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Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.

Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus 5:23pm BST

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)on Saturday and Sunday, adding up to 49 infections in six days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure.

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Flavored cigars appeal to youth: study 18 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavored cigars, according to a new study.

Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms 18 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes.

AbbVie urges U.S. court to avoid gay rights issue in HIV drug case 18 Apr 2014

- An Abbott Laboratories spinoff urged a federal appeals court to revisit a ruling in a case against GlaxoSmithKline Plc, but without disturbing landmark constitutional protections for gays and lesbians.

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Exclusive: Biogen prices hemophilia drug on par with older therapies 18 Apr 2014

- Biogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly approved long-acting hemophilia drug, Alprolix, to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually.

Lack of insurance tied to more emergency surgery: study 18 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The type of insurance people have is tied to their risk of needing emergency aorta surgery, according to a new study. Insurance, or lack thereof, is also linked to how well those people fare after surgery.

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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism 18 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. | Video

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Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study 18 Apr 2014

(This story from April 15 corrects name of researcher to Breiter, instead of Beiter, throughout story)

Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression 17 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis.