Wall Street Journal, New York

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.

The biggest cause of cancer: Bad luck

marketwatch.com — Poor lifestyle choices and inherited genes are known to raise a person's risk of developing cancer. But new research concludes that the majority of our risk across cancer types is due to another factor: bad luck when our cells divide.

Besides Lifestyle and Genetics, Cancer Risk Also Tied to Bad Luck

wsj.com — Poor lifestyle choices and inherited genes are known to raise a person's risk of developing cancer. But new research concludes that the majority of our risk across cancer types is due to another factor: bad luck when our cells divide.

Human trial of experimental Merck Ebola vaccine Is suspended

marketwatch.com — A human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine recently licensed by Merck & Co. has been suspended until January after four healthy volunteers receiving it experienced mild joint pain, according to a Geneva hospital helping conduct the trial. "As a precautionary measure, the study team has declared a pause in the injections," the hospital said.

Ebola Crisis Stretches Doctors Without Borders’ Means

online.wsj.com — Eight months into the Ebola epidemic, the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders is still the most functional outfit in a dysfunctional global health system. Yet its outsize role in the crisis threatens to overwhelm what is still at heart a medical aid group. The human costs to the organization have been high.

OPEC Doubts Russia's Pledge On Cuts, Presaging Price War

online.wsj.com — OPEC and Russia are edging back toward the brink of a price war. Russia has pledged to cut its oil exports by 150,000 barrels a day to meet demands by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that non-OPEC producers join the cartel in reducing output to prop up crude prices.
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Jan 31, 2015

Weeks after US military rushed experimental Ebola drug 2 Liberia, company ends trial, citing falling infection rate. on.wsj.com/1wOqq4T

Jan 31, 2015

Chimerix scraps Ebola-drug study in Liberia, saying a fall in infection rates makes it hard 2 enroll patients. $CMRX on.wsj.com/1wOqq4T

Jan 30, 2015

Thousands of civilians flee E. Ukraine as fighting with Russia-backed rebels flares anew. by @paulsonne. on.wsj.com/1vbtBtk

Jan 30, 2015

RT @PaulSonne: The UK summoned the Russian ambassador Thursday to ask him why Russian aircraft had flown over the English Channel. on.wsj.com/1vavned

Jan 30, 2015

"The dizzying oil prices of recent years were profoundly abnormal," says former TNK-BP owner Mikhail Fridman. on.ft.com/1BxPO42

Jan 30, 2015

All of Portland is grieving over a teal-green airport carpet. Lovely story by @ryan_knutson. on.wsj.com/1Et2LzH

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