Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc was best positioned to maximize the return from Merck & Co.’s consumer- health unit, Chief Executive Officer Rakesh Kapoor said today, six weeks after losing out to Bayer AG in bidding for the Coppertone sunscreen maker.
The battle for control of a developing market for heart valves that can be inserted without open-heart surgery intensified today as Edwards Lifesciences Corp.’s second-generation product was found to outperform Medtronic Inc.’s device in a head-to-head comparison.
Medtronic Inc.’s man-made aortic valve, inserted into the heart without cracking open the chest, reduced patient death rates more than open-heart surgery in the first study to ever record such a finding.
Guinea has forbidden the sale and consumption of bats and warned against eating rats and monkeys as the country combats a spread of Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever with a mortality rate of as much as 90 percent.
This is a morbid column about some unexpected and encouraging news: Deep economic declines, such as the one we experienced in the U.S. a few years ago, probably lengthen life expectancy. This is exactly the opposite of what most people believe.