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  • U.S. seeks to step up India trade talks after WTO breakthrough

    U.S. Trade Representative Froman pauses while announcing a trade enforcement action tied to India, in WashingtonNEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States wants to step up its trade dialogue with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India. Direct contacts between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month helped to end a deadlock that had prevented the World Trade Organization from implementing a $1 trillion package of reforms to global customs rules. ...

  • The Skinny on Nestle's New Exercise in a Bottle Project

    Exercise in a bottle? Maybe someday.

  • Merck buys rights to NewLink's experimental Ebola vaccine

    By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc on Monday said it would buy worldwide commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp's experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus. NewLink, whose subsidiary licensed commercial rights to the rVSV-EBOV vaccine in 2010, said it would receive $50 million plus royalties from Merck. Large late-stage trials of the product could begin early next year, said Merck, the No. 2 U.S. drugmaker and one of the world's biggest makers of vaccines. ...

  • Confession of accused Etan Patz killer admissible as evidence: NY court

    Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - The confession of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz of New York in 1979 could be used as evidence against him, a Manhattan court ruled on Monday. Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to police in 2012 that he had choked Patz and stuffed him alive in a garbage bag, has been charged with murder. Hernandez no longer admits to the crime, according to his lawyer, Harvey Fishbein. (Reporting by Natasja Sheriff; Writing by Laila Kearney; Editing by Susan Heavey)

  • FDA tightens guidelines on technique for uterine fibroid surgery

    By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tightened its guidelines on the use of a uterine surgical technique, saying it has been linked to the spread of a rare type of cancer. The agency said on Monday it is recommending that a boxed warning be placed on laparoscopic power morcellator devices used to treat uterine fibroids. Such an FDA warning is the strongest that a medication or treatment can carry while still remaining on the U.S. market. ...

  • Boutique fitness studios harden bodies with personalized approach

    By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boutique studios that offer a more personal approach to fitness and a softer ambience than big box gyms are a growing part of the $22.4 billion U.S. industry. IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association that is the trade association of the fitness industry, noted in its 2014 Health Club Consumer Report that personalized fitness studios, or boutiques, captured 21 percent of the market in 2013, which rose from $21.8 billion in 2012. ...

  • Amgen scraps trials of drug for advanced stomach cancer

    (Reuters) - Amgen Inc on Monday said it will scrap all trials of its experimental treatment rilotumumab in patients with advanced stomach cancer, after a safety monitoring board associated it with a higher incidence of deaths. The world's largest biotechnology company said the independent safety board found that patients taking both the drug and chemotherapy had an increased number of deaths than those taking chemotherapy alone. Company officials could not immediately be reached for additional details. (Reporting by Ransdell Pierson Editing by W Simon)

  • Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes: FAO/OIE

    PARIS (Reuters) - A bird flu strain found in Europe represents a major threat to the poultry industry in countries crossed by migrating wild birds, two intergovernmental organizations said on Monday. Germany, the Netherlands and Britain have reported cases this month of the H5N8 highly pathogenic bird flu, which is similar to one that devastated poultry flocks in South Korea earlier this year, but has never been detected in humans. ...

  • Germany orders some poultry kept inside to protect against bird flu

    Ducks in cages are seen at a duck farm in NaffertonBy Michael Hogan HAMBURG (Reuters) - Farm poultry in German regions with a high risk of contact with migrating wild birds must be kept inside farm buildings to protect against the risk of contracting bird flu, German authorities said on Monday. The decision was taken by federal and state authorities after case of bird flu was found in a wild duck on Saturday, the state government of North Rhine Westfalia said in a statement. The first case of H5N8 bird flu in Germany was confirmed on Nov. 4 on a poultry farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in east Germany. ...

  • EXCLUSIVE: Pay per puff? Caffeine stick? E-cigarette boom sparks race for new patents

    Electronic vaporizers for use with cannabidiol (CBD)-rich hemp oil are displayed during the International Cannabis Association Convention in New YorkBy Martinne Geller and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the impact of the new smokeless devices. ...

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