Oct 21

Movement during class improves students' academic abilities

(Reuters Health) – When academic classes include physical activity, like squats or running in place, students do better on tests, a new study suggests. The idea of intertwining academic learning with physical activity has come about as more and more schools have cut back on physical education (PE), the researchers explain in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Teachers say “time is the main barrier to physical education,” said coauthor Emma Norris of the Centre for Behavior Change at University College London. “Teachers would like to give pupils active time in breaks and PE but academic priorities and targets often mean active time is removed.” One workaround is to add physical activity to regular lessons, Norris said in an email. “Active lessons allow teachers to maintain academic time whilst also providing children with an outlet for activity,” she added. Still, … Continue reading

Oct 21

Drug companies avert landmark opioids trial as talks on $48 billion settlement set to resume

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Four large drug companies could resume talks on Tuesday to try to reach a $48 billion settlement of all opioid litigation against them, after agreeing with two Ohio counties to a $260 million deal to avert the first federal trial over their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic. Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp (MCK.N) and drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA agreed to the deal that removed the immediate threat of a trial that was to begin on Monday in Cleveland. The parties could resume talks as soon as Tuesday aimed at a broader settlement of thousands of opioid lawsuits brought by states and local governments, according to Paul Hanly, an attorney for the towns and counties. Under Monday’s local settlement, the distributors, which handle around 90% of U.S. prescription … Continue reading

Oct 21

Doctors still need to tell parents about safe infant sleep practices

(Reuters Health) – Parents are more likely to follow safe infant sleep practices when doctors tell them clearly what to do and what to avoid, to minimize the chances of babies getting injured or dying during the night, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers survey responses from more than 34,000 mothers on how often they followed four essential practices: placing infants to sleep on their back; putting babies to bed in a crib or other safe sleep surface; room sharing without bed sharing; and keeping soft objects and loose bedding away from sleeping babies. Overall, 78% of mothers put babies to sleep on their backs, but just 57% kept babies in their room without sharing a bed with them. Only 42% of mothers avoided giving babies stuffed animals, pillows and other soft bedding, while just 32% used cribs or other safe … Continue reading

Oct 21

Drugstore drones: UPS will fly CVS prescriptions to customers

FILE PHOTO: A UPS drone makes a Flight Forward medical delivery on WakeMed Health & Hospitals’ main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. in an undated photo. UPS/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc’s new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start home prescription delivery from CVS Health Corp. The service, which will debut in one or two U.S. cities in the coming weeks, shows how the world’s biggest parcel delivery company is expanding the reach of its upstart drone delivery service beyond hospital campuses. UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Scott Price said the Atlanta-based company, which owns 251 aircraft and charters nearly 300 more, said “Flight Forward will work with new customers in other industries to design additional solutions for a wide array of last-mile and urgent delivery challenges.” UPS this month won … Continue reading

Oct 21

Democratic 2020 hopeful Warren still weighing Medicare for All financing options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is taking heat from her Democratic rivals for her demurrals when asked whether her Medicare for All healthcare plan would require raising taxes on middle-class households. FILE PHOTO: Senator Elizabeth Warren does an interview in the Spin Room after the fourth Democratic U.S. 2020 presidential election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File Photo One explanation, according to sources close to Warren’s campaign, is that the U.S. senator from Massachusetts is still considering financing options and at least one under review does not include a middle-class tax hike. “I’ve been working for a long time on this question about what the costs will be and how to pay for it and I’m getting close. It’s just got a little more work that it needs on it before … Continue reading

Oct 21

Breastfeeding tied to lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure

(Reuters Health) – Women who breastfeed may be less likely to develop diabetes and high blood pressure, a research review suggests. Investigators examined data from four previous studies looking at the connection between lactation and diabetes in a total of about 206,000 women. They also analyzed data from five previous studies on the link between lactation and high blood pressure in a total of about 255,000 women. Overall, mothers who breastfed for more than 12 months were 30% less likely to develop diabetes and 13% less likely to develop high blood pressure than women who didn’t nurse babies that long. This may be because breastfeeding burns a lot of calories and helps reverse metabolic problems that can develop during pregnancy like higher cholesterol, more fats circulating in the blood, and a diminished ability to process sugars, said Dr. Haitham Ahmed, … Continue reading

