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Reuters
Updated: 10-01-2019 02:32 IST
A leading geneticist who ran the conference where a Chinese scientist said he had made the world's first "gene-edited" babies condemned him on Monday for potentially jeopardizing lives and having no biology training.

U.S. fast food chains offering more healthy options for kids

Healthier sides and drinks were added to U.S. fast-food restaurant kids' menus in the past decade, but healthy combinations are still rarely offered as the default option, researchers say. "For a lot of families, eating out is a regular option for meals, rather than an occasional treat," said lead author Megan Mueller, a researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in Los Angeles. Children consume about 150 extra calories on days when they eat out, and healthier sides and drink choices could counteract that, she added.

WHO study likens palm oil lobbying to tobacco and alcohol industries

The palm oil industry is deploying tactics similar to those of the alcohol and tobacco industries to influence research into the health effects of its product, a study published by the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Evidence of the health impact of palm oil is mixed, with some studies linking consumption to several ailments, including increased risk of death from heart disease caused by narrowing arteries, the report said.

Akorn gets FDA warning letter for Illinois plant, shares drop

Akorn Inc said on Wednesday it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following an inspection of the company's Decatur, Illinois manufacturing plant last year. Shares of the company fell 8.9 percent to $3.59 in afternoon trading.

New York City launches $100 million universal health insurance program

New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country's most populous city, has long supported universal healthcare coverage. Extending the program to an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants puts the Democrat at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made border security a top priority for his presidency.

GlaxoSmithKline to look for early-stage assets: CEO

GlaxoSmithKline Plc will actively look to buy early-stage assets and partner with companies, the drugmaker's chief executive officer said on Tuesday. Britain's biggest drugmaker is also likely to evaluate licensing deals and would continue to invest in early-stage HIV treatments, CEO Emma Walmsley said at the JP Morgan healthcare conference in San Francisco.

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