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Pfizer wins EU approval for $15 billion Hospira buy

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BRUSSELS - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer gained European Union antitrust approval on Tuesday for its proposed $15 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Hospira after pledging to sell some drugs to allay competition concerns.

Legionnaires' deaths prompt New York mayor to vow cooling tower regulations 8:18pm BST

NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday a historic outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed seven New Yorkers has triggered an effort to mandate city-wide inspections and cleanings of air conditioning cooling towers. | Video

Medicare rule may needlessly extend some hospital stays 10:01pm BST

(Reuters Health) - A decades old Medicare rule requiring a three-day hospital stay before patients can transfer to skilled nursing facilities may needlessly prolong hospitalizations, a study suggests.

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Special veg-rich diet may slow cognitive decline in elderly, study shows 10:11pm BST

NEW YORK - A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, beans, berries, whole grains and wine can help to slow normal brain aging and cognitive decline, researchers said on Tuesday.

U.S. health regulator issues new cleaning guide for superbug-prone device 9:19pm BST

- Hospitals that can afford it should take steps beyond those recommended by the manufacturer to clean and disinfect a type of device at the center of a recent superbug outbreak in the United States, health regulators said on Tuesday.

37,000 U.S. infection-related deaths preventable over five years: CDC 10:35pm BST

- Closer coordination between healthcare facilities and public health departments could save 37,000 U.S. lives over five years by preventing infections from antibiotic-resistant germs and from a nasty intestinal bug called C. difficile, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

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Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure 1:26am BST

WASHINGTON - Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women's health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.

Mindfulness-based therapy eases veterans’ PTSD symptoms 10:03pm BST

(Reuters Health) - Some veterans may experience a sharper decline in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy than with other forms of group treatment, a study suggests.

Violence high in U.S. despite declines 8:21pm BST

(Reuters Health) - Violence remains a problem for many Americans despite substantial progress since the 1980s and 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FDA to revise Novartis' Gilenya label to reflect brain infection risk 7:33pm BST

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will update the label of Novartis AG's multiple sclerosis drug, Gilenya, after cases of serious brain infections were linked with its use.