Peru hikes taxes on sodas, alcohol, cigarettes and dirty cars

LIMA (Reuters) – The Peruvian government hiked excise taxes on sugary drinks, alcohol, cigarettes and polluting cars on Thursday in a bid to tackle public health problems linked to obesity and cancer while shoring up public resources. The finance ministry said the tax on cigarettes would rise to 0.27 sol ($0.08) from 0.18 sol each, … More Peru hikes taxes on sodas, alcohol, cigarettes and dirty cars

Congo confirms first death in latest Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Thursday the first confirmed death in a new outbreak of Ebola virus and said 11 other people were now confirmed to be infected, including three medical staff. FILE PHOTO: A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers … More Congo confirms first death in latest Ebola outbreak

'This is taking an awfully long time!', says scientist before assisted suicide

ZURICH (Reuters) – A 104-year-old Australian scientist killed himself in Switzerland on Thursday by lethal injection in an assisted suicide he hoped would trigger more lenient euthanasia laws in his home country. David Goodall, 104, reacts during a news conference a day before he intends to take his own life in assisted suicide, in Basel, … More 'This is taking an awfully long time!', says scientist before assisted suicide

First reported deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in Jan: WHO

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo facing an Ebola epidemic as long ago as December and the first deaths were reported in January, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, as four new suspected cases surfaced. FILE PHOTO: A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during … More First reported deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in Jan: WHO

In Europe, Mylan's rivals try to plug EpiPen shortages

LONDON (Reuters) – European makers of emergency allergy treatments are stepping up production of alternative life-saving adrenaline shots to try to fill intermittent shortages of Mylan’s market-leading EpiPen injection. EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in Washington, U.S. August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File … More In Europe, Mylan's rivals try to plug EpiPen shortages

Lilly to buy Armo Biosciences for $1.6 billion to bolster cancer pipeline

(Reuters) – Eli Lilly and Co said on Thursday it would buy Armo BioSciences Inc for about $1.6 billion to expand its portfolio of drugs that seeks to help body’s immune system fight cancer as the drugmaker chases its rivals in a lucrative market. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Lilly is seen on a wall … More Lilly to buy Armo Biosciences for $1.6 billion to bolster cancer pipeline

Church and religion take back seat as a secular Ireland votes on abortion

NENAGH/CORK, Ireland (Reuters) – Three decades after Ireland introduced one of the world’s only constitutional bans on abortion, the Church that was so pivotal in securing the law’s passage finds itself a minor player in the now mainly secular battle to repeal it. Pro-Life campaigners hold flags and posters ahead of a 25th May referendum … More Church and religion take back seat as a secular Ireland votes on abortion

First reported deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in January: WHO

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo that is facing an Ebola epidemic as far back as December and the first deaths were reported in January, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday. The health ministry said on Tuesday that at … More First reported deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in January: WHO

Setback to Roche hopes for Tecentriq as fails key cancer trial

ZURICH (Reuters) – Roche’s hopes of its Tecentriq immunotherapy catching up rival medicines from Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb were dealt a blow on Thursday after it failed a key combination trial. A general view shows Swiss drugmaker Roche’s headquarters and the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland, March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Roche was evaluating the … More Setback to Roche hopes for Tecentriq as fails key cancer trial

First suspected deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in January: WHO

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo that is facing an Ebola epidemic as far back as December and the first deaths were reported in January, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday. The health ministry said on Tuesday that at … More First suspected deaths in Congo Ebola outbreak came in January: WHO