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U.S. multinationals hit hard by strong dollar, to bleed further into 2015
A slew of U.S. multinational companies, from DuPont to Procter & Gamble , showed that a strong U.S. dollar hurt their earnings, and several blue-chip exporters said the situation will get worse if the greenback holds its strength. All told, the resurgent U.S. currency could shave up to $12 billion off U.S. companies' fourth-quarter 2014 revenue alone, according to currency expert Wolfgang Koester, chief executive of FireApps, a data analytics company in Phoenix, Arizona, that examines quarterly reports for currency-related losses. The pain is hitting multiple sectors, including industrial companies such as 3M Co , technology companies like Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc , airlines such as American Airlines Group Inc , healthcare companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Pfizer Inc , and consumer firms like Procter & Gamble - which all garner a large portion of their sales from outside the United States.
Donors pledge $7.5 bn to extend child vaccine drive
Countries and private donors have pledged $7.5 billion (6.6 billion euros) to help immunise 300 million more children in developing countries over the next five years, a major vaccine alliance announced Tuesday. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) announced it had just slightly exceeded its "bold" request for funding for 2016 to 2020 at a two-day pledging conference in Berlin. The funding will help the alliance, created in 2000 as an international public-private partnership, support developing countries in vaccinating an additional 300 million children, saving up to six million lives, it said. "We have never had a replenishment this size before in GAVI's history.
Indiana wins federal OK for state-run Medicaid alternative
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has received federal approval to expand health coverage to about 350,000 uninsured residents through a state-run program Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday will help the state's working poor families.
Former NFLers appeal dismissal of lawsuit over painkillers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers representing 1,300 former NFL players filed notice Tuesday that they plan to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that teams damaged the players' health by routinely — and often illegally — dispensing painkillers.
U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 Obamacare insurance
(Reuters) - More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a number that surpasses its enrollment target for the year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it had signed up or automatically enrolled more than 7.1 million people on its HealthCare.gov website through Jan. 16. "The vast majority are able to lower their costs even further by getting tax credits,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement.
Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigarettes
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday.
After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop 'surge capacity'
(This version of the Jan. 25th story corrects name and title of U.S. speaker in 6th paragraph) By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it will create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency's delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic. Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said at an emergency meeting called to discuss the agency's Ebola response that the outbreak showed the need to strengthen WHO's crisis management and to streamline procedures for recruiting frontline workers. "Member states truly understand that the world does need a collective defense mechanism for global health security." In the past year, 21,724 Ebola cases have been reported in nine countries and 8,641 people have died, according to the WHO, which says West Africa's outbreak is ebbing. "The WHO we have is not the WHO we need, not the WHO we needed to respond to health emergencies of the magnitude of Ebola," Jimmy Kolker, assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told the talks.
Quest in broad deal with CDC for hepatitis analysis
(Reuters) - Laboratory testing company Quest Diagnostics Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a $520,000 agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify trends in screening, diagnosis and treatment of four strains of viral hepatitis. Quest will provide the U.S. public health agency with analytics and access to Quest's national database of clinical testing hepatitis data, which includes information from more than 20 billion test results. The agreement expands on Quest's previous efforts with the CDC on hepatitis C testing data for Baby Boomers, or individuals born between 1945 and 1965, one of the groups most exposed to the virus. The government in 2012 recommended that Baby Boomers be screened for hepatitis C, which can cause death.
Pfizer's 2015 forecast disappoints, crimped by generics, dollar
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly sales due to cost cuts and demand for its vaccines and cancer drugs, but the company forecast 2015 earnings below Wall Street expectations, citing patent expirations and the stronger dollar.
Nursing home patients more likely to be dehydrated
By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – People in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than elderly people living in the community, new research suggests. The study, involving patients admitted to hospitals in the UK, found that dehydration was more common among those who came from nursing homes. In serious cases, dehydration can lead to high levels of sodium in the blood, a condition called hypernatremia that can increase the risk of dying in the hospital, the researchers say. “We believe that when a hospital finds that more than a few people are admitted with a high sodium from an individual (nursing) home it should raise a warning flag,” Dr. Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the study’s senior author, told Reuters Health in an email.