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Valeant picks up AstraZeneca psoriasis drug after Amgen exit

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- Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc is buying rights to AstraZeneca Plc's late-stage experimental psoriasis drug brodalumab after it was dropped by Amgen Inc in May.

Most adults' 'heart age' exceeds their actual age: U.S. CDC 6:24pm BST

CHICAGO - Three out of four U.S. adults have a predicted "heart age" that is older than they are, putting them at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, government researchers said on Tuesday.

Activity trackers vary in accuracy 5:02pm BST

(Reuters Health) - Wrist-worn activity trackers, increasingly popular among consumers and in healthcare research, can vary considerably in their accuracy, a study from Iowa State University suggests.

Bicycle-related injuries on the rise in U.S. 4:30pm BST

(Reuters Health) - Between 1998 and 2013, adult bicycling injuries rose sharply in the U.S., largely among riders over age 45, a new study shows.

Industry complains to EU over French law pushing cheap eye drug 6:23pm BST

- Europe's pharmaceuticals industry said on Tuesday it had filed a complaint with the European Commission against a French law promoting the use of Roche's cancer drug Avastin as a cheap eye treatment.

Sanofi, Regeneron say new cholesterol drug data positive 2:42pm BST

PARIS - Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said on Tuesday that a study into their new cholesterol-lowering drug, Praluent, showed promising results.

FDA issues warning letters to five caffeine distributors 4:57pm BST

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, as the federal agency stepped up efforts to curtail ingestion of the stimulant in its pure form.

Europe gets Amgen cholesterol drug for 50-60 percent of U.S. price 2:06pm BST

LONDON - Amgen is launching its injectable cholesterol drug in Europe at around half the U.S. price, in a move likely to stoke controversy about the way Americans end up paying far more than others for new medicines.

California assisted suicide bill to be heard in special session 12:03pm BST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California comes up for a new round of hearings on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church.

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Daily pot smoking on U.S. college campuses at 35-year high: study 5:11am BST

- The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday.