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South Africa to roll out sweeping health reform in stages

A proposed move to universal health coverage in South Africa will be rolled out in stages as the budget improves, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost $2.2 billion per year by 2025/2026.

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GSK builds oncology pipeline as drug shown to help myeloma patients

GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental multiple myeloma treatment showed a meaningful response in patients that have run out of three previous treatment options.

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WHO says eradicating malaria ‘can be done’, but first aim is to control it

The World Health Organization said eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control the mosquito-borne disease.

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Plastic particles in drinking water present ‘low’ risk: WHO

Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a “low” risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Edwards Lifesciences recalls delivery system for Sapien heart valves

Medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences Corp. is recalling the company’s Sapien 3 Ultra delivery system after burst balloons during implantation led to several injuries and a death, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

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GSK’s long acting HIV injection gets boost from study

GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental HIV injection is as effective when given every other month as monthly, according to a study

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Retrophin drug to treat nervous system disorder fails late-stage study

Retrophin Inc. said on Thursday the company’s treatment for a rare neurological disorder failed to meet the main goal of improving patient’s ability to conduct daily activities in a late-stage study.

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Cutting back on vegetable protein tied to unhealthy aging

Older adults who cut back on the amount of vegetable protein in their diets may be more likely to experience age-related health problems than their peers who increase the amount of plant protein they eat, a Spanish study suggests.

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Pfizer invests $500 million in expanding gene therapy facility

Pfizer Inc. is investing $500 million to expand a manufacturing facility in Sanford, North Carolina, that plays a central role in the company’s efforts to become a major player in gene therapy.

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Fitbit eyes one million new users in Singapore health scheme

Fitbit Inc. won a contract with the Singapore government to provide fitness trackers and services to up to one million of the country’s citizens as part of a health initiative that begins in October 2019.

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