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Mar 30, 2018

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Listeria class action filed against South Africa's Tiger Brands

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against South Africa's Tiger Brands, after one of its food factories was linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017, the lawyer running the case said.

Hawaii lawmakers approve medical aid in dying for terminally ill

(Reuters) - Hawaii would become the seventh U.S. state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients under legislation passed by the state Senate on Thursday and sent to the governor.

Pfizer's rare heart disease drug succeeds in late-stage study

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's experimental drug to treat a rare and fatal disease linked to heart failure reduced deaths and need for hospitalizations in a late-stage study.

FDA expands use of Amgen leukemia drug Blincyto to patients with relapse risk

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded the use of Amgen Inc's leukemia drug Blincyto to include patients who are in remission but still have residual signs of the disease.

Starbucks coffee in California must have cancer warning, judge says

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, possibly exposing the companies to millions of dollars in fines.

Arkansas sues opioid manufacturers for roles in epidemic

(Reuters) - Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday joined the widening mass of litigation against opioid manufacturers, accusing three drugmakers of promoting addictive painkillers in ways that falsely denied or trivialized their risks.

Many in U.S. take more calcium supplements than necessary

(Reuters Health) - Some adults in the U.S. who use supplements to get their daily requirement of calcium are taking higher doses than necessary, a recent study suggests.

Thyroid removal linked to increased bone-thinning, fracture risk

(Reuters Health) - Thyroid surgery that totally or partially removes the gland may increase the long-term risk of bone thinning and bone breaks, especially for younger patients and women, according to a large study from Taiwan.

For ‘tween girls, social media use tied to wellbeing in teen years

(Reuters Health) - Girls who spend the most time on social media at age 10 may be unhappier in their early teens than peers who use social media less during the ‘tween years, a UK study suggests.

Painkiller overuse spikes during cold and flu season

Reuters Health - A growing number of people are taking high doses of the painkiller acetaminophen, and many take so much during cold and flu season that they run the risk of liver and kidney damage, two studies suggest.

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