Reuters Health News Summary
Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
FDA approves Novartis' copy of AbbVie bestseller Humira
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Novartis AG's copy of Humira, the world's bestselling prescription medicine developed by U.S.-based AbbVie Inc , the agency's website showed on Wednesday. Although approved, Novartis' Sandoz unit can only begin U.S. sales of Humira's biosimilar in 2023, according to a licensing agreement sealed with AbbVie this month.
China to lift African swine fever limits for city in Jilin province
Chinese officials will lift African swine fever-related restrictions in Gongzhuling city of northeastern Jilin province, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday. The local government plans to remove curbs on infected areas from Nov. 1, but it will keep monitoring the situation to prevent new outbreaks of the disease, the agriculture ministry said on its website.
A few interventions may work to reduce C-sections
Unnecessary cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) might decline if a variety of interventions targeting patients, healthcare professionals and hospitals were implemented, suggests an updated review of existing research. "For women, targeted prenatal educational support programs may help reduce unnecessary caesarean section, and this supports the notion that women benefit from having adequate information to make an informed choice," lead author Dr. Innie Chen from the University of Ottawa in Canada told Reuters Health.
China to crack down on illegal activity at slaughterhouses to combat African swine fever: ministry
China's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it will launch a three-month investigation into illegal activity by slaughterhouses to combat the spread of African swine fever. The ministry said it will step up checks on the illegal transport, slaughter and processing of sick pigs.
UK police charge pharmaceutical company over hospital baby deaths
Police said on Wednesday they had charged pharmaceutical company ITH Pharma with a number of offences as part of an investigation into the deaths and illnesses of seven babies at several hospitals. London's Metropolitan Police said the company had been charged with seven counts of supplying a medicinal product which was not of the nature or quality specified in the prescription.
Click-on bionic arm could help amputees do the simple things
Edmund Rath, a 53-year-old from Austria, wants to do simple things such as brush his teeth and slice bread. Most people take such activities for granted but not Rath, who lost his arm just below the shoulder in a truck accident last year that ended his career as a builder. That bad luck was followed by a stroke of fortune.
Many African Americans may have undiagnosed sleep apnea
Even though almost one in four black people in the U.S. may have moderate to severe sleep apnea, a common nighttime breathing disorder, a new study suggests the vast majority haven't been diagnosed or treated by a doctor. Sleep apnea that isn't properly treated has been linked with excessive daytime sleepiness, heart attacks, heart failure and an increased risk of premature death. Often, patients are prescribed treatment with a mask connected to a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep the airway open at night.
CDC confirms 10 new cases of rare polio-like neurological condition
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday it has confirmed 10 more cases of an extremely rare, polio-like condition, across 24 states. The CDC had earlier this month confirmed about 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis that causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most of the cases reported so far are people under 18 years of age.
France investigates reports of babies born without arms in rural areas
France has launched a nationwide investigation into why some two dozen babies have been born without hands or arms in a handful of rural areas since 2000 after several new cases were reported this week, the health minister said on Wednesday. A separate investigation has also been opened into reports that calves and possibly chickens have been born without limbs in the same three heavily agricultural areas, an official told Reuters.
Long-lasting HIV injection is a step closer after second GSK study
A once-monthly injection to control HIV proved as effective as daily pills in a second study by GlaxoSmithKline, paving the way for a new regimen that could be simpler for some patients to be filed with regulators. The experimental two-drug injection of cabotegravir and rilpivirine was shown to suppress the HIV virus in a cohort of adults who had not been on a long-established daily three-drug oral regimen, GSK's majority-owned HIV unit ViiV Healthcare said.
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