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Japan Plans HIV Drug Trials to Fight Coronavirus as Diamond Princess Cases Rise
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/925347

Feb 18th, 2020 - TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to start trials of HIV medications to treat coronavirus patients as an increase in the number of cases poses a growing threat to the economy and public health, the government's top spokesman said on Tuesday. The government is making "preparations so that clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus can start as soon as possible," Yoshihide Suga tol...

'Light a Candle': Death of Chinese Doctor Sparks Mourning, Anger
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/924931

Feb 9th, 2020 - EIJING (Reuters) - The death from coronavirus of a Chinese doctor who had been reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the disease triggered a wave of public mourning on Friday and rare expressions of anger against the government online. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the outbreak, became one of the most visible figures in the crisis ...

Online Information on Probiotics Often Inadequate, Misleading
https://www.staging.medscape.com/viewarticle/923844

Jan 15th, 2020 - (Reuters Health) - Most websites that provide information about probiotics are unreliable and often tout unproven health benefits, a new study finds. After examining the first 150 websites turned up by a Google search, researchers concluded that the vast majority were run by companies advertising products or news outlets that offered incomplete information, often leaving out potential side effe...

Bloody Philippine Drug War Fails to Curb Methamphetamine Supply - VP
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/923384

Jan 7th, 2020 - MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has only managed to curb the supply of methamphetamines by less than 1% of annual consumption, proof that it has been a bloody failure, his main political rival, the vice president, said on Monday. Thousands of suspected drug traffickers and users have been killed in the campaign that Duterte launched soon after he won elect...

China Says U.S. Should Do More to Cut Its 'Enormous' Opioid Demand
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/890725

Jan 1st, 2018 - BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States should take action to reduce demand for the drugs fueling its deadly opioid crisis rather than simply accusing China of being the major source, a top Chinese drug control official said. "The biggest difficulty China faces in opioid control is that such drugs are in enormous demand in the U.S.," Yu Haibin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission sa...

'Golden' Girl With Albinism Shines as Kenya's Top Student
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/889786

Dec 10th, 2017 - NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Harrison Tanga knew that something was wrong as he walked into the labor ward in western Kenya to meet his newborn child. "I could see nurses whisper amongst themselves as I passed by," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. "No one wanted to tell me how my family was doing." When Tanga saw his wife, Matilda, holding a pale-skinned baby with blon...

Trump Open to Dropping Healthcare Provision in Senate Tax Bill - Aide
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/888883

Nov 20th, 2017 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump would not insist on including repeal of an Obama-era health insurance mandate in a bill intended to enact the biggest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s, a senior White House aide said on Sunday. The version of tax legislation put forward by Senate Republican leaders would remove a requirement in former President Barack Obama's signature ...

China Disputes Trump's Claims of Fentanyl 'Flood' Into United States
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/887997

Nov 5th, 2017 - BEIJING (Reuters) - China's drug control agency disputed on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that most of the synthetic drug fentanyl at the heart of the U.S. opioid crisis was produced in China. Declaring the crisis a public health emergency, U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would discuss as a "top priority" stopping the "flood of cheap and deadly" fentanyl "manufactured...

J&J Moves to Limit Impact of Reuters Report on Asbestos in Baby Powder
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/906700

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Monday scrambled to contain fallout from a Reuters report that the healthcare conglomerate knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, taking out full-page newspaper ads defending its product and practices, and readying its chief executive for his first television interview since investors erased tens of billions of dollars ...

Experts Call for Halt to Gene Editing That Results in 'Designer Babies'
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/910345

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Top scientists and ethicists from seven countries on Wednesday called for a global moratorium on gene editing of human eggs, sperm or embryos that would result in genetically-altered babies after a rogue Chinese researcher last year announced the birth of the world's first gene-edited twins. News of their birth prompted global condemnation of the work, raising the ethical sp...

WHO Panel Calls for Registry of All Human Gene Editing Research
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/910635

LONDON (Reuters) - It would be irresponsible for any scientist to conduct human gene-editing studies in people, and a central registry of research plans should be set up to ensure transparency, World Health Organization experts said on Tuesday. After its first two-day meeting in Geneva, the WHO panel of gene editing experts - which was established in December after a Chinese scientist said he h...

U.S. Senators Warren, Warner Question Contractors, Military on Unsafe Housing
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/908814

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the latest congressional leader to press for answers from military contractors over Reuters reports describing unsafe housing conditions on U.S. bases, sending letters this week to five large real estate firms seeking detailed information about their operations and profits. "A series of disturbing news reports have raised se...

Cutbacks by Some Doctors Halved New Opioid Prescriptions Over 5 Years
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/910368

(Reuters Health) - The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54% between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S., largely because many doctors stopped prescribing the painkillers, according to a study of more than 86 million people covered by private insurance. The number of prescriptions for three days' worth of an opioid - the recommended amount for an initial prescription - fell 57% during thos...

Juul Under Scrutiny by 39 State Attorneys General
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/925708

(Reuters) - A group of 39 state attorneys general on Tuesday announced an investigation into Juul Labs Inc's marketing practices, adding to mounting legal and regulatory problems for the e-cigarette maker over its role in the nation's youth vaping epidemic. The probe, led by attorneys general in Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas, will examine whether Juul targeted underage users, a...

'Light a Candle': Death of Chinese Doctor Sparks Mourning, Anger
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/924931

EIJING (Reuters) - The death from coronavirus of a Chinese doctor who had been reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the disease triggered a wave of public mourning on Friday and rare expressions of anger against the government online. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the outbreak, became one of the most visible figures in the crisis ...

Countries Must Shift Mindset to Virus Preparedness -WHO Expert
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/925696

GENEVA (Reuters) - Countries need to prepare immediately for an outbreak of the novel coronavirus so they can respond rapidly when it arrives, a top World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Tuesday. "Think the virus is going to show up tomorrow," Dr. Bruce Aylward, head of the joint WHO-Chinese mission on the outbreak, told reporters on return to Geneva. "If you don't think that way, you'...

WHO Urges Countries to Make Containing Coronavirus 'Highest Priority'
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/926363

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - All countries should make containing the outbreak of COVID-19 their top priority, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, pointing to Iran "national action plan" to combat one of the world's worst outbreaks after a slow start. The U.N. agency stressed that slowing down the epidemic allowed hospitals to prepare and saves lives, while warning that there was n...

China Reports No New Locally Transmitted Coronavirus Cases Outside Epicenter
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/926412

BEIJING/SHANGHAI(Reuters) - Mainland China reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside the epicenter of Hubei province for the second day running on Monday, but a top Communist Party official warned against people dropping their guard. China had 40 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections as of Sunday, the National Health Commission said, down from 44 cases a day earlier,...

Pentagon Chief Defends Trump After Traumatic Brain Injury Comments
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/924569

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's response to American troops being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iran's missile strike, saying he cared about the service members. Last week, Trump appeared to play down the injuries, saying he "heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things," prompting criticism from...

Advance Team of WHO Experts Arrives in China to Probe Coronavirus
https://emedicine.medscape.com/viewarticle/924989

By Reuters Staff GENEVA (Reuters) - An advance team of World Health Organization medical experts arrived in China on Monday to help investigate the coronavirus outbreak, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Tedros, who met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last month, returned with an agreement on sending an international mission. It took nearly two weeks to get the green light from...