning sticker is pictured between a U.S. flag and the number 55, in memory of former student and NFL player Junior Seau, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in Oceanside, California in this September 14, 2012 file photograph. Advances in modern neuroscience mean scientists know more than ever about chronic brain damage and the long-term trauma that can result from frequent knocks to the head. Partly due to this new understanding, now is a time of intense sensitivity about and scrutiny of brain damage in sport - particularly among North America's National Football League (NFL) players. Former San Diego Chargers player Seau committed suicide last year after what some believe were years of depression stemming from multiple concussions he suffered as a player. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

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 […]

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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 […]

A 4-month-old baby born with microcephaly is held by his mother in front of their house in Olinda, near Recife, Brazil, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo

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 […]

Material to prevent Zika infection by mosquitoes are displayed at the 69th World Health Assembly at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.     REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

Running tap water is seen in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

Chalk is placed on a blackboard at a floating school in the Makoko fishing community on the Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria February 29, 2016. In Makoko, a sprawling slum of Nigeria's megacity Lagos, a floating school capable of holding up to a hundred pupils has since November brought free education to the waterways known as the Venice of Lagos. It offers the chance of social mobility for youngsters who, like most of the city's 21 million inhabitants, lack a reliable electricity and water supply and whose water-based way of life is threatened by climate change as well as rapid urbanisation. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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 […]

Chinese customers select food on a shelf where Heinz products are displayed in a market in Shanghai March 15, 2006. China will investigate a report that genetically modified rice had been found in baby food made in China by a joint venture involving U.S. food company H.J. Heinz Co., the official Xinhua news agency said. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

LG Electronics' company logo is displayed at their news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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 […]

Staff members of the Teaching Hospital receive the first vaccination treatment for yellow fever in El Geneina, West Darfur in this November 14, 2012 handout. REUTERS/Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/Handout

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

A man pours water on his head to cool off from the heat in Karachi, Pakistan, June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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 — […]

Malawians queue for food aid distributed by the United Nations World Food Progamme (WFP) in Mzumazi village near the capital Lilongwe, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

A surgical team prepares a man for surgery to receive a donated kidney in New York, August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

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 […]

Farmers, including Dieudonné Sedogo (far right), wait for “plant doctors” to examine their damaged crops in the village of Tamissi, Burkina Faso, on 1 April 2016. TRF/Zoe Tabary

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 […]

A fisherman rows a boat in the bay of Melinka, about 1200 km (754 miles) south of Santiago, March 24, 2008. The main source of income in Melinka, an island in the Aysen Region, is from the salmon industry and harvest of sea urchins. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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 […]

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels February 2, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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 […]

A traffic policeman wears a mask to protect himself from dust and air pollution as he signals to drivers in New Delhi, December 23, 2015.
REUTERS/ADNAN ABIDI/FILES

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 […]

A Philips logo is seen at Philips headquarters, where Philips CEO Frans van Houten gave a presentation of the company's 2013 full-year results, in Amsterdam January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos

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 […]

2016 Rio Olympics Chief Medical Officer Joao Grangeiro attends a briefing on Zika virus for international media in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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 […]

Mock-ups of plain cigarette packaging are seen before the start of a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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 […]

A doctor tests a child for malaria at the Ithani-Asheri Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Katy Migiro

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 […]

Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

Chickens look out from a cage at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong in this  December 31, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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 […]

Vegetables pulled out from waste bins of an organic supermarket are pictured in Berlin, January 24, 2013. Foodsharing is a German internet based platform where individuals, retailers or producers have the possibility of offering surplus food to consumers for free. Picture taken January 24.   TO MATCH STORY GERMANY-FOODSHARING.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

The corporate logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is shown in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London, Britain, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo

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 […]

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

Tourists queue up to buy ice cream along Marina Bay in Singapore, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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 […]

People walk during a polluted day in Shenyang, Liaoning province, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A child who was diagnosed with having excessive lead in his blood receives medical treatment at a hospital in Chenzhou, Hunan province, March 21, 2010. The number of patients affected by lead poisoning rose to 29 till March 21 in Chenzhou City of central China's Hunan Province, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Zhao (CHINA - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) - RTR2BYEY

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 — […]

Slices of cucumber and a tomato slice are pictured in this illustration photo taken in Berlin May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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 […]

Britain's (L-R) Prince Harry, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William  attend a Heads Together mental health campaign launch in Stratford, East London, May 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Jeremy Selwyn/Pool

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 […]

File photo of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers seen on sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at North Western high school in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, in Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters French drugmaker Sanofi in Paris October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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 […]

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates speaks while his wife Melinda looks on during an interview in New York, Feb. 22, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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 […]

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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 […]

South Sudanese who fled the recent ethnic violence carry food aid from a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in Pibor, Jonglei State, in this January 12, 2012 file photo. Two years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a petition to fight hunger with the slogan: "1,000,000,000 people live in chronic hunger and I'm mad as hell. " But outrage over the "horrifying figure" of 1 billion hungry people around the world has turned to embarrassment in some quarters in light of growing doubts about the accuracy of the number. Many researchers say the estimate was simply too high. The controversy led the Committee on World Food Security, to urge the FAO to overhaul its calculations using better data and methodology and to call for a set of internationally agreed food-security indicators. The first fruits are due in October when a new estimate of the number of undernourished people will be published along with revisions for previous years as part of the FAO's annual report on food insecurity. To match Feature HUNGER-METRICS.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Union flags and the Big Ben clocktower cover notebooks are seen on sale in London, Britain, Thursday  December 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

French multinational pharmaceutical company SANOFI logo seen at their headquater in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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 […]

Enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

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 […]

A Palestinian doctor examines the eyes of a patient at Shams medical centre in Deheishe refugee camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem May 7, 2012. The new hospital, a stark contrast to Deheishe's general dilapidation, aims to provide services to sufferers of diabetes and hypertension to the handful of refugee camps spread around the Southern West Bank. Three generations of Palestinians displaced by the founding of Israel in 1948 know only life in United Nations refugee camps, going to schools beneath the blue-and-white U.N. flag and drawing their food stocks from U.N. warehouses. Picture taken May 7, 2012. To match Feature PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/REFUGEES.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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 […]

A man lights a cigarette in front of a kiosk in Kolkata, India, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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 […]

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar/Illustration -

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

A health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in Monrovia, February 2, 2015.   REUTERS/James Giahyue

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 […]

Pope Francis meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican April 29, 2016   Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

A woman walks past a Pfizer logo on their building in the Manhattan borough of New York April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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 […]

French multinational pharmaceutical company SANOFI logo seen at their headquater in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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 […]

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter   in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

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 […]

An aedes aegypti mosquito is pictured on a leaf in San Jose, Costa Rica February 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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 […]

A woman with a "Flint Lives Matter" shirt walks toward a hearing room in Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

Workers fumigate against mosquito breeding as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at the cemetery in Sochi, Russia, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kazbek Basayev

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 […]

A shopkeeper selling cigarettes waits in his store at a market in Mumbai, India, January 6, 2016.    REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

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 […]

Researchers said on January 18 that they had seen the earliest steps of a tumor forming and said they showed that a new class of cancer drugs that literally starve tumors might even be used to stop them from spreading.  They said their study shows that tumors start building themselves blood vessels earlier than anyone thought, but newly discovered proteins and drugs might be used to cut them off.  At top left: Implanted cancer cells glow with green fluorescence protein. At top right: Three of the original cancer cells have survived to begin replicating. Signals between the existing blood vessel and the growing cancer cells cause the cells to grow toward the vessel. At bottom left: The cancer cells have reached the existing blood vessel. At bottom right: When they number only 100-300, the cancer cells have created new, fully-functioning blood vessels.          (HO/Duke University Medical Center/Graphic illustration by Stanley Coffman) - RTXJG34

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 […]

