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Opposition mounts to genetic modification of human embryos


CHICAGO A group of U.S. scientists and activists on Monday called for a global ban on the use of new tools to edit the genes of human embryos, in a report issued a day before a major international meeting in Washington to discuss the ethical and policy issues surrounding the technology.

Gilead put profit ahead of hepatitis C patients: U.S. Senate report 6:21pm GMT

U.S. state Medicaid programs spent $1.3 billion before rebates in 2014 on Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drugs to treat fewer than 2.4 percent of enrollees with the liver disease, according to a U.S. Senate investigation into pricing of the blockbuster medicines.

Planned Parenthood opens L.A.-area clinic days after Colorado attack 8:33pm GMT

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Four days after a deadly shooting at one of its clinics in Colorado, Planned Parenthood opened a new health center on Tuesday in West Hollywood, just outside Los Angeles.

Diagnosing malaria with a cell phone 9:30pm GMT

COLLEGE STATION, TX New technology that transforms a cell phone into a mobile polarized microscope can diagnose malaria in a Rwandan village with the same level of accuracy as a hi-tech lab in a major Western city, according to Texas A&M University biomedical engineers developing the device. | Video


On World AIDS Day, condom maker calls for safe-sex emoji 2:55pm GMT

Condom maker Durex says so and is presenting a formal submission on Wednesday, World AIDS Day, to get coding consortium Unicode to adopt one. | Video


Life insurance companies see good outlook for survival with HIV 7:08pm GMT

(Reuters Health) - Two companies are for the first time jointly offering life insurance to people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in recognition that their life expectancies are close to those of uninfected individuals.

Community mental health cuts tied to spike in ER visits 3:12pm GMT

(Reuters Health) – There was an increase in the number and length of mental health evaluations at a California emergency room after a nearby treatment center cut back on services, according to a new study.

Anti-HIV pill, taken as needed, prevents infection in gay men 3:11pm GMT

(Reuters Health) - The odds of getting HIV can be dramatically reduced by taking two pills prior to sex and two more after, according to a new study of 400 high-risk gay men and transgendered women published online by the New England Journal of Medicine in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

Parents may be in a fog when children come home from hospital 6:55pm GMT

(Reuters Health) - Parents caring for children discharged from the hospital face many stressors and can feel they are “in a fog” that may make it harder for them to process important information, according to a new study.

Snack bar maker Kind wants U.S. government to change labeling standard 11:25am GMT

NEW YORK Kind LLC wants a U.S. federal agency to change its standards for what can be labeled as healthy, months after the snack bar maker received a warning letter for using the term on packaging for bars that were deemed too fatty.

A customer leans against the pharmacy counter at a Sam's Club store in Bentonville, Arkansas May 31, 2007. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Prosecutors target Valeant

Prosecutors demanded details from Valeant Pharmaceuticals on its patient assistance programs, drug pricing and distribution practices.  Full Article