Biogen Inc.’s Spinraza treatment for spinal muscular atrophy and Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG’s experimental gene therapy are both expensive, but the gene therapy could be more cost effective once more is known about its US price and long-term success rates, a preliminary report from an independent US nonprofit organization said.
US body says gene therapy may be more cost effective for spinal muscular atrophy
One of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history continues to worsen in the Democratic Republic of Congo with as many as 319 people now dead.
Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens
Women who experience a ‘false positive’ result after a mammogram are twice as likely to end up developing cancer as those who get a negative result, research suggested.
Women with false-positive mammography results more likely to get breast cancer
Pregnant women and the extremely obese are among those at high risk for complications from the flu — including death — and should be tested and begin antiviral treatment promptly if they are sick enough to be hospitalized with flu symptoms, according to updated guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
Flu is serious for pregnant women, others at high risk
There is still too much salt in processed meats such as sausages and ready meals, a Public Health England report suggests.
Processed meats and ready meals 'still too high in salt'
In a review of registry data for more than 5,300 liver transplants performed in children nationwide, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers identify the type of patient who is most likely to survive a split liver transplant – receiving only part of a donor's liver – with no additional long-term health risks, which could allow for an increase in the availability of organs.
Split liver transplants could safely help sickest children
Respectful, inclusive practices in primary care clinics can significantly improve the health of low-income, marginalized people who may have previously experienced trauma or discrimination, a new study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Western University has found.
Inclusive primary care improves people's health, finds UBC-Western study
Amputations caused by diabetes in the UK have soared to record levels amid the obesity epidemic, official figures show.
Number of limbs amputations caused by diabetes soars to record levels in Britain
A first-of-its-kind retrospective study concluded that environmental cleanup projects can provide high value to society, making them economically viable alternatives to coastal development projects
Boston Harbor cleanup was economically justifiable, finds new study
After a campaign launched against polio vaccinations on social media, a 25 percent increase in refusals was recorded during the recent polio campaign in the federal capital, which started Dec. 10.
25% increase in refusals recorded during anti-polio drive in Islamabad

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