Surgical Tech Melissa Ellis prepares an OR room in the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi October 4, 2013. Mississippi is one of at least 20 states that has decided not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare". REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

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 […]

Theranos Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Holmes speaks on stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where she receives an award, in the Manhattan borough of New York November 9, 2015.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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 […]

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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 […]

Women wear masks while waiting for bus during a smoggy day in Beijing, October 28, 2013. China's Environment Ministry said last week it will send inspection teams to provinces and cities most seriously affected by smog to ensure rules on fighting air pollution are being enforced.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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 […]

Dolmio pasta sauces are seen in a store in in London, Britain April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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 […]

A Romanian farmer shows genetically modified soybeans in the village of Varasti, 130km southeast of Bucharest, in this May 21, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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 […]

Ian Burkhart, 24, is shown using neural bypass technology in this undated handout picture released by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. REUTERS/The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/Battelle/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana in this September 18, 2013 file photo.  REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

Entrepreneur Sean Parker, founder of Napster, takes part in a panel during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York, September 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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 […]

A mother holds her baby at Kisenyi health centre in Uganda's capital Kampala April 10, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena

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 […]

Bayer brand aspirin is seen on display at the Safeway store in Wheaton, Maryland February 13, 2015.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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, […]

A veterinarian injects antibiotics into chickens at a poultry farm in Arbil, about 350 km (220 miles) north of [Baghdad] February 1, 2006. Officials in northern Iraq said on Tuesday they were treating 12 patients suspected of having bird flu as a World Health Organization (WHO) team prepared to travel to the area to give urgent assistance. - RTXO6LN

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 […]

A corn field is seen in DeWitt, Iowa in this July 12, 2012 file photo.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files

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 […]

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner   Doctor Robert Califf   in Washington, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France in this June 16, 2015 file photo.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

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 […]

A female Aedes aegypti  mosquito is shown in this 2006 Center for Disease Control (CDC) photograph released to Reuters on October 30, 2013. The mosquito, known to carry such potentially deadly diseases as dengue and yellow fever, has been detected for the first time in California, raising concerns among public health officials and prompting intense efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly diseases. REUTERS/James Gathany/CDC/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX14UD6

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 […]

A man smokes a cigarette along a road in Mumbai, India, January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

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 […]

Employees walk in the main office building of Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea, in this file photo taken on January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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 […]

A shopper looks at items at a drug store in Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2015. Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in April from a year earlier, government data showed on May 29, keeping inflation distant from the central bank's 2 percent target. Picture taken May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino - RTR4XXN7

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 […]

A health worker prepares insecticide before fumigating a neighborhood in San Juan, in this January 27, 2016, file photo. REUTERS/Alvin Baez/Files

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 […]

An AquAdvantage Salmon is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies. REUTERS/AquaBounty Technologies/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Signage for GlaxoSmithKline is seen on it's offices in London, Britain, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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 […]

A Sierra Leonean doctor practises wearing protective clothing in the Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 16, 2014. 
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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 […]

Deden, a teenager whose father says suffers from mental illness, lives chained to a tree under a shelter next to a rice paddy near his family home in Longkewang village in Serang, Banten province, Indonesia March 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a field on the outskirts of Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu province, September 2, 2006. China has allocated 100 million yuan ($12.6 million) this year to train farmers in agricultural technology and knowledge, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken September 2, 2006. REUTERS/Leo Lang (CHINA) - RTR1GXX6

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 […]

The patient's entrance at the National Institutes of Health is shown in Bethesda, Maryland October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

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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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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 […]

The Allergan logo is seen in this photo illustration in Singapore November 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas White

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 […]

A cross-section of an entire organoid showing development of different brain regions is seen in this photo provided by the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) on August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Madeline Lancaster-IMBA/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Bees land on a flower in Laqlouq village, Lebanon, in this June 27, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Jamal Said/Files

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 […]

Children are pictured near dwellings known as palafitte or "Palafita" in Recife, Brazil, March 1, 2016.  Picture taken on March 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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 […]

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.  Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

Environmental advocates carry over their heads a giant purple globe, which participants say represents their unhappiness towards genetically modified organism (GMO) products, in Manila in this October 2, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files

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 […]

Mariam Araujo, 25, plays with Lucas, her 4-months old second child and born with microcephaly as they wait for a physiotherapy session in  Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande, Brazil, February 17, 2016.   REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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 […]

A new menu from Applebee’s restaurant is seen at one of its outlet in the Manhattan borough of New York City November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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 […]

Shelves displaying medicines are seen at a pharmacy in Shanghai, China, November 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen in a test tube in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

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 […]

A worker, wearing a protective suit and a mask, is seen from a bus near the No. 3 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan February 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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 […]

Students watch a presentation as they sit in cocoons representing a uterus during a visit to the "Gallery of Humankind. Our evolution, our body" exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1E44Z

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 […]

An employee examines a tube with the label 'Zika virus' at Genekam Biotechnology AG in Duisburg, Germany, February 2, 2016.
REUTERS/INA FASSBENDER

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, […]

A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Illustration

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 […]

A woman sleeps under a mosquito net with her two-year-old son, who is suffering from dengue fever, inside a dengue ward of a local hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

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 […]

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan (L) receives a T-shirt from Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during their meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

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 […]

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

The Flint River is seen flowing thru downtown in Flint, Michigan, in this December 16, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

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 […]

An environmentalist dressed as a giant eggplant participates in a protest against the invasion of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to mark World Environment Day outside the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City, Metro Manila in this June 5, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

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 […]

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates speaks while his wife Melinda looks on during an interview in New York, Feb. 22, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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 […]

An Amgen sign is seen at the company's office in South San Francisco, California in this October 21, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

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 […]

Eloy, 38, a Cuban military reservist who is working in a fumigation campaign against Aedes aegypti mosquito, posses for a picture in Havana February 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. To match Special Report CHINA-PHARMACEUTICALS.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

General view of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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 […]

Roche tablets are seen positioned in front of a displayed Roche logo in this photo illustration shot in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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 […]

The Flint River is seen flowing thru downtown in Flint, Michigan, in this December 16, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

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 […]

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen in a test tube in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

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 […]

An Indian scientist holds a genetically modified (GM) rapeseed crop under trial in New Delhi February 13, 2015. Picture taken February 13, 2015. To match Insight INDIA-GMO/. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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 […]

A biologist displays Aedes mosquito cells inoculated with virus Zika in the laboratory of Biology from University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in Campinas, Brazil, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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 […]

A Flint resident (L) picks up a replacement water filter at a fire station in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis is seen at the company's plant in Hueninge, France January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

Anne Schuchat (L) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Anthony Fauci (R), director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, speak with reporters during a press briefing about the Zika virus at the White House in Washington February 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

A technician from Oxitec inspects larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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 […]

An employee examines a tube with the label 'Zika virus' at Genekam Biotechnology AG in Duisburg, Germany, February 2, 2016.
REUTERS/INA FASSBENDER

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an event honoring the 7th anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act at the White House in Washington January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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 […]

Brazilian soldiers conduct an inspection for the Aedes aegypti mosquito on a street in Recife, Brazil, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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 […]

A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua January 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis is seen at the company's plant in Hueninge, France January 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

In this file 2008 photo, a mother carries her malnourished child in the yard of Medicine Sans Frontieres facility near Sheshemene, southern Ethiopia. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

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 […]

A health worker fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighbourhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

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 […]

Lettuce transplants grow in a greenhouse on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 […]

A health agent uses a new test kit that rapidly diagnoses three different mosquito-borne viruses in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rodrigo Paiva

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 […]

A transmission electron micrograph shows Ebola virus particles in this undated handout image released by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fredrick, Maryland.
REUTERS/USAMRIID/HANDOUT

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 […]

A farmer removes dried plants from his parched paddy field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 8, 2015. India has just suffered back-to-back drought years. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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 […]

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels May 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

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 […]

