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White House says rollback of Obamacare must be part of short-term fix
A senior White House aide said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump would demand steps toward repealing Obamacare in any healthcare legislation, comments that cast doubt on the prospects for a short-term bill to shore up insurance markets. The bill appeared to be gaining some momentum on Thursday after several Republican senators said they would support the measure. Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, extended health insurance to 20 million people but Republicans call it government interference in Americans' healthcare.
Celgene abandons Crohn's drug trials, shares drop
Celgene Corp said it would abandon testing a drug to treat Crohn's disease, in a major setback to the US biotechnology company's pipeline amid attempts to lower dependence on its mainstay Revilimid. Celgene said it would stop two trials of the drug, mongersen, and would not initiate a third study following a risk-benefit analysis by a data monitoring committee. The drug was being tested in late-stage and extension studies as a treatment for Crohn's.
Celgene to stop testing Crohn's drug, shares drop
Celgene Corp said it would abandon testing a drug to treat Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, following a risk-benefit analysis by a data monitoring committee, in a major setback to the drugmaker's pipeline. The company said it would end two studies of the drug, mongersen, and would not initiate a third. The drug was being tested in late-stage and extension studies as a treatment for Crohn's. Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn's, affect about 1.6 million Americans, according to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
Beauty standards may be broadening
Americans have grown to appreciate beauty across more skin types and ages during the past three decades, if People magazine is any indication, a new study suggests. Preferences for beauty are both a combination of a basic cognitive process and a learned process, study author Dr Neelam Vashi of the Boston University School of Medicine told Reuters Health by email. Hamermesh and colleagues are beginning a project that investigates how beauty affects individuals over time as they age.
Celgene abandons Crohn's disease drug trials
Celgene Corp said on Thursday it would stop two studies of its drug for an inflammatory bowel disease and would not begin a third, following a recommendation by a data monitoring committee. The drug, mongersen, was being tested in late-stage and extension studies as a treatment for Crohn's disease. The company's shares were halted in after-market trading.
More Republican senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal
A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition but still faced an uphill battle. The senators announced that the deal now has the support of 12 of the 52 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate, as well as 12 Democrats. Trump campaigned for the presidency last year promising to get rid of Obamacare, the signature legislative achievement of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.
Paleo diet may contribute to iodine deficiency
After two years, the women in the Paleo group had lost more weight - but they were also more likely to develop mild iodine deficiency, the study found. Iodine deficiency, one of the most common nutritional disorders worldwide, can contribute to thyroid and metabolic problems. After six months, iodine levels remained more or less constant for women on the Nordic diet but dropped for women on the Paleo diet, researchers report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Bipartisan Obamacare deal gains Republican support in Senate
A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition. The two senators announced that the deal now has the support of 12 of the 52 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate, as well as 12 Democrats, and Alexander predicted it could be passed by year's end.
Do fewer patients die with female surgeons?
Patients may have better survival odds with female surgeons than with male surgeons, a recent Canadian study suggests. Overall, patients treated by female surgeons were 12 percent less likely to die within 30 days, and they had similar complications rates and repeat hospital admissions, the study found. There are reasons to believe why female surgeons may have had these outcomes, said senior study author Dr Raj Satkunasivam, a researcher and surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital.
Merck cyber attack may cost insurers $275 million: Verisk's PCS
Insurers could pay $275 million to cover the insured portion of drugmaker Merck & Co's loss from a cyber attack in June, according to a forecast by Verisk Analytics Inc's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit. Merck, however, has not disclosed the magnitude of its uninsured losses from the NotPetya attack, which disrupted production of some Merck medicines and vaccines. Coverage also helps pay for business interruption expenses when a breach or malware attack shuts down a company's website.
Senator unveils rare bipartisan healthcare initiative
Bipartisan legislation to help stabilize Obamacare was unveiled in the US Senate on Thursday with 22 sponsors in the 100-member chamber, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Thursday. Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat, indicated there were 24 sponsors, however. The measure would continue for two years federal subsidy payments for lower-income people to pay out-of-pocket costs under the Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump has ordered a halt to those payments and has vacillated on his support or opposition to this legislation.
'Synthetic gene circuit' may improve effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy
A synthetic gene circuit has been developed that can improve the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. Synthetic gene circuits that only trigger powerful, tumor-specific immune responses when they detect certain disease markers may help immunotherapies to fight cancer more effectively, according to a new study. Immunotherapy is a promising, albeit relatively new, type of treatment that enlists the patient's own immune system to fight the cancer. Only when two of these cancer promoters are activated, does the circuit itself switch on, Prof Lu explains.
Women Are More Likely to Address High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure damages the inner lining of the arteries, limits the ability of the heart to pump blood and strains the organ in a way that can lead to heart failure. The condition increases the risk for stroke and vascular dementia, and hypertension is one of the most common causes of kidney failure. The disease usually has no symptoms, and of the 29 percent of Americans who have high blood pressure, fewer than half have it under control.
The 10 best autism blogs
Autism blogs feature information from autism experts and individuals with autism, as well as parents and caregivers. We have chosen the best autism blogs that help to support families affected by autism, educate and inspire their readers, and provide high-quality information about the condition. Autism Speaks is dedicated to supporting the needs of those with autism and their families across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan.
Placenta: A 'superfood' or a dietary fad?
The most popular method of placenta consumption - highly favored by the aforementioned celebrities - is encapsulation, in which the placenta is dehydrated, ground, and put into a capsule. The Doula Services Network provide some interesting placenta recipes, including placenta lasagna and placenta spaghetti. One study in rats found that female rodents that ate their placenta had a higher pain threshold than rats that did not eat their placenta.
New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study
Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday. The H7N9 virus has been circulating in China since 2013, causing severe disease in people exposed to infected poultry.
Cataracts usually afflict the old, but doctors in Africa have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as five.
His eye disease, described on May 7, 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine, put the world on alert. Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation was eager for Emory's help, according to Dr Kwame Oneill, who manages its Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors. Dr Lowell Gess, who founded the hospital in 1982, had recognized that uveitis was a severe problem in many patients.
WuXi AppTec continues worldwide expansion with ResearchPoint Global buy
As WuXi AppTec awaits being relisted on the Chinese stock market, it hasn't halted expansions. The Shanghai-based biopharma research enabler has acquired US-based CRO ResearchPoint Global (RPG). According to its proposed prospectus released back in July, the company plans to raise 5.74 billion Chinese yuan through the IPO. Local media outlets have previously put this section of the company's pre-IPO value at 57 billion Chinese yuan.
Imprimis Pharma to take on Allergan's Restasis with cheaper product
Shares of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals sky-rocketed as much as 91.1 percent on Thursday, after it said it would offer a cheaper option to Allergan's dry eye disease medicine, Restasis. Allergan last month sued Imprimis alleging the company is illegally manufacturing and selling unapproved new drugs. Imprimis called the lawsuit frivolous and a tactic to snuff out competition offering lower cost options to expensive drugs.
Are migraines a self-defense mechanism?
Migraines are severe headache attacks that can last anywhere between a few hours and a few days, significantly impairing productivity and quality of life. Now, Dr Jonathan M Borkum - a researcher from the University of Maine in Orono - is putting forth a new theory. Migraine attacks, he suggests, could be part of the brain's self-defense mechanism against oxidative stress. Dr Borkum, which is why he suggests that treatments focusing on oxidative stress might be more effective in preventing migraine attacks.

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