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Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
FDA approves Roche drug for late-stage breast cancer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved a new drug made by Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG <ROG.VX> for some patients with late-stage metastatic breast cancer who fail to respond to other therapies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had approved Kadcyla, also known as ado-trastuzumab emtansine, for patients whose cancer cells contain increased amounts of a protein known as HER2.
Herbalife recalls some Nutritional Shake Mix due to milk allergen 2013-02-23T003405Z_1_BRE91M015_RTROPTC_0_US-HERBALIFE-PRODUCTRE CALL.XML () -
FDA recalls J&J's orthopedic device because of fracture potential 2013-02-22T170044Z_1_BRE91L0TI_RTROPTC_0_US-FDA-JOHNSON-RECALL. XML () -
Rate of employer health insurance coverage stabilizes
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Less than half of adults received health insurance through their employer in 2012, but the market showed signs of stabilizing after three years of decline, according to a poll released on Friday. The Gallup survey said employer-sponsored insurance, long a pillar of the $2.8-trillion U.S. healthcare system, covered just under 45 percent of U.S. adults last year, down from about 49 percent in 2008, when the economy was engulfed by recession.
U.S. sticks to limits on health insurance charges for older people
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday finalized new consumer safeguards for health insurance that impose tighter restrictions on what insurers can charge older customers, despite industry warnings that the young may be forced to pay more as a result. The Department of Health and Human Services rejected an industry request to phase in a reform prohibiting insurers from charging older beneficiaries premiums more than three times higher than those available to younger adults.
Los Angeles health officials concerned about TB outbreak on skid row 2013-02-22T211113Z_2_BRE91L140_RTROPTC_0_US-TUBERCULOSIS-LOSANG ELES.XML () -
Too many Americans still drink too much: study
New York (Reuters Health) - On any given day in the U.S., 18 percent of men and 11 percent of women drink more alcohol than federal dietary guidelines recommend, according to a new study that also finds 8 percent of men and 3 percent of women are full-fledged "heavy" drinkers. That still means the great majority of Americans stay within the advised limit of two drinks a day for men, and one for women.
Oxygen treatment may not help foot ulcers
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite past clinical trials demonstrating that exposure to pure oxygen can help stubborn wounds heal, a large new study of diabetes patients with severe foot ulcers finds no benefit from oxygen treatments and possibly some harm. Researchers following more than 6,000 diabetes patients receiving treatment for deep foot wounds found that patients who got oxygen-chamber treatments along with standard wound care were no more likely to heal and more than twice as likely to undergo amputations as those getting standard care alone.
Cochlear implants aid adults with hearing loss
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cochlear implants can improve speech and quality of life in adults with severe hearing loss, according to a new analysis of past studies - and two implants seem to work better than one. The implants, which are surgically placed into and behind the ear, transmit sound directly to the auditory nerve.
Ranbaxy to resume generic Lipitor production for U.S 2013-02-22T172331Z_1_BRE91L0V7_RTROPTC_0_US-RANBAXY-LIPITOR.XML () -