Chimneys of a power plant are pictured from a plane, on the outskirts of Beijing January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

A man walks past a banner about Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in this December 16, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. To match Special Report CHINA-PHARMACEUTICALS.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

A Chipotle restaurant is shown in Federal Way, Washington November 20, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama  in Omaha, Nebraska, January 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

A health worker enters a tent in an Ebola virus treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Saliou Samb

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

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 […]

Josiah Diamond looks at health care plan options on a government health site while trying to enroll in a plan at the Community Service Society in New York, March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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 […]

People carry bags as they leave a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in San Francisco, California July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

The Sanofi logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Lyon, France, October 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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 […]

Cans of Campbell's brand soups are seen at the Safeway store in Wheaton, Maryland February 13, 2015.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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 […]

Villagers walk on a bridge at KenGen's Kindaruma Dam in Embu County, Kenya. TRF/Anthony Langat

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 […]

Hepatitis-A vaccines are seen before packaging at Sinovac Biotech Co. Ltd. headquarters in Beijing November 24, 2005. China's State Food and Drug Administration has approved the commencement of human clinical trials for Sinovac's Pandemic Influenza (bird flu) vaccine prototype, the company announced on its website. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV - RTR1BLOA

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 […]

An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York, May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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 […]

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, in this August 7, 2015, file photo.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

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 […]

A logo of Chipotle Mexican Grill is seen on a store entrance in Manhattan, New York November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

People exercise during a sunset on Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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, […]

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in Bordeaux April 28, 2010. A January 2010 report indicates that life expectancy and fertility of French women are among the highest in Europe.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau  (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)

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 […]

The Flint River is seen flowing thru downtown in Flint, Michigan, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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 […]

Researchers said on January 18 that they had seen the earliest steps of a tumor forming and said they showed that a new class of cancer drugs that literally starve tumors might even be used to stop them from spreading.  They said their study shows that tumors start building themselves blood vessels earlier than anyone thought, but newly discovered proteins and drugs might be used to cut them off.  At top left: Implanted cancer cells glow with green fluorescence protein. At top right: Three of the original cancer cells have survived to begin replicating. Signals between the existing blood vessel and the growing cancer cells cause the cells to grow toward the vessel. At bottom left: The cancer cells have reached the existing blood vessel. At bottom right: When they number only 100-300, the cancer cells have created new, fully-functioning blood vessels.          (HO/Duke University Medical Center/Graphic illustration by Stanley Coffman) - RTXJG34

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 […]

Doctors David Ghozland and Marc Winter make an incision in the belly button of a 49-year-old woman, Sheryl, who had two fibroids, in preparation for a single-site robotic-assisted hysterectomy at miVIP Surgery Center, in Los Angeles, California April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

Rosalind Picard, MIT professor and chief scientist at Empatica, and Matteo Lai (L), CEO of Empatica, wear the company's Embrace devices while talking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 25, 2015.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

A Romanian farmer shows genetically modified soybeans in the village of Varasti, 130km southeast of Bucharest, in this May 21, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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, […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

A man sets up a warning sign next to a vehicle after an accident amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever "red alert" for air pollution, in Beijing, China, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana in this September 18, 2013 file photo.  REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in Shanghai May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' Jerusalem oral solid dosage plant (OSD) is seen December 21, 2011.   REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

Cows stand in a field at a farm near Nairn in northern Scotland in this August 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/David Moir

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, […]

A technician positions a woman at an imaging machine to receive a mammogram in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 21, 2012. As many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life threatening, said a study published November 21, that raises fresh questions about the benefits of breast cancer screening.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A migrant waits to disembark from a Coast Guard ship in the Sicilian harbour of Messina, Italy in this August 4, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello/Files

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 […]

Demonstrators in favor of Obamacare gather at the Supreme Court building in Washington March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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 […]

An activist holds a banner as others march through Pattaya resort town to raise awareness on the World Aids Day in Pattaya, east of Bangkok, Thailand December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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 […]

Human genetic material is stored at a laboratory in Munich May 23, 2011.   REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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 […]

HIV self tests are displayed in a pharmacy in Bordeaux, France, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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 […]

An Amgen sign is seen at the company's office in South San Francisco, California October 21, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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 […]

Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

Doses of a flu vaccine lie on a table as San Luis Obispo County public healthcare professionals conduct a mass flu vaccination drill at the Veterans building in San Luis Obispo, California in this October 31, 2006 file photo. Few of the security and safety precautions taken by laboratories working with dangerous bacteria and viruses are required by law. In fact, says Rutgers University virologist Richard Ebright, only a lock on the door is required. To match Insight HEALTH/BIOSECURITY.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

A man walks past a sign at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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. […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

A bushel of soybeans are shown on display in the Monsanto research facility in Creve Coeur, Missouri, July 28, 2014.
REUTERS/TOM GANNAM

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. […]

Frans van Houten, chief executive (CEO) of Philips, arrives to present the 2013 full-year results in Amsterdam, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos

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 […]

A medical assistant uses a machine that measures cholesterol during a free health screening at the Mayor's Back to School Fair in Dallas, Texas August 6, 2009. The fair provides free immunizations, hair cuts, vision, dental, and health screenings as well as free school supplies for those who meet federal poverty income requirements.  REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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 […]

The front of the U.S. Supreme Court which reads 'Equal Justice Under Law' is seen in Washington July 19, 2005. UNICS REUTERS/Larry Downing

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 […]

Allergan CEO Brenton Saunders speaks during an interview with CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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 […]

A patient suffering from cholera rests inside a hospital in Baghdad, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

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 […]

The Sanofi logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Lyon, France, October 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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 […]

The signage for the GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files

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 […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.  Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

A reveller carrying an umbrella takes part in a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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 […]

The GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen at the entrance of a building in Luxembourg, September 10, 2013. Picture taken September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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 […]

The GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen at the entrance of a building in Luxembourg, September 10, 2013. Picture taken September 10, 2013     REUTERS/Yves Herman

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 […]

Registered nurse Paige Duracher checks Jacqueline Parker's vitals in the cardiac step-down area of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi

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 […]

The Sanofi logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Lyon, France, October 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

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 […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.  Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

A worker cooks soybeans at a tofu factory in Jakarta August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

Clinical lead Doctor Al Story points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis) during an interview with Reuters  on board the mobile X-ray unit screening for TB in Ladbroke Grove in London January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

A bushel of soybeans are shown on display in the Monsanto research facility in Creve Coeur, Missouri, July 28, 2014.
REUTERS/TOM GANNAM

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 […]

Bacon is fried up in a pan in a kitchen in this photo illustration in Golden, Colorado, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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 […]

A vendor prepares Maggi noodles at a roadside eatery in New Delhi, India, June 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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 […]

University of Florida radiologist Keith Peters holds a fluid-filled pouch next to a replica human skull that, his research partner's tests show, protect the brain from shearing force of hits on helmets in their lab at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, in this January 13, 2014, file photo. REUTERS/Steve Johnson/Files

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 […]

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister's Questions at parliament in London, Britain October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville - RTS5ETF

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, […]

A surgery nurse is seen beside the heart beat monitor in the operating theatre of the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Berlin February 29, 2008.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

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. […]

Carlos, a national health official, checks a water tank for mosquitoes during a house inspection at the home of Ricardo Urbano, 38, who recovered from dengue fever, in Sao Paulo March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

A woman holds the hand of her mother who is dying from cancer during her final hours at a palliative care hospital in Winnipeg July 24, 2010.    REUTERS/Shaun Best

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 […]

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire October 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan holds the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015 during a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, October 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

General aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, taken by Kyodo March 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Kyodo

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 […]

A reveller carrying an umbrella takes part in a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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 […]

The company logo of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc is seen at its headquarters in Laval, Quebec May 19, 2015.   REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

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 […]

Children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest get their hands washed at the Internally Displaced People's camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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 […]

