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Here's Why Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. Jumped Today

Shares rally after the company reports encouraging results from a phase 2 trial.<p>What happened<p>In response to upbeat results released from a phase 2 …

San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak: Death Toll Rises in Largest U.S. Scourge in Decades

The death toll in the hepatitis A outbreak hitting San Diego has been raised to 19 people, according to the most recent data released by the county …

FDA approves 2nd gene therapy targeting non-Hodgkin lymphomas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a second gene therapy for cancer, the first to target non-Hodgkin lymphomas.<p>The therapy, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel), is intended for adult patients with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma after other treatments fail.<p>Non-Hodgkin …

A gene therapy that could cure blindness is on the brink of getting approved

A girl saw her mother's face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed "America's Got Talent."<p>A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling …

Gene Therapy

Express Scripts buys medical benefits firm for $3.6 billion

Express Scripts is acquiring EviCore Healthcare for $3.6 billion in yet another case of consolidation in the health care industry. EviCore is a …

Knowingly infecting others with HIV is no longer a felony in California

California lawmakers have passed legislation to reduce the penalty for those who knowingly or intentionally expose others to HIV without their knowledge, rolling back a law that mostly affected sex workers.<p>The bill, SB 239, which was approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature in …

Trump Contraceptive Move Could Lead to More Abortions

The Trump administration's moves this week to cut back on free birth control and tighten abortion restrictions could add up to an unintended consequence, according to experts: Women may end up having more abortions.<p>On Friday, the administration rolled back a key Obamacare requirement for most …

Personal Genetic Testing Is Here. Do We Need It?

For years, Jody Christ, 62, struggled to control her high cholesterol. Her doctors encouraged her to exercise, change her diet and lose weight, but none of that ever seemed to lower her numbers.<p>When her health plan, the Geisinger Health System of Pennsylvania, offered a genetic test that screens …

Drug and gene therapy combo may reverse M.S.

A new gene therapy could inhibit or reverse multiple sclerosis, new research using mouse models suggests.<p>By combining a brain-protein gene and an …

Medicine

Everything you need to know about the WHO's revelation that the world is running out of antibiotics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a stark warning that the world is running out of antibiotics.<p>It said that "antimicrobial resistance is …

Contact lens parasite left woman paralysed and blinded

<b>A woman was left, paralysed, blind and in excruciating pain after a parasite infected her contact lens solution.</b><p>Claire Wilkinson, 38, is still …

Antidote for opioid overdoses now available without a prescription

California pharmacists can hand out an overdose antidote to patients on powerful painkillers without requiring a prescription under new rules aimed at curbing drug-related fatalities.<p>Pharmacists in the state will also be able to distribute the antidote to heroin addicts.<p>Patients and addicts may …

Pharma

When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Most of us have reached for a painkiller, at one time or another, only to discover the date on the label shows it has expired. But what does an "expiration" date on medicine really mean? Is it dangerous if you take it anyway? Less effective?<p>It turns out that date stamped on the label actually means …

Medicine

How the global gag rule will hurt women and families, explained by 2 experts on the ground

Trump’s expansion of the gag rule won’t reduce abortion. But it will stop poor women from getting birth control, and kill programs that help war-torn communities.<p>For International Women’s Day, many activists are protesting outside the White House against the so-called global gag rule, a Reagan-era …

This device fixes the worst thing about the new MacBook Pro

'HyperDrive' is a compact adapter for the ports lost in the recent MacBook Pro upgrade, turning the two Thunderbolt 3 slots into various HDMI, USB-C, …

The Creative Way Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Get Hipsters To Quit Smoking

Taking a page from Big Tobacco’s insidious marketing tactics, the front line in the war on smoking moves to bars and nightclubs.<p>How do you get hipsters to stop smoking? Well, you throw them a party.<p>That’s the philosophy behind Commune, a program organized by a marketing-science agency called Rescue …

The Best Way to End Poverty Is to Start With Birth Control

Melinda Gates is a tireless advocate for the advancement of women and girls, whether she’s shining a light on the inequity of unpaid domestic labor …

Family Planning

Shrinking cities: the rise and fall of global urban populations – mapped

The world is experiencing rapid urbanisation, but not every city is growing. Population is likely to decline in 17% of large cities in developed regions and 8% of cities across the world from 2015 to 2025, according to a McKinsey report

Poverty-fighting organizations ready to speak out on coal

<i>Ilmi Granoff, Senior Research Associate, the Overseas Development Institute, and Sarah Wykes, Lead Analyst - Climate and Energy, CAFOD</i><p>A year ago, a group of poverty-fighting organizations from the global North and South, including our own, began a discussion about coal.<p>We were keenly aware of how …

In post-Ebola Sierra Leone, more than half the population face food shortages: U.N.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Sierra Leone recovers from the deadly effects of Ebola, more than half the population face food shortages, and many will not cope if further disasters such as drought or floods strike, U.N. food agencies said on Thursday.<p>A woman walks by a sign at Devil Hole …

Disease

Mainstreaming Behavioral Health Must Be Central To Our Health Reform Agenda

In a few short weeks, America will have elected its next president.<p>Regardless of who is elected, continuing to reform healthcare is certain to be on the agenda.<p>There are few truly bipartisan ideas in healthcare reform, but try this one for size: greater integration of behavioral health training …

The Best and Worst States for People With Mental Health Issues, Ranked

A majority of people in the U.S. with mental health issues aren’t getting help, according to Mental Health America's newly released rankings of all …

Mental Health

Women's Empowerment In Indonesia: Where To Now?

Women's empowerment is one of the most important socio-political factors contributing to development in the Global South, and Indonesia is no …

Gender

The Sad Truth: Poor People Are More Likely To Get Fat

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, …

Weight Loss

Tackling South Asia's Water Crisis: Can Civil Society Help?

Tackling South Asia’s Water Crisis: Can Civil Society Help?<p>September 21, 2016<p>Last week, widespread mob violence broke out in India’s high-tech …

Water

Civil society’s efforts to revive a war-ravaged education system in Yemen

When a friend of mine wrote in 2014 “Yemen is not a good place to be a child”, I recalled my own happy childhood in Yemen in the late 1980s.<p>My …

Education

New evidence suggests a quarter of the world's population has latent tuberculosis

But globally, TB is today the number one infectious killer, causing an estimated 1.8m deaths in 2015.<p>Unlike many bugs, infection with the bacterium that causes TB doesn't usually result in disease.<p>The usual dictum is that only 10% of people who are infected will ever develop TB , but this may occur …

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.<p>The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like …