Oct 21

Massachusetts vaping sales ban can stand but needs fixes: judge

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge on Monday declined to immediately halt a ban on the sale of vaping products adopted after an outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries, but he said the state must redo the ban and get public comment this time. FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photo The ruling by Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins in Boston was a partial victory for Republican Governor Charlie Baker, who through an executive order last month adopted the toughest sales ban of any state in response to the outbreak. But Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins said Baker likely overreached his authority in issuing the order and said he would bar the state from enforcing the ban on nicotine-vaping product sales unless several defects were addressed. … Continue reading

Oct 21

FDA approves Vertex Pharma's combo treatment for cystic fibrosis

FILE PHOTO: A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it had approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc’s three-drug combination for cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare genetic condition. The approval comes months ahead of the FDA’s previously announced action date in March, sending the drugmaker’s shares up 4.1% at $183.53 in late afternoon trading, before being halted for news pending. The treatment, Trikafta, is a combination of three drugs that target a defective protein responsible for the life-threatening disease that causes the build up of thick mucus in body parts such as the lungs and digestive tract. (bit.ly/2MxqCrJ) The backbone drugs in Trikafta are ivacaftor and tezacaftor, which make up Vertex’s other approved treatment for CF called Symdeko. … Continue reading

Oct 21

Opioid talks with Teva, distributors could resume Tuesday: attorney

(Reuters) – Talks to reach a settlement of thousands of lawsuits stemming from the U.S. opioid addiction crisis could resume as soon as Tuesday, an attorney for local governments said on Monday. Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp (MCK.N) and drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA.TA) proposed a deal last week valued at $48 billion to resolve all opioid litigation against them, although talks collapsed on Friday. Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Bill Berkrot Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Oct 21

Trump urges quicker action to allow imported drugs from Canada

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with China’s Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House after two days of trade negotiations in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar to speed up the administration’s efforts to allow cheaper medicines to be imported from Canada. Trump, who was speaking to reporters at a White House meeting with his Cabinet, has long called for cheaper prices for prescription medicines. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in July began taking steps to allow states and other groups to import drugs from Canada. Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Oct 21

Judge orders Massachusetts to redo parts of vaping ban

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge on Monday ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely unlawful, but he gave the state time to fix its defects. FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photo Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins in Boston said he would bar the state from enforcing the ban on nicotine-vaping product sales unless Governor Charlie Baker’s administration by next week put forward a new rule codifying it. But Wilkins said because Baker’s administration could easily re-enact his Sept. 24 emergency order imposing the ban through a regulation that the public could comment on, he did not believe it was appropriate to rule more broadly. … Continue reading

Oct 21

Judge will not immediately halt Massachusetts' 'unlawful' vaping ban

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Photo BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge on Monday ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely unlawful, but he gave the state time to fix its defects. Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins in Boston said he would bar the state from enforcing the ban on nicotine-vaping product sales unless Governor Charlie Baker’s administration by next week put forward a new rule codifying it. But Wilkins said because Baker’s administration could easily re-enact his Sept. 24 emergency order imposing the ban through a regulation that the public could comment on, he did not believe it was appropriate to rule more broadly. … Continue reading

Oct 21

Study shows more thinking problems in former pro soccer players

(Reuters Health) – A study of more than a thousand former professional soccer players has uncovered significantly more deaths from brain disease than among non-players. The study, released Monday in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that neurodegenerative diseases claimed the lives of 1.7% of the 1,180 former Scottish soccer players compared to 0.5% of 3,807 non-players matched for gender, age, and socioeconomic status. That’s more than a 3-fold increase. The findings dovetail with research showing that pro athletes who play American football are at increased risk of cognitive impairment associated with repetitive brain trauma. Among the soccer players in the new study, the rate of death from Alzheimer’s disease was five times higher, and the rate of death from Parkinson’s disease was twice as high, compared to the control group. Reinforcing the finding is the discovery that former … Continue reading

Oct 21

Drug companies reach $260 million opioid settlement with Ohio counties, averting landmark trial

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, striking a deal with two Ohio counties to avert the first federal trial over the crisis. A view of the statue standing in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp (MCK.N) will contribute $215 million toward the settlement, according to Hunter Shkolnik, an attorney for the counties. Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA is paying $20 million in cash and will contribute $25 million worth of Suboxone, an opioid addiction treatment, according to Shkolnik. The deal settles claims brought by Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties, which had accused the companies of fueling a nationwide opioid crisis. … Continue reading

Oct 21

Drug companies reach $260 million settlement, averting first federal opioid trial

