US superbug infections on the rise, but deaths are falling

NY hospitals face a ‘superbug’ epidemic, former New York Lt. Gov. says Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey discusses a fungus found in New York hospitals that kills patients within 90 days. NEW YORK (AP) — Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine…

US identifies likely culprit of vaping illness outbreak

Credit: CC0 Public Domain US health officials said Friday they had identified vitamin E acetate as the likely culprit behind a vaping-linked lung injury epidemic that has killed 39 people and sickened more than two thousand. Investigators have previously pointed to the oil, which is sometimes used as a thickening…

US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids

U.S. health officials again warned doctors Thursday against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors to share such decisions with patients. The agency published steps for doctors in a six-page guide and an editorial in the…

US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016—the latest data available—from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Roche to buy US gene therapy group Spark for $4.3 bn

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Monday it reached a deal worth $4.3 billion (3.7 billion euros) to buy US group Spark Therapeutics, which specialises in the development of gene therapy drugs. Roche said the deal was approved by the boards of both companies, offering $114.50 a share, a premium to…