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Merck, Pfizer drug combo extends kidney cancer survival: study2/16/2019 10:19:30 PM A combination of Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda and Pfizer Inc's Inlyta helped patients with advanced kidney cancer live longer than those receiving and older Pfizer standalone therapy, according to data from a late-stage study presented on Saturday.France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned2/16/2019 1:34:48 AM Only half of France's farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country's farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then.Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns2/16/2019 1:09:39 AM Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products.U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes2/15/2019 9:55:05 PM The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed coverage of expensive CAR-T cell therapies at cancer centers that meet criteria including a registry or clinical study to monitor how well patients fare for at least two years after treatment.Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients2/15/2019 8:26:10 PM Nektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy, Opdivo, showed signs of tumor reduction in an early-stage study.Asthma classes in school may help reduce attacks2/15/2019 6:41:50 PM - School-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations than those who don't get such classes, a recent study suggests.Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back2/15/2019 6:33:02 PM - Patients who discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice are twice as likely to be back within 30 days as those who leave when doctors say they're ready, a large U.S. study finds.Push-up capacity may predict men's heart disease risk2/15/2019 4:12:55 PM - The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor's office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests.Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans2/15/2019 3:03:56 PM - African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don't have much financial stress, a U.S. study suggests.Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October: WHO2/15/2019 11:50:47 AM At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.Explainer: Low vaccination rates, global outbreaks fuel U.S. measles spread2/15/2019 11:08:54 AM A measles outbreak that has stricken at least 225 people in New York state since October began with a traveler who visited Israel during the Jewish high holidays and returned to a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Rockland County.Bayer stresses drug's tolerability in bid for prostate cancer market2/14/2019 9:48:58 PM Bayer is banking on the mild side effects of its experimental prostate cancer drug darolutamide, as it prepares to take on established rival products by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.Delayed newborn baths tied to higher breastfeeding rates2/14/2019 9:14:17 PM - Newborns who don't get baths right away may be more likely to be exclusively breastfed than infants who get whisked away to be washed soon after delivery, a U.S. study suggests.More young adults binge-drinking well into their 20s2/14/2019 9:04:41 PM - More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say.Breast-density notification letters may be too dense2/14/2019 8:53:20 PM - Post-mammogram form letters telling women about dense breasts may be more confusing than helpful if they are difficult to read and understand, researchers say.Paramedics not washing their hands nearly enough2/14/2019 5:26:56 PM - Hand hygiene compliance among paramedics may be "remarkably low," according to a study that monitored ambulance workers in Scandinavia and Australia over six months.Merck to further study Keytruda in prostate cancer after early success2/14/2019 2:51:40 PM Merck & Co Inc said on Thursday it was launching three late-stage studies for its cancer immunotherapy Keytruda as a combination treatment for prostate cancer after the drug showed anti-tumor activity in an early-stage trial.Precious antibiotics still being used to boost animal growth: OIE2/14/2019 11:34:43 AM Farmers in 45 countries still use antibiotics to boost animal growth, despite warnings from health experts and bans on the practice in many parts of the world, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.Singapore police say American accused of leaking HIV data 'pathological liar'2/14/2019 10:24:17 AM Singapore police said on Wednesday a U.S. citizen accused of leaking the names of more than 14,000 HIV-positive people was "a pathological liar", in a case that has raised concern over data privacy in the city-state.Turkey's pharmacists struggling to obtain medicines: association2/14/2019 10:12:55 AM Turkey's pharmacists are struggling to obtain medicines as suppliers wait for the implementation of a new euro-to-lira exchange rate used in setting drug prices, the Turkish Pharmacists' Association said on Thursday.