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  • BRASILIA, Jan 29- Brazil is losing the battle against the mosquito spreading the Zika virus, President Dilma Rousseff said on Friday, calling for a national effort to eradicate the insect. The virus has been linked to thousands of cases of babies being born in Brazil with microcephaly- meaning they have abnormally small heads and brains that have not developed...

  • Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 9:05 AM ET

    Jan 29- Privately owned vaccine developer Hawaii Biotech Inc has joined the race to produce a vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, a fast-spreading infection which has been linked to severe birth defects in babies. The company initiated a formal program to test a Zika vaccine last fall, as the virus began to gain traction in Brazil, said Chief Executive Dr.

  • Bolstered by blistering sales of its Opdivo immuno-oncology drug and its Eliquis blood clot preventer, Bristol-Myers expects earnings this year of $2.30 to $2.40 per share. "They've made courageous decisions to streamline expenses, and their reduced revenue base will also fuel earnings growth," said Guggenheim Partners analyst Tony Butler.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 28- In the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, U.S. veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys across the country, racing to uncover any more infections and contain the virus before it causes mass death and damage like last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Jan. 15 that a turkey flock in Dubois County,...

  • Jan 28- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eisai Co Ltd's drug derived from sea sponge for a rare type of soft tissue cancer which has no approved treatment so far. The drug, Halaven, was approved for use in patients who have undergone chemotherapy with drugs derived from a type of bacteria, the FDA said on Thursday. Halaven, derived from a marine sponge...

  • Jan 28- Lufthansa, British Airways and JetBlue on Thursday became the latest international carriers to offer rebookings or refunds for tickets to areas affected by the Zika virus, as the World Health Organization expressed concern about the swift spread of the mosquito-borne disease. The virus is present in more than 20 countries and territories in the...

  • Growing fears of spreading Zika virus Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 1:19 PM ET
    Growing fears of spreading Zika virus

    Dr. Bettina Fries, Stony Brook School of Medicine, explains how the Zika virus spreads.

  • Jan 28- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co forecast 2016 earnings slightly above Wall Street estimates and said it had halted a large trial of its Opdivo immuno-oncology drug after an independent monitoring committee concluded it did not prolong survival longer than standard therapy for head and neck cancer. Bristol-Myers forecast 2016 earnings of $2.30 to $2.40...

  • Zika epidemic on US doorstep spurs vaccine hunt Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 7:40 AM ET

    The rapid spread of the zika virus has spurred the hunt for a cure, but the financial incentive and likely length of time for a vaccine are unclear.

  • Jan 27- Incyte Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop a mid-stage study on its combination treatment after it failed to prove to be sufficiently effective to treat metastatic colorectal cancer. Incyte's shares fell nearly 12 percent to $65.50 in extended trading. Jakafi is an FDA- approved drug to treat people with bone marrow disorders such as polycythemia...

  • Jan 27- Massachusetts' attorney general is studying whether prices of Gilead Sciences' blockbuster treatments for hepatitis C violate state law, according to a letter the prosecutor sent to the California- based drugmaker. The letter from the state's Attorney General Maura Healey to Gilead Chief Executive Officer John Martin, dated Jan. 22, asked the...

  • Worries grow about the spread of the Zika virus Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 2:59 PM ET
    Zika virus are spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

    The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has raised concern that the virus could spread throughout the US.

  • Jan 27- Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein will speak at an upcoming financial services conference, marking one of his first public appearances since being diagnosed with lymphoma in September. Blankfein will present on behalf of the Wall Street bank at the Credit Suisse AG financial services forum in Miami Beach in February, Goldman...

  • *Tecfidera quarterly sales above analysts' estimate. Jan 27- Biogen Inc eased investor nerves on Wednesday and its shares surged more than 9 percent after the company reported better-than-expected sales of its most important multiple sclerosis drug, Tecfidera, and issued a 2016 outlook in line with Wall Street estimates. "Investors were quite nervous going...

  • Jan 27- Massachusetts' attorney general is studying whether the prices of Gilead Sciences Inc's blockbuster treatments for hepatitis C violate state law, according to a letter the prosecutor sent to the California drugmaker. The letter from Attorney General Maura Healey to Gilead Chief Executive Officer John Martin, dated Jan. 22, asked the biotechnology...

  • Massachusetts challenges Gilead's hepatitis C drug prices Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 10:12 AM ET

    Jan 27- Massachusetts' attorney general is studying whether the prices of Gilead Sciences Inc's blockbuster treatments for hepatitis C violate state law, according to a letter the prosecutor sent to the California drugmaker. The letter from Attorney General Maura Healey to Gilead Chief Executive Officer John Martin, dated Jan. 22, asked the biotechnology...

  • A step closer to a cure for type 1 diabetes Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 8:00 AM ET
    A step closer to a cure for type 1 diabetes

    Scientists developed a device to prevent implanted insulin-producing cells from being attacked by the immune system for six months.

  • AIDS can be eliminated by 2030: RED Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 2:00 AM ET
    AIDS can be eliminated by 2030: RED

    Deborah Dugan, CEO of RED, said that AIDS could be wiped off the planet by 2030 if we "do the right thing".

  • 2016 will be pivotal to health care: JP Morgan Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 2:00 AM ET
    2016 will be pivotal to health care: JP Morgan

    Cathrin Petty, head of EMEA healthcare at JP Morgan, says 2016 will be a pivotal year for the health care industry due to new product launches and approvals, as well as commercial headwinds.

  • Here’s what you need to know about Zika virus Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 8:06 AM ET
    A man walks away from his home with his son as health workers fumigate the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.

    CNBC takes a look at Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading fast across the Americas and the Caribbean for which there is no cure.