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Rally in New York Pays Tribute to Slain Russian Opposition Leader

blogs.wsj.com — About one hundred Russians, Ukrainians and others braved heavy snowfall in New York City Sunday afternoon to rally against the war in Ukraine, and in tribute to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Like the large rally held in Moscow on Sunday, the New York gathering was initially planned as an anti-war demonstration.

How Bad Sitting Posture at Work Leads to Bad Standing Posture All the Time

wsj.com — Looks like your mother was right when she told you to sit up straight. There's growing evidence that good posture contributes to a range of health benefits, from reducing back and joint pain to boosting mood. Health-care practitioners from physical therapists to surgeons to psychologists increasingly take posture into account when evaluating patients, and offer tips and tools for improvement.

Medtronic Tops Expectations On Sales Strength

wsj.com — Medtronic PLC posted better-than-expected results in its January quarter despite a hit from currency effects, in the last quarter before the medical-device maker closed on its $43 billion merger with Covidien PLC and reincorporated to Dublin. The merger, combining two of the world's largest surgical-implant and hospital-supply companies, closed in late January after drawing scrutiny over a tax tactic criticized by U.S.

Doctors Work to Ease Vaccine Fears

wsj.com — Pediatricians face growing numbers of parents who question or reject vaccinations for their children. Now, public health experts are working on new ways to help these doctors hone their pitches to families. Pediatricians need to step up their game, the researchers say, to counter a spigot of unscientific antivaccine material distributed over...

5 Things to Know About Measles

blogs.wsj.com — No. Measles vaccine, most commonly given via the combination MMR shot, is "extraordinarily safe" and has been given to hundreds of millions of children around the world, Dr. Schaffner notes. Despite some parents' fears, numerous studies have debunked the theory that measles vaccine or MMR might cause autism, including a 2004 review of epidemiological studies by the U.S.

Vaccine Skeptics on the Rise

wsj.com — The measles outbreak that began at California's Disneyland Resort last month is part of a new trend that worries public health officials. Large outbreaks in the U.S. of the highly infectious disease have become more common in the past two years, even though measles hasn't been indigenous since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

European Drug Regulator Recommends Suspending Sales of Some Drugs

wsj.com — Europe's main pharmaceutical regulator recommended suspending the sale of hundreds of drug formulations that were approved for use based on "flawed" clinical studies conducted by GVK Biosciences, a clinical research organization in Hyderabad, India. In a statement Friday, the European Medicines Agency said an inspection of GVK Biosciences raised concerns about the reliability of some studies conducted at the site between 2008 and...

Patients Blame Cost for Coverage Delay in England of Gilead Drug

blogs.wsj.com — England's taxpayer-funded health system is postponing the introduction of Sovaldi for most hepatitis C patients until the end of July, a delay patient advocates believe is closely tied to the cost of the controversial drug. The Europe Union's main pharmaceutical regulator, the European Medicines Agency, approved Sovaldi a year ago, in January 2014.

NIH Chief Loses Sleep That U.S. Researchers may Leave for China

blogs.wsj.com — NIH chief Francis Collins has a lot on his plate these days, from Ebola to HIV. But he says the thing most keeping him awake at night lately is the agency's budget woes. While speaking at the annual JP Morgan healthcare conference, he warned that tepid government funding for science is threatening to erode U.S.

Minnesota Investment Board Won’t Support Medtronic-Covidien Deal

blogs.wsj.com — A small but symbolically important investor in Medtronic and Covidien will not support their planned $43 billion combination when shareholders vote tomorrow. Despite the promise of 1,000 new jobs coming to the state, the Minnesota State Board of Investment withheld support for the deal, which is a so-called tax inversion that will lower its tax burden.
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Mar 02, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Amazing testimony by a Siberian soldier sent by Putin to kill in Ukraine and horrendously injured in a tank battle. novayagazeta.ru/society/67490.…

Mar 02, 2015

Drug wholesaler Cardinal Health pays $2 bn for J&J’s stent business. on.wsj.com/1E9fGXL via @WSJ

Mar 02, 2015

Experimental drug could save children with rare disease, but also make them deaf. on.wsj.com/1BPboo8 via @WSJ

Mar 02, 2015

RT @jonathanrockoff: Amgen pumps chest after Kyprolis laps Velcade in #multiplemyeloma study, says results justify $10.4bn Onyx deal on.wsj.com/1wGSsAj $AMGN

Mar 02, 2015

RT @owlese: "These days, his shower curtain is from Bed Bath & Beyond in a nondescript white." Tyco’s Kozlowski is living small http://t.co…

Mar 01, 2015

RT @PaulSonne: Massive turnout in Moscow for opposition rally in honor of slain anti-Kremlin politician Nemtsov (via @EvgenyFeldman) pic.twitter.com/qvTAnzuA09

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