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Novartis CEO plays down prospects for Actelion bid: Blick Sunday December 4th, 2016 12:52:36 PM
Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez has played down suggestions the Swiss drugmaker could bid for Swiss biotech group Actelion, which is in talks with U.S. healthcare group Johnson & Johnson about a transaction. Asked by Swiss Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick whether Novartis could emerge as a white knight, he said: "We have always said that we will concentrate on complementary acquisitions in the range of $2 billion to $5 billion." He did not elaborate. Actelion is worth nearly $20 billion at Friday's ...

Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue Sunday December 4th, 2016 04:08:30 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.

The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India Sunday December 4th, 2016 03:28:49 AM
A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes. Since it began in the 1970s, the Irula snake-catchers' cooperative on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai has revolutionised the treatment of snake-bites in India, enabling it to produce enough anti-venom to supply hospitals across the country. It also provides much-needed income for the Irula, one of the ...

Novartis says 82 percent of leukemia patients in remission after CAR-T Sunday December 4th, 2016 01:52:30 AM
An experimental cancer therapy being developed by Novartis AG eliminated an aggressive form of blood cancer in 82 percent of children and young adults treated with modified immune cells in a mid-stage trial, the company said on Saturday. Interim results from the multi-center trial for 50 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose cancer returned or did not respond to other treatment, showed that 41 were disease-free three months after treatment with the drug, called CTL019. The trial results were presented ...

Stephen Hawking discharged from Rome hospital Saturday December 3rd, 2016 04:45:06 PM
British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was discharged from hospital on Saturday after two days of checks, the Rome-based hospital said. Hawking, who was in the Italian capital to attend a conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and met Pope Francis on Monday, was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital on Thursday night. The hospital, considered one of the country's best and where popes are treated, said Hawking was in a good condition and was returning to Britain.

For Apple and others, tin supply chain has ties to rebel-held Myanmar mine Saturday December 3rd, 2016 04:42:24 PM
(Corrects Nov. 29 story to clarify that Shenmao Technology did not say it bought tin from the Wa mine) By Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co, list among their suppliers Chinese-controlled firms that indirectly ...

"Unprecedented" numbers face severe hunger in South Sudan - U.N Saturday December 3rd, 2016 07:37:31 AM
Some 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages - the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time - and the crisis is likely to worsen when food from the current harvest runs out next year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. The country's hunger levels have doubled since last year, the U.N. agency said in a report released on Friday. Nearly 60 percent of the population of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state is affected, 56 percent in Unity, and 47 percent in Western Bahr el Ghazal.

New bird flu outbreak hits French foie gras exporters Saturday December 3rd, 2016 02:14:12 AM
A new outbreak of bird flu hit France's foie gras producers just as a ban on exports outside Europe was about to be lifted in time for the crucial holiday period. The agriculture ministry said the outbreak of the "highly pathogenic" H5N8 strain of the virus was detected Thursday on a duck farm in the southwestern Tarn region, the heart of the lucrative, though controversial, foie gras industry. Exports outside the European Union had been suspended after an outbreak a year ago, and producers were ...

Trump moves to quickly fill his top Cabinet ranks Saturday December 3rd, 2016 12:31:08 AM
By Emily Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week, interviewing more candidates at Trump Tower for top jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20. Trump is still weighing who to choose as secretary of state. The Republican president-elect said on Thursday he had chosen retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as defense secretary and would make a formal announcement on that on Monday.

New data on risk vs benefit for potent CAR-T cancer drugs Saturday December 3rd, 2016 12:14:18 AM
A promising but risky new group of customized cancer drugs will be in focus this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), where clinical trial results will help clarify their potential for doctors and investors. Experimental chimeric antigen receptor T-cells, or CAR-Ts, are made by genetically altering a patients' own T-cells in the lab to help the immune system find and kill cancer cells. Early excitement over the drugs has propelled investor interest in biotech Kite Pharma ...

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