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Gastric reflux drugs may be tied to dementia risk

Reuters Health – Repeated use of a certain class of drugs for gastric reflux or peptic ulcers was linked with a higher risk for dementia among patients in Germany, researchers say. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), include lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium), and omeprazole (Prilosec), all manufactured by AstraZeneca. The current study can […]

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FCB Health renamed FCB Heart during Heart Failure Awareness Week

  FCB is not just talking about their commitment to health and wellbeing – they are staking their name on it. During Heart Failure Awareness Week (February 14-20), FCB Health has changed its name to FCB Heart. Beyond just changing the name and logo, the awareness campaign consist of signs, posters, and activities to help […]

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation at Medtronic Plant

Employees were evacuated from a facility that makes products for Medtronic’s Covidien business after a bomb threat was discovered at the Wabasha, Minn., plant. The Post Bulletin reports on the incident, which followed the discovery on Thursday of a hand-written note taped to a restroom wall. The note said there was a bomb in the […]

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Theranos Files Plans with U.S. Regulators to Fix All Serious Deficiencies at Bay Area Lab

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Theranos submitted a plan of correction to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address deficiencies regulators found at the embattled blood-testing company’s Newark, Calif. lab, Bloomberg reported this morning. The company has maintained that approximately 95 percent of its laboratory work is performed at its Arizona facilities. But, […]

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Russia reports first case of person infected with Zika virus

Russia’s consumer safety watchdog said on Monday the country had registered its first case of a person infected with the Zika virus, an unnamed female who had been on holiday in the Dominican Republic.   Rospotrebnadzor, the watchdog, said in a statement that the condition of the person was satisfactory and that her family members […]

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China to consolidate drug market, promote traditional medicines

China plans to consolidate its huge and fragmented drug market and will support a greater role for traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), the central government said in a statement on Sunday following a meeting of the State Council.   China will also strengthen safety controls and traceability of domestic drugs, the statement said, part of an […]

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Bristol-Myers shares could rise 25 percent on cancer drug: Barron’s

Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb could rise 25 percent within a year because of its cancer-fighting drug Opdivo, which some analysts see generating $8 billion to $9 billion in annual sales in five years, Barron’s said in its latest edition. The drug’s success in thwarting a number of cancers, including lung, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, and […]

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TrialScope: Upcoming U.S. And EU Clinical Trial Disclosure Regulations

Join TrialScope’s Chief Strategy Officer, Thomas Wicks and Senior Product Specialist, Matt DeFranco, for a timely discussion of how life sciences teams can prepare for these changing requirements.

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Sun Pharma to seek FDA re-inspection of Halol plant by end-June; Agrees to Call off JV with Merck & Co.

India’s largest drugmaker, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, plans to ask U.S. regulators by the middle of this year to re-inspect a plant in Gujarat after they criticised manufacturing standards there, Sun’s founder said. Dilip Shanghvi said the company would ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the new inspection of the Halol plant in […]

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WHO sees Zika link proven in weeks as U.S., India lead vaccine race

Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, should be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. A sharp increase in birth defects in Brazil has triggered a global health emergency over the mosquito-borne virus and spurred a race to develop a vaccine […]

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