UCB’s next generation drugs take over after blockbuster expiry
October 29th, 2012
BRUSSELS | Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:39am EDT BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian pharmaceuticals group UCB said on Monday that sales of its three new main products had for the first time overtaken those of its expiring blockbuster epilepsy treatment Keppra and retained its full-year guidance. UCB, which makes drugs targeted at diseases of the immune and central nervous systems, said on Monday sales of Cimzia, Neupro and Vimpat rose 50 percent to 665 million euros over the first nine months and were now treating about 382,000 patients.
Leg amputations for artery disease on the decline
October 25th, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:47pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Leg amputations in older people whose arteries are clogged by cholesterol buildups have gone down over the past decade, according to a new U.S. study.
Mylan profit rises on higher generic drug sales in North America
October 25th, 2012
Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:33am EDT (Reuters) – Mylan Inc’s quarterly profit rose 35 percent, driven by a rise in sales of EpiPen, its anti-allergen delivery product, and its generic drugs in North America, and the drugmaker raised its adjusted earnings forecast for 2012. The company raised its full-year 2012 adjusted earnings forecast to between $2.50 and $2.60 per share from its previous forecast of between $2.45 and $2.55 per share. Third-quarter net income rose to $211.3 million or 51 cents per share, from $156.7 million, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier.
U.S. says death toll rises to 23 in meningitis outbreak
October 20th, 2012
Tweet Share this Email Print 1 of 4. A sample of Cladosporium species, one of the fungi diagnosed in the fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States, in Nashville, Tennessee on October 19, 2012.
Epilepsy drug leads to weight loss, side effects
October 17th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:00pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A drug approved to prevent seizures may also help obese people lose a few pounds when it’s added to therapy and nutritional guidance, a new small trial suggests. But people who took zonisamide also reported more side effects, from nausea and vomiting to anxiety and depression.
Weight loss surgery tied to increase in drinking
October 15th, 2012
An ”ultimate gin & tonic” is mixed at The Bazaar bar at the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills, California December 10, 2008. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:17pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who had weight loss surgery reported greater alcohol use two years after their procedures than in the weeks beforehand, in a new study
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
Tomato compound tied to lower stroke risk: study
October 9th, 2012
A worker arranges boxes of tomatoes at a wholesale vegetable and fruit market in the West Bank village of Beita, near Nablus September 2, 2012.
Tomato antioxidant tied to lower stroke risk
October 8th, 2012
By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 8, 2012 4:39pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Men who love their tomatoes may have lowered odds of suffering a stroke, a study out Monday suggests. Finnish researchers found that of more than 1,000 older men they followed, those with relatively high blood levels of the antioxidant lycopene were less likely to have a stroke over a dozen years. Lycopene is a chemical that gives a reddish hue to foods like tomatoes, red peppers, watermelon and papaya.
Death toll from meningitis outbreak rises to seven
October 6th, 2012
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee | Sat Oct 6, 2012 5:14pm EDT NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – The death toll from a widening outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has risen to seven, with 65 cases now reported in nine states, officials said on Saturday. The latest two deaths were reported on Saturday in Michigan, according to the U.S