(Reuters) – Baxter International Inc on Monday said it would form a research and development center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the biopharmaceutical business it expects to spin off as a separate company in mid-2015. The new company, to be called Baxalta, is expected to employ about 400 people in research and development at the Cambridge facility, in addition to employees working on business development, oncology and biosimilars teams. Its pipeline is focused on hematology and immunology, through technology platforms such as gene therapy and biosimilars, Baxter said. … …read more
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A captain with the Fire Department of New York has been charged with sexually molesting two young boys while he was in Los Angeles this month and is facing extradition back to California, authorities said on Monday. Wilbert Riera, 51, is charged with six counts of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, stemming from incidents on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted at trial. … …read more
(Reuters) – Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, said on Monday it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc’s HealthKit. The move, the first announced by a major insurer, enables Humana customers to more easily manage fitness data and other personal health goals, the company said in a statement. Humana’s wellness program, called HumanaVitality, rewards members for hitting these goals, which include being more active, eating better or losing weight, with items such as movie tickets and fitness equipment. …
By Gergely Szakacs SZEKSZARD Hungary (Reuters) – Waitress Maria Kecskemeti says working with people is a daily challenge, requiring much skill and empathy. She also admits to initially being somewhat scared of how guests would react when she took the first orders from her wheelchair. Kecskemeti works at Izlelo, a restaurant set up in 2007 by a local foundation to help handicapped people find employment. She is one of 15 employees, most of whom have some type of disability like deafness or a learning disability. …
By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) – Hundreds of companies around the world are chasing an emerging market for cheaper copies of costly biotech drugs, with more than 700 so-called biosimilars now in development or already approved, according to a major study of the sector. Biotech medicines – made from proteins and other large molecules – account for six of the 10 biggest-selling drugs in the world today, led by AbbVie’s $12 billion-a-year rheumatoid arthritis injection Humira. … …read more
(Reuters) – Valentino Rossi has checked himself out of hospital in defiance of doctor’s advice to continue his recovery from concussion in his own motorhome. The 35-year-old Yamaha rider, nine-times a world champion in all categories, was taken to hospital after falling heavily early in Sunday’s race at the Motorland Aragon circuit won by Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi tweeted a picture of himself saying he was fine apart from the “head ache”. “Valentino is progressing very well. …
(Reuters) – A New Jersey hospital chief executive and his wife were found dead early Sunday following a fire in their home, law enforcement officials said. John Sheridan Jr., 72, the CEO and president of Cooper University Health System, and his wife Joyce, 69, were found unresponsive in the second-floor bedroom of their Montgomery Township home around 6:15 a.m. local time, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. The cause of death, and the blaze, is under investigation, prosecutor’s office spokesman Jack Bennett said. … …read more
Geneva (AFP) – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country’s all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. Six months into the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is needed is huge.
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