Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
J&J raises U.S. prices on around two dozen drugs
Johnson & Johnson raised U.S. prices on around two dozen prescription drugs on Thursday, including the psoriasis treatment Stelara, prostate cancer drug Zytiga and blood thinner Xarelto, all among its top-selling products. J&J joined many other companies that raised U.S. prices on hundreds of prescription medicines earlier this month.
Up to a year after pregnancy, race disparities in stress, recovery persist
A year after giving birth, African-American mothers may have more signs of physical and mental stress that can raise the risk of chronic disease, compared with white or Latina women, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on so-called cardiometabolic risk factors that over the long-term cause "wear and tear" on the body and raise the risk of chronic diseases. These include obesity, high blood pressure, and elevated blood sugar that can temporarily change for the worse during pregnancy, as well as women's levels of the stress hormone cortisol across the day.
Novartis migraine drug not cost effective - UK price watchdog
Britain's drug price watchdog on Thursday rejected Novartis's migraine drug Aimovig for now, concluding in a draft decision that the medicine was not a cost-effective use of National Health Service resources. Novartis, with exclusive rights to the drug in Europe while cooperating with Amgen in the United States, said it was "disappointed" in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's (NICE) conclusion.
Study details how high fiber diets make for healthier lives
People who eat lots of high-fiber and whole grain foods have lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic diseases than people whose diets are low in fiber, a study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) says. For every 8 gram increase in fiber eaten a day, total deaths and incidences of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer fell by 5 to 27 percent, the study said. Protection against stroke and breast cancer also rose.
Sen. Sanders, Rep. Cummings introduce bill to lower U.S. drug prices
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings introduced legislation on Thursday aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for American consumers, critiquing President Donald Trump administration's efforts to curb medicine prices. Democrats have been critical of efforts by the Trump administration to bring down drug prices after Trump, a Republican, promised to do so during his 2016 campaign and since being elected. They have said administration proposals let big drugmakers off the hook and did not do enough to help Americans.
Even in the U.S., poor women often can't afford tampons, pads
A survey of low-income women in a large U.S. city finds that nearly two-thirds couldn't afford menstrual hygiene products such as tampons or pads during the previous year. More than one in five women said they had this problem every month, researchers report in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Games industry asks WHO to hold fire on 'gaming disorder'
Video games are compelling, but does playing them too much constitute a medical condition? The gaming industry is trying to avoid "gaming disorder" becoming a formally recognized ailment. The World Health Organization (WHO), which has spent years looking into the addictive nature of video games, put "gaming disorder" on its list of health problems last year, a decision set to be endorsed by governments in May, with potential impacts on, for example, healthcare policy and insurance.
Multistate E.coli infection outbreak appears to be over: CDC
The multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions in northern and central California appears to be over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday. Sixty-two people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli were reported from 16 states and the District of Columbia, the CDC said in an update https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html on its investigation into the outbreak.
(With inputs from agencies.)