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  • J&J takes $13.6 billion charge related to new U.S. tax law January 23, 2018
    (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson, one of the world's largest drugmakers, on Tuesday said that it would take a $13.6-billion charge related to the new U.S. tax law and plans to bring back billions of dollars from overseas immediately.
  • Drug companies told to do more to tackle 'superbug' crisis January 23, 2018
    LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmakers' response to the threat posed by "superbugs" remains patchy even after years of warnings, according to the first analysis of individual companies' efforts to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis.
  • Afghanistan reports two bird flu outbreaks - OIE January 23, 2018
    PARIS (Reuters) - Afghanistan has reported two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the Afghan agriculture ministry.
  • Zambia says it is on verge of containing cholera outbreak January 23, 2018
    LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia is close to containing a cholera outbreak that has killed 78 of the more than 3,600 people who have fallen sick since October, the government said on Tuesday.
  • Seek medical guidance before sharing breast milk, experts say January 23, 2018
    (Reuters Health) - The choice to informally share breast milk should only be made with the guidance of a physician, specialist doctors say in a new position statement.
  • CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount January 23, 2018
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years.
  • Europe's safety watchdog says laxatives may increase cancer risk January 23, 2018
    LONDON (Reuters) - European food safety officials issued a warning on Tuesday about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of laxatives such as senna and rhubarb extract.
  • Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana January 23, 2018
    (Reuters) - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.
  • Brazil's death toll from yellow fever triples: WHO January 22, 2018
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The number of confirmed cases of yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has tripled in recent weeks, with 20 deaths since July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
  • Body broker who sold diseased remains is convicted of fraud January 22, 2018
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Detroit businessman who sold and leased donated body parts for two decades was convicted Monday of defrauding medical customers by selling them diseased human remains.