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Measles cases keep some Calgary students who have not been vaccinated at home

CALGARY - New measles cases have prompted Alberta Health Services to tell some students and staff at two Calgary schools to stay home for the next two weeks because they have not been vaccinated. Those affected attend or work at Henry Wise Wood High School and Sherwood School, which includes Grade 5 to 9 students. The Calgary Board of Education says there is one confirmed case of measles at each school. School officials say there is concern the measles, which is highly contagious, could spread.

Sobeys prescribing legal battle over planned Alberta pharmacy rewards point ban

EDMONTON - A plan by the regulator of Alberta pharmacists to ban stores from giving consumers reward points for purchases is turning into a prescription for a court battle. Sobeys Inc. says it plans to file a legal challenge against the Alberta College of Pharmacists on behalf of Sobeys and Safeway. Earlier this month the college announced it would ban the issuing of such reward points for pharmacy purchases starting May 1. The council says it made the decision because pharmacists and technicians are health professionals, not simply vendors of drugs.

Guinea Ebola outbreak under control: foreign minister

Guinea's Foreign Minister Francois Fall said on Monday the west African country had brought the spread of the deadly Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people have died. "We are pleased to say we have controlled the spread of the epidemic," Fall told reporters after meeting his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria. "We have even managed to cure some of those infected."

Edwards shares up on injunction against Medtronic heart valve

By Susan Kelly (Reuters) - Shares of Edwards Lifesciences Corp jumped 13 percent on Monday after a U.S. court temporarily halted sales of competitor Medtronic Inc's heart valve implant that uses a less-invasive procedure to spare patients from open-heart surgery. The ruling, by a U.S. District Court in Delaware on Friday, came after earlier court decisions that found Medtronic's CoreValve infringed on Edwards' Sapien transcatheter valve product.

Guinea Ebola outbreak under control: foreign minister

Guinea's Foreign Minister Francois Fall on Monday said the west African country has brought the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola virus under control after more than 100 people have died. "We are pleased to say we have controlled the spread of the epidemic," Fall told reporters after a meeting his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria. "We have even managed to cure some of those infected." The outbreak is one of the most deadly, with 157 people infected and 101 deaths in Guinea alone.

BBC report says GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors in Poland to get more drug prescriptions

LONDON - The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland. A "Panorama" show to air Monday evening quotes a former sales representative for the company saying doctors there were paid to prescribe its drugs. A different representative said doctors were paid to give speeches and then expected to increase prescriptions.

Lexicon Pharma's diabetes drug successful in mid-stage study

(Reuters) - Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat diabetes met the main goal of reducing the use of insulin at meal times in a mid-stage study on patients with type 1 diabetes. The company's shares rose about 19 percent to $1.89 in trading before the bell. Lexicon said the drug, codenamed LX4211, reduced the total dose of insulin taken by patients at meal times by 32 percent, compared with a 6 percent reduction in patients given a placebo.

Diners in hepatitis A scare at suburban New York restaurant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of diners at an Italian restaurant in suburban New York may have been exposed to hepatitis A in the last few weeks after a food handler there was found to have the liver disease, the county health department said. People who ate at or who were working at La Fontana restaurant in the village of Nyack, about 20 miles north of Manhattan, between March 19 and April 1 may have been exposed to the virus, the Rockland County health department said.

Intercept's liver disease drug proves highly effective in study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - A drug being developed by Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc led to significant improvement in signs of a rare liver disease that primarily affects middle-aged women, likely reducing the risk of need for liver transplant and of death, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial presented on Saturday.

Intercept's liver disease drug proves highly effective in study

By Bill Berkrot (Reuters) - A drug being developed by Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc led to significant improvement in signs of a rare liver disease that primarily affects middle-aged women, likely reducing the risk of need for liver transplant and of death, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial presented on Saturday.
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