Detailed data supports Actelion’s big lung drug hope
October 24th, 2012
By Caroline Copley ZURICH | Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:50am EDT ZURICH (Reuters) – Actelion’s experimental lung drug macitentan prolonged overall survival by more than a third according to detailed study data, which the company hopes will convince investors it has a viable follow-up product to secure its commercial future. Europe’s largest standalone biotech company wants the drug, which treats pulmonary arterial hypertension — a disease that causes high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs — to replace blockbuster Tracleer.
Exclusive: Nestle to cut sugar and salt in breakfast cereals
October 15th, 2012
The General Mills logo is seen on a box of Cheerios cereal in Evanston, Illinois, June 26, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Jim Young By Emma Thomasson ORBE, Switzerland | Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:32pm EDT ORBE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Nestle SA and General Mills Inc will cut sugar and salt in the children’s breakfast cereals they jointly market outside North America, the latest attempt by major food companies to respond to health concerns. The two have been in a joint venture since 1990 to sell Nestle-brand cereals such as Cheerios in more than 140 countries outside the United States and Canada, markets which account for about half total global cereal sales of some $25 billion
Ad blitz drains support for California GMO-labeling plan
October 12th, 2012
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES | Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:59pm EDT LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An intense advertising blitz, funded by Monsanto Co and others, has eroded support for a California ballot proposal that would require U.S. food makers to disclose when their products contain genetically modified organisms
Calls for oversight grow as meningitis scare widens
October 10th, 2012
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One in eight of world population going hungry :UN
October 9th, 2012
By Catherine Hornby ROME | Tue Oct 9, 2012 4:02am EDT ROME (Reuters) – One out of every eight people in the world is chronically undernourished, the United Nations’ food agencies said on Tuesday, warning that progress to reduce hunger has slowed since 2007/08 when high food prices sparked riots in several poor countries.
Tennessee fungal meningitis outbreak spreads to other states
October 4th, 2012
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE | Wed Oct 3, 2012 10:12pm EDT NASHVILLE (Reuters) – State and federal health officials said on Wednesday that they expected more cases to be reported in a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis they believe is linked to steroid injections given for pain at two clinics in Tennessee.
FDA chief says scarce funding hobbles sweeping food safety regulations
October 1st, 2012
By David Morgan WASHINGTON | Mon Oct 1, 2012 5:14pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S.
Probiotic for babies may not fight allergies later
September 28th, 2012
By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:55pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Kindergartners who were given “good bacteria” supplements as infants were no less likely to suffer from allergies than other kids in a new study from Australia. The findings, reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, add to a mixed bag of results from research into whether probiotics can help ward off kids’ allergies. Based on what’s known so far, it may be that only certain probiotics are helpful for certain kids – but even then, the benefit seems “very modest,” according to Dr.
Salmonella sickens 30 in 19 states, peanut butter recalled
September 25th, 2012
WASHINGTON | Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:42pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thirty people in 19 states have fallen ill from Salmonella poisoning, probably from tainted peanut butter, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.
Breathing European air shortens lives -report
September 24th, 2012
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS | Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:04am EDT BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Microscopic particles, among the most harmful forms of air pollution, are still found at dangerous levels in Europe, although law has cut some toxins from exhaust fumes and chimneys, a European Environmental Agency (EEA) report said. On average, air pollution is cutting human lives by roughly eight months and by about two years in the worst affected regions, such as industrial parts of eastern Europe, because it causes diseases such as lung cancer and cardiovascular problems