A Chinese military-built Ebola treatment center is seen at its inauguration in Monrovia, November 25, 2014. Picture taken November 25, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue (LIBERIA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTR4FMM8

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 […]

A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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 […]

A reporter reads a summary of the performance and usage over the first two days of open enrollment of the Massachusetts Health Connector website, the state's health insurance website under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, during a briefing for reporters in Boston, Massachusetts November 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

The European flag flies outside of the La Canada shopping centre in Marbella, southern Spain January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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 […]

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and five United States governors to discuss clean technology and economic development  in Seattle, Washington September 22, 2015.   REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight/Pool

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 […]

J.V.R. Prasada Rao, United Nations special envoy for AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, poses inside his residence in Bengaluru, India, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

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 […]

A trader passes by a screen displaying the tickers symbols for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Intelsat, Ltd. on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, April 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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 […]

Farmers harvest cotton in a field in Nana Viramgam village in Gujarat February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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, […]

Tomas Lindahl reacts after winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry at the Francis Crick Institute Clare Hall Laboratory, just north of London, Britain, October 7, 2015. Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar won the prize for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair." REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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 […]

A woman holds the hand of her mother who is dying from cancer during her final hours at a palliative care hospital in Winnipeg July 24, 2010.    REUTERS/Shaun Best

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 […]

A medical assistant uses a machine that measures cholesterol during a free health screening at the Mayor's Back to School Fair in Dallas, Texas August 6, 2009. The fair provides free immunizations, hair cuts, vision, dental, and health screenings as well as free school supplies for those who meet federal poverty income requirements.  REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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 […]

A man holds an umbrella as he looks out at London's Canary Wharf financial district from Greenwich park. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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 […]

A patient plays table tennis at an activity room of a hospital which houses and provides treatment to about 40 patients who are suffering from mental illnesses, in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province, October 8, 2007. China's top food and drug watchdog has tightened its control over narcotic and psychotropic drugs in a bid to safeguard public health and social security, the country's food and drug watchdog said, China Daily reported. Picture taken October 8, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA) CHINA OUT - RTR1UQA1

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, […]

Six-year-old Diego Sanson receives an influenza vaccine injection at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts January 10, 2013.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

A Romanian farmer shows genetically modified soybeans in the village of Varasti, 130km southeast of Bucharest, in this May 21, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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 […]

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse in Boston, Massachusetts October 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in Shanghai May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

A Novartis logo is pictured on its headquarters building in Mumbai April 1, 2013.   REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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 […]

Volkswagen autos are seen at a VW dealership in the Queens borough of New York, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers for sale at a garden shop near Paris, June 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

Iraqi children are seen in a swamp in eastern Baghdad's al-Futheliyah district, September 20, 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 at least six people in Baghdad's western outskirts. The deaths were in the town of Abu Ghraib, about 25 km (15 miles) west of the capital, hospital sources said. At least 70 other cases were diagnosed in the area. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad  - RTS1ZCH

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 […]

The McDonald's 'golden arches' are displayed in a restaurant in New York July 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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 […]

The logo of General Electric is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris, France, June 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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 […]

Kelly Park, 49, office manager and personal assistant of Dr. Munir Uwaydah, is shown in this Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office booking photo released on September 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office/Handout

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 […]

Worker Solomon Conteh picks up a mosquito at Sanaria Inc. facility in Rockville, Maryland, October 26, 2007.  REUTERS/Jim Young

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

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 […]

Spores from the Sterne strain of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) are pictured in this handout scanning electron micrograph (SEM) obtained by Reuters May 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Center for Disease Control/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen at a plant in the central Swiss village of Rotkreuz in this November 6, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

A couple and their child sit at a lounge as they wait for HIV testing at the Mater Hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 10, 2015. Most of the 3,000 patients at Mater Hospital's Comprehensive Care Clinic, dedicated to HIV/AIDS treatment, come from nearby shanty towns. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at the lobby of its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

Hot dogs rest in water in New York, July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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 […]

Director Jon Stewart arrives at the Canadian premiere of "Rosewater" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

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 […]

An Abbott company logo is pictured at the reception of its office in Mumbai, India, September 8, 2015. Drugmaker Abbott Healthcare is challenging an Indian state's accusation that a sample of the company's cough syrup contained excessive levels of codeine, the second multinational to question India's regulatory testing regime in recent months. Picture taken September 8, 2015. To match Exclusive INDIA-ABBOTT/  REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade - RTSX1K

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 […]

A worker displays a handful of rice at a market in Hefei, Anhui province November 27, 2009.  China, the world's largest rice producer and consumer, has approved a locally-developed strain of genetically-modified rice, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said on Friday. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA BUSINESS FOOD SCI TECH) - RTXR6PZ

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

French cereal farmer Paul Francois leaves Lyon courthouse December 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

The sign for McDonald's in Times Square is seen in New York July 23, 2015.
REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID

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 […]

A baby chick, genetically modified to block transmission of bird flu, glows under an ultraviolent light, next to a chick that has not been modified, in this undated handout photo provided by Norrie Russell of The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.
REUTERS/NORRIE RUSSELL OF THE ROSLIN INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

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 […]

A herd of a elephants gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

A manufacturing associate holds a vial with a DCVax-L label in a Northwest Biotherapeutics laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee in this file photo taken February 21, 2014. German health regulators have granted Northwest Biotherapeutics special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug, DCVax-L, in the country, even though the small U.S. biotechnology company has not yet completed its late-stage trial of the immunotherapy.   REUTERS/Mike Brown/Files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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 […]

File photo of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New Jersey March 9, 2009. Merck & Co Inc's quarterly results released  February 1, 2013 beat estimates, helped by strong sales of its Januvia diabetes drug and Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer, but the company forecast 2013 profit at the low end of expectations.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

The logo of Philips is seen at the company's entrance in Brussels, September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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, […]

CEO Joe Jimenez of Swiss drugmaker Novartis addresses the annual news conference at the company's headquarters in Basel January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

A reveller carrying an umbrella takes part in a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen at a plant in the central Swiss village of Rotkreuz in this November 6, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. 
REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

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 […]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Craig Lassig

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 […]

A teacher talks to children during class at the therapy and development centre for autistic kids in the Asociacion Guatemalteca por el Autismo, or Guatemalan Association for Autism, building in Guatemala City March 13, 2014. 
REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

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), […]

A surgery nurse is seen beside the heart beat monitor in the operating theatre of the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Berlin February 29, 2008.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)

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 […]

A sign is seen at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in San Francisco, California July 21, 2015.     REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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 […]

A boy poses with a chicken burger at a fast food outlet in Taipei January 29, 2010.    REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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 […]

A businessman rides on an escalator in Tokyo's business district April 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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 […]

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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 […]

An electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissue is seen in a 2002 image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  REUTERS/Elizabeth White/CDC/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

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 […]

British health workers lift a newly admitted Ebola patient onto a wheeled stretcher in to the Kerry town Ebola treatment centre outside Freetown December 22, 2014. 
REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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 […]

Flu vaccine drips out of a syringe as a nurse prepares for a patient at a clinic in central London November 22, 2005. HEALTH REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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 […]

Kyle Bass, CIO of Hayman Capital Management, speaks on a panel at the annual Skybridge Alternatives Conference (SALT) in Las Vegas May 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking  - RTX1C0E7

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 […]

Sample analysis tubes are seen in a lab at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, July 15, 2013. Picture taken July 15, 2013. To match Insight CANCER-DRUGS/          REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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 […]

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen behind scaffolding at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein January 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

Soil samples taken from an area near last week's explosions are placed on a table at a monitoring station to check for environmental pollution located within a 3-km (2-mile) exclusion zone from the explosion site in Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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. […]

A general view of the exterior of Givaudan's headquarters is seen in Vernier near Geneva February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

A heroin addict smokes heroin in Lamu November 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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 […]

