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Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month. Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight. At issue is a July 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of two teams developing cheaper generic forms of Copaxone: one comprising Novartis AG's Sandoz Inc and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc, and the other comprising Mylan Inc and Natco Pharma Ltd. In his decision on Friday, Roberts, in a brief opinion, wrote that he was not convinced Teva had shown the "likelihood of irreparable harm" if the application was denied, because if Teva wins the Supreme Court case it can seek damages from the generic companies for past infringement on its patents.  More »

Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

NEW YORK (AP) — The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  More »

Scientists Use Fishing Line, Thread to Make Artificial Muscles

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fishing line and sewing thread can create powerful artificial muscles that could be used to help disabled people or to build incredibly strong robots, a new study says. Compared to human muscle of the sa...  More »

Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 people, average age 70, who were depres...  More »

Flu Hitting Younger Adults Hard, Vaccination Helps: CDC

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu is hitting younger and middle-aged adults unusually hard this season, but getting vaccinated reduces the need for a doctor's care, U.S. health officials said Thursday. People aged 18 to 64 repres...  More »

Flu season waning; younger adults hit hardest

ATLANTA (AP) — Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one.  More »

Flu activity highest among U.S. young and middle-aged: CDC

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Hardest hit this U.S. flu season are adults, from younger to middle-aged, in part because fewer have been vaccinated, a federal health agency said on Thursday as the season enters its final weeks. An estimated ...  More »

Goldman Sachs misses out on WhatsApp, 2014's top deals so far

The world's top deal adviser for nine of the past 10 years, Goldman Sachs Group Inc has been notably absent on 2014's largest mergers and acquisitions, including Facebook's $19 billion deal to purchase mobile messaging service WhatsApp...  More »

Olympics-Figure skating-Sotnikova gives Russia its ice princess

By Julian Linden SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The fairytale princess that Russia had been craving finally came to life on Thursday when teenager Adelina Sotnikova won the women's individual figure skating title at the Sochi Olympics. So...  More »

At-Home Exercise Helps After Hip Break: study

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Simple at-home exercises could help seniors regain mobility and independence after recovering from a broken hip, according to a new study. Participants who followed the six-month home exercise prog...  More »

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