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Reuters Health Report: Spread of African swine fever in Bulgaria 'worrying': EU Commission

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Spread of African swine fever in Bulgaria 'worrying': EU Commission

The spread of African swine fever in Bulgaria, which threatens the Balkan country's pig breeding industry is worrying, an EU Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.

China finds African swine fever virus in pigs transported to Guangxi

China detected African swine fever in pigs being transported to Guangxi region from outside provinces, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday said it has finalized a decision to cover expensive cancer cell therapies sold by Gilead Sciences Inc and Novartis AG .

Major surgeries linked to small decline in mental functioning in older age

(Reuters Health) - Major surgery may be tied to a small decline in cognitive functioning when we are older - equivalent, on average, to less than five months of natural brain aging, a new study suggests.

Patient groups push back against Gilead's pricey HIV prevention treatment

Gilead Sciences Inc hopes to soon introduce a pricey new pill to prevent HIV in people at risk of contracting the infection, but the drugmaker faces opposition from an unusual source: patient advocates.

Supermarkets near home, fast-food along commute tied to obesity

(Reuters Health) - People with more supermarkets and grocery stores close to home and workers who pass more fast food restaurants on their commute have higher odds of being overweight or obese, a U.S. study suggests.

Three Congolese doctors arrested in connection with WHO official's death

Three Congolese doctors have been arrested for allegedly planning an attack on a hospital that killed a senior World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist involved in the Ebola response, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

FDA panel backs Gilead's HIV prevention drug Descovy, except in women

An FDA advisory panel on Wednesday voted in favor of Gilead Sciences Inc's combination drug to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection in men and transgender women who have sex with men.

Healthy plant-based diet tied to lowered heart risk

(Reuters Health) - People who eat a healthy, mostly plant-based diet may be less likely to develop heart disease and to die from it than those who consume lots of meat and refined carbohydrates, a U.S. study suggests.

Novartis says it knew of Zolgensma data problems before U.S. approval

Swiss Drugmaker Novartis AG on Wednesday said it knew about discrepancies in data it submitted to regulators as it sought approval of its more than $2 million gene therapy Zolgensma, but delayed notifying authorities until it completed an internal investigation.

Moving during early pregnancy may increase preterm birth risk

(Reuters Health) - Moving to a new home during the first three months of pregnancy may add stresses that increase a woman's risk of having a premature birth, low birth weight and a baby that's small for its gestational age, suggests a U.S. study.

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