Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China's commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub on par with the likes of London, New York and Hong Kong by 2020. On Friday afternoon, the Shanghai government issued its severest health warning as the city's pollution index ranged between 23 times and 31 times the levels recommended by international health officials. In the first such advice since a new health warning system was launched in April, authorities urged residents to stay indoors and asked factories to either cut or halt production.
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers cast doubt on the prevailing wisdom that vitamin D supplements can prevent conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, saying on Friday low vitamin D may be a consequence, not a cause, of ill health. The findings could have implications for millions of people who take vitamin D pills and other supplements to ward off illness - Americans spend an estimated $600 million a year on them alone. Vitamin D, sometimes known as the "sunshine vitamin" is made in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight and in found in foods like fish liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel. It is known to boost the uptake of calcium and bone formation, and some observational studies have also suggested a link between low levels of vitamin D and greater risks of many acute and chronic diseases.
An experimental drug from Novartis to treat a type of bone marrow cancer met its primary goal in a late-stage study, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday. A Phase III trial found the drug, dubbed LBH589 when combined with bortezomib and dexamethasone, significantly extended progression-free survival in patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma compared to bortezomib and dexamethasone alone. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that starts in plasma cells in bone marrow and disrupts the production of normal blood cells. Novartis said the drug has the potential to become one of the first in a new class of treatments for the incurable disease.
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - British drugmaker Shire, whose shares have stormed ahead this year, disappointed investors on Friday with clinical trial results of a new dry eye drug that left the product's future unclear. Lifitegrast - a potential competitor for Allergan's Restasis, which is expected to have sales of around $900 million this year - is viewed as a key new product for Shire as it seeks to diversify its product line-up. Shire Chief Executive Flemming Ornskov said the company would now examine the totality of the data across the clinical trials and discuss the future of lifitegrast with regulatory authorities, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "Our modest $400 million peak (sales forecast) at 50 percent probability already fairly reflects this, but we see risk to others' more optimistic estimates." Shire obtained lifitegrast after buying U.S. biotech firm SARcode Bioscience for $160 million upfront in March - plus undisclosed payments upon achievement of certain drug development and commercial milestones - marking a sizeable bet on the ophthalmology space by the group.
ATLANTA (AP) â There's more evidence that U.S. births may be leveling off after years of decline.
Presence and positive thinking are the two essential ingredients to managing stress. Try implementing these positive affirmations for a more joyful holiday season -- and for spiritual emergencies (like cranky relatives), I recommend having them on repeat.
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As I mature I'm finding manhood becomes more about having the presence of mind to express appreciation. Nothing deserves appreciation more than those you love. Sometimes, I'm even lucky enough to catch it on paper.
We live in a time of remarkable transformation in our health care system, accelerated by the Affordable Care Act. A focus on supporting those with MCC is critically important to enhance health, improve care, and lower costs.
Now here is where the story gets a bit woo-woo, though that doesn't frighten me in the least because the spirit who lived on this particular street (only five blocks away from my present apartment) adored me. And I believe he -- Ira -- is getting into the act, helping my angels move me into an environment where my Siamese, Muffie and I will be happy. Now I mentioned in a recent blog that in my search I had recently visited an apartment in a building where my daughter, Carol, and her father, Arnold, once lived. (At 14 she decided