Roche Holding AG won the backing of a European advisory panel for its skin-cancer medicine Erivedge, a step forward in the Swiss drugmaker’s plan to market the non- surgical, non-radiation treatment for people with advanced forms of the most common type of skin cancer.
Two Arkansas doctors sued the state over a law restricting the availability of abortions after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in a complaint filed in Little Rock federal court, the latest in a series of challenges to a new set of abortion restrictions.
C. Everett Koop, the U.S. surgeon general who set aside his religious beliefs to promote childhood sex education for AIDS prevention and issued the first government warning about second-hand tobacco smoke, has died. He was 96.
It is two years since Japan’s 9.0- magnitude earthquake, one so powerful it shifted the position of the Earth’s figure axis by as much as 6 inches and moved Honshu, Japan’s main island, 8 feet eastward. The tsunami generated by the earthquake obliterated towns, drowned almost 20,000 people and left more than 300,000 homeless. Everyone living within 15 miles of Fukushima was evacuated; many are still in temporary housing. Some will never be able to return home.
German drugmaker Grunenthal GmbH and companies now part of GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Sanofi hid results of studies that would have revealed birth defects caused by Thalidomide sooner, 13 Americans claimed in a lawsuit.
Doctors cheered last year when the U.S. gave its first approvals for drugs to combat obesity in more than a decade. Eight months later, the two treatments have yet to catch on with consumers or investors.
Infants exposed to radiation near Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s damaged nuclear power plant have a higher risk of developing cancer, though the threat outside the immediate area is low, the World Health Organization said in the first global assessment of risks from the 2011 disaster.
An abnormally high incidence of birth defects in Falluja, Iraq, way have been caused by weaponry used when U.S. forces assaulted the city six years ago, the Guardian reported, citing a study it’s reviewed.