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Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

Meninigitis-linked pharmacy owners got millions: court papers

BOSTON (Reuters) - The owners of the pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak received at least $16 million in salaries and shareholders distributions in 2012, according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. New England Compounding Center owner Carla Conigliaro, the largest shareholder in the privately held company, received nearly $9 million in 2012, according to court papers. Barry Cadden, NECC's chief pharmacist, received about $3.2 million in 2012, filings show.

Insight: Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Emelie Olsson is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she's often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living. Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline <GSK.L> in 2009.

Novartis wins EU backing for first meningitis B vaccine

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis <NOVN.VX> clinched European approval for the first vaccine against meningitis B, and will seek to sell the drug as soon as possible. "Novartis is working with health authorities to provide access to Bexsero as soon as possible," the Swiss drugmaker said in a statement on Tuesday.

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ADHD rates creeping up in California

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) now than were a decade ago, according to new research from a large California health plan. It's not clear what's behind that trend, researchers noted. Possible explanations include better awareness of the condition among parents and doctors or improved access to health care for kids with symptoms, according to Dr. Darios Getahun, the study's lead author.

Close to half of kids late receiving vaccines: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More and more babies and toddlers aren't getting their recommended vaccines on time, a new study suggests. Of more than 300,000 U.S. kids born between 2004 and 2008, almost half were "undervaccinated" at some point before their second birthday - in some cases because parents chose to forgo shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Breathing program may help save newborns' lives

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world, two new studies suggest. So-called birth asphyxia - when babies are born not breathing - is one of the major causes of newborn death in regions with limited resources, researchers said.

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Smoke-free laws linked to drop in child asthma attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering asthma attacks, according to a study in England published on Monday. Researchers at Imperial College London found there was a 12.3 percent fall in hospital admissions for childhood asthma in the first year after laws against smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces came into effect in July 2007.

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