A health worker wearing protective gear stands outside a quarantine zone in a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone December 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

The signage for the GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

Stanford team members researcher Isis Trenchard (L to R), associate professor of bioengineering Christina Smolke, chemistry graduate student Stephanie Galanie and research associate Kate Thodey are shown in this undated handout photo provided by Stanford University in Stanford, California, August 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Rod Searcey/Stanford University/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

A girl cries before receiving polio vaccine drops at a government children's hospital in Peshawar, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

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 […]

Packets of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles are seen on display at a grocery store in Mumbai, India, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

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 […]

People walk outside a CVS store in Pasadena, California, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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 […]

Nurses prepare influenza vaccine injections during a flu shot clinic at Dorchester House, a health care clinic, in Boston, Massachusetts January 12, 2013. Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on January 11.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)

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 […]

French drugs firm Sanofi's logo is pictured inside the company's headquarters during the company's 2014 annual results presentation in Paris February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters French drugmaker Sanofi in Paris October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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 […]

The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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, […]

The signage for the GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Photograph taken January 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH) - RTR4M647

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 […]

Researchers said on January 18 that they had seen the earliest steps of a tumor forming and said they showed that a new class of cancer drugs that literally starve tumors might even be used to stop them from spreading.  They said their study shows that tumors start building themselves blood vessels earlier than anyone thought, but newly discovered proteins and drugs might be used to cut them off.  At top left: Implanted cancer cells glow with green fluorescence protein. At top right: Three of the original cancer cells have survived to begin replicating. Signals between the existing blood vessel and the growing cancer cells cause the cells to grow toward the vessel. At bottom left: The cancer cells have reached the existing blood vessel. At bottom right: When they number only 100-300, the cancer cells have created new, fully-functioning blood vessels.          (HO/Duke University Medical Center/Graphic illustration by Stanley Coffman) - RTXJG34

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 […]

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

A tray containing cancer cells sits on an optical microscope in the Nanomedicine Lab at UCL's School of Pharmacy in London May 2, 2013. Is nanomedicine the next big thing? A growing number of top drug companies seem to think so. The ability to encapsulate potent drugs in nanoparticles measuring billionths of a metre in diameter is opening up new options for super-accurate drug delivery, increasing precision hits at the site of disease with, hopefully, fewer side effects.  Photograph taken on May 2, 2013.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTXZ8KD

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) […]

E-cigarettes hang displayed in a tobacco shop in New York, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the continuing government shutdown from the White House Briefing Room in Washington, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

A member of The Salvation Army band from Angola waits before they march down The Mall in London, Britain, July 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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 […]

Prisca Korein, a 62-year-old traditional surgeon, holds razor blades before carrying out female genital mutilation on teenage girls from the Sebei tribe in Bukwa district, about 357 kms (214 miles) northeast of Kampala, December 15, 2008. REUTERS/James Akena

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 […]

A woman lights a cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris, October 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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 […]

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Indian Ocean in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated January 18, 2012.   REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric S. Powell/Handout

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

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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 […]

Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker speaks during the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell

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 […]

A worker feeds wood into the medical waste incinerator at Wamba hospital in Kenya. TRF/Kagondu Njagi

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 […]

A customer uses a computer in an internet cafe at Changzhi, Shanxi province January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

Customers eat at a KFC outlet, franchised by Yum Brands, in a suburban shopping mall in Mumbai February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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 […]

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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, […]

A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in Toronto September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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 […]

An attendee adds vape juice to his electronic cigarette at the Vape Summit III in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this May 2, 2015 file photo.      REUTERS/David Becker/Files

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 […]

U.S. President Obama talks to the media on the Heil Family Farm in Haverhill; REUTERS/Larry Downing

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

A boy is silhouetted against the setting sun as he cools himself off under a pipe during a hot day in Faisalabad on June 27, 2012.  REUTERS/Fayyaz Hussain

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 […]

A paddle board rider surfs at sunset on New Year's Eve at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu

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 […]

The corporate logo of Bayer is seen at the headquarters building in Caracas May 6, 2015. Venezuela is investigating whether drug companies including Merck and Bayer have improperly profited from subsidized foreign exchange amid growing medicine shortages, the health minister said. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins - RTX1BV1A

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 […]

File photo of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New Jersey March 9, 2009. Merck & Co Inc's quarterly results released  February 1, 2013 beat estimates, helped by strong sales of its Januvia diabetes drug and Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer, but the company forecast 2013 profit at the low end of expectations.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A general view of Bulgaria's largest steelmaker Kremikovtzi near the capital Sofia, in this December 30, 2006 file photo. Ukraine's billionaire Konstantyn Zhevago is holding talks to buy a majority stake in Bulgaria's largest steelmaker Kremikovtzi, the plant's chief executive told state television on January 25, 2008.   REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/Files   (BULGARIA) - RTR1W9N0

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 […]

A screenshot of a SAWBO tuberculosis education video is seen in this undated handout. REUTERS/SAWBO/HANDOUT

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 […]

The signage for the GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at the lobby of its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

A Tea Party member reaches for a pamphlet titled "The Impact of Obamacare", at a "Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally" in Littleton, New Hampshire in this October 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi//Files

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 […]

A doctor observes a screen showing a graphical representation of a heart of a woman who is lying down during a whole-body scan in the tomography section of Havana's main cardiology and heart surgery hospital October 19, 2012. Universal free education and free medical healthcare for all the population are two of the pillars of the socialist society built in Cuba since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)

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 […]

French farmers, supported by a few hundreds consummers group members and ecology activists, reap what they call an illegal plot of genetically engineered colza (rape) by the U.S. company " Monsanto ", near Lyon June 7. The demonstrators delivered their harvest in front of the company's offices in the suburbs of Lyon. - RTXHGWH

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 […]

The signage for the GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

Packets of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles are seen on display at a grocery store in  Mumbai, India, June 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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 […]

Men use mud to fix the roof of their house at a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad November 19, 2013. 
REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTX15K8N

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 […]

(Clockwise from L) French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Clouncil President Donald Tusk, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, attend working meeting at the G7 summit at Elmau Castle hotel in Kruen near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, June 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool

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, […]

Daniele Nouy, chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank, speaks at a Thomson Reuters newsmaker event at Canary Wharf in London November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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, […]

A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in Vienna November 26, 2012. To match Special Report TAX-AMAZON REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

5 Jun 2015

Amazon, Google race to get your DNA into the cloud

By Sharon Begley and Caroline Humer | 05 June 2015 Amazon.com Inc is in a race against Google Inc to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in […]

Packets of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles are seen on display at a grocery store in  Mumbai, India, June 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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 […]

A French Red Cross team picks up a suspected Ebola case from the centre of Forecariah January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Misha Hussain/Files

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 […]

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria strain is seen in a petri dish containing agar jelly for bacterial culture in a microbiological laboratory in Berlin March 1, 2008. MRSA is a drug-resistant "superbug", which can cause deadly infections.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)

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 […]

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

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 […]

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria is pictured in this medical illustration provided by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The UCLA Health System said seven patients were infected with a potentially deadly, drug-resistant strain of bacteria and that more than 100 might have been exposed to it. The patients were potentially exposed to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria between October and January, and the bug may have contributed to the deaths of two patients, UCLA said in a statement on February 18, 2015. REUTERS/CDC/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR4Q99G

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 […]

Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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 […]

"Butterfinger" chocolate bars made by the Suisse Nestle Group are displayed in Munich, October 15. "Butterfinger" is the first chocolate bar to be produced with genetically modified corn and has been on sale in Germany since September this year.

