FDA allows first test of human stem cell therapy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for the world’s first study of human embryonic stem cell therapy, Geron Corp said on Friday.
The California biotechnology company plans to start a clinical trial to try to use the stem cells to regrow nerve tissue in patients with acute spinal cord [...]


Filipino tests positive for Ebola, experts worried

MANILA (Reuters) - At least one person has tested positive for the Ebola-Reston virus in the Philippines, where the disease has broken out in pigs at two farms north of the capital, the government said on Friday.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference that there was little immediate health risk but experts warned the [...]


China parents press demands in wake of milk sentences

By Emma Graham-Harrison
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese parents of children stricken by toxic milk pressed compensation demands on Friday, a day after a court sentenced two people to death and jailed 19 over the scandal in which six infants died.
At least eight provincial officials have been sacked and the country’s former quality inspection chief has resigned, [...]


Family abuse of people with dementia common: study

LONDON (Reuters) - People caring for family members with dementia commonly abuse them with behavior such as swearing and shouting, researchers said on Friday in a study that shows a more widespread problem than previously thought.
“The study shows abusive behavior is very common and not something doctors are regularly asking about and therefore finding,” Claudia [...]


Obama taps preparedness chief to head CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. Richard Besser, who heads disaster and pandemic preparedness for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was named on Thursday to head the agency.
Besser, trained as a pediatrician and infectious diseases expert, replaces Dr. Julie Gerberding, the high-profile CDC head who announced her resignation quietly last week. William Gimson, who [...]


Report cites FDA’s weaknesses over drugs, devices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hampered by increasing globalization and a rise in complex products, may not be able to adequately protect the public’s health, the watchdog arm of Congress said in new findings released on Thursday.
“As a result, the American consumer may not be adequately protected from unsafe and ineffective [...]


Gifts to doctors must be disclosed under U.S. bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drug and medical device manufacturers would need to publicly disclose all doctor payments and gifts exceeding $100 per year under U.S. legislation unveiled on Thursday.
Companies would face penalties as high as $1 million for knowingly failing to report the payments if the bill by Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and Wisconsin Democrat [...]


Urine test spots trouble after kidney transplant

By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A quick urine test can spot a serious complication in people who have had a kidney transplant, enabling doctors to take steps aimed at preventing kidney failure, researchers said on Thursday.
The test, described by researchers at the University of North Carolina, detects a viral condition called polyomavirus nephropathy that affects [...]


Tanning no cure for seasonal depression

By Anne Harding
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who suffer from winter depression known as “seasonal affective disorder” or SAD — or the less severe but more common “winter blues” — shouldn’t seek relief in a tanning bed or booth, a leading expert on light therapy warns.
SAD is often treated with daily sessions of exposure [...]


China melamine trial triggers anger, questions

By Lucy Hornby
SHIJIAZHUANG, China (Reuters) - Families hit by China’s toxic milk scandal demanded revenge, compensation and plain answers on Thursday as they awaited the sentencing of company executives accused of wrongdoing.
At least six Chinese babies died and nearly 300,000 fell ill last year with kidney stones after drinking formula tainted with the industrial compound [...]


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