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Japan's top pharmaceutical company Takeda said it is buying a U.S. cancer drugmaker for US$5.2 billion, as its top executive left the door open to more overseas acquisitions.
 
Peanuts in baby's diet can prevent scary allergy
New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods -- starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic.
 
Fact check: No evidence to back claim of VapoRub death
A viral Facebook post claims a 2-year-old boy died after his mother applied Vicks VapoRub to his skin, but the manufacturer and authorities in U.S. and Mexico say they have no record of such a death.
 
Finally, some hope for the 'tree man'
A Bangladeshi father dubbed the "tree man" because of the bark-like warts that once covered his body will soon be able to leave hospital after groundbreaking treatment for one of the world's rarest diseases.
 
People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday.
 
Citing labor law, NTUH says it will cut weekend appointments
The wave of service cuts that critics warned would follow the new workweek law appears to be rising – with a very high-profile case. National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH), the country's top medical center, has announced that it will cut the number of weekend appointments, saying the measure was a direct result of the "one fixed day off, one flexible day off" rule.
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Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in kids
Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem.
 
US doctor who survived Ebola returns to practicing medicine
A doctor who survived Ebola after contracting the virus while treating patients in Liberia has quietly returned to practicing medicine in Fort Worth.
 
Minnesota beats rest of US in banning germ-killer
Minnesota's first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it's already having its desired effect on a national level.
 
Dominique was hooked on cocaine and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day until she stumbled onto ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction that she says has changed her life.
 
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