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Ram Dass, psychedelic drug pioneer, dies at home aged 88
Ram Dass, who in the 1960s joined Timothy Leary in promoting psychedelic drugs as the path to inner enlightenment before undergoing a spiritual rebirth he spelled out in the influential book "Be Here Now," died at home on Sunday. He was 88 years old.
Home is now the most common place of death in the U.S.
(Reuters Health) - For the first time in a least a half century, home has surpassed the hospital as the leading place to die in the United States.
Donors pledge $2.6 billion for 'last mile' of polio eradication
Donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion on Tuesday to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the "last mile".
GSK sees breakthrough in shingles vaccine output in 2024
GlaxoSmithKline said further growth from its shingles vaccine, which has boosted earnings, would be reined in by limited capacity until 2024, but a new bioreactor facility would then be ready to bring a step change in production.
South Korea confirms two new African swine fever cases, now 13 in all as disease spreads
South Korea's agriculture ministry said on Thursday two more suspected cases of African swine fever have been confirmed as the deadly hog disease at pig farms in towns near its border with North Korea.
Exclusive: While battling opioid crisis, U.S. government weighed using fentanyl for executions
The U.S. Department of Justice examined using fentanyl in lethal injections as it prepared last year to resume executing condemned prisoners, a then untested use of the powerful, addictive opioid that has helped fuel a national crisis of overdose deaths.
WHO flags Ebola risk in Rwanda, but then withdraws its report
The World Health Organization on Thursday withdrew a report that said an Ebola patient may have entered Rwanda, suggesting the deadly virus could spread to that country for the first time.
Croatia's drugs wholesalers limit hospital deliveries as debts rise
Croatian drug wholesalers have decided to limit deliveries of medicines to some hospitals in a row over mounting debts and urged the government to pay immediately at least half of them now totaling 2.6 billion kuna ($396 million).
Death toll from acute encephalitis in east Indian town rises to 129 children
At least 129 children have now died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the town of Muzaffarpur in the eastern Indian state of Bihar since an outbreak earlier this month, a medical official said on Sunday.
Biogen, Eisai revive plans for Alzheimer's drug, surprising market
Biogen Inc revived plans on Tuesday to seek U.S. approval for Alzheimer's treatment aducanumab, surprising investors and saying data from more patients in two discontinued studies showed the drug reduced the decline of patients.
U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 18, illnesses surpass 1,000: CDC
U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 18 deaths due to a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and other vaping products and said the number of confirmed and probable cases of the condition now exceeds 1,000.
U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530 as outbreak widens
U.S. health officials said on Thursday there are now 530 confirmed and probable cases and seven deaths from severe lung-related illnesses tied to vaping, and there are no signs that the outbreak is easing.
Among babies and pregnant mothers, a death every 11 seconds, says U.N.
More women and newborns survive now than ever before, largely thanks to better healthcare, United Nations data showed on Thursday, but a baby or a pregnant woman still dies every 11 seconds somewhere in the world.
U.N. calls for hundreds of millions in more aid to fight Ebola
Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak could last much longer and cost far more in money and lives unless U.N. member states inject hundreds of millions of dollars now, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told Reuters on Monday.
Novartis wins Gilenya reprieve as judge blocks generics, for now
Novartis has won a U.S. federal court order preventing rival generic makers from selling versions of the Swiss drugmaker's top-selling multiple sclerosis medicine Gilenya in the United States, at least until a patent dispute is resolved.
Missouri orders lone abortion clinic to close; judge keeps it open for now
Missouri health officials on Friday refused to renew the license of the state's only abortion clinic, but the facility will remain open for now as a judge left in place an injunction blocking its closure.