Thursday, Jun 21


China's Weibo blocks comedian John Oliver after Xi Jinping roasting

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo has blocked and deleted posts referring to British comedian John Oliver after he slammed the country's human rights record and mocked President Xi Jinping on his show,…

Wednesday, Jun 20


Ebola outbreak in Congo "largely contained", says WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak has been "largely contained" and no new cases of the disease have been confirmed since the last known sufferer died on June 9, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, Jun 19


California deals with dementia among aging inmates

STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - California prison inmate Richard Arriola does not remember the digestion problems that drove him to the doctor on a recent morning, or details of the conviction for child molestation that sent him to prison at…

Sunday, Jun 17


Texas researchers seek to redefine whiskey

A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will make whiskey drinkers think of Texas in the same way as lovers of American wine think of California.


Serenades and selfies with stars tempt TV's Emmy voters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Broadway musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber wowed more than 600 Emmy voters on a recent Monday night in Hollywood, playing piano as acclaimed singer Sara Bareilles performed a song from NBC's production of his…

Britain's May pledges 20 billion extra pounds for healthcare post-Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Sunday to increase funding for the National Health Service by 20 billion pounds ($26.57 billion) after Brexit, funded by money no longer spent on membership of the European…

Friday, Jun 15


Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food - study

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans.


May pledges 20 billion extra pounds for healthcare post-Brexit


LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Sunday to increase funding for the National Health Service (NHS) by 20 billion pounds after Brexit, partly from tax hikes and partly from money that will no longer be going…

Thursday, Jun 14


UPDATE 3-Kentucky sues Walgreens, cites 'alarming' rate of dispensing opioids


(Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Thursday sued Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc , accusing the company of playing a dual role in propagating an opioid epidemic in the state as both a pharmacy chain and wholesale drug distributor.


Queen Elizabeth takes Meghan by train on first solo royal trip

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's newest royal Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will join Queen Elizabeth on Thursday for her first official engagements without husband Prince Harry.

Monday, Jun 11


Gene editing tool may raise cancer risk in cells, scientists warn

LONDON (Reuters) - A gene-editing technology that is being explored by scientists worldwide as a way of removing and replacing gene defects might inadvertently increase cancer risk in cells, scientists warned on Monday.

Friday, Jun 8


RPT-INSIGHT-Why Canada's pot legalization won't stop black-market sales


TORONTO (Reuters) - Jake Rowinski, a 20-year-old University of Toronto student, buys marijuana every week from one of the many self-described "medical" dispensaries in downtown Toronto.


Philip Morris plans to target Indian smokers with iQOS device: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc is planning to launch its iQOS smoking device in India, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the tobacco giant seeks a foothold in a country with the world's second…

Thursday, Jun 7


Latte art and a gym ad - Kim Jong Un's softer image in South Korea

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SEOUL (Reuters) - With missile tests, nuclear threats and ruthless destruction of opponents, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been an ominous presence hanging over the South.

Monday, Jun 4


CORRECTED-U.S. FDA wants to shorten new drug monopolies to cut costs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - In an effort to increase competition and bring down prescription drug prices, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb wants to speed approval times for rivals to promising new first-to-market medicines.

Sunday, Jun 3


UPDATE 1-Merck's Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in 2 trials

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda improved survival as a stand-alone treatment for newly-diagnosed lung cancer patients and with chemotherapy for hard-to-treat squamous cell lung cancer, new data released on Sunday…

Saturday, Jun 2


Loxo Oncology posts improved results for newest cancer drug

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An experimental cancer drug from Loxo Oncology performed even better in patients with a rare mutation of the RET gene than previously reported, according to updated results from an early stage clinical trial presented…

Thursday, May 31


Another antibiotic crisis: fragile supply leads to shortages

LONDON (Reuters) - Shortages of some life-saving antibiotics are putting growing numbers of patients at risk and fuelling the evolution of "superbugs" that do not respond to modern medicines, according to a new report on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 29


Alibaba injects pharmacy assets into healthcare unit in $1.4 bln deal

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will inject some of its online pharmacy business into a listed unit in a deal valued at HK$10.6 billion ($1.35 billion), the firm said in a statement on Tuesday.

Monday, May 28


U.S. doctors call for health policies that support women

(Reuters Health) - Making it easier and more affordable for women to access care, and supporting research that includes how treatments work in both sexes, can improve the health of all Americans, not just women, U.S. doctors argue.

Friday, May 25


Fear and suspicion hinder Congo medics in Ebola battle

DAKAR (Reuters) - With more than twice as many Ebola outbreaks as any other country since the virus was discovered in 1976, Congolese are familiar with its destructive power, yet fear and suspicion of medical authorities are still…


Infection alert after dying Ebola patients taken to Congo prayer meeting

GENEVA/KINSHASA (Reuters) - Two dying Ebola patients were spirited out of a Congo hospital by their relatives on motor-bikes, then taken to a prayer meeting with 50 other people, potentially exposing them all to the deadly virus, a senior…

Thursday, May 24


Ebola patients slip out of Congo hospital as medics try to curb outbreak

MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Three patients infected with the Ebola virus slipped out of an isolation ward at a hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo, health officials said, as medics raced to stop the deadly…

Wednesday, May 23


U.S. to send experimental Ebola treatment to Congo: official

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health authorities said on Wednesday they were preparing to send an experimental Ebola treatment to the Democratic Republic of Congo for use in a clinical trial aimed at stemming an outbreak in the country that has…


Why the world needs more than one Ebola vaccine

LONDON (Reuters) - - In the life-and-death race to make the first effective vaccine against Ebola, one company - Merck - seems bound to win.


Cholera outbreak kills 12 in northeast Nigeria


ABUJA (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak has killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others in the northeast Nigerian state of Adamawa, a medical official said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 22


FDA issues warning letters to companies selling kratom products

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it issued warning letters to three companies that illegally marketed and distributed products containing the substance, kratom, which they claimed treat opioid addiction and…

Monday, May 21


'I am proud to be a feminist': Will Meghan shake-up Britain's royals?

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LONDON (Reuters) - A biography of Britain's latest royal, Meghan Markle, appeared on the monarchy's official website within hours of her marrying Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry on Saturday, with a single quote: "I am proud to be a…

First Ebola vaccines given as WHO seeks to beat Congo outbreak


LONDON (Reuters) - A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed.


Meghan and Harry release official photos of their UK royal wedding

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LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Monday thanked all those involved in their lavish wedding at the weekend as they released official photographs from their big day.