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Face transplants change lives, identity

Patients are prepared to take significant risks in order to be considered for a face transplant, says Dr David Koppel, director of the largest craniofacial unit in the UK and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor ...

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British Lords hold ten-hour debate on assisted dying

Members of Britain's unelected House of Lords spent almost ten hours on Friday discussing whether to legalise assisted dying, in an often emotional debate putting the question back on the agenda, if not on the statute books.

Jul 19, 2014
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AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination

The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from tax rates back home.

Jul 18, 2014
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Safety problems at US germ labs acknowledged

(AP)—The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Wednesday that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health laboratories that handle dangerous ...

Jul 16, 2014
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Transparency lacking in clinical trials, study finds

A significant percentage of completed drug clinical trials, especially those funded by industry, are not disclosed to the public, years after being completed—a trend that "threatens the validity of the clinical research ...

Jul 15, 2014
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Computer tomograph on rails

Siemens has installed a mobile, rail-mounted computer tomograph at Frankfurt University Hospital. The device can be used in two rooms: the room for routine scans and the trauma room. If necessary, the CT ...

Jul 15, 2014
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Medical schools being challenged to find training sites

(HealthDay)—Medical schools are working to find solutions to ensure their students can continue to receive clinical training in spite of the escalating shortage of training sites, according to an article ...

Jul 14, 2014
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Women under-represented in academic medicine

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Europe tightens curbs on organ trafficking

The Council of Europe adopted on Wednesday a new international convention to make organ trafficking a criminal offence, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in the trade across borders.

$580 million EU antitrust fine for drug makers

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of 428 million euros ($580 million) on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.

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