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  • Man who caught listeria-related meningitis sues Blue Bell Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— A man is suing Blue Bell, saying he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating ice cream produced by the company. David Philip Shockley seeks unspecified damages in the negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday in Austin. The lawsuit says Shockley was hospitalized with respiratory failure and septic shock in October 2013 after eating Blue...

  • Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study involved federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "No feasible alternative causes remain that can reasonably explain the...

  • WASHINGTON— A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

  • May 19- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a longer-acting version of Johnson& Johnson's schizophrenia treatment, developed by the company's Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit. The FDA approved the drug, Invega Trinza, to be administered just four times a year, the longest dosing interval available for the treatment of the neurological disorder,...

  • INSIGHT-Is nicotine all bad? Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:59 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel's fix is fruit-flavoured nicotine gum that comes in neat, pop-out strips. He gets through 12 to 15 pieces a day and says he has "packets of the stuff" stashed all over. Psychologists and tobacco-addiction specialists, including some in world-leading laboratories in Britain, think it's now time...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading. Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, has lost about 20 million chickens that lay eggs for food use, more than a third of the total. So far the U. S. Department of Agriculture has...

  • Homebrew: Scientists tweak yeast to grow morphine Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:08 PM ET
    Chemical formula of Morphine

    Scientists have engineered brewer's yeast to synthesize opioids such as morphine from a common sugar, according to an international team.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A new study estimates bird flu has cost Minnesota poultry producers at least $113 million, with losses in related industries pushing the overall toll past $300 million. The University of Minnesota Extension study uses economic modeling to try to get at the ripple effects of the fast-moving virus that has killed some 8 million birds in Minnesota...

  • NEW YORK— In a story May 14 about Puma Biotechnology Inc.' s cancer drug neratinib, The Associated Press erroneously reported the design of the study. Puma Biotechnology plunges on breast cancer drug data. NEW YORK— Shares of Puma Biotechnology Inc. plummeted Thursday on disappointing results from a study of the company's breast cancer drug.

  • May 15- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a widely used newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs sold by AstraZeneca, Johnson& Johnson and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim may cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization. The FDA said its Adverse Event Reporting System database...

  • U.S. FDA warns on newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    May 15- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a widely used newer class of type 2 diabetes drug sold by AstraZeneca, Johnson& Johnson and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim may a cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization. They include AstraZeneca's Farxiga, J&J's Invokana and...

  • Bird flu found on South Dakota egg-laying chicken farm Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:37 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— An eastern South Dakota farm with 1.3 million egg-laying chickens is the first in the chicken-production business in the state to be infected with a deadly flu virus despite efforts to prevent it, state and farm officials said Thursday. A South Dakota State University lab confirmed the presence of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza...

  • Jim O’Neill thinks we need $2B to fund new drugs Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    As the list of drug-resistant bacteria grows, more research into new antibiotics is needed, according to ex-Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, who was also made U.K. Commercial Secretary on Thursday.

  • Puma Biotechnology plunges on breast cancer drug data Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Puma Biotechnology Inc. plummeted Thursday on disappointing results from a study of the company's breast cancer drug. Shares fell $36.90, or 17.6 percent, to $172.76 in afternoon trading. The company said in December that it would hold off on filing for marketing approval of neratinib because it decided to ask the Food and Drug...

  • May 13- Details from a late-stage trial of Puma Biotechnology's experimental breast cancer pill neratinib showed that it improved disease-free survival for certain breast cancer patients, but only by 2.3 months. Puma shares slid 25 percent after hours following release of the findings on Wednesday by the American Society of Clinical Oncology ahead of its...

  • Cereal maker Post says bird flu squeezing its egg supply Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says a Midwest bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply. St. Louis- based Post estimates that roughly 20 percent of its egg supply is impacted by the outbreak. The virus began appearing since mid-April in Iowa's chicken flocks, and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread.

  • A study conducted at the University of Sydney found that nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, reduced by 23 percent the incidence of new, non-melanoma skin cancers in people who had at least two of the cancers in the previous five years. "It's a cheap vitamin... one could be generous about starting it early if that's a preference," said Dr Peter Paul Yu, ASCO president and...

  • Investors were waiting for news that could move share prices from many bigger companies including Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co, Amgen Inc and Celgene Corp. Hot topics at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago will include immuno oncology and CAR-T cell therapies. Shares in Juno Therapeutics Inc, Kite Pharma Inc, BlueBird Bio Inc and...

  • May 12- A trial assessing the cardiovascular safety of obesity drug Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, was terminated on Tuesday due to unauthorized release of study data. A statement from Cleveland Clinic, which was conducting the trial, said the study was being halted as unauthorized release of trial data by...

  • *Tie-up with Montreal scientists on heart disease genes. LONDON, May 13- AstraZeneca is diving deeper into personalised healthcare with two projects that move the concept beyond cancer into respiratory disorders and heart disease. To redress the balance, AstraZeneca said on Wednesday it had signed two deals, one with Abbott Laboratories for a diagnostic test...