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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 […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a field on the outskirts of Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu province, September 2, 2006. China has allocated 100 million yuan ($12.6 million) this year to train farmers in agricultural technology and knowledge, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken September 2, 2006. REUTERS/Leo Lang (CHINA) - RTR1GXX6

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 […]

A man smokes a cigarette outside an office building in Beijing, China, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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 […]

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the 810 army unit’s Salmon farms in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. REUTERS/KCNA

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 […]

Women wear masks while waiting for bus during a smoggy day in Beijing, October 28, 2013. China's Environment Ministry said last week it will send inspection teams to provinces and cities most seriously affected by smog to ensure rules on fighting air pollution are being enforced.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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 […]

A tuberculosis patient listens as a doctor shows the condition of his lungs at the Indonesian Union Against Tuberculosis clinic in Jakarta, April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at the lobby of its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

A patron uses his laptop while having an espresso at the Silver lake location of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles October 19, 2010.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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 […]

Agrochemicals maker Syngenta's logo is seen in front of the company's headquarters in Basel February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

A shopper pushes a cart in front of a Wal-Mart store in Mexico City March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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 […]

A bottle of water is pictured in New York March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) - RTR4T0YR

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 […]

Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson speaks during the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago March 14, 2011. Global food production is top-of-mind in the current era of tight supplies and growing world population. Political leaders and food and agricultural companies around the world are trying to increase production and improve the distribution and nutritional value of food, even as some of the world's poorest regions face unrest over rising costs.   REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD AGRICULTURE BUSINESS HEADSHOT) - RTR2JW0E

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 […]

A jug of milk is pictured in New York March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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 […]

World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan gestures during her address to the 68th World Health Assembly at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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. […]

File photo of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New Jersey March 9, 2009. Merck & Co Inc's quarterly results released  February 1, 2013 beat estimates, helped by strong sales of its Januvia diabetes drug and Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer, but the company forecast 2013 profit at the low end of expectations.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Iraqi National Guardsmen prepare to raise their country's flag above U.S. Army troops of the 1st Cavalry division's 2nd Battalion during a dawn ceremony, in which the Stars and Stripes (R) was lowered to half mast, at a base in south eastern Baghdad June 29, 2004. [The United States handed over sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on Monday, formally ending a 14-month occupation two days earlier than expected to try to forestall guerrilla attacks.] - RTXMPMV

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 […]

Patients undergo hemodialysis treatment at the infant nephrology ward of Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa October 31, 2012. Parents of children with kidney problems demand the government to supply medicine to the hospital because of depleting supplies, local media reported.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

People stand near a CVS store in New York February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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 […]

File photo of protesters carrying signs during an abortion rights march that originated at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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 […]

Technician Mike Lattari prepares a flow cell slide for loading onto a genetic sequencing machine at a Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. laboratory at the biotechnology company's headquarters in Tarrytown, New York March 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

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 […]

The logo of the Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

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 JD.com Inc. The […]

A pedestrian walks across a rainbow pedestrian crossing painted on Sydney's Oxford street, the city's main gay district April 4, 2013. Officials have ordered the removal of the rainbow pedestrian crossing painted on a street in Sydney's main gay district, setting off fierce debate in a city known for its annual Mardi Gras gay pride event, one of Australia's main tourist draws. Controversy over the crossing, painted in February to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the annual gay festival, is pitting those proud of Sydney's reputation for tolerance, such as gay former tennis star Martina Navratilova, against government officials who say it is a safety hazard. Picture taken April 4, 2013.   REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTXY93F

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 […]

A boy infected by typhoid from polluted water, lies at a hospital in al-Qouniya village in Idlib countryside, May 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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 […]

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

A worker picks up a plastic bottle before a news conference in Taipei November 4, 2009.   REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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 […]

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen behind scaffolding at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein January 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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 […]

An employee with a cigarette at hand exhales smoke outside a cafe in Beijing, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

A scientist prepares protein samples for analysis in a lab at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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 […]

Tea garden workers pluck tea leaves inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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 […]

Doris Ortiz, Medical Technician 2, prepares samples in the specimen set-up area of the Vanderbilt Clinical Microbiology Lab for patient care in Nashville, Tennessee in this file photo taken on October 19, 2012. The Vanderbilt laboratory first documented case of a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to potentially tainted steroids. The discovery was first reported to the Tennessee Department of Health and after that to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which launched a national alert. Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A manufacturing associate holds a vial with a DCVax-L label in a Northwest Biotherapeutics laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee, February 21, 2014. The biotechnology company will soon wrap up a late-stage trial of the brain-cancer drug called DCVax-L that began in 2008. Picture taken February 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Brown (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR3FQJ4

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 […]

An Afghan child receives polio vaccination drops during an anti-polio campaign in Kabul March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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 […]

A vegetarian Currywurst is pictured at Ziervogels Kult Curry in Berlin, Germany, April 28, 2015. Germans, known for their love of sausages, are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal welfare and the environmental cost of livestock farming. Meat consumption is stable or declining in most developed countries but the shift is particularly striking in Germany, Europe's biggest pork producer and home to 1,500 varieties of sausage including Berlin's favorite, the "Curry-Wurst." Mario Ziervogel, whose family has sold sausages in Berlin since 1930, added a soya-based version of the Curry-Wurst to his menu two years ago. Kult-Curry restaurant in eastern Berlin, estimates about 5 percent of sausages it sells are vegetarian.  REUTERS/Stefanie Loos - RTX1AUN4

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 […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at the lobby of its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

Test tubes filled with samples of bacteria to be tested are seen at the Health Protection Agency in north London March 9, 2011.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

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” […]

A blood-pressure machine is seen inside a basket with other medical devices at a medical centre of the Greek Delegation of the Doctors of the World in Athens May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

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 […]

The financial district of Pudong is seen on a hazy day in Shanghai January 21, 2013. Beijing is to unveil unprecedented new rules governing how China's capital reacts to hazardous air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, as deteriorating air quality threatens to become a rallying point for wider political dissatisfaction. REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

Tyson food meat products are shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas, California May 29,  2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake    (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH BUSINESS) - RTR3RFIR

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 […]

Kekti Bai (C), who underwent a sterilisation surgery at a government mass sterilisation camp, watches while other women sit inside a hospital at Bilaspur district in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh November 15, 2014. Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a dozen women who visited a sterilisation camp in India are likely to have contained a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, two senior officials in Chhattisgarh state said on Saturday. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: HEALTH CRIME LAW SOCIETY) - RTR4E8PE

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 […]

A Chipotle restaurant is pictured in Pasadena, California October 17, 2012. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday reported quarterly profit that missed Wall Street's view and said it expects growth in sales at established restaurants to cool in 2013, sending shares down more than 12 percent after hours. Picture taken October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD) - RTR39AY4

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 […]

Sample analysis tubes are seen in a lab at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, July 15, 2013. Picture taken July 15, 2013. To match Insight CANCER-DRUGS/          REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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 […]

A female Aedes aegypti  mosquito is shown in this 2006 Center for Disease Control (CDC) photograph released to Reuters on October 30, 2013. The mosquito, known to carry such potentially deadly diseases as dengue and yellow fever, has been detected for the first time in California, raising concerns among public health officials and prompting intense efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly diseases. REUTERS/James Gathany/CDC/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX14UD6

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 […]

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

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 […]

A technician positions a woman at an imaging machine to receive a mammogram in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 21, 2012. As many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life threatening, said a study published November 21, that raises fresh questions about the benefits of breast cancer screening.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A box of Kraft Velveeta shells and cheese is displayed in a grocery store in New York March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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 […]

A woman holding a baby stands in front of a shelf displaying milk powder products at a supermarket in Beijing May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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, […]

A Thai doctor performs an experimental stem cell procedure on a patient at Bangkok Heart Hospital in Bangkok December 19, 2005. That involves injecting the patient's heart with cells cultivated from his own blood. Stem cell therapies have spawned controversy because very early human embryos are considered by many to be the most promising for treating human diseases. Picture taken December 19, 2005. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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 […]

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England, May 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

