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  • With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak. The USDA would then provide that seed strain to drug manufacturers if the agency ultimately decides the vaccine is necessary to stop avian influenza.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The number of chickens at a northwest Iowa farm that will need to be killed because of the bird flu virus has been reduced to 3.8 million. Sunrise Farms announced Tuesday that it houses 3.8 million laying hens, all of which will need to be killed after a routine test confirmed the virus in the flock. The Iowa infection is the latest to hit eight...

  • Bird flu: should you be worried?   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 12:57 PM ET
    Bird flu: should you be worried?

    All you need to know about the avian influenza in 90 seconds.

  • CHICAGO, April 21- The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu into an Iowa egg farm accelerated market concerns over how big of a bite the current outbreak could take from the United States' egg and poultry businesses, sending shares of several leading meat companies' down on Tuesday. Minnesota, the largest turkey-producing state in the country, has been the hardest...

  • Pfizer says leukemia drug met 1 goal in study Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 12:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Pfizer said Tuesday that an experimental blood cancer drug met one of its two goals in a late-stage trial, as patients who were treated with the drug were more likely to have a complete remission. Pfizer's trial is designed to study the drug, called inotuzumab ozogamicin, as a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults. The second goal of the...

  • WASHINGTON— Blue Bell Creameries is pulling all of its products off the shelves after samples of its ice cream tested positive for a potentially deadly bacteria— listeria. It follows several smaller Blue Bell recalls over the last month that the company initiated after its products were linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Seven other listeria...

  • One start-up's quest to prevent breast cancer Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:31 AM ET
    Mary-Claire King, the University of Washington geneticist whose work led to the discovery of the BRCA1 gene

    Color Genomics plans to charge only $249 for an analysis of cancer-risk genes. New York Times reports.

  • LONDON, April 21- AstraZeneca's recently approved ovarian cancer drug Lynparza, or olaparib, can also help men with prostate cancer, according to new clinical trial results on Tuesday. AstraZeneca has flagged olaparib as a potential $2- billion- a-year seller, based on ongoing Phase III studies in ovarian, breast, gastric and pancreatic cancers.

  • Blue Bell Creameries pulls all of its products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:11 PM ET
    Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday, April 20, 2015, for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

    Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries voluntary recalls all its products after two samples tested positive for listeriosis.

  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis, which can cause fever, muscle aches,...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. The virus was first detected in Minnesota, the country's top...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of a strain of bird flu deadly to poultry and authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the virus.

  • Big biotech movers: Juno & Kite   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:42 PM ET
    Big biotech movers: Juno & Kite

    Shares of Juno Therapeutics and Kite Pharmaceuticals are falling today based on news coming out of a big cancer conference over the weekend, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell.

  • NEW YORK— Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said Monday that it will pay $512 million to resolve lawsuits accusing its Cephalon division of making illegal payments that kept cheaper generic versions of its sleep disorder drug Provigil off the market, boosting Cephalon's sales. The company set aside $495 million in 2013 to cover potential...

  • April 20- Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental drug, ixekizumab, reduced the signs and symptoms of active psoriatic arthritis in patients more than a placebo did in a late-stage trial. Up to 30 percent of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis that can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in and around joints, according...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Giving patients with advanced melanoma two Bristol-Myers drugs that work differently held the deadly skin cancer at bay far longer than just one, though the combination's considerable increase in serious side effects raises concerns about how much patients can endure. In the midstage study, presented Monday at the American Association for...

  • LILLY'S PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS DRUG SUCCEEDS IN LATE-STAGE STUDY@. April 20- Eli Lilly and Co said its experimental drug, ixekizumab, was more effective than a placebo in patients with active psoriatic arthritis, in a late-stage trial. Psoriatic arthritis is a progressive and chronic disease that can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in and around joints.

  • TRENTON, N.J.— One of the hot new cancer immunotherapy drugs, Merck& Co.' s Keytruda, strongly benefited patients with melanoma, lung cancer and mesothelioma, according to three studies presented Sunday at the American Association for Cancer Research conference in Philadelphia. One study, comparing Keytruda to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.' s Yervoy, could give Merck...

  • Bird flu confirmed on second farm in Ontario, Canada Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 PM ET

    TORONTO, April 18- Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Saturday. Canadian authorities earlier this month confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in U.S....