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland. A view of the statue standing in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk The settlement covers drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp (MCK.N) and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA, and ends lawsuits by two Ohio counties. Hunter Shkolnik, an attorney for the counties, said Teva is paying $20 million in cash and will contribute $25 million worth of Suboxone, an opioid addiction treatment. On Friday, talks with the same defendants collapsed, which were aimed at reaching a broader $48 billion settlement covering thousands of lawsuits filed … Continue reading

Oct 21

Drug companies reach settlement as opioid trial set to begin

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Four drug companies reached a last-minute legal settlement over their role in the opioid addiction epidemic, a source said on Monday, just as a nine-week trial was scheduled to start in Cleveland. A sign is seen on the outside of the courtroom on the first day of a trial of Johnson & Johnson over claims they engaged in deceptive marketing that contributed to the national opioid epidemic in Norman, Oklahoma, U.S. May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Nick Oxford Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp (MCK.N) and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA will announce the settlement on Monday, according to the source. “We are very pleased with the results,” said Armund Budish, the county executive for Cuyahoga County, which was one of the two plaintiffs in the trial that was scheduled to … Continue reading

Oct 21

Why mental illness is only a part of preventing gun violence

Why mental illness is only a part of preventing gun violence

President Trump is making mental health a focus of his efforts to curb gun violence. While experts welcome more resources and attention, some say the solutions are more complicated. Psychologist and CBS News contributor Lisa Damour joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the importance of looking at factors beyond mental health when trying to prevent violent behavior and the gaps in America’s mental health services. Subscribe to the “CBS This Morning” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q0v2hE Watch “CBS This Morning” HERE: http://bit.ly/1T88yAR Watch the latest installment of “Note to Self,” only on “CBS This Morning,” HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Sh8XlB Follow “CBS This Morning” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q7NGnY Like “CBS This Morning” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1LhtdvI Follow “CBS This Morning” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Xj5W3p Follow “CBS This Morning” on Google+ HERE: http://bit.ly/1SIM4I8 Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered … Continue reading

Oct 21

Teva, three U.S. drug distributors reach opioid settlement – source

The logo of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is seen during a news conference hold by its CEO, Kare Schultz, to discuss the company’s 2019 outlooks in Tel Aviv, Israel February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo (Reuters) – Drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc (TEVA.TA) and the three biggest U.S. drug distributors reached a settlement on Monday to avoid a trial over their role in the opioid addiction crisis, a source said on Monday. Distributors Mckesson Corp (MCK.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N) were set to go to trial Monday morning, along with pharmacy chain Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O). The source did not say if Walgreen was part of the settlement. Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; editing by Jason Neely Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Oct 21

Northern Ireland prepares for momentous abortion, same-sex marriage changes

BELFAST (Reuters) – Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepared on Monday for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight. FILE PHOTO: Pro-choice demonstrators take part in a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland September 7, 2019. REUTERS/John Sibley Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Also, unlike England, Scotland and Wales, laws in Northern Ireland forbid abortion except where a mother’s life is at risk, bans that have been upheld by the region’s block of conservative politicians. But an overwhelming vote by British lawmakers in July to compel the government in London to overhaul the laws if Belfast’s devolved executive had not been restored by Oct. 21 is set to kick in with little or … Continue reading

Oct 21

Smith+Nephew CEO steps down over pay, ex-Roche Diagnostics chief to take over

(Reuters) – Smith+Nephew Plc (SN.L) Chief Executive Namal Nawana is stepping down after just 17 months in the role after becoming dissatisfied with his salary at the medical device maker. FILE PHOTO: Roland Diggelmann attends a news conference in Basel, Switzerland, February 1, 2017, as Roche Diagnostics CEO. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich/File Photo The company said Nawana, who will be replaced by former Roche Diagnostics head Roland Diggelmann, was leaving to pursue opportunities outside the United Kingdom and his departure was a mutual decision. A spokeswoman gave no additional details. “There appears to be a pretty simple reason Nawana is leaving – pay,” AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould said. “It became apparent over the summer that the company was looking for ways to increase its head honcho’s remuneration with apparent discussions about a move to a U.S. listing to escape an … Continue reading

Oct 21

Drug distributors and Teva reach settlement in Ohio opioid litigation – WSJ

The logo of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is seen during a news conference hold by its CEO, Kare Schultz, to discuss the company’s 2019 outlooks in Tel Aviv, Israel February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (Reuters) – McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health Inc, AmerisourceBergen Corp and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries reached a settlement with two Ohio counties related to the opioid crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources. Walgreens Boots Alliance had not yet reached a deal Monday morning, the WSJ reported. (on.wsj.com/33IU2sy) Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.