A doctor observes a screen showing a graphical representation of a heart of a woman who is lying down during a whole-body scan in the tomography section of Havana's main cardiology and heart surgery hospital October 19, 2012. Universal free education and free medical healthcare for all the population are two of the pillars of the socialist society built in Cuba since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)

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 […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from his office after party policy lunch meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington April 14, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

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 […]

An aerial view shows No. 4 (front L), No. 3 (front R), No. 2 (rear L) and No. 1 reactor buildings at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama town, Fukui prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Kyodo

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, […]

The IBM logo is seen outside the company's offices in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv October 24, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

A patient takes a blood glucose test during an event aimed to help people with diabetes to cope with their illness at Saint Luka diagnostics medical center in Sofia, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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 […]

A general view of an Apple store in the Manhattan borough of New York September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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 […]

Six-year-old Diego Sanson receives an influenza vaccine injection at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts January 10, 2013.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a field on the outskirts of Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu province, September 2, 2006. China has allocated 100 million yuan ($12.6 million) this year to train farmers in agricultural technology and knowledge, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken September 2, 2006. REUTERS/Leo Lang (CHINA) - RTR1GXX6

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 […]

A surgery nurse is seen beside the heart beat monitor in the operating theatre of the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Berlin February 29, 2008.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)

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 […]

A man carries bananas at the Tropical Nordeste S.A farm, in Limoeiro do Norte, in Ceara state, January 16, 2015. Picture taken January 16, 2015. To match Special Report BRAZIL-PESTICIDES/   REUTERS/Davi Pinheiro

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. […]

Weeds and tall grass grow through an abandoned sidewalk near the area
formerly known as the Love Canal, in Niagara Falls, New York, July 17, 2003.
25 years ago, Love Canal was America's most notorious toxic dump, where
leaking poisons from waste dumped by the Hooker Chemical Company (now
Occidental Chemical) forced thousands to flee their homes and awoke the
nation to the dangers of pollution. The U.S. government eventually declared
emergency evacuations of the area in 1978 and 1980, and relocated more than
800 families and reimbursed them for their homes, which were destroyed.
Picture taken July 17, 2003. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE REUTERS/Mike
Segar/FEATURE/ENVIRONMENT-LOVECANAL

MS/HB - RTRWZ9

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 […]

People queue at a hospital in Shanghai, September 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

Fish lie dead in the harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, California March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

Sample analysis tubes are seen in a lab at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, July 15, 2013. Picture taken July 15, 2013. To match Insight CANCER-DRUGS/          REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

A woman buries organic matter in mud to make compost in Karonga, northern Malawi. TRF/Karen Sanje

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a paddy field in Bang-lane district of Nakhon Pathom provice in central rice areas of Thailand, February 3, 2012. Thailand's government promised farmers a huge increase in the price of rice when it came to power last August but it is failing on all fronts: export prices have not held up, the state faces huge losses and many farmers have not benefited. Picture taken February 3, 2012. To match Analysis THAILAND-RICE/        REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS FOOD AGRICULTURE BUSINESS)

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 […]

Office workers wearing masks make their way to work in Singapore's central business district on June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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. (www.haze.gov.sg) The 3-hour […]

An ash tray with cigarette butts is pictured in Hinzenbach, in the Austrian province of Upper Austria, February 5, 2012.  REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

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, […]

Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are seen during a therapy session inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City April 19, 2012. Alzheimer's is a progressive, degenerative disease that robs people of memory, reasoning and the ability to communicate. About 24 million people worldwide have the disease according to the World Health Organization. In Mexico, 600,000 Mexicans out of 9 million adults over the age 60 suffer from Alzheimer's, according to the Institute of Geriatrics (INGER). Picture taken April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTR310KY

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 […]

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

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 […]

A customer walks past a KFC store in Shanghai July 22, 2014. The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc apologised to Chinese customers on Monday after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to the two chains.  REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) - RTR3ZNIO

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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 […]

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, speaks in a panel discussion in Beverly Hills, California in this file photot taken on May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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 […]

Neon McDonald's Golden Arches are seen at the Times Square location in New York in this January 29, 2015, file photo.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

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 […]

A man walks over a bridge as smoke rises from chimneys of a thermal power plant in Shanghai February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. To match Special Report CHINA-PHARMACEUTICALS.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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 […]

Babies lie in cots at a maternity ward in Singapore in this March 29, 2007 file photo. After 25 years of state-sponsored matchmaking and fertility-boosting campaigns, the government's attempts to arrest a sliding birth rate are falling flat, with potentially profound consequences for the wealthy Asian city-state. To match Feature SINGAPORE-BABIES.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A glass of tap water is served at a restaurant in New York June 10, 2009. As environmental worries cut into sales from traditionally lucrative bottled water, beverage companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle and SABMiller are becoming more attuned to the risks of negative consumer environmental perceptions. Water is becoming scarcer, raising a fear that so-far manageable price increases could spike and leading drink companies to take action to maintain access to water and fight their image as water hogs. Picture taken June 10, 2009. To match feature WATER-BEVERAGES/ REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

Windmills are reflected in a car mirror at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011. California aims to slow climate change by putting a price on carbon -- a low, low starting price. The program is the last, keystone step in a controversial half-decade push to green the state's business for the good of the planet and the economy. Picture taken February 9, 2011. To match Special Report CARBON-CALIFORNIA/   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

The rubble of a house is seen after it collapsed following the quake in the town of Awaran, southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, September 25, 2013. The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Pakistan rose to at least 208 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on people in a remote area near the Iranian border, officials said. REUTERS/Sallah Jan

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 […]

Flamingoes wade in the dawn light at Zeekoevlei nature reserve in Cape Town,
June 20, 2003. Low water levels have attracted thousands of birds to the key
wetland on the Cape Flats as new feeding grounds are opened up following
late seasonal rains in the area.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

Men refurbish the exterior of a mud brick house in Timbuktu, Mali in this file photo taken on July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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 […]

A worker of SABESP, a Brazilian enterprise of Sao Paulo state, that provides water and sewage services to residential, commercial and industrial areas walks through a dry Jaguary dam as a result of a long drought period that hit the state of Sao Paulo in Braganca Paulista, 100 km from Sao Paulo January 31, 2014. This has been the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages, crop damage, and higher electricity bills that could drag down the economy during an election year for President Dilma Rousseff.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

A full moon as seen from West Orange, New Jersey, rises over the skyline of Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center (L) in New York, May 6, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13 2014. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX17BSV

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 […]

Smoke rises from chimneys of a thermal power plant at Changchun, Jilin January 22, 2013. Picture was taken through a tinted window. Picture taken January 22, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

An elderly woman rests in her room at a retirement home in Nice July 26, 2013. As summer temperatures continue to rise, French local authorities launched a heat wave alert for the southern part of the country during the weekend.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)

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, […]

Harvested wheat is inspected by farmer Joff Sowray at Humberton Farm near Boroughbridge, northern England October 26, 2012. Britain will be a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year, turning customer to its traditional export rivals after a disease-ravaged harvest, much of which fails to meet the quality required for bread.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A man holds dry earth from a wheat field in his hands, in this photo illustration, in Niort, southwestern France, May 13, 2011. France, facing a worsening drought that already caused damage to grain crops and pastures, will take measures to help breeders, which the farm minister warned on Thursday, is at most risk. One of the driest and hottest months of April on record has cut water reserves and parched soil already affected by months of low rainfall, leading to growing concerns that harvests will suffer in the European Union's top grain producer. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

A resident looks out of her apartment in a building painted with a drought-related mural, painted by Brazilian artist Mundano, depicting a man getting water from a cactus plant, in Sao Paulo November 25, 2014.

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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 […]

The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014.

