Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
FDA approves generic version of cancer drug Doxil 2013-02-04T190948Z_1_BRE9130U6_RTROPTC_0_US-CANCER-DRUG-APPROVA L.XML () -
Gilead's two hepatitis C drug trials meet study goals 2013-02-04T192630Z_1_BRE9130UN_RTROPTC_0_US-GILEAD-HEPATITIS.XM L () -
Traditional herb water linked to smaller babies
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants given a traditional Guatemalan drink in the first month of life are almost twice as likely to have stunted growth than other children, according to a new study. "We believe that aguitas may be part of the explanation for the high child stunting prevalence in Guatemala," lead author Colleen Doak told Reuters Health by email.
Key TB vaccine trial fails; more waiting in the wings
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A highly anticipated study of the first new tuberculosis vaccine in 90 years showed it offered no added benefit over the current vaccine when it came to protecting babies from TB infections, a disappointing but not entirely unexpected outcome, researchers said on Monday. The vaccine, known as MVA85A, is the most advanced of more than a dozen TB vaccines now in clinical trials in people, and scientists are poring over the results to learn why the trial failed and how the results can inform future studies.
Nursing home operator seeks stay, cites NLRB recess appointees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company that operates nursing homes in Connecticut asked on Monday for the Supreme Court to intervene in an employment dispute, citing legal confusion over President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. HealthBridge Management, LLC wants the high court to stay a preliminary injunction imposed by District Judge Robert N. Chatigny of the District of Connecticut in December.
Ministers urge religious chiefs to oppose genital mutilation
ROME (Reuters) - Religious leaders must convince women carrying out female genital mutilation that it is not required by scripture and it can cause infection, infertility or even death in young girls, African ministers said on Monday. The practice is prevalent in 28 African countries and parts of the Middle East and Asia, notably Yemen, Iraqi Kurdistan and Indonesia. There are several types including partial or total removal of the genitalia and narrowing of the vaginal opening.
Paul Gascoigne travels to U.S. treatment center
LONDON (Reuters) - Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who has lapsed in his battle with alcoholism, will receive treatment in the United States after "willingly" travelling there, his management company said on Monday. "Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days," GamePlan Solutions said in a statement, adding that Gascoigne was an alcoholic with "complex issues."
Russia to ban U.S. turkey from February 11 over feed additive
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will ban imports of U.S. turkey due to concerns about the use of the feed additive ractopamine, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) said in a statement on Monday. The service will impose a temporary ban on U.S. turkey starting from February 11, it said.
Sanofi's diabetes drug Lyxumia approved in Europe
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi <SASY.PA> said on Monday regulators had approved Lyxumia, an injectable diabetes treatment, for sale in Europe. Also known by its generic name lixisenatide, the drug is taken once a day in conjunction with other drugs or insulin by patients who are otherwise not able to control their blood sugar levels.
Rockwell Medical reports positive data on iron deficiency drug 2013-02-04T160804Z_1_BRE9130N6_RTROPTC_0_US-ROCKWELLMEDICAL-STU DY-KIDNEYDRUG.XML () -