Pfizer raises its ‘final’ bid for AstraZeneca to £69bn

Pfizer CEO Ian Read on Sunday described the company's new proposal for AstraZeneca as "compelling" and cautioned that the American drugmaker would walk away if AstraZeneca didn't accept it.


Abbott agrees to acquire Latin America’s CFR Pharmaceuticals for $2.9bn

American pharmaceuticals & health care products firm Abbott Laboratories on Friday confirmed that it would acquire Chile-based CFR Pharmaceuticals SA in a $2.9 billion (£1.72 billion) deal.

Abbott will acquire nearly 73 per cent of CFR's publicly traded shares from founder Weinstein family-led holding company, while a tender offer will be issued for buying the remaining shares.

Pfizer-AstraZeneca deal is not inevitable: Pascal Soriot

Pfizer's takeover bid for AstraZeneca is not inevitable and the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant can create value for its shareholder on its own, according to AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot's claims.

Covered California Sees a Spurt in Enrolment

The numbers which were released by the state officials yesterday shows that over the last six months among the people who signed up through Medi-Cal or Covered California over one million were Latinos.

NHS struck by fresh cash deficit after 2015 election after budget freeze

According to the analysis to a top think-tank the general elections in the UK in 2015 will impose fresh financial crisis on the NHS as the budget freezes.

Reduced salt consumption results in lesser heart deaths

Researchers stated that reduced consumption of salt has resulted in the lower number of deaths caused by heart attacks in the UK.

A study found that during the years 2003 and 2011 the salt intake had dropped on an average by 15 percent whereas the number of deaths caused due to heart attacks also reduced by almost half which was a huge achievement.

Artificial bone marrow could be a god-sent for leukemia patients

In a medical turning point, German scientists have adequately improved artificial bone marrow, fit for facilitating life-sparing hematopoietic foundational cells that can encourage the medicine of leukemia in a couple of years.

Notwithstanding, the researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's (KIT) Institute of Functional Interfaces in Germany have falsely duplicated real lands of regular bone marrow in the lab.

Google, Yahoo, Facebook now using “harder-to-crack” codes

Tired of NSA's controversial snooping programs, Silicon Valley tech giant like Google, Yahoo and Facebook are now using "harder-to-crack" codes.

According to a recently published Bloomberg report, Google and other online firms have strengthened their encryption tools to shield online customer data like e-mail and social media posts from government snooping.

The report also claimed that strengthened encryption tools of the aforementioned firms are so strong that no government agency would be able to crack them until 2030.

Children might not get meningitis vaccine

According to immunization experts, UK children whould not be given a vaccine that protects against a potentially deadly form of meningitis.

A draft statement was released by the independent panel, which advises the Government on which vaccines should be offered in the UK, and it stated that the vaccine providing treatment for meningitis B should not be allowed.

The decision has managed to put off the meningitis charities and it stated that about 73 per cent of meningitis cases could be solved with the vaccine.

Shortage of consultants puts A&E in crisis

MPs have stated that high-quality care is being compromised as over 80 per cent of emergency and accident cases don't have adequate consultants to attend to them for about 16 hours a day.

According to the Commons health select committee, there is a recruitment crisis being faced by medics at the emergency departments in hospitals as the doctors are less and workload is more and this is putting off young doctors.


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