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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 […]

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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 […]

A farmer harvests wheat on Miet Radie farm at El-Kalubia governorate, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Cairo May 8, 2012. Credit: REUTERS

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, […]

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013. The space station was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.  NASA/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Dr. Benjamin Warf operates on the spine of four-year-old Emma Guarino to debulk an intraspinal lipoma and untether her spinal cord, at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts May 14, 2013.  Guarino suffers from spina bifida, a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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 […]

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in this undated handout picture released October 18, 2014. The Canadian government will ship 800 vials of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization in Geneva beginning on Monday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said on Saturday. REUTERS/Public Health Agency of Canada/Handout

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 […]

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia

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 […]

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

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, […]

File photo of rhinos seen at the Mafikeng Game Reserve in the North West province. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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 […]

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in Shanghai May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014.

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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 […]

Fish lie dead in the harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, California March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

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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 […]

A customer picks up produce near a sign supporting a ballot initiative in Washington state that would require labelling of foods containing genetically modified crops at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington

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 […]

Smoking chimneys and cooling tower of a coal-burning power plant are seen next to electric pylons on a hazy day in Wuhan, Hubei province December 6, 2012. China will spend 350 billion yuan ($56 billion) by 2015 to curb air pollution in major cities, the environmental watchdog said on Wednesday.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A Caltrans information sign urges drivers to save water due to the California drought emergency in Los Angeles, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

25 Aug 2014

Reuters Slideshow: California’s historic drought

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Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia

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 […]

A health worker, wearing personal protection gear, offers water to a woman with Ebola virus disease (EVD), at a treatment centre for infected persons in Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone in this August, 2014 handout photo provided by UNICEF August 6, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Dunlop/UNICEF/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

A health worker, wearing personal protection gear, offers water to a woman with Ebola virus disease (EVD), at a treatment centre for infected persons in Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone in this August, 2014 handout photo provided by UNICEF August 6, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Dunlop/UNICEF/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

A volunteer gives out bottles of drinking water after flooding in Tewkesbury, central England

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 […]

A man looks at contaminated river in Cangnan county of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China July 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A radiologist examines breast X-rays after a regular cancer prevention medical check-up at a radiology center in Nice November 5, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Daniel Ruiz, a tuberculosis patient, holds out his hand for pills while standing beside a nurse at a medical post in the outskirts of Lima October 28, 2011. Peru is the third American country with the highest incidence of tuberculosis after Haiti and Bolivia. Treatment for tuberculosis costs more than $2500 per patient and can stretch over some two years. Peru's capital, Lima accounts for more than half the cases of the disease, with the majority concentrated in the poor surrounding districts due to problems of overcrowding and malnutrition, according to the Partners in Health Peru NGO. Picture taken October 28, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

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 […]

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province, in this September 30, 2011 file photo. North Korea plans to allow farmers to keep more of their produce in an attempt to boost agricultural output, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said, in a move that could boost supplies, help cap rising food prices and ease malnutrition. The move to liberalise agriculture under new leader Kim Jong-un, who took office in December 2011 after the death of his father, would reverse a crackdown on private production that started in 2005. It comes amid talk that the youngest Kim to rule the impoverished North is considering reforms to boost the economy. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

A labourer winnows rice at a market yard at Bavla

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 […]

Cyclists prepare to pour into the streets of Portland for the 11th annual World Naked Bike Ride

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 […]

Kelvin Villaroel holds up his son Isaac for a photo in front of a cherry tree in full blossom in Central Park in New York April 20, 2014. Kelvin Villaroel holds up his son Isaac for a photo in front of a cherry tree in full blossom in Central Park in New York April 20, 2014.   Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

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 […]

A woman jogs along a path in Ala Moana Park in Honolulu, Hawaii

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 […]

A man lights a cigarette at a cafe in Hanoi November 12, 2012. Global health officials agreed a deal on Monday to fight smuggling of tobacco products, a trade which robs governments of more than $40 billion in revenue each year and undercuts efforts to reduce smoking.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A park sign reflects an optimistic message in Minneapolis, January 27, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Eric Miller

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 […]

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses the Marching On conference on gun violence prevention in Middletown

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 […]

A shopper pushes his shopping trolley down an aisle at a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 26, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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, […]

A bough of cherry blossoms are seen against the sunrise along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013. Washington's celebrated cherry trees, which have been slow to bloom in 2013 due to a colder-than-normal springtime, originated as a gift of friendship from the people of Japan in 1912.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Women wear masks while waiting for bus during a smoggy day in Beijing, October 28, 2013. China's Environment Ministry said last week it will send inspection teams to provinces and cities most seriously affected by smog to ensure rules on fighting air pollution are being enforced.
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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 […]

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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 […]

A tuberculosis patient listens as a doctor shows the condition of his lungs at the Indonesian Union Against Tuberculosis clinic in Jakarta, April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

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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 […]

A man flicks ashes from his cigarette over a dustbin in Shanghai January 10, 2014.

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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 […]

A surgery nurse washes her hands before starting procedures to clean the wound of an amputee patient with MRSA at Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin hospital

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 […]

A blood-pressure machine is seen inside a basket with other medical devices at a medical centre of the Greek Delegation of the Doctors of the World in Athens May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

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 […]

A patient takes a blood glucose test during an event aimed to help people with diabetes to cope with their illness at Saint Luka diagnostics medical center in Sofia, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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 […]

Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, Mississippi

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 […]

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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 […]

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 5, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large class action settlements.
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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 […]

A manufacturing associate holds a vial with a DCVax-L label in a Northwest Biotherapeutics laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee in this file photo taken February 21, 2014. German health regulators have granted Northwest Biotherapeutics special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug, DCVax-L, in the country, even though the small U.S. biotechnology company has not yet completed its late-stage trial of the immunotherapy.   REUTERS/Mike Brown/Files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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 […]

Powdered heroin is pictured in this undated handout photo

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 […]

A surgery nurse washes her hands before starting procedures to clean the wound of an amputee patient with MRSA at Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin hospital

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, Mississippi

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 […]

Employee of a bank smokes a cigarette at his workplace in Pontevedra

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 […]

The World Health Organisation headquarters are pictured in Geneva

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Ultrasound image of surrogate mother Manjula, 30, is seen on a monitor at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town

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 […]

A man runs along the waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey

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, […]

Cigarette packs are presented in a simulated tobacconist shop at a news conference in Paris

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 […]

A stethoscope is pictured at the clinic of paediatrician Thomas Fischbach, in the western town of Solingen September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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 […]

A pedestrian walks across a rainbow pedestrian crossing painted on Sydney's Oxford street

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 […]

An unidentified employee prepares fries at the counter of Beurger King Muslim in Clichy-sous-Bois, France.

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 […]

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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 […]

Cigarette butts in an ashtray in Los Angeles, California

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 […]

Tumbleweed is seen at an irrigation channel on a farm near Cantua Creek

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 […]

A Red Cross worker demonstrates how to properly wear and remove protective gloves in Guatemala City

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 […]

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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 […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.  Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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 […]

Charly Pairaud, deputy director of Vincent dans les Vapes e-liquids maker, demonstrates the use of an electronic cigarette in his factory in Pessac near Bordeaux

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 […]

Ultrasound image of surrogate mother Manjula, 30, is seen on a monitor at the Akanksha IVF center in Anand town

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 […]

Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, Mississippi

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 […]

A Santhera employee works with test-tubes in Liestal

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 […]

A shopper walks by the sodas aisle at a grocery store in Los Angeles

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 […]

Doses of a flu vaccine lie on a table as San Luis Obispo County public healthcare professionals conduct a mass flu vaccination drill at the Veterans building in San Luis Obispo, California in this October 31, 2006 file photo. Few of the security and safety precautions taken by laboratories working with dangerous bacteria and viruses are required by law. In fact, says Rutgers University virologist Richard Ebright, only a lock on the door is required. To match Insight HEALTH/BIOSECURITY.Credit: Reuters

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, […]

A radiologist examines breast X-rays after a cancer prevention medical check-up at the Ambroise Pare hospital in Marseille

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 […]

A man smokes in his car in London

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